Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wimbledon: Bad Day For Li

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For the most part the 2011 Championships at Wimbledon have gone as expected into the third round.

The only major upset thus far was the shocking loss of French Open champion and No. 3 seed Na Li in the second round. Li's storybook run ended with a 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 loss to unseeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany. It was a tough disappointment for Li who was having a great run in Grand Slam events thus far in 2011, winning the French Open and being the runner-up at the Australian Open. A BUMMER, indeed.

Another semi-major upset on the women's side was No. 10 Samantha Stosur losing in the first round. I say semi because, even though Stosur is ranked No. 10, she has never done well in Wimbledon anyway. Her best showing so far was a third round appearance in 2009. In fact, in the 9 Wimbledons she has played, she has been ousted in the first round 5 times, 3 times in the second round and once in the third round. So when she lost to World No. 262 Melinda Czink, it wasn't a huge surprise to me. It's safe to say the grass-courts at Wimbledon are not Stosur's cup of tea.

The comeback girls, Venus and Serena Williams, have both advanced to the third round but not without some bumps on the road. Serena has dropped a set in both her first round and second round matches against two virtual unknowns (No. 61 Aravana Rezai and No. 58 Simona Halep), which is NOT good. Venus, on the other hand, won her first round match rather easily BUT barely escaped with a win in her second round match. In the end she persevered to win the match 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 8-6 against the 57th ranked Kimiko Date Krumm. It'll be interesting to see how the sisters adjust as the competition gets tougher moving forward.

As for the men--

All the power-players have advanced to the third round so far. Well, unless you're a fan of No. 13 Viktor Troicki and No. 14 Stanislas Wawrinka and consider them power-players. Both were upset in the second round by much lesser opponents. But in their defense, Troicki is still the second best player from Serbia and Wawrinka is still the second best player from Switzerland. I'm sure they're both proud of the fact that the only countryman better than them are Mr. Djokovic and Mr. Federer, respectively.

I know I would be.

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