June 27, 2011 Leave a comment
Must admit that when I first started talking about how magic grass is, I did not know Wimbledon had it officially, all written with a cute letterhead and stuff. This day, after the famous Middle Sunday is known as the Magic Monday. Or Manic Monday. Whatever. Will call it Magic Monday.
And for more ATP puts on such an herculean effort to keep the adjective – whatever it is – out of the ‘Monday’ (only Mardy Fish dared to change the rules today; not sure Bernard Tomic’s triumph over Malisse can be considered such a huge example of transgression) we have WTA – ALWAYS – to make up for it.
The ladies opened five courts tomorrow. Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Sabine Lisicki did not left any room for littluns Peng, Petrova (not so little) and Cet’who’vska to feel the minimum excitement. And really, one could not expect an upset or surprise from Paszek/Pervak.
But the fifth element… is always the charm. Not sure you can call Bartoli’s win over Serena properly an upset – Marion is having a great year, while Serena is not having a season at all, but heck, her last name is Williams and she was the defending champion. Hence, props to Marion Bartoli for her 6/3, 7/6 (8) win. And props to Serena, for saving four match points and fighting to the end.
One Williams losing = wow. What about two? In the same day? At Wimbledon. Must be Magic Monday. No, better, it’s Tsvetana PironGOATova – she beat Venus for the second consecutive year, 6/2, 6/3. Do I have to say anything else beside “I told you so”, re.: Pironkova? We all should know by now she’s too humble to keep her Wimbledon momentum during the rest of the season. Otherwise, it would be Steffi’s 1988 all over again.
Last, but not least. Dominika Cibulkova 1/6, 7/6, 7/5 Caroline. I have this little theory people were not expecting her to win – not with Venus, Serena, Shara, etc, etc. in the draw. No, they wanted her to lose – so the hating wave could strike again. I’m not the biggest Caro enthusiast, but chill out, people. She doesn’t have to complete the Calendar Slam to deserve the #1. But about the winner: Domi heavily depends on her confidence. When she’s on, she’s on: winners minus unforceds = yeah. But when she’s off… unforceds minus winners. Playing Sharapova next, she’s better count with the first option. Otherwise…
The other match of the day was a blow out. Kvitova routinized Yanina, ugly ugly scoreline.
QF meetings: Pironkova vs. Kvitova, Azarenka vs. Paszek // Sharapova vs. Cibulkova, Bartoli vs. Lisicki