Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wimbledon: Andy Rocked!

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3-time Wimbledon finalist and No. 8 seed Andy Roddick has bit the dust!

America's best hope lost his third round match in straight sets (7-6, 7-6, 6-4) against unseeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain. So now the only American male still alive is No. 10 Mardy Fish, who faces 2010 runner-up and 6th seeded Tomas Berdych in the fourth round.

Here's the "American (bad) Experience" thus far in the early rounds:

1. No. 10 Mardy Fish - advances to the 4th round.
2. No. 8 Andy Roddick - lost in the third round to Feliciano Lopez.
3. Alex Bogomolov Jr. - lost in the third round to No. 6 Tomas Berdych.
4. Ryan Sweeting - lost in the second round to No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
5. John Isner - lost in the second round to No. 16 Nicolas Almagro.
6. Ryan Harrison - lost in the second round to No. 7 David Ferrer.
7. James Blake - lost in the first round to No. 32 Marcos Baghdatis.
8. Michael Russell - lost in the first round to No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
9. Donald Young - lost in the first round to Alex Bogomolov Jr.

*Sam Querrey withdrew from the tournament due to an elbow injury.


On the women's side--

Both Venus and Serena Williams have advanced to the fourth round. Both easily won their third round matches, which means that they are warming up and becoming less rusty with every match they play. Defending-champion Serena easily defeated No. 26 Maria Kirilenko (6-3, 6-2) and Venus easily defeated unseeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (6-0, 6-2) in the third round.

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Up next for Serena is a tough 4th round match against No. 9 Marion Bartoli.

Venus, on the other hand, will play what is perhaps the most interesting match to this point in the tournament. She has a date with No. 32 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, who stunned last year's runner-up and World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-3 in the 3rd round. Last year, Pironkova reached the semi-finals by shocking Venus in the quarter-finals. She went on to lose that semi-final match to Zvonareva. So she has avenged her loss to Zvonareva and now has a rematch with Venus, who she ousted rather easily (6-2, 6-3) last year, much to the shocking-surprise of the entire tennis world.

There is no question that the 23-year old Pironkova has caught a lot of people's attention with her back-to-back great performances at Wimbledon. She has never advanced passed the second round in any of the other Grand Slam events but based on the past two years, it seems the grass-courts at Wimbledon are her cup of tea.

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No doubt, all eyes will be on Pironkova!

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