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Monday, June 27, 2011

Wimbledon: Manic Monday Part 1

It's the second Monday at Wimbledon and that means it's a full-schedule day complete with every fourth round match the championship has to offer. The final sixteen competitors will be duking it out all day for a place in the quarterfinals, and here's a look at who has advanced so far.

Azarenka def. Petrova
It took less than an hour for the powerful Belarusian to screech, howl and sing her way into yet another grand slam quarterfinal. After pulling out of a Wimbledon tune-up tournament (yes... another injury retirement) I held little hope for Victoria on the All-England courts, but here she goes again. Azarenka's speed, power and consistency have helped her cruise past her first four opponents, and although she has struggled with health, she has a great opportunity at a spot in the championship. She's never been able to capitalize on her grand slam quarterfinal appearances, but this might just be the one.
Score: 6-2, 6-2

Sharapova def. Peng
After a semifinal appearance in Paris and a championship victory in Rome, Sharapova entered Wimbledon as the tournament favorite. She's had her share of shaky play in her first three matches, but the 3-time grand slam champion has settled down nicely, defeating Shuai Peng in a match that showcased hard, flat hitting. Though Peng was able to shovel shots at the baseline, Maria showed her grass-court prowess, toppling the Chinese woman in straights. Sharapova still looks to be the favorite.
Score: 6-4, 6-2

Lisicki def. Cetkovska
With eight aces and zero double faults, Lisicki is proving once again she has the serve to lift her to victory—must we refer back to her clutch win over Li Na? It took a first set tiebreak to fully wake the surging German, but once the gears were in motion, Lisicki steam rolled through her opponent. She doubled the Czech's winner count (26 to 13) and went four for four in break opportunities. Sabine Lisicki is a surprise quarterfinalist for sure, but her play has been fantastic.
Score: 7-6 (3), 6-1

Kvitova def. Wickmayer
The big-hitting lefty from the Czech Republic has made a name for herself this year, winning in Madrid and knocking out big names in big moments, but after fizzling out in Paris, we didn't know what to expect at Wimbledon. Kvitova may have been the in-style pick for a surprise champion here in London, but I don't think anyone expected the performance she gave today against Wickmayer. Kvitova routed Wickmayer, preventing the Belgian from earning a single game in the first set. With a total of 31 winners in only 45 minutes during this fourth round match, Kvitova will roll into the quarters with a lot of confidence.
Score: 6-0, 6-2

-Kedzie Teller, ITB Senior Editor


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