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Old Jun 21st, 2010, 05:25 AM   #1
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Andrew's TV-reports (added full Women's Doubles final report)

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Welcome to the master-thread of my Wimbledon 2010 reports! I have reported on each day of the main draw (starting on Monday 21st June), including TV-reports of my selected women’s matches from those televised by the BBC. I have also written extended TV-reports of those matches involving members of my Eternal Fanship, starting in November 2010 and finishing in January 2013.

From here, you will be able to navigate quickly to the individual posts within this thread (these links open in new windows – or tabs if you prefer):Extended TV-reports for my Eternal Fanship:
  • Maria Sharapova (fourth round added on 18th June 2011)
  • Anna Chakvetadze (second round added on 29th November 2010)
  • Vera Zvonarëva (Women’s Doubles final added on 13th January 2013)
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Andrew's tournament-preview

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Notable main-draw absentees
3. Qualifying-results
4. Qualifying: First-round scoreboard-report: Dokić v Klaffner
5. Qualifying: Second-round scoreboard-report: Dokić v Ditty
6. First-round draw
7. Anna Chakvetadze preview (1r: Andrea Petković)
8. Lucie Šafářová preview (1r: Dominika Cibulková)
9. Daniela Hantuchová preview (1r: Vania King)
10. Maria Sharapova preview (1r: Anastasia Pivovarova)
11. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview (1r: Aravane Rezaď)
12. Vera Zvonarëva preview (1r: Nuria Llagostera Vives)
13. Andrew's wishes
14. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
15. Order of play for Monday

Abbreviations:
[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[A] alternate
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian (two hands both sides)

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1. Photos
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1.1 General links
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I will post these links only once.

Where to look at many players:
* http://www.tennis.com/galleries/index.aspx
* http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery
* http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html

Where to search for specific players:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...rankingsw.html
* http://uk.news.search.yahoo.com/
* http://www.fotosports.com/
* Getty Images


1.2 Daily photos
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I will post a daily edition of this section, starting with a link to some pretournament photos (including qualifying).

Maria Sharapova [EF] looking pretty in her pretournament press-conference:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-191.html

Jelena Dokić [EF] in the first round of qualifying:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-151.html

Jelena Dokić [EF] and Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] in the second round of qualifying:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-161.html

Pre-Wimbledon party (various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Anna Chakvetadze [EF], Ana Ivanović [DF], Gisela Dulko [DF], Flavia Pennetta [DF], Caroline Woźniacki, Olga Govortsova):
* http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/g...256674_2074079
* http://www.onthebaseline.com/2010/06...players-party/

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2. Notable main-draw absentees
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#5 Elena Dementieva (left-calf injury)
#22 Dinara Safina (lower-back injury)
#23 María José Martínez Sánchez (knee-injury)
#40 Sabine Lisicki [DF] (left-ankle injury)
#128 Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] (fell in qualifying)
#129 Jelena Dokić [EF] (fell in qualifying)
#436 Nicole Vaidišová [EF] (supposedly retired)
#702 Romana Tabak [DF] (too low)
unranked Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] (hasn't played since May 2008 due to lower-back and left-wrist injuries)
unranked Tatiana Golovin [DF] (hasn't played since May 2008 due to back-injury)

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3. Qualifying-results
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This section presents my selections – for full results, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/us/

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=412179


3.1 First round (Tuesday 15th June 2010)
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What rocked:
+ JELENA DOKIĆ [21,EF] d. Melanie Klaffner, 6-2 6-1
+ MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [13,DF] d. Neuza Silva, 6-1 6-3
+ KSENIA PERVAK [3] d. Alexandra Panova, 6-2 7-5
+ Tamira Paszek [WC] d. Irina Begu, 6-4 6-2
+ Vitalia Diatchenko [s] d. KATHRIN WÖRLE [19], 6-2 6-3
+ Monica Niculescu [s] d. Jocelyn Rae [WC], 6-3 6-4
+ Séverine Beltrame d. Julia Cohen, 6-3 7-6 (7/4)
+ ANASTASIA PIVOVAROVA [16] d. Silvia Soler Espinosa, 6-1 6-3
+ Marina Eraković [WC] d. Emily Webley-Smith [WC], 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (8/6) 6-3
+ Corinna Dentoni d. LILIA OSTERLOH [18], 6-4 2-6 6-4
+ Beatriz García Vidagany d. Olivia Sánchez, 4-6 7-6 (11/9) 6-3
+ Zuzana Ondrášková d. Rika Fujiwara, 4-6 6-3 6-0
+ EKATERINA BYCHKOVA [10] d. Olivia Rogowska, 3-6 6-2 6-3
+ ANDREA HLAVÁČKOVÁ [22] d. Oksana Kalashnikova, 7-5 4-6 6-3
+ Sesil Karatantcheva d. JOHANNA JENNY LARSSON [2], 4-6 6-3 6-4

Eraković was 6-7 0-2* and *4-5 down.

García Vidagany saved MP at 4-6 6-6 (*8/9).

But the choke of the round came from Julia Schruff, who lost to Han,Xinyun after leading *5-1 in the third set!

What sucked:
- KRISTÍNA KUČOVÁ [24,S] lt. Ajla Tomljanović, 6-1 4-6 1-6
- Naomi Broady [WC] lt. Nikola Hofmanová, 4-6 4-6
- Olga Savchuk lt. KAIA KANEPI [1], 1-6 5-7


3.2 Second round (Wednesday 16th June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [13,DF] d. Zuzana Ondrášková, 6-2 6-3
+ Monica Niculescu [s] d. Vitalia Diatchenko [s], 7-5 6-2

What rocked:
+ Séverine Beltrame d. ZHANG,SHUAI [5], 6-0 6-2
+ ANASTASIA PIVOVAROVA [16] d. María Irigoyen, 6-2 6-4
+ Beatriz García Vidagany d. EVGENIYA RODINA [7], 6-4 6-2
+ ANDREA HLAVÁČKOVÁ [22] d. Naomi Cavaday, 6-1 6-2

What sucked:
- JELENA DOKIĆ [21,EF] lt. Julie Ditty, 7-5 5-7 2-6
- KSENIA PERVAK [3] lt. Romina Sarina Oprandi, 3-6 4-6
- Tamira Paszek [WC] lt. Kurumi Nara, 5-7 4-6
- Marina Eraković [WC] lt. SHENAY PERRY [17], 4-6 2-6
- Corinna Dentoni lt. Misaki Doi, 4-6 2-6
- EKATERINA BYCHKOVA [10] lt. Junri Namigata, 6-3 4-6 4-6
- Sesil Karatantcheva lt. Nuria Llagostera Vives, 3-6 6-2 3-6

Jelena had MP at 7-5 5-4* (Ad), and led *2-0 (40/30 + Ad) in the third but lost 6 games in a row; Karatantcheva led 3-1* in the third but lost 5 games in a row.


3.3 Third round (Thursday 17th June 2010)
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What rocked:
+ Monica Niculescu [s] d. Junri Namigata, 6-4 6-0
+ ANDREA HLAVÁČKOVÁ [22] d. Lisa Whybourn [WC], 6-1 6-2

What sucked:
- MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [13,DF] lt. Mirjana Lučić, 3-6 2-6
- Séverine Beltrame lt. SHENAY PERRY [17], 6-3 4-6 3-6
- ANASTASIA PIVOVAROVA [16] lt. Eleni Daniilidou, 0-6 0-6
- Beatriz García Vidagany lt. GRÉTA ARN [20], 7-5 3-6 2-6

Ironically, the choke of the round came from Julie Ditty, who lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands after leading 1:1 4-1* (Deuce).

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4. Qualifying: First-round scoreboard-report: Dokić v Klaffner (Tuesday 15th June 2010)
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+ JELENA DOKIĆ [21,EF] d. Melanie Klaffner, 6-2 6-1

Jelena recovered from *0-1 (15/40) and *1-2 (15/40) to hold both those service-games. After that, it was plain sailing against the world #190, whose only further GPs came at 2-6 *0-2 (40/30 – converted) and *1-5 (40/30 – saved).

Incidentally, Jelena's ranking is #129 – the very ranking with which she thrashed #1 Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0 in the first round of Wimbledon 1999 as a qualifier!!


First set
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DOKIĆ _*_*@*@* 6
KLAFF *_*_____ 2

The match started at 15:54 BST.

Klaffner serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #1). Held.

Klaffner serving 1-1: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #1). Held.

Klaffner serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Jelena serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Klaffner serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Jelena serving 5-2 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. Jelena won the first set 6-2 at 16:20 BST (25m).


Second set
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DOKIĆ @*_*@*@ 6
KLAFF __*____ 1

Klaffner serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (BP #1). Broken.

Jelena serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Klaffner serving 0-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. Held.

Klaffner serving 1-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Jelena serving 4-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Klaffner serving 1-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (MP #1). Jelena won 6-2 6-1 at 16:41 BST (second set 21m, match 46m).

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5. Qualifying: Second-round scoreboard-report: Dokić v Ditty (Wednesday 16th June 2010)
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- JELENA DOKIĆ [21,EF] lt. Julie Ditty, 7-5 5-7 2-6

Jelena had MP at 7-5 5-4* (Ad), and led *2-0 (40/30 + Ad) in the third but lost 6 games in a row to the world #566.

The first set was a hard-fought success for Jelena, as she saved BP at *2-2 (30/40) and held; Ditty fought back from *2-5; Jelena saved BP at *5-5 (30/40), but won 7 of the next 8 points to take the set 7-5.

In the second set, Jelena broke back from 0-1* and from 1-2*, then wasted a BP at 3-2* (40/30*), MP at 5-4* (Ad), and GP at *5-5 (Ad) before Ditty broke and served out the set to love: 5-7.

In the third set, Jelena won the first two games comfortably, then wasted GPs at *2-0 (40/30 + Ad), and GP×2 at *2-2 (40/15) before Ditty broke for *3-2 and won the last three games handily.


First set
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DOKIĆ *__@*@*___*@ 7
DITTY _*@____*@*__ 5

The match started at 12:23 BST.

Jelena serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Ditty serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. Broken.

Ditty serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Jelena serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #1). Held.

Ditty serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Jelena serving 4-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Ditty serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Ditty (BP #1). Broken.

Ditty serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 5-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #1). Held.

Ditty serving 5-6: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Jelena). Jelena won the first set 7-5 at 13:02 BST (39m).


Second set
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DOKIĆ _@_@*_*_*___ 5
DITTY @_@__*_*_*@* 7

Jelena serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Ditty serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Jelena serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Ditty serving 2-1: 0/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Jelena serving 2-2 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Ditty serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Ditty (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Ditty (GP #2). Held.

Jelena serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #2). Held.

Ditty serving 3-4: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Ditty serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Ditty (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Jelena (MP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Ditty (GP #3). Held.

Jelena serving 5-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Ditty (BP #2). Broken.

Ditty serving 6-5: 15/0. 30/0. Ditty won the second set 7-5 at 13:42 BST (second set 39m, match so far 1h19m).


Third set
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DOKIĆ *@______ 2
DITTY __@*@*@* 6

Jelena serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Ditty serving 0-1 (new balls): 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Jelena serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Ditty (BP #1). Broken.

Ditty serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. Held.

Jelena serving 2-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Ditty (BP #1). Broken.

Ditty serving 3-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Ditty serving 5-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Ditty). Ditty won 5-7 7-5 6-2 at 14:08 BST (third set 25m, match 1h44m).

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6. First-round draw
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My first impression of the draw is that it is very unbalanced from the perspective of my Eternal Fanship! I have Anna Chakvetadze, Lucie Šafářová, Daniela Hantuchová and Maria Sharapova all in the first 16 berths, with Magdaléna Rybáriková in the second quarter, and only Vera Zvonarëva in the lower half.

Worse still, the top half is played on Tuesday (because Serena Williams is the defending champion), which means I'll have only Vera playing on Monday, and then a very hectic Tuesday!

At least the 5:1 split for my Eternal Fanship will be balanced a little bit by the 4:9 split for my demi-fanship.

The players on the left are the ones I want to win. When I say "my loyalty is to ?x", it means that I like both players, but want ?x to win on this occasion.


6.1 Top quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová, Sharapova
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* Michelle Larcher de Brito v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (ˇvamos Michelle!)
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ganbatte Ayumi!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] v Dominika Cibulková (my loyalty is to LUCIE)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Elena Vesnina v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (davai Elena!)
* Alizé Cornet v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to Alizé)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Anastasia Pivovarova [LL] (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* Chanelle Scheepers [WC] v LI,NA [9]
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v Anne Keothavong
* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19] v Akgul Amanmuradova

* SARA ERRANI [32] v Julie Coin (forza Sara!)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Olga Govortsova (my Passion says Olga, but my Reason says Arantxa)
* Jill Craybas v Alberta Brianti
* Melinda Czink v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]


6.2 Second quarter: Magdaléna Rybáriková
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* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Tathiana Garbin (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Arantxa Rus v Chang,Kai-Chen
* Roberta Vinci v Sybille Bammer (forza Roberta!)
* Iveta Benešová v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (pojďme Iveta!)

* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Pauline Parmentier (jia you Jie!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Petra Kvitová (hai Sorana!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v Bojana Jovanovski
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Mirjana Lučić [Q] (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (forza Flavia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Klára Zakopalová v Yvonne Meusburger (pojďme Klára!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] (my loyalty is to MAGDA)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [13]
* Heather Watson [WC] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Tímea Bacsinszky v Edina Gallovits (hopp Tímea!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [6] v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (c'mon Sam!)


6.3 Third quarter: Vera Zvonarëva
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* Maria Elena Camerin v KIM CLIJSTERS [8] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Karolina Šprem [DF] v Bethanie Mattek-Sands [Q] (ajmo Karolina!)
* Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] v Shenay Perry [Q]
* Stefanie Vögele [DF] v MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] (the way I feel about this match is complicated)

* Anastasija Sevastova v JUSTINE HENIN [17] (c'mon Anastasija!)
* Mariya Korytsseva v Kristina Barrois
* Chan,Yung-Jan v Patty Schnyder
* Tatjana Malek v NADIA PETROVA [12] (komm jetzt Tatjana!)

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] v Alison Riske [WC] (komaan Yanina!)
* Kirsten Flipkens v Stéphanie Dubois [LL]
* Noppawan Lertcheewakarn [WC,S] v Andrea Hlaváčková [Q] (my Passion says Andrea, but my Reason says Noppawan)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q] (DAVAI VERA!!)

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v Katie O'Brien [WC] (my loyalty is to Alyona)
* Lucie Hradecká [s] v Varvara Lepchenko (my loyalty is to Lucie)
* Aleksandra Woźniak v Eleni Daniilidou [Q]
* Laura Robson [WC,DF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (c'mon Laura!)

Riske was probably the last player whom Wickmayer wanted to draw in the first round after losing to her in the quarter-finals of Birmingham!

And what has Robson done to deserve Janković in the first round?


6.4 Bottom quarter
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* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [5] v Vera Dushevina
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Anna Lapushchenkova (aide Tsvetana!)
* Regina Kulikova v Melanie South [WC]
* YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] v Polona Hercog (my loyalty is to Slava)

* KATERYNA BONDARENKO [34] v Gréta Arn [Q]
* Alicia Molik v Zuzana Kučová (c'mon Alicia!)
* Elena Baltacha v Petra Martić (my loyalty is to Elena, though Petra might grow on me)
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Julia Görges (my loyalty is to Marion)

* Ana Ivanović [DF] v SHAHAR PE'ER [13] (my loyalty is to Ana)
* Sania Mirza-Malik [DF] v Angelique Kerber (c'mon Sania!)
* Jarmila Groth v Renata Voráčová
* MELANIE OUDIN [33] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld

* Sandra Záhlavová v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] (pojďme Sandra!)
* Sofia Arvidsson v Alla Kudryavtseva
* Ágnes Szávay v Ekaterina Makarova (my loyalty is to Ágnes)
* Rossana de los Ríos v VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


6.5 My feelings about Maria Kirilenko v Stefanie Vögele
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Outside of my Eternal Fanship (whose draws I analyse in detail in the following sections), the first-round match that jumps out at me is Maria Kirilenko v Stefanie Vögele, as I have had massive crushes on both girls in recent months!

Kirilenko is an established glamour-girl: ultracute, extremely pretty on court, and very, very sexy off court. I've liked her a lot (as a demi-fan) since 2004, and have even thought about inducting her into my Eternal Fanship (she certainly satisfies my Passion, but her game is not up to the standards that my Reason requires).

There always has to be one player outside of my Eternal Fanship with whom I'm obsessed, and Kirilenko was certainly that girl between June 2009 and February 2010. Since then, though, Vögele has been starting to push Kirilenko aside from that space in my head that is always occupied by one girl whom I cannot commit to, but can't stop thinking about.

Vögele is exquisitely beautiful, with the most amazing blue eyes, in the full bloom of youth (she's at that stage now where I find her even more beautiful every time I see her), and I find her greatly intriguing because I feel that I should know her much, much better than I do so far (as a player, as a person, and as a woman). I often Google her name to a depth of about ten results-pages just to try to know her that little bit better!

It's a mouth-watering match, but I hate the idea that one of them has to lose in the first round, when Wimbledon is by far their best chance of getting televised by the BBC! I just hope that they will have recovered from their respective injuries (Vögele retired from Birmingham and withdrew from 's-Hertogenbosch with a low-back injury; Kirilenko retired from 's-Hertogenbosch with a left-abdominal injury).

Back in February, my loyalty would have been unquestionably to Kirilenko, but now I'm leaning towards Vögele because of my thirst for knowledge of her (and I don't want Vögele to go winless on grass this year, after she did so well on grass last year: reaching the final of ITF Nottingham, and the quarter-finals of Birmingham).

I won't be able to watch Kirilenko v Vögele, because it's not on a televised court, but the winner could possibly face Kim Clijsters in a BBC-televised third-round match. At this stage, I'd feel happier about Vögele going up against Clijsters, and I also feel that I'm owed a Vögele-match after watching Kirilenko's fourth-round match at the French Open, having her Australian Open first-round match waiting for me on DVD, and watching Vögele retire after one set at Birmingham, which was my only chance to watch her since Wimbledon 2009.

Despite my preference for Vögele on this occasion, Kirilenko is still higher in my list of favourites (I currently rank Kirilenko #14 and Vögele #17 on a list consisting of the 12 ALL-TIME members of my Eternal Fanship followed by the ACTIVE members of my demi-fanship, as Eternal Fanship persists after retirement while demi-fanship does not).

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7. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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Anna Chakvetadze is one of the most flairsomely talented and intelligent players in professional tennis, and one of the most intriguing characters on the WTA Tour. She's ultracute, gets very emotional on court, and fights to the bitter end. Her flat groundstrokes of flairsome power are a joy to watch, and very deceptive – she makes the court look very wide at her opponent's end!

Anna has won seven WTA singles-titles – from her first seven finals! She has reached three Major quarter-finals, all in 2007: the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open where she also reached the semi-finals.

Unfortunately, Anna has been slumping since armed robbers broke into her house and tied her up in December 2007. She has lost confidence and motivation, struggled with injuries, and each year since 2008 has been worse than the one before. Having been ranked as high as #5 after the US Open 2007, her ranking has dropped to its current #118 (luckily, the French Open and Wimbledon entry-lists were made before she dropped out of the top 108).

Anna has been plagued by injuries since September 2009, when she was sidelined for six weeks with a stress-fracture in her right foot, returning only to play Moscow just before the end of the season. She's 10:10 for 2010 so far.

Anna started 2010 with a humiliating 6-1 6-2 loss to 39-year-old world #69 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round of Auckland. She then tried to qualify for Hobart, beating unranked Alyssa Hibberd 6-1 6-1 and #152 Elena Chalova 6-2 6-2, but losing 7-5 7-6 (7/3) to #83 Elena Baltacha in the third qualifying-round.

Anna put up a commendable effort against #12 Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the Australian Open, but lost 6-3 3-6 6-2 after being up a break in every set.

Anna reached the quarter-finals at Pattaya City, beating #78 Jill Craybas 6-1 3-6 6-3 and #97 Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 6-1, but losing 6-1 6-4 to #87 Tamarine Tanasugarn, who went on to reach the final.

Anna beat #123 Anne Keothavong 2-6 6-3 6-1 in the first round of Indian Wells, but disaster struck in the second round, as she retired at 2-6 3-5 against #8 Agnieszka Radwańska with a left-ankle injury.

Anna made a major mistake by playing Miami on her injured ankle. She lost 7-5 3-6 6-4 to #64 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round, then pulled out of Marbella and Barcelona with an injury to her left Achilles-tendon. She considered having surgery (but obviously didn't), and it was even feared that she might never play again.

However, Anna returned to action at Warsaw, where she reached the third round of qualifying. She beat #662 Katarzyna Kawa 6-2 6-2 and #700 Magda Linette 6-4 4-6 6-1, but then lost 7-5 7-6 to #109 Bojana Jovanovski – a talented 18-year-old – in a match that was moved to an indoor clay-court because of torrential rain.

Anna lost 5-7 7-6 6-4 to #64 Angelique Kerber in the first round of the French Open – after leading 7-5 5-3* (30/30 and Deuce).

Anna's form on grass has been much more encouraging. At Birmingham, she beat #222 Melanie South 3-6 6-4 6-4 – after trailing *1-4 in both the second and third sets. In the second round, she upset #34 Andrea Petković – her first-round opponent at Wimbledon – 6-4 6-4. In the third round, she ran into a red-hot Alison Riske, the #185-ranked qualifier winning 4-6 7-5 6-1 (and going on to upset #16 Yanina Wickmayer and take a set off #17 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals).

Anna tried to qualify for Eastbourne, beating #95 Anna Lapushchenkova 6-4 6-4, but losing 7-5 4-6 6-2 to #90 Jarmila Groth in the second qualifying-round – after leading *5-3 in the first set, although she did fight back from 5-7 0-3* (15/30*) to force a third set.


7.1 First-round preview
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković

Anna has a 2:0 head-to-head against the current world #33: their first meeting was a virtual walkover, while their second was encouragingly recent!
+ 2008 Australian Open 1r: Anna won 0-0 (Deuce #1) retired (right knee-injury)
+ 2010 Birmingham 2r: Anna won 6-4 6-4

The 22-year-old Petković is an up-and-coming talent who hits the ball very hard, but is, by her own admission, someone who is prone to "hard-core choking". Indeed, she is probably the biggest choker in the top 64 this year.

Petković is 20:15 for 2010 so far, and the scary thing is that her biggest highlight comes just between losing to Anna at Birmingham and their Wimbledon-match: she reached the final of 's-Hertogenbosch!

Petković started the year with an impressive run to the semi-finals of Brisbane: she beat #38 Iveta Benešová 6-7 6-2 6-1, #80 Vania King 4-6 6-2 6-1, #24 Daniela Hantuchová 6-4 6-2, and lost 6-4 6-2 to #18 Kim Clijsters.

The Australian Open was less impressive, as Petković beat #124 Renata Voráčová 6-2 6-4, but lost 6-1 6-4 to #33 Carla Suárez Navarro in the second round.

In the Germany v Czechia Fed Cup tie, Petković lost both her singles-rubbers in straight sets: to #64 Lucie Hradecká and #68 Petra Kvitová.

Petković upset #21 Aravane Rezaď 6-3 3-6 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of WTA Paris, where she lost 3-6 6-4 6-2 to #7 Elena Dementieva.

Petković then suffered two 6-3 6-3 losses: to #11 Flavia Pennetta in the second round of Dubai, and to #72 Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová in the first round of Indian Wells.

Petković took revenge on #13 Pennetta in the second round of Miami: 6-3 3-6 6-0. But she lost 6-0 5-7 7-5 to #48 Yaroslava Shvedova in the third round, and 6-4 6-4 to #27 María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of Barcelona.

Petković won both her singles-rubbers in the Germany v France Fed Cup tie: #95 Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-2 and #21 Aravane Rezaď 6-1 7-6. But she was in floods of tears after losing the deciding doubles-rubber 6-3 6-1, and lost 6-3 2-6 7-5 to #33 Ágnes Szávay in the first round of Stuttgart.

Petković reached the third round of Rome with wins over #44 Vera Dushevina 6-3 6-0 and #62 Petra Kvitová 6-3 6-4, and lost 6-2 3-6 6-0 to #1 Serena Williams.

Petković reached the third round of Madrid, upsetting #39 Sara Errani 6-7 6-1 7-5 and #16 Flavia Pennetta 7-6 6-3, then losing 6-4 7-6 to the eventual champion: #24 Aravane Rezaď.

At the French Open, Petković beat #44 Elena Vesnina 4-6 6-1 6-4 (despite a bout of "hard-core choking" that saw 1:1 *4-1 become *5-4), then blew 4 MPs at 6-4 *5-4 (40/0 + Ad) against the defending champion: #6 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who went on to win 4-6 7-5 6-4.

After the aforementioned 6-4 6-4 loss to Anna in 2r Birmingham, Petković reached the 's-Hertogenbosch final by beating #61 Petra Kvitová 6-3 7-6, #45 Ana Ivanović 6-4 6-7 6-1, #88 Sandra Záhlavová 6-2 7-6, and #68 Kirsten Flipkens 6-7 7-6 6-4. She then lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 to #18 Justine Henin – after leading 3-0* in the third.

Obviously, Petković's 's-Hertogenbosch form is a worrying development for Anna ahead of Wimbledon, but it could also work against Petković if she is still tired on Tuesday – especially if she is /emotionally/ tired after that final. I'm sure Anna will bear that in mind if she goes a set and a break down.

The other factor in Anna's favour is that she does tend to beat the players against whom she has good records – despite a terrible 2009, Anna still managed to extend her ownership of top-18 players Nadia Petrova, Jelena Janković, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginie Razzano.

Anna's chances of beating Petković on the heels of the 's-Hertogenbosch final are probably about 45%, but the scoreboard could really go in any direction in this match!


7.2 Second round
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Should Anna repeat her Birmingham victory over Petković, she might then face #1 Serena Williams. Anna has a 1:0 head-to-head against Williams, having beaten her 6-4 retired in a round-robin match at the 2007 WTA Tour Championships at Madrid.

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8. Lucie Šafářová preview
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Lucie Šafářová is one of the most supremely talented tennis-players I've ever seen. She's a fearless, ambitious shotmaker who loves to go for broke, and hits many spectacular winners. Her athleticism is amazing: she runs like the wind. Every time I see her play, she is a joy to watch.

In the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2007, Lucie's average groundstroke-speed was measured at 71mph: 1mph faster than her opponent Nicole Vaidišová, and only 2mph slower than men's #2 Rafael Nadal. And she achieves such speeds with flairsome power: she may be only 5'9" with a light frame, but her groundstrokes are flat and she hits them with superb timing.

Lucie has a swinging lefty serve, and frequently uses it to set up a groundstroke-winner on the third stroke of the rally. She also has Seles-like returns of serve: she takes them early, often standing up to 1˝ metres inside the baseline to receive. She's very aggressive off the second serve.

Lucie has wonderful left-handed angles, and she can mix up the pace with very short, softly-spun crosscourt forehands and backhands to the sidelines, which are a speciality of hers.

Lucie has won four WTA singles-titles, but I think her best results so far have been reaching her first Major quarter-final at the Australian Open 2007 (by beating defending champion Amélie Mauresmo 6-4 6-3), immediately followed by reaching the WTA Paris 2007 final (beating Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin back-to-back – all in straight sets).

Lucie has already had a couple of memorable French Open campaigns. In 2007, she upset Amélie Mauresmo 6-3 7-6 in the third round. In 2009, she had match-point at 5-4* in the third set against Venus Williams before losing their second-round encounter 6-7 6-2 7-5.

2010 is shaping up to be the best year of Lucie's career so far. She goes into the French Open with a win/loss record of 19:15, and her current ranking of #26 is just shy of her career-high #22 set in August 2007, but what's really impressive is firstly her run to the Paris-final in February, and secondly that she reached three Premier quarter-finals just before the French Open (including her run to the semi-finals of Madrid), beating five top-18 players in those three tournaments.

Lucie thrashed #34 Aleksandra Woźniak 6-3 6-1 in the second round of Brisbane, then lost to eventual champion Kim Clijsters in a see-saw match: 6-1 0-6 6-4. Lucie lost just nine points in the second set, hitting clean winners all over the court!

Sadly, Lucie retired from Hobart with a left-pectoral-muscle strain, and lost 6-2 6-2 to Venus Williams in the first round of the Australian Open. Struggling after a bout of 'flu, she also lost 6-2 6-2 to Anna-Lena Grönefeld in Czechia's Fed Cup tie in February.

But the following week, Lucie bounced back to reach the final of WTA Paris for the second time in her career, beating #171 Tamira Paszek 6-0 6-3, #18 Francesca Schiavone 7-5 6-2, #22 Shahar Pe'er 7-5 6-2, #12 Flavia Pennetta 4-6 6-3 6-4, and losing 6-7 6-1 6-4 to #7 Elena Dementieva in the final.

Lucie spent most of March and April in a slump, as she lost to #88 Julie Coin in the first round of Monterrey, and to #69 Julia Görges in the first round of Indian Wells.

At Miami, Lucie beat #100 Kaia Kanepi 6-7 6-4 6-3 and María José Martínez Sánchez 4-6 7-6 6-2, before losing 6-4 6-2 to #7-ranked defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

The clay-court season did not start well for Lucie, as she lost 6-3 7-6 to #67 Regina Kulikova in the first round of Barcelona, and then suffered a humiliating 6-0 6-2 loss to Francesca Schiavone in Czechia's Fed Cup semi-final, followed by the ignominy of being substituted for the second tie in a row, after she injured her shoulder while practising for her next rubber.

But it seems that Fed Cup humiliation is actually a lucky charm for Lucie, because just as she had reached the Paris-final the week after the previous tie, she then embarked on a stunning upswing of form that appeared to establish her as a genuine French Open title-contender!

Lucie reached the quarter-finals of Stuttgart, although she had a lucky escape in the first round, when #372 Selima Sfar thrashed her 6-2 in the first set, but retired with an ankle-injury at 0-3 in the second. Lucie then upset #2 Caroline Woźniacki 6-4 6-4 in the second round, although Woźniacki has been struggling ever since she sprained her ankle at Charleston. Lucie then lost 7-6 1-6 6-1 to #138 Anna Lapushchenkova.

Whether that win over Woźniacki was a fluke or not, Lucie followed it up with a superb run to the quarter-finals of Rome, beating #42 Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-7 6-3, #16 Flavia Pennetta 6-1 6-2(!) and #9 Agnieszka Radwańska 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7/1). She lost 7-6 6-4 to eventual champion María José Martínez Sánchez.

Lucie then reached the semi-finals of the Madrid Premier Mandatory, starting with a 6-4 6-3 win over #12 Maria Sharapova in Maria's first match back from a two-month lay-off with an elbow-injury. Lucie proceeded to beat #41 Olga Govortsova 4-6 6-2 7-5 (from *2-4 down in the third), #38 Alexandra Dulgheru 6-7 6-1 7-6 (8/6) (Dulgheru twice served for the match, with match-point at *6-5), and #18 Nadia Petrova 6-1 1-6 6-4. Lucie has tremendous determination and fighting spirit! Sadly, Lucie retired from her semi-final with a left-thigh injury, after losing the first set 6-1 to eventual champion Aravane Rezaď.

Lucie beat out-of-shape #115 Jelena Dokić 6-2 6-2 in the first round of the French Open, but her high hopes of Major glory were dashed when she suffered a shocking 6-1 6-2 loss to #52 Polona Hercog. I don't know whether her left-thigh or left-shoulder injury flared up again, or whether it was simply a very bad day at the office for the high-risk Lucie.

Lucie beat #30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 3-6 6-4 in the first round of Eastbourne, then lost 6-1 6-0 to the ugly, muscular Kim Clijsters in a match that the world #9 described as "quick and perfect", having thrashed #16 Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-1 in the first round.


8.1 First-round preview
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* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] v Dominika Cibulková

World #46 Cibulková is one of the shortest players on the WTA Tour at 5'3", but one of the quickest and feistiest. The good news for Lucie is that Cibulková is much weaker on grass than on other surfaces: she suffered first-round losses at Wimbledon 2007 and 2008 before reaching the third round last year.

Now aged 21, Cibulková was ranked as high as #12 in July 2009, following a run to the semi-finals of the French Open, but since then, she has suffered a series of injuries, although she has quietly compiled an impressive 21:12 win/loss record for 2010 so far!

Cibulková reached the quarter-finals of Auckland with wins over #52 Alexandra Dulgheru 6-0 6-3 and #25 Aravane Rezaď 6-3 6-4, but was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by #12 Flavia Pennetta.

Cibulková reached the quarter-finals of Sydney with a 7-6 6-1 win over #51 Tímea Bacsinszky followed by a stunning 7-5 6-2 upset of #3 Svetlana Kuznetsova, then lost 2-6 6-2 7-5 to #7 Victoria Azarenka.

Cibulková crashed out in the first round of the Australian Open: 6-3 6-7 7-5 to #79 Vania King after blowing a 1:1 5-1* lead with 4 MPs!

In the Slovakia v China Fed Cup tie, Cibulková scored two easy wins over players ranked outside the top 151. She then beat #43 Yaroslava Shvedova 6-4 6-4 at Dubai, before losing 6-2 7-6 to #3 Caroline Woźniacki in the second round.

Cibulková reached the semi-finals of Monterrey, beating #58 Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-3, #49 Sara Errani 3-6 6-4 6-1, #31 Ágnes Szávay 3-6 6-3 6-3, and losing 4-6 6-3 6-0 to #24 Daniela Hantuchová.

Cibulková lost 7-5 6-4 to #49 Sara Errani in her opening match at Indian Wells. At Miami, she beat #81 Sofia Arvidsson 6-0 6-2, but lost 6-4 6-4 to #33 Justine Henin.

Back on her beloved clay, Cibulková reached the semi-finals of Ponte Vedra Beach, beating #47 Melinda Czink 6-1 6-4, #78 Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3 6-3, #39 Aleksandra Woźniak 7-5 6-1, and losing 6-4 7-5 to #52 Olga Govortsova.

Cibulková reached the third round of Rome, beating #97 Pauline Parmentier 6-1 3-6 7-5, #78 Alberta Brianti 6-3 6-4, and losing 4-6 6-1 6-1 to #37 Maria Kirilenko.

Cibulková beat #55 Iveta Benešová 6-2 6-2 in the first round of Madrid, but lost 6-2 3-6 7-5 to #13 Li,Na in the second round.

Cibulková reached the third round of the French Open, beating #148 Ekaterina Ivanova and #127 Varvara Lepchenko 4-6 6-2 6-0, but found her path to the defence of her semi-final blocked by #2 Venus Williams, who beat her 6-3 6-4. Her ranking dropped from #26 to #46 as a result.

Cibulková beat #236 Laura Robson 6-3 6-4 in the first round of 's-Hertogenbosch, which is a pretty impressive result considering that grass is Cibulková's worst surface and Robson won the Wimbledon 2008 Girls' Singles as a 14-year-old. Cibulková beat #124 Arantxa Rus 6-2 7-5 in the second round, but lost 6-2 6-3 to #68 Kirsten Flipkens in the quarter-finals.

Although Lucie lost her only previous meeting with Cibulková 6-4 6-3 in the first round of Doha 2008, Lucie certainly has the game to overpower Cibulková on grass, and I expect her to overcome her recent injury-woes and inconsistency to do so.


8.2 Later rounds
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Should Lucie get past Cibulková, she would then face the winner of #101-ranked Selesian player Ayumi Morita and #105-ranked ageing grass-court expert Tamarine Tanasugarn, who is but a shadow of her former self at the moment.

The third round might bring #1 Serena Williams – though not if Anna Chakvetadze has anything to say about it!

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9. Daniela Hantuchová preview
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Daniela Hantuchová is one of the most naturally gifted and flairsomely talented players in the game. She's a tall, powerful girl – without being in any way ungainly or muscular. She has an all-court style of play – predominantly a fantastic spreading baseline-game, but quite often finishing off points at the net. Her trademark-shots are her pinpoint backhand down the line, and her delectable backhand drop-volley.

Daniela is a two-time Indian Wells champion (2002 and 2007), who has reached the quarter-finals of all the Majors except the French Open, where her best results have been fourth rounds in 2002 and 2006. She also has a Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, winning all four Majors with different partners between 2001 and 2005.

Daniela enjoyed arguably the best year of her career in 2007 – winning her second and third WTA singles-titles – and then reached her first Major singles semi-final at the Australian Open 2008. Sadly, she hasn't been the same since a stress-fracture in her right heel forced her off the Tour for ten weeks between April and June 2008, although she remains a very solid player who is much more consistent and emotionally mature at 27 than she was in her early 20s.

Daniela has compiled an impressive 23:12 win/loss record for 2010 so far, highlighted by reaching the Monterrey final, a Premier semi-final at Charleston, fourth round of the French Open and some Fed Cup heroics. She has maintained her ranking around the #24 mark (currently #25).

Daniela made a good start to 2010, reaching the quarter-finals of Brisbane with wins over #141 Ekaterina Ivanova (6-1 6-7 6-1) and #39 Ágnes Szávay (6-3 6-1). But she suffered a disappointing 6-4 6-2 loss to #55 Andrea Petković.

In the first round of Sydney, Daniela scored an impressive 6-3 6-0 win over #19 Virginie Razzano, but then lost 6-2 4-6 6-2 in the second round to #5 Elena Dementieva, who went on to win the title without dropping any other sets.

Daniela reached the third round of the Australian Open, beating #86 Viktoriya Kutuzova 3-6 6-1 7-5 and #139 Sofia Arvidsson 6-4 6-1 before losing 7-5 3-6 6-2 to #17 Li,Na.

Daniela contributed a 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Zhang,Shuai to Slovakia's Fed Cup win over China, then reached the third round of Dubai, beating #127 Vesna Manasieva 6-4 6-4 and #7 Elena Dementieva 6-4 1-1 (Dementieva retired with a right-shoulder injury), before losing 6-3 6-4 to #38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Then came Daniela's run to the Monterrey final: she beat #146 Lourdes Domínguez Lino 6-3 7-6, #95 Kaia Kanepi 6-1 6-3, #74 Vania King 6-1 6-3, #29 Dominika Cibulková 4-6 6-3 6-0, but lost to #28 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final by an incredible 1-6 6-1 6-0 scoreline.

Daniela crashed out in the first round of her beloved Indian Wells to tricky #57 Roberta Vinci, but reached the fourth round of Miami by beating #46 Patty Schnyder 6-1 6-4 and #18 Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-4. She then had #5 Venus Williams on the ropes (6-1 *2-0) before losing 1-6 7-5 6-4.

Daniela made an impressive run to the semi-finals of Charleston, beating #86 Ayumi Morita 6-4 2-0 retired, #64 Angelique Kerber 6-7 7-5 6-3, and #7 Jelena Janković 1-6 6-3 6-3, before losing 6-3 7-6 to #11 Samantha Stosur: the eventual champion.

Daniela was Slovakia's Fed Cup heroine in its World Group play-off against Serbia: she beat Jelena Janković 7-6 7-5 and Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-2 in her singles-rubbers, then teamed up with Magdaléna Rybáriková to win the decisive doubles-rubber at 2:2.

Thanks to a nightmare couple of draws, Daniela lost in the first rounds of her next two tournaments: 3-6 6-2 6-2 to #13 Francesca Schiavone at Rome, and 6-4 7-6 to #29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Madrid.

At the French Open, Daniela added yet another Major fourth round to her CV, beating #66 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1 6-1, and then #38 Olga Govortsova and #16 Yanina Wickmayer both 7-5 6-3. She looked on brilliant form early in her fourth-round match against #4 Jelena Janković, but Janković was just too solid, and ran out a 6-4 6-2 winner.

Sadly for me, Daniela didn't play Birmingham this year – only Eastbourne, where she saw off #157 Anne Keothavong 6-4 6-2 before losing 6-3 3-6 6-4 to the French Open runner-up: #7 Samantha Stosur.


9.1 First-round preview
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* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King

This is a very favourable draw for Daniela, as she has a 3:0 head-to-head against the 21-year-old world #71:
+ 2008 Australian Open 1r: Daniela won 6-3 7-5
+ 2009 US Open 3r: Daniela won 6-2 6-2
+ 2010 Monterrey qf: Daniela won 2-6 6-2 6-1

So Daniela will have the confidence that even if she makes her customary slow start, she owns King.

King has a win/loss record of 11:15 for 2010 so far – in fact her whole career is in the red at 123:127. This is unusual, as most players who make it to the main draw of a Major have managed to pick up plenty of Mickey-Mouse wins early in their careers!

King beat #54 Sybille Bammer 6-4 6-1 in the first round of Brisbane, but lost 4-6 6-2 6-1 to #55 Andrea Petković (who beat Daniela 6-4 6-2 in the next round). King lost 5-7 6-4 6-4 to #40 Ágnes Szávay in the first qualifying-round of Sydney.

King upset #22 Dominika Cibulková 6-3 6-7 7-5 in the first round of the Australian Open – after Cibulková had led 1:1 5-1* and wasted 4 MPs! #63 Roberta Vinci cut King back down to size (5'5") in the second round: 7-6 7-5.

King then tried dropping down to the ITF circuit, but lost 6-1 7-5 to #135 Marta Domachowska in the first round of Midland. Back up on the WTA Tour, King beat #120 Kathrin Wörle 6-3 6-4 in the first round of Memphis, but lost 3-6 6-4 6-2 to the eventual runner-up: #102 Sofia Arvidsson.

King beat two players outside the top 84 to reach the quarter-finals of Monterrey, where Daniela beat her 2-6 6-2 6-1.

King saw off #206 Christina McHale 7-5 6-3 in the first round of Indian Wells, then lost 5-7 6-2 6-4 to #4 Caroline Woźniacki – after blowing a 4-1* lead in the third set.

King suffered first-round losses at Miami and Ponte Vedra Beach to players outside the top 55. She beat #94 Anastasia Rodionova 7-5 6-0 in the first round of Charleston, but was thrashed 6-2 6-1 by #18 Nadia Petrova. King lost 4-6 6-3 6-3 to #108 Karolina Šprem in the first qualifying-round of Madrid.

The highlight of King's year so far has been a semi-final at Strasbourg: she beat #42 Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-1, #72 Alizé Cornet 6-3 6-2 and #99 Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 7-5, then lost 2-6 6-2 7-6 (8/6) to #77 Kristina Barrois.

King lost 6-2 6-2 to #124 Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round of the French Open.

At Birmingham, King beat #68 Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-0, but was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by #86 Alla Kudryavtseva. At 's-Hertogenbosch, Flipkens took revenge with her own 6-1 6-2 thrashing of King.

All signs point to an easy win for Daniela. For example, she might make her customary 0-2 start at Wimbledon, and then win 6-2 6-1.


9.2 Later rounds
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In the second round, Daniela would face the winner of #41 Elena Vesnina and #68 Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová.

The third round could well see a mouth-watering match between Daniela and #17 Maria Sharapova. They met at the same stage of Wimbledon 2004, with Maria going on to win the title!

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10. Maria Sharapova preview
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Maria Sharapova is a tweenage tennis-phenomenon with the potential to be the best player in the world, as she continues to improve an already brilliant game. She has already been #1 in the world, and won three Majors.

Maria's on-court presence is reminiscent of my all-time favourite player Monica Seles, with her powerful, early groundstrokes, her extreme on-court intensity, passion, focus, determination and fearlessness, and yes – her grunting! At her best, she gets in a zone where the ball seems to come to her in slow motion, enabling her to hit winners at will.

Maria is still struggling after a 9˝-month lay-off from July 2008 to May 2009, during which she had right-shoulder surgery in October 2008.

Last year, she reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in only her second tournament back, but has failed to reach a fourth round in the four Majors since. Although she won her first Major title at Wimbledon 2004, she has lost in the second round of the last two Wimbledons. I trust that both of these abnormal, embarrassing sequences will be rectified at Wimbledon 2010!

At times in her comeback, Maria has looked as impressive as ever, with her ferocious groundstrokes and iron will that had helped her win three Major titles and become world #1 in 2004–2008.

Yet at other times, Maria has really struggled, going through alarming periods of unforced errors, and often serving double faults in double figures for a match.

So far in her comeback, Maria has got her ranking back up to #13, won a Premier title at Tokyo last October, and won two International titles so far in 2010: Memphis and Strasbourg.

But 2010 has been a huge disappointment for Maria outside of those two tournaments, as she has played only five other tournaments – and barely won a match in the first three of those other tournaments – due to a right-elbow injury. After reaching the Birmingham final, Maria's win/loss record for the year so far stands at 17:5, with 15 of the wins coming in International tournaments.

Maria lost to #58 Maria Kirilenko in a 3h22m marathon in the first round of the Australian Open: 7-6 3-6 6-4. Little Maria went on to reach her first Major quarter-final.

Maria won Memphis in February, beating #101 Shenay Perry 6-0 6-2, #137 Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 6-1, #70 Elena Baltacha 6-2 7-5, #66 Petra Kvitová 6-4 6-3, and #102 Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-1 in the final.

In her opening match at Indian Wells, Maria struggled past #43 Vera Dushevina 4-6 7-5 6-2, coming back from the verge of defeat at 4-6 3-5* (15/30*). She then lost 6-3 2-6 6-3 to #23 Zheng,Jie, blowing a *3-2 lead in the third set as her right-elbow injury flared up.

Maria didn't play for eight weeks after that. She came back at Madrid, but had the misfortune to draw the brilliant Lucie Šafářová in the first round. Maria fought from 0-4* to 4-4* in the first set, but Lucie is much better than her then-ranking of #30, and stormed to a 6-4 6-3 victory. Lucie went on to reach the semi-finals.

Maria fared much better at Strasbourg, gaining some much-needed match-play as she beat #67 Regina Kulikova 6-3 3-6 6-1, #267 Dia Evtimova 6-3 6-0, #81 Julia Görges 7-6 6-1, #49 Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6 6-2 6-2, and #77 Kristina Barrois in the final.

What impressed me about Maria's Strasbourg-campaign was her determination to complete the tournament despite rain-delays that meant she had to complete her quarter-final and play her semi-final on Friday, and then play the final on Saturday. Maria doesn't usually like to play the week before a Major, so I was half-expecting her to tank after dropping the first set of her semi-final.

At the French Open, Maria won an entertaining match against #110 Ksenia Pervak 6-3 6-2, then saw off #71 Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 6-3 in the second round.

Maria then had the misfortune to run into the unretired Justine Henin in the third round, who, despite being ranked only #23 and seeded accordingly, won four French Open titles in 2003–2007. Maria looked in danger of an embarrassingly lopsided loss as she went *0-4 down, but after dropping the first set 2-6, she went from strength to strength in the second, taking it 6-3 before bad light stopped play. Maria made a 2-0* start to the third set, but won only one more game after that: 2-6 6-3 3-6.

For failing to defend her French Open quarter-final, Maria's ranking fell from #13 to its current #17.

Maria reached her fourth Birmingham final, starting with straightforward wins over #108 Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-0 6-3, #86 Alla Kudryavtseva (who beat her at Wimbledon 2008) 6-3 6-1, and #144 Sesil Karatantcheva (who, as a 14-year-old in 2004, claimed that Maria was afraid to play her and vowed to "kick her butt off", although in 2010 she seems to have matured into a pleasant young lady with much more modest expectations).

Although Karatantcheva wasn't strong enough to trouble Maria, who won that quarter-final 6-2 6-4, I got the impression that Maria wasn't feeling very well. She made a blistering start, but totally stopped grunting early in the match, and again in the second set of her semi-final against #185 Alison Riske (who had played amazingly aggressive and successful all-court tennis to upset Anna Chakvetadze and Yanina Wickmayer in previous rounds), which she won 6-2 4-6 6-1.

This set up a final against #11 Li,Na: a rematch of their Birmingham 2009 semi-final, which Maria had lost 6-4 6-4. This time, she made a 3-1* start but lost 7-5 6-1. Li looked every bit a top player – she has developed from a go-for-broker to a player who knows how to put her opponent into awkward positions with good placement – but Maria didn't seem to have any energy left for the second set after losing a very tough first set.

My guess is that Maria fell ill before her Birmingham quarter-final (with a sore throat among the symptoms!), and didn't have the energy to complete the tournament. I don't think it will be anything to worry about now that she's had a week off, and will have a day off after each of her Wimbledon matches.

Except after the fourth round, of course: she's seeded to play Serena Williams, and the quarter-finals are the next day!


10.1 First-round preview
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Anastasia Pivovarova [LL]

Maria's first-round draw got a lot easier when María José Martínez Sánchez [22] pulled out of Wimbledon, as Maria was originally drawn against Wimbledon 2004 Girls' Singles and Birmingham 2008 champion Kateryna Bondarenko (who was promoted to 34th seed), but now gets Anastasia Pivovarova, who was double-bagelled in the third round of qualifying!

It's an improvement in terms of eye-candy, too, as Pivovarova is another tall, slim, leggy, beautiful Russian!

World #127 Pivovarova just turned 20, and has a 21:14 win/loss record for 2010 so far, although most of these results come from the ITF circuit or WTA qualifying.

Pivovarova fell in the second qualifying-round of Auckland to #127 Chanelle Scheepers. She avenged that loss immediately in the first qualifying-round of the Australian Open: 6-4 6-2. She beat #181 Oksana Kalashnikova 6-2 7-5, but lost 7-6 1-6 6-4 to #191 Han,Xinyun in the third qualifying-round.

Pivovarova lost to #296 Olivia Sánchez in the second round of ITF Rancho Mirage, and to #307 Florencia Molinero in the first round of ITF Laguna Nigel. She reached the quarter-finals of ITF Surprise, but lost 6-3 6-4 to #257 Abigail Spears.

Pivovarova lost 6-4 4-6 6-4 to #75 Petra Martić in the first qualifying-round of Indian Wells, then 6-2 6-3 to Arantxa Rus in the second round of ITF Fort Walton Beach. She lost 6-1 7-6 to #36 Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round of Miami, and 2-6 6-2 6-3 to #175 Kristina Mladenović in the second qualifying-round of Marbella.

Pivovarova reached the semi-finals of ITF Bari, beating #292 Julia Mayr 5-7 6-2 6-1, #131 Darya Kustova 3-6 6-2 6-2, #206 Iryna Kuryanovich 2-6 7-5 6-2, and losing 6-7 6-4 6-2 to #123 Zuzana Kučová.

Pivovarova reached quarter-finals at ITF Brescia (losing 6-1 3-6 6-3 to #268 Anna Korzeniak) and ITF Florence (losing 4-6 7-6 6-4 to #200 Margalita Chaknashvili). Her four wins in those tournaments were all straight-setters against players outside the top 248.

Pivovarova's highlight of the year so far has been reaching the third round of the French Open as a qualifier. In qualifying, she beat #265 Claire de Gubernatis 7-6 5-7 6-3, #108 Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 2-6 6-2, and #130 Michaëlla Krajíček 6-4 6-7 6-2. In the main draw, she beat #90 Ioana Raluca Olaru and #24 Zheng,Jie both 6-4 6-3, then lost 6-3 6-2 to the eventual runner-up: #7 Samantha Stosur.

At 's-Hertogenbosch, Pivovarova beat #251 Valeria Savinykh 6-4 6-2 in the first qualifying-round, then lost 7-6 6-4 to #50 Arantxa Parra Santonja.

Pivovarova's qualifying-results:
1q + #173 Silvia Soler Espinosa, 6-1 6-3
2q + #199 María Irigoyen, 6-2 6-4
3q - #187 Eleni Daniilidou, 0-6 0-6

For Pivovarova, it's a case of "out of the frying-pan, into the fire"! She'll be out of her depth against Maria, who may be keen to emulate Daniilidou's scoreline!

I just hope for Pivovarova's sake that she looks her best, and won't feel too bad about being humiliated in a large stadium by a former champion who will be keen to send out a warning to the rest of the draw.


10.2 Later rounds
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In the second round, Maria would face the winner of #77 Alizé Cornet and #114 Ioana Raluca Olaru. Either way, there will be no shortage of beauty!

The third round could well see a mouth-watering match between Maria and #25 Daniela Hantuchová. They met at the same stage of Wimbledon 2004, with Maria going on to win the title!

The fourth round could bring #1 Serena Williams (though I hope Anna Chakvetadze or Lucie Šafářová will have something to say about that), whom Maria beat 6-1 6-4 in the Wimbledon 2004 final!

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11. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview
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Magdaléna Rybáriková is one of the most enjoyable tennis-players to watch. Of course it helps that she is an absolute stunner, but she is also very entertaining in tennis-terms. In many ways, she is a throwback to a bygone era with her excellent volleys, one-handed sliced backhands and dropshots. Yet she has upgraded that model to the modern era with a big serve and groundstrokes of flairsome power, with which she likes to go for the lines. She hits plenty of brilliant winners, especially off her forehand!

In 2009, Magda cemented her position on the WTA Tour with a solid season in which she went 32:26 in singles and rose from #58 to #46 in the rankings, highlighted by her first WTA singles-title at Birmingham.

Magda has had a disappointing 2010 so far, with a win/loss record of just 10:17, and only first- and second-round losses outside of Kuala Lumpur (where she reached the quarter-finals) and Birmingham (where she reached the third round).

Magda's ranking has dipped from #44 at the start of the year to #63 after Birmingham. I'm actually relieved that the worst of the fall is behind her now (I bloody well hope!), and that she's still in the top 64.

Magda started 2010 with an impressive 6-2 6-3 win over world #27 Anabel Medina Garrigues at Auckland, but followed that with two dismal losses: 6-1 6-0 to #30 Shahar Pe'er at Auckland, and 6-3 6-1 to #34 Aleksandra Woźniak at Hobart.

Magda put up a respectable 6-4 6-4 scoreline against world #2 and defending finalist Dinara Safina in the first round of the Australian Open, but followed it with another dismal loss: 6-3 6-1 to #34 Kateryna Bondarenko at Dubai.

Magda reached the quarter-finals of Kuala Lumpur by beating #76-ranked recent Pattaya City runner-up Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-5 6-3, and #408-ranked Wimbledon 2009 Girls' Singles champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-4 7-5, before being thrashed 6-0 6-3 by #7 Elena Dementieva.

Magda lost 6-2 6-2 to a certain unranked player by the name of Justine Henin in the first round of Indian Wells, then beat #72 Lucie Hradecká 3-6 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of Miami, where she lost 6-2 6-4 to #15 Marion Bartoli.

Magda's slump continued into the clay-season with a 6-3 3-6 7-5 loss to #163 Anna Tatishvili in the first round of Ponte Vedra Beach.

In the first round of Charleston, Magda beat #122 Sharon Fichman 7-5 6-2 (after nearly blowing a 5-0* lead in the first set), then lost 6-3 7-5 to #11 Samantha Stosur, which is pretty respectable considering the way that Stosur stormed to the title after that.

In Slovakia's Fed Cup tie against Serbia, Magda lost the opening rubber 7-6 6-3 to #7 Jelena Janković, but couldn't handle the pressure of trying to seal the tie in the fourth rubber, which she lost 6-1 7-6 to #117 Bojana Jovanovski to make it 2:2. But she teamed up with Daniela Hantuchová to win the decisive doubles-rubber.

Magda lost 6-4 6-3 to #108-ranked lucky loser Jarmila Groth in the first round of Estoril, and 2-6 6-1 6-4 to #26 Alyona Bondarenko in the first round of Madrid.

Magda stunned #37 Melanie Oudin 6-0 6-2 in the first round of a rain-soaked Warsaw, but blew a *5-1 lead and four set-points as she lost 7-6 6-3 to #35 Sara Errani in the second round. Still, her Warsaw scores made me feel a lot better about her form than I felt about it before Warsaw.

Magda beat #65 Sofia Arvidsson 6-7 6-3 6-2 in the first round of the French Open (after serving for the first set *6-5, and then trailing 6-7 *1-3), but lost 6-3 6-3 to #31 Alyona Bondarenko in the second round.

Magda had a lucky escape in the first round of Birmingham, as #67 Regina Kulikova retired with a low-back injury despite leading 7-5 2-3*. Magda then came through a very tough match against #103 Ekaterina Makarova – who went on to win Eastbourne! – 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7/5), despite blowing a 7-5 4-1* lead, and then being two points from defeat three times in the third.

Magda then lost her third round 6-2 6-7 6-2 to #144 Sesil Karatantcheva in very cold, windy conditions. She was very erratic until she trailed 2-6 *3-5, but did at least play some dynamic all-court tennis to save the second set (even saving a match-point at 2-6 4-5*). As the defending champion, she looked very upset when she lost.

At 's-Hertogenbosch, Magda upset #21 Dinara Safina 6-7 6-4 6-4, although Safina was already on a four-match losing-streak dating back to April, and has since pulled out of Wimbledon with a chronic back-injury, so Magda should probably have beaten her more convincingly (she led *3-0 in the third, but Safina got one of the breaks back, and Magda needed 6 MPs to seal her victory).

In the second round of 's-Hertogenbosch, Magda lost 7-6 4-6 6-2 to world #88 Sandra Záhlavová (who was the loudest grunter at Birmingham, even though the draw included Maria Sharapova and Michelle Larcher de Brito!). Magda blew a *5-3 lead in the first set, although she did at least fight back from 6-7 1-3* to force a third.


11.1 First-round preview
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* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF]

Magda has a tough assignment against the world #20 (whom she's never played before), but there's certainly a case for her beating Rezaď, seeing as grass is Magda's best surface and Rezaď's worst!

Rezaď is a great hitter (with a backhand just like Monica Seles) but a poor mover, so Magda has to take her out of her comfort-zone, and keep her guessing: sometimes spread her by hitting to the sidelines, sometimes jam her with deep balls down the middle. That's what Li,Na did so well when she beat Rezaď in the semi-finals of Birmingham.

Rezaď has a 24:10 win/loss record for 2010 so far, highlighted by winning the Premier Mandatory at Madrid.

Rezaď lost to #28 Dominika Cibulková in the second round of Auckland, but reached the semi-finals of Sydney, beating #67 Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6-7 6-2 6-2, #40 Ágnes Szávay 6-3 7-6, #12 Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-0(!), and losing 3-6 7-5 6-4 to #1 Serena Williams.

Rezaď reached the second round of the Australian Open, beating #57 Sania Mirza 6-4 6-2, but losing 6-2 6-3 to #118 Angelique Kerber.

Rezaď lost in the second round of WTA Paris to #49 Andrea Petković, and in the second round of Dubai to #8 Jelena Janković.

Rezaď reached the fourth round of Indian Wells by beating #74 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 7-5 and #18 Francesca Schiavone 6-7 7-6 6-4; she then lost 6-3 6-3 to #7 Elena Dementieva.

Rezaď lost to #74 Petra Martić in her opening match at Miami, and 6-4 6-2 to #82 Tatjana Malek in the second round of Marbella. She lost 6-3 6-4 to #54 Roberta Vinci in the first round of Barcelona, and 6-1 7-6 to #49 Petković in France's Fed Cup tie against Germany, although she did get revenge on Malek: 2-6 6-3 6-0.

At Rome, Rezaď beat #82 Ayumi Morita 6-4 6-2, then lost in the second round to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-7 7-5.

Rezaď pulled off a mild upset in the first round of Madrid, beating #20 and recent Stuttgart-champion Justine Henin 4-6 7-5 6-0 after Henin had led 6-4 3-0*. Rezaď proceeded to beat #88 Klára Zakopalová 6-3 7-5, #51 Andrea Petković 6-4 7-6, Jelena Janković 7-5 6-4, Lucie Šafářová 6-1 retired, and #3 Venus Williams 6-2 7-5 in the final!

At the French Open, Rezaď crushed #166 Heidi El Tabakh 6-1 6-1, overcame #64 Angelique Kerber 6-2 2-6 6-3, and lost a heart-breaker to #20 Nadia Petrova in the third round: 6-7 6-4 10-8 after having 3 MPs at 1:1 5-4* (40/15* + Ad).

At Birmingham, Rezaď reached the semi-finals with wins over #76 Anastasia Rodionova 6-3 6-4, #195 Mirjana Lučić 7-5 6-3 and #33 Sara Errani 7-6 7-5, before being picked apart by #11 Li,Na 6-1 3-6 6-3.

At Eastbourne, Rezaď upset #3 Caroline Woźniacki 6-4 1-6 6-3 in the first round, but retired with a right-wrist injury when trailing #23 María José Martínez Sánchez 2-6 0-3*.

That certainly boosts Magda's chances, and I just hope that Rezaď is fit to play her, since I would hate to see Rezaď withdraw or retire.

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12. Vera Zvonarëva preview
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Vera Zvonarëva is a cute and flairsomely talented player, whom I admire for her beautifully-produced groundstrokes of flairsome power, for the way she combines amazing lateral-retrieval abilities with powerful hitting, and most of all for her tremendous fighting spirit.

Last year was shaping up to be the best year of Vera's career, as she reached her first Major semi-final at the Australian Open 2009, and won her first Premier singles-title at Indian Wells.

But on 16th April 2009, Vera suffered a very nasty right-ankle injury whilst playing at Charleston. She missed the French Open 2009, struggled through the rest of the season in pain, and had surgery in November.

Vera has a decent 21:10 win/loss record for 2010 so far, but has dropped from #9 to #21 in the rankings after failing to defend her Australian Open 2009 semi-final and Indian Wells 2009 title. Her highlights of 2010 so far have been the successful defence of her Pattaya City title, and reaching the Charleston final, but she seems to have lost her confidence after an embarrassingly one-sided loss in the latter.

Vera was still struggling with her ankle in early January, retiring from the first round of Sydney.

Vera eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open, beating #108 Kristína Kučová 6-2 6-0, #45 Iveta Benešová 6-0 6-3 and #36 Gisela Dulko 6-1 7-5, but ran out of gas as she lost 4-6 6-4 6-0 to #7 Victoria Azarenka after leading 6-4 *4-2.

Vera was apparently back to full fitness in February, as she successfully defended her Pattaya City title, beating #118 Ksenia Pervak and #72 Alberta Brianti both 6-3 6-2, #50 Sybille Bammer 6-0 7-6, #48 Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 4-6 6-3, and #87 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 6-4.

Indeed, Vera was developing a reputation as an iron woman as she played every single day from Thursday 11th February (Pattaya City 2r) to Thursday 18th February (Dubai QF). At Dubai, she beat #28 Elena Vesnina 6-4 4-6 7-5, #83 Kirsten Flipkens 6-0 6-0 and #8 Jelena Janković 6-3 6-2, but finally hit the wall against #6 Victoria Azarenka, crying on court as she lost 6-1 6-3.

Vera reached the fourth rounds of Indian Wells and Miami by beating four players outside the top 41, but lost to #11 Samantha Stosur 6-2 7-5 and #33 Justine Henin 6-1 6-4, respectively.

Vera reached the final of Charleston for the second time in her career, beating #103 Rossana de los Ríos 6-2 6-0, #25 Alyona Bondarenko 6-2 6-1, #36 Melanie Oudin 7-5 6-2, and Caroline Woźniacki 5-2 (Woźniacki sprained her right ankle and had to retire). But in the final, she suffered a crushing 6-0 6-3 loss to #11 Samantha Stosur, who was absolutely on fire. The highlight of the match was Vera's racket-smashing tantrum after double-faulting for 0-6 *0-3 (15/40).

Sadly, the Charleston final seems to have affected Vera's confidence, for she suffered a 6-4 6-0 loss to #62 Petra Kvitová in the first round of Rome, and nobody said she was injured.

At Madrid, Vera extended her ownership of #37 Melanie Oudin to 3:0 with a 6-3 6-4 victory, but couldn't repeat her French Open 2003 win over #3 Venus Williams, losing 7-5 6-3 after leading 4-2* (40/15*) in the first set and 3-1* in the second.

Vera started the French Open with an easy 6-3 6-1 win over #75 Alberta Brianti, but suffered a very disappointing 6-4 6-4 loss to #92 Anastasia Rodionova in the second round.

And she extended her losing-streak to two matches by going down 6-3 3-6 7-5 to #23 María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of Eastbourne – her only grass-court match ahead of Wimbledon (why doesn't she play Birmingham anymore?). In a game of six deuces at 1:1 5-5*, Vera had 2 BPs that would have left her serving for the match at *6-5.


12.1 First-round preview
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q]

On paper, this should be an easy win for Vera against the world #177, whom she leads 2:1 head-to-head:
- 2005 Miami 2r: Llagostera Vives won 3-6 6-3 6-1
+ 2008 Linz 2r: Vera won 6-2 6-0
+ 2009 US Open 1r: Vera won 6-0 6-4

Llagostera Vives is the shortest tennis-player I know: just 5'1" in her bare feet. She has a weak serve, and a lack of reach that Vera should be able to exploit with her superb angles. Llagostera Vives has solid groundstrokes, and wins points with placement rather than power.

Not surprisingly, grass is a terrible surface for Llagostera Vives: she's lost in the first round of four of her five Wimbledons (which isn't many for a 30-year-old). The exception was 2004, when she won four matches to reach the second round as a qualifier. You don't certainly qualify for Wimbledon by being completely useless on grass!

Llagostera Vives has had a very light schedule of tournaments so far in 2010, with a win/loss record of 9:7.

Llagostera Vives fell in the second qualifying-round of the Australian Open to #124 Renata Voráčová, and in the second qualifying-round of Dubai to #127 Vesna Manasieva.

Llagostera Vives won two matches to qualify for Indian Wells (#105 Evgeniya Rodina 3-6 7-6 6-2 and #74 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3 6-1), and lost in the first round proper to #63 Anastasija Sevastova: 6-2 3-6 6-1.

Llagostera Vives fell in the second qualifying-round of Marbella to #95 Yvonne Meusburger, in the second qualifying-round of Barcelona to #119 Arantxa Rus, and in the first qualifying-round of Rome to #114 Bojana Jovanovski.

Llagostera Vives won three matches to qualify for the French Open: #119 Valérie Tétreault and #235 Anais Laurendon both 6-1 6-1, and #132 Kathrin Wörle 7-6 7-5. She lost in the first round proper to #18 Shahar Pe'er: 6-1 6-4.

Llagostera Vives has qualified for the main draw with the following results:
1q + #159 Darya Kustova, 6-2 6-1
2q + #127 Sesil Karatantcheva, 6-3 2-6 6-3
3q + #126 VESNA MANASIEVA [15], 7-6 (7/4) 6-4

Llagostera Vives certainly had to do it the hard way: in 2q, she was 1:1 *1-3 down; in 3q, she saved SP at *5-6 (30/40), and was 0-3* and 3-4* down in the second!

Vera – despite her recent poor form – should be far too strong for Llagostera Vives. The question I'm asking is not whether she can win, but whether she can win 6-0 6-0.


12.2 Later rounds
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In the second round, Vera would face the winner of #147-ranked qualifier Andrea Hlaváčková and #303-ranked Wimbledon 2009 Girls' Singles champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.

In the third round, Vera could face #18 Yanina Wickmayer, although Wickmayer has a horrible first-round draw in #145 Alison Riske, who beat her at Birmingham with an amazing display of aggressive all-court tennis.

In the fourth round, Vera could face #4 Jelena Janković (though I hope Wimbledon 2008 Girls' Singles champion Laura Robson will rise to the occasion and have something to say about that).

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13. Andrew's wishes
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13.1 Second-round wishes
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13.1.1 Second-round wishes: Top half
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Michelle Larcher de Brito
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] d. Ayumi Morita [s]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] d. Elena Vesnina
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Alizé Cornet

+ Chanelle Scheepers [WC] d. Mariana Duque Marińo
+ Anastasia Rodionova d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19]
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. SARA ERRANI [32]
+ Melinda Czink d. Jill Craybas

+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Arantxa Rus
+ Iveta Benešová d. Roberta Vinci
+ Sorana Cîrstea d. ZHENG,JIE [23]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. Casey Dell'Acqua

+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF]
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ Kimiko Date Krumm d. Heather Watson [WC]
+ Tímea Bacsinszky d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [6]


13.1.2 Second-round wishes: Bottom half
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+ Karolina Šprem [DF] d. Maria Elena Camerin
+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. Anastasiya Yakimova [Q]
+ Anastasija Sevastova d. Mariya Korytsseva
+ Tatjana Malek d. Chan,Yung-Jan

+ YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] d. Kirsten Flipkens
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn [WC,S]
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] d. Lucie Hradecká [s]
+ Laura Robson [WC,DF] d. Aleksandra Woźniak

+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [5]
+ YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] d. Regina Kulikova
+ Alicia Molik d. KATERYNA BONDARENKO [34]
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Elena Baltacha

+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Sania Mirza-Malik [DF]
+ Jarmila Groth d. MELANIE OUDIN [33]
+ Sandra Záhlavová d. Sofia Arvidsson
+ Ágnes Szávay d. Rossana de los Ríos


13.2 Third-round wishes
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] (my Reason says Lucie, but my Passion says Anna)
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] (my Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Chanelle Scheepers [WC] d. Anastasia Rodionova
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Melinda Czink

+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Iveta Benešová
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. Sorana Cîrstea
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Gisela Dulko [DF]
+ Tímea Bacsinszky d. Kimiko Date Krumm

+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. Karolina Šprem [DF]
+ Anastasija Sevastova d. Tatjana Malek
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF]
+ Laura Robson [WC,DF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [28]

+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30]
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Alicia Molik
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Jarmila Groth
+ Ágnes Szávay d. Sandra Záhlavová


13.3 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Anna Chakvetadze [EF] (my Passion says Anna, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Chanelle Scheepers [WC]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Tímea Bacsinszky

+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. Anastasija Sevastova
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Laura Robson [WC,DF]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S]
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Ágnes Szávay


13.4 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Stefanie Vögele [DF]
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


13.5 Semi-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ana Ivanović [DF]


13.6 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]

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14. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/

* Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] v (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/OLGA GOVORTSOVA)[17]

* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (Mariya Koryttseva/Daria Kustova)[Q]

* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]/Klára Zakopalová v Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]/Melinda Czink

* (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] v Maria Kondratieva/Vladimíra Uhlířová

* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v Katalin Marosi/Kathrin Wörle

* (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] v Anastasia Rodionova/Arina Rodionova

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15. Order of play for Monday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 19 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 1r: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q]
2. MS 1r: VICTOR HANESCU [31] v Andrey Kuznetsov
3. WS 1r: Mariya Korytsseva v Kristina Barrois

Why does Vera always get put on the lowest-possible court in the early rounds of a Major? It's not a televised court, so I won't get to watch any of my Eternal Fanship on Monday – or even Vögele v Kirilenko, which is first on Court 7.

The televised courts this year are Centre Court, Court One, Court 2, Court 5 (formerly known as Court 3), Court 12 and Court 18.

So I look forward to watching an attractive match between Bartoli and Görges (first on Court 18), Robson upset Janković (second on Centre Court), and Sevastova upset Henin (fourth on Court 12).

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 1

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Llagostera Vives
4. First-round TV-report: Bartoli v Görges
5. First-round TV-report: Camerin v Clijsters
6. First-round TV-report: Martić v Baltacha
7. First-round TV-report: Robson v Janković
8. First-round TV-report: Sevastova v Henin
9. First-round TV-report: Ivanović v Pe'er
10. First-round draw
11. Andrew's wishes
12. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 1:
* zvonareva
* vogele [sic]
* kirilenko
* ivanovic
* sprem
* mirza
* bartoli
* robson
* goerges
* bondarenko
* camerin
* shahar peer
* riske
* molik
* lertcheewakarn
* o'brien
* kerber
* hlavackova
* mattek-sands
* dushevina

Various players including Stefanie Vögele [DF], Maria Kirilenko [DF], Ana Ivanović [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Julia Görges [DF], Laura Robson [DF], Alyona Bondarenko, Maria Elena Camerin, Petra Martić, Andrea Hlaváčková, Katie O'Brien:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-211.html

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2. First-round results (Monday 21st June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
- Stefanie Vögele [DF] lt. MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF], 6-2 4-6 5-7
- Ana Ivanović [DF] lt. SHAHAR PE'ER [13], 3-6 4-6
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Julia Görges [DF], 6-4 6-3
- Sania Mirza-Malik [DF] lt. Angelique Kerber, 4-6 1-6
+ YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] d. Alison Riske [WC], 6-4 5-7 6-3
+ YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] d. Polona Hercog, 6-1 6-4
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] d. Katie O'Brien [WC], 6-3 6-7 (10/12) 6-4
- Noppawan Lertcheewakarn [WC,S] lt. Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 3-6 2-6
- Lucie Hradecká [s] lt. Varvara Lepchenko, 4-6 5-7
+ Petra Martić d. Elena Baltacha, 2-6 7-5 6-3
- Ágnes Szávay lt. Ekaterina Makarova, 4-6 6-7 (2/7)
+ Kirsten Flipkens d. Stéphanie Dubois [LL], 6-4 6-4

Vögele led 6-2 *2-1, and 1:1 5-3* (30/15*). As much as I still love Kirilenko, I must admit I'm disappointed not to see Vögele on TV this year.

Alyona Bondarenko led 6-3 4-1* and 5-3*, with MP at 5-4* (40/30*). The third set was a pure Noah's-Ark set, with Bondarenko and O'Brien winning two games each repeatedly until the match was over.

Baltacha led 6-2 5-3*.

What rocked:
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1
+ Karolina Šprem [DF] d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands [Q], 6-3 6-4
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Anna Lapushchenkova, 6-0 7-6 (9/7)
+ Alicia Molik d. Zuzana Kučová, 6-2 7-5
+ Jarmila Groth d. Renata Voráčová, 6-4 6-3
+ Aleksandra Woźniak d. Eleni Daniilidou [Q], 7-5 7-5
+ MELANIE OUDIN [33] d. Anna-Lena Grönefeld, 6-3 6-0
+ Regina Kulikova d. Melanie South [WC], 6-1 6-2
+ Chan,Yung-Jan d. Patty Schnyder, 6-0 6-2

What sucked:
- Laura Robson [WC,DF] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 3-6 6-7 (5/7)
- Maria Elena Camerin lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 0-6 3-6
- Anastasija Sevastova lt. JUSTINE HENIN [17], 4-6 3-6
- Tatjana Malek lt. NADIA PETROVA [12], 4-6 3-6
- Sandra Záhlavová lt. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26], 2-6 3-6
- Sofia Arvidsson lt. Alla Kudryavtseva, 4-6 1-6
- Rossana de los Ríos lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 3-6 2-6
- Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] lt. Shenay Perry [Q], 2-6 6-4 7-9
- Mariya Korytsseva lt. Kristina Barrois, 3-6 4-6
- KATERYNA BONDARENKO [34] lt. Gréta Arn [Q], 6-7 (1/7) 6-3 3-6
- FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [5] lt. Vera Dushevina, 7-6 (7/0) 5-7 1-6

Yakimova had MP at 1:1 *6-5 (40/30).

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18017571

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3. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Llagostera Vives (Monday 21st June 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1

A comfortable win for Vera – although it's annoying that she dropped five games to an opponent whom I felt she could shut out.

Vera wasted a BP in the first game of the match, but won the first set on the strength of a break in the third game.

Vera didn't drop another game after 6-4 *0-1, although Llagostera Vives wasted 2 GPs at *1-3.


First set
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ZVONARËVA _*@*_*_*_* 6
LLAGOSTER *___*_*_*_ 4

The match started at 12:17 BST.

Llagostera Vives serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Llagostera Vives (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Llagostera Vives serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Llagostera Vives serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Llagostera Vives serving 2-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. Held.

Llagostera Vives serving 3-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. Held.

Vera serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Vera). Vera won the first set 6-4 at 12:44 BST (27m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA _*@*@*@ 6
LLAGOSTER *______ 1

Llagostera Vives serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Vera serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Llagostera Vives serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Llagostera Vives serving 1-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Llagostera Vives (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 4-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Llagostera Vives serving 1-5 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (MP #1 for Vera). Deuce #1. Ad Llagostera Vives (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (MP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Vera (MP #3). Vera won 6-4 6-1 at 13:20 BST (second set 35m, match 1h03m).

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4. First-round TV-report: Bartoli v Görges (Monday 21st June 2010)
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+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Julia Görges [DF], 6-4 6-3

I was impressed by Görges in this match. She made a blistering start, breaking to love with a backhand winner and two forehand winners, before becoming too erratic, but showing a willingness to change a losing game as she closed from *1-4 to *4-5 (with 7 GPs that would have made it 5-5*).

Görges reminds me a bit of Daniela Hantuchová in the way that she's quite a flairsome hitter of the ball, and can hit plenty of winners.

Since I'm giving out the "DF" label quite cheaply now, Gorgeous Görges might as well have it too!


Prematch
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When I tuned into freesat BBC Red Button, Bartoli was already on Court 18, while Görges – who came from the unseeded locker-room – was late to arrive. Görges had a vertical tape on her right knee.

My favourite umpire Eva Asderaki was in the high chair for this match.

The match started at 12:11 BST.


First set
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GÖRGES @____*_*@_ 4
BARTOL _@*@*_*__@ 6

Bartoli serving 0-0: Görges hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Second serve: Görges hit a big forehand winner down Bartoli's right sideline! 0/30. Deep first serve out wide: Görges blasted a forehand return-winner down the line. 0/40 (BP #1). Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). Broken.

A stunning start by Görges, and I like it! Such a contrast to the last time I saw her play: a one-sided loss to Serena Williams at the French Open.

Görges serving 0-0: First serve out wide + forehand down the line; Görges went to the net, forcing Bartoli to hit a crosscourt backhand pass wide. 15/0. Görges forced a short return, but sprayed an off-forehand wide. 15/15. Bartoli's deep forehand forced Görges to hit one long. 15/30. Görges forehand long. 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault #1 (second serve just long). Broken.

Bartoli serving 1-1: Görges crosscourt backhand just wide. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Görges to earth a backhand return. 30/0. Görges crosscourt backhand just wide. 40/0 (GP #1). A low-bouncing flat drive from Bartoli forced Görges to dump a forehand halfway up the net. Held.

Görges serving 1-2: Bartoli hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Ace down the middle. 15/15. A deep ball from Bartoli induced Görges to hit a backhand very long, and emit a cute little moan. 15/30. Görges forehand just long. 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault (second serve into the net). Broken.

Görges is pressing too much, according to BBC commentator Louise Pleming.

Bartoli serving 3-1: Görges netted a backhand. 15/0. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/15. Bartoli forced a short ball but hit a backhand just long. 15/30. Görges crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/30. First serve out wide induced Görges to net a forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Ace out wide. Held.

Görges serving 1-4: Görges on the third stroke sprayed a wild forehand long/wide. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Bartoli's deep crosscourt backhand induced Görges to hit a "too aggressive" backhand wide. 30/15. Second serve: Bartoli's backhand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 30/30. First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep return induced Görges to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Deep first serve out wide forced Bartoli to bunt a forehand return long. Ad Görges (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Bartoli to hit a forehand long. Held.

Bartoli serving 4-2: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Bartoli hit a crosscourt backhand drive-volley from no-man's-land, forcing Görges to net a backhand. 30/0. Bartoli hit a deep crosscourt forehand onto the baseline, forcing Görges to net a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep second serve just inside the service-line induced Görges to hit a forehand return wide. Held.

Görges serving 2-5 (new balls): Deep first serve out wide forced Bartoli to net a forehand return. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Görges went to the net and hit a forehand drop-volley winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Bartoli forehand wide. Held.

Bartoli serving 5-3: Bartoli went to the net, but Görges hit a deep lob just inside the baseline, forcing Bartoli to retreat and net a backhand. 0/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Görges to net a backhand. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Görges to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Görges hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline, and said "c'mon". 30/30. Bartoli went to the net, but her approach lacked commitment and Görges hit a down-the-line backhand pass-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Bartoli went to the net, but Görges hit a body-jamming forehand + down-the-line forehand pass-winner. Görges said a cute "c'mon". Broken.

It's good to see that Görges is changing a losing game. Going for broke worked for her at the very start of the match, then she was too erratic; now she's more sensible.

Görges serving 4-5: Görges off-backhand winner. 15/0. Bartoli crosscourt backhand winner. 30/0. Görges crosscourt forehand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Görges hit a forehand just long. 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve: Bartoli took the initiative with a strong return, and Görges hit a crosscourt forehand wide on the fifth stroke. 40/30 (GP #3). Görges went to the net, but unforcedly netted a backhand drive-volley. Deuce #1. First serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. Ad Görges (GP #4). Bartoli's depth forced Görges to dump a forehand halfway up the net. Deuce #2. Second serve out wide sat up nicely for Bartoli to hit a forehand return-winner down the line. Ad Bartoli (SP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Bartoli to net a forehand return. Görges said "c'mon" and pumped her fist. Deuce #1. Bartoli's deep crosscourt forehand return forced Görges to net a forehand. Ad Bartoli (SP #2). Görges hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Bartoli, and said a cute "c'mon". Deuce #2. First serve out wide: Bartoli netted a forehand return, and Görges said another "c'mon". Ad Görges (GP #5). Görges ran down a netcord-return, but hit an awkward but certainly makeable backhand long. Deuce #3. Görges forced a floater and hit a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. Ad Görges (GP #6). Görges snatched at a backhand, dumping it into the net. Deuce #4. Bartoli dumped a forehand into the net. Ad Görges (GP #7). Bartoli's deep crosscourt forehand onto the baseline forced Görges to hit a forehand long. Deuce #4. Some distracting music floated onto Court 18. Double fault (second serve into the net). Ad Bartoli (SP #3). Double fault (second serve just long). Bartoli won the first set 6-4 at 12:52 BST (39m).


Second set
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GÖRGES _*___*_*_ 3
BARTOL *_*@*_*_* 6

Bartoli serving 0-0: Deep second serve out wide induced Görges to mishit a crosscourt forehand return wide. 15/0. First serve: Görges netted a forehand return. 30/0. Görges netted a sliced backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Bartoli's deep backhand just inside the baseline forced Görges to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. Held.

Görges serving 0-1: First serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 15/0. First serve out wide + pinpoint short-angled off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). Bartoli's depth induced Görges to mishit a backhand long. 40/15 (GP #2). Görges netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #3). Bartoli's deep return induced Görges to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Deep second serve down the middle, just inside the centre-line, forced Bartoli to net a backhand return. Ad Görges (GP #4). Service-winner. Held.

Bartoli serving 1-1: Görges's crosscourt backhand forced Bartoli to hit a backhand long. 0/15. Görges threw in a delicate crosscourt backhand dropshot, forcing Bartoli to net a backhand. 0/30. Body-jamming first serve out wide forced Görges to dump a forehand return halfway up the net. 15/30. Second serve: Görges hit an aggressive forehand return just long. 30/30. Deep first serve down the middle forced Görges to net a backhand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep first serve just inside the service-line forced Görges to net a backhand return. Held.

Görges serving 1-2: At this point, the bustards who control which matches are shown on BBC Red Button switched this stream to Court One to show Anderson v Davydenko. I acquired freesat for THIS?!

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5. First-round TV-report: Camerin v Clijsters (Monday 21st June 2010)
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- Maria Elena Camerin lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 0-6 3-6

I started watching this at 0-3 *3-4 (right after BBC Red Button stopped showing Bartoli v Görges). So I only saw two games, although it felt like much more, as the *3-4 game had three deuces.


Second set
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CLIJSTE *_*_*_*@* 6
CAMERIN _*_*_*___ 3

Camerin serving 3-4: Clijsters hit an off-backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Camerin to net a forehand. 0/15. Clijsters forehand wide. 0/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Clijsters to net a forehand. 15/30. First serve out wide forced Clijsters to net a forehand. 30/30. Clijsters's deep crosscourt forehand forced Camerin to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Camerin went to the net, forced a floater, and hit an off-forehand drive-volley, forcing Clijsters to hit a backhand long. Deuce #1. Clijsters went to the net and hit an off-forehand volley-winner just inside the sideline. Ad Clijsters (BP #2). Serve + down-the-line backhand winner onto the baseline. Deuce #2. Camerin blasted a wild backhand into the net. Ad Clijsters (BP #3). Camerin's slice induced Clijsters to hit an off-backhand wide. Deuce #3. Clijsters hit a crosscourt backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Camerin to stretch low & wide and net a backhand. Ad Clijsters (BP #4). Clijsters hit a deep crosscourt backhand onto the baseline, forcing Camerin to net a backhand. Broken.

Clijsters serving 5-3: Clijsters's crosscourt forehand forced Camerin to net a forehand. Camerin groaned. 15/0. Clijsters hit an off-forehand winner back behind Camerin, who slipped over. 30/0. Clijsters on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand winner that supposedly caught the outside edge of the sideline (no Hawk-Eye on Court 2). 40/0 (MP #1 for Clijsters). Deep second serve down the middle – on the service-line – forced Camerin to net a forehand return. Clijsters won 6-0 6-3 at 13:17 BST (second set 41m, match 1h05m).

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6. First-round TV-report: Martić v Baltacha (Monday 21st June 2010)
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+ Petra Martić d. Elena Baltacha, 2-6 7-5 6-3

I started watching this when Baltacha led 6-2 5-3* (right after Camerin v Clijsters) – just in time for the choke!

Baltacha said: "I was serving for the match, and I got a little bit nervous. Once you show your opponent that you are a bit edgy, they take control and that's it. You can find yourself in a lot of trouble."

It was my first time to watch Martić play (apart from a few points of highlights from WTA Paris back in February), and I like her. She's cute and slim, and although she's a very soft hitter of the ball, she has great precision, and can generate amazing short angles. She also has a surprisingly big serve!


Second set
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MARTIĆ *_*___*_*@*@ 7
BALTAC _*_*@*_*____ 5

Martić had a tape on her left shoulder (although she's right-handed).

Martić serving 3-5 (new balls): Martić hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, forcing Baltacha to net a forehand. 15/0. Ace down the middle. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Baltacha to hit a forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Martić went to the net behind a pinpoint down-the-line forehand onto the sideline, but Baltacha hit a pinpoint backhand lob-winner just inside the baseline! 40/15 (GP #2). Baltacha on the fourth stroke hit a forehand long.

Baltacha serving 5-4: Martić hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Baltacha to hit a backhand wide. 0/15. Baltacha went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner. 15/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/30. Ace down the middle: on the centre-line. 30/30. Baltacha on the third stroke sprayed a wild forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide + short-angled off-forehand winner just inside the sideline – back behind Martić. Deuce #1. Martić's deep crosscourt forehand forced Baltacha to hit a forehand long. Ad Martić (BP #2). Martić opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand approach, and hit a forehand volley-winner down the line. Broken.

Prior to the above game, Martić had converted 0 of 1 BPs in this match.

Martić serving 5-5: Second serve out wide: Baltacha netted a makeable forehand return. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Ace down the middle: just inside the service-line. 40/0 (GP #1). Baltacha dumped a forehand volley into the net. Held.

Sam Smith: "I feel like there's been a massive momentum-swing, but is it Baltacha playing worse, or Martić going up a level?"

Baltacha serving 5-6: Martić dumped a forehand halfway up the net. 15/0. Martić went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Martić hit a pinpoint crosscourt forehand volley-winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Martić dumped a forehand halfway up the net. 30/30. Serve + crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/40 (SP #1 for Martić). First serve out wide forced a very short return, which Baltacha dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #1. Baltacha forehand long. Ad Martić (SP #2). Baltacha on the third stroke dumped a backhand halfway up the net. Martić won the second set 7-5 at 13:35 BST (second set 50m, match so far 1h24m).


Third set
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MARTIĆ *@*_*_*_* 6
BALTAC ___*_*_*_ 3

Martić serving 0-0: Martić played a good spreading rally, forcing Baltacha to hit a crosscourt backhand lob just wide. 15/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Baltacha to net a forehand return. 30/15. Deep first serve forced Baltacha to hit a forehand return just long. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Baltacha to net a forehand return. Held.

Baltacha serving 0-1: First serve: forehand return just long. 15/0. Baltacha forehand return just long. 15/15. Baltacha sprayed a crosscourt forehand just wide. 15/30. First serve out wide forced Martić to bunt a backhand long. 30/30. Deep second serve caught the back edge of the service-line, forcing Martić to hit a forehand return wide. 40/30. (GP #1). A long rally ended with Martić hitting a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. Deuce #1. Baltacha netted a forehand return. Ad Martić (BP #1). Martić hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Baltacha to net a forehand. Martić pumped her fist. Broken.

Martić serving 2-0: Serve + crosscourt forehand virtual winner. 15/0. Double fault (second serve very long). 15/15. Baltacha crosscourt forehand + off-forehand winner. 15/30. Martić off-forehand winner. 30/30. Martić's crosscourt backhand induced Baltacha to net a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Baltacha's dropshot induced Martić to net a forehand. Deuce #1. Baltacha's off-forehand forced Martić to net a backhand. Ad Baltacha (BP #1). Baltacha sliced backhand just long. Deuce #2. Double fault (second serve just wide). Ad Baltacha (BP #2). Ace out wide: just inside the service-line. Deuce #3. Ace out wide: just inside the sideline. Ad Martić (GP #2). Martić's deep sliced backhand induced Baltacha to hit a forehand return wide. Held.

Baltacha serving 0-3: Martić netted a backhand. 15/0. Martić forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Baltacha went to the net but dumped a backhand punch-volley into it. 15/30. Baltacha off-forehand just wide. 15/40 (BP #1). Martić crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/40 (BP #2). Martić netted a backhand. Deuce #1. Ace down the middle: just inside the sideline. Ad Baltacha (GP #1). Baltacha hit a crosscourt forehand back behind Martić, inducing her to net a forehand. Held.

Martić serving 3-1: Second serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner – Baltacha is not the most mobile player. 15/0. Martić went to the net, but left Baltacha's crosscourt forehand pass: it landed just inside the sideline for a winner. 15/15. Baltacha hit a backhand long, and looked up to the sky in frustration. 30/15. Martić's deep forehand forced Baltacha to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace down the middle.

I didn't know Martić was such a big server!

Baltacha serving 1-4 (new balls): Martić off-forehand wide. 15/0. Martić hit a backhand just long, off a short ball from Baltacha. 30/0. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Baltacha forehand long. 40/15 (GP #2). Ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line. Held.

Martić serving 4-2: Martić forehand just long. 0/15. Martić's depth forced Baltacha to net a forehand. 15/15. Martić forced a short ball, and took her time nicely to set up for a forehand winner down Baltacha's right sideline. 30/15. Martić's short-angled crosscourt forehand forced Baltacha to steer a forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Baltacha dumped a forehand into the net. Held.

Baltacha serving 2-5: Baltacha forehand long. 0/15. Baltacha's backhand dropshot forced Martić to hit a forehand long – she looked very frustrated to miss that. 15/15. Baltacha forehand just long. 15/30. Second serve: Martić netted a cheap backhand return. 30/30. Baltacha went to the net, but Martić threaded a backhand pass-winner down the line. 30/40 (MP #1 for Martić). Second serve clipped the netcord and landed just inside the service-line. Martić on the fourth stroke hit a forehand just long. Deuce #1. Baltacha's deep crosscourt forehand forced Martić to hit a forehand long. Ad Baltacha (GP #1). Deep second serve forced a very short return that sat up nicely for Baltacha to hit a deep crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Now we'll find out what Martić is made of mentally...

Martić serving 5-3: Deep second serve on the service-line forced Baltacha to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Deep first serve: off-forehand return long. 30/0. Serve out wide + down-the-line forehand winner. 40/0 (MP #2 for Martić). Baltacha's deep crosscourt forehand just inside the baseline forced Martić to hit a forehand long. 40/15 (MP #3 for Martić). First serve into the net. Deep second serve: Baltacha hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line deep into the corner to force a short ball, and hit an error-forcing crosscourt forehand. Deep first serve out wide forced Baltacha to hit a backhand long. Martić won 2-6 7-5 6-3 at 14:20 BST (third set 44m, match 2h09m).

Sam Smith: "That is a bitter pill for the British #1 as she goes out of this year's Championships."

Baltacha looked upset when she lost, while there was a lovely smile on Martić's face as she signed an autograph on her way off Court 12.

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7. First-round TV-report: Robson v Janković (Monday 21st June 2010)
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- Laura Robson [WC,DF] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 3-6 6-7 (5/7)

It was a very tough assignment for the 16-year-old Robson: her first-ever match on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and her first-ever match against a top-15 player, let alone a world #4! She will have learned a lot from this match about just how well you have to play to compete with these top players. Janković was just too solid.

Robson looked extremely nervous in her opening service-game, but settled down and acquitted herself well, although it looked like Janković was heading for a routine victory at 6-3 *5-3. Then Janković got nervous and erratic, and Robson fought back to force a tiebreak after saving one MP at *5-6.

Robson said: "I could have done more in the tiebreak, tried to be more aggressive, but she's number four in the world for a reason. I was a lot more nervous when I woke up, but my focus when I got on court was on not losing 6-0 6-0, so I think I did pretty well."

Robson has a very good serve: 12 aces in this match! She also looked taller than I remember her – even from Birmingham. She has the genes to grow very tall indeed if her mother is anything to go by.


First set
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ROBSON __*_*__@_ 3
JANKOV @*_*_*@_@ 6

The match was second on Centre Court, and started at 16:44 BST. Robson looked very anxious coming onto court.

Robson won the toss and chose to serve.

Robson serving 0-0: Deep first serve forced Janković to net a forehand return. 15/0. Janković's deep crosscourt forehand just inside the baseline forced Robson to hit a forehand lob wide. 15/15. First serve: Janković's forehand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 15/30. A deep backhand return down the middle induced Robson to spray a wild forehand wide. 15/40 (BP #1). Ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line. 30/40 (BP #2). Double fault (wild second serve very long).

Robson looks the most nervous I've ever seen any player since Jana Novotná choked from 1:1 *4-1 in the 1993 final here!

Janković serving 1-0: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Robson hit a deep forehand return-winner just inside the baseline. 15/15. First serve out wide + forehand winner down the line – Robson isn't the greatest mover. 30/15. Second-serve ace down the middle. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle – on the service-line – forced Robson to net a forehand return. Held.

Robson serving 0-2: First serve down the middle + down-the-line forehand forced Janković to hit a lob just long. 15/0. First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 30/0. Janković crosscourt forehand return + pinpoint forehand winner down the line: right in the corner. 30/15. First serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #1). Janković hit a deep forehand down Robson's right sideline, forcing her to net a backhand. 40/30 (GP #2). Deep serve out wide forced Janković to hit a backhand return long. Held.

Janković serving 2-1: Robson's short-angled crosscourt backhand return forced Janković to stretch wide and hit a forehand wide. 0/15. Service-winner down the middle. 15/15. Robson's deep backhand return down the line forced Janković to net a backhand. 15/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Robson to hit a forehand return long. 30/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Robson to hit a backhand return wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Janković's crosscourt backhand forced Robson to earth a forehand. Held.

Robson serving 1-3: Robson's deep crosscourt backhand forced Janković to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide induced Janković to hit a backhand return long. 30/0. First serve out wide: Janković dumped a wild forehand return into the bottom of the net – it was a really slow, spinning serve, and took Janković by surprise. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Robson has settled down now, although she still looks anxious at the changeover.

Janković serving 3-2: Janković went to the net, and Robson hit a makeable crosscourt backhand pass wide. 15/0. Robson's deep return forced Janković to spray a forehand wide. 15/15. Robson's sharp crosscourt forehand to the sideline forced Janković to hit a backhand long. 15/30. Robson's deep forehand forced Janković to net a backhand – Janković didn't move her feet. 15/40 (BP #1). Janković's deep crosscourt forehand forced Robson to bunt a forehand just wide. 30/40 (BP #2). Second serve: forehand return long. Deuce #1. Janković hit a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. Ad Janković (GP #1). Deep second serve down the middle forced Robson to hit a backhand return long. Held.

One BP goes begging, but Mark Petchey credited Janković for "hanging onto her serve rather than Robson losing it".

Robson serving 2-4: Janković's deep backhand down the middle forced Robson to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/15. First serve out wide forced Janković to hit a backhand return long. 15/15. Janković's depth forced Robson to bunt a forehand long. 15/30. Ace down the middle: right in the corner. 30/30. Robson netted a forehand off a moonball from Janković. 30/40 (BP #1). Janković went to the net, but Robson had plenty of time to hit a crosscourt backhand pass that forced Janković to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Janković hit a crosscourt forehand to the sideline, forcing Robson into the tramlines to net a backhand. Ad Janković (BP #2). Second serve: forehand return just wide. Deuce #2. Janković spread Robson, hitting a down-the-line forehand that forced Robson to hit a forehand wide. Ad Janković (BP #3). Ace down the middle. Deuce #3. Janković hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Janković (BP #3). Double fault (second serve long). Broken.

After a nervous start, Robson now looks very composed. It's the first time she's ever played on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and her first time against a top-ten player. Unfortunately, she's still got that bad habit of double-faulting on big points.

Janković serving 5-2 (new balls): First serve out wide: Robson hit a crosscourt backhand to the sideline, forcing Janković to net a forehand. 0/15. Double fault (second serve just wide). Janković wasted a Hawk-Eye challenge. 0/30. Robson forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt forehand that forced Janković to bunt a backhand wide. 0/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide: Robson hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner just inside the baseline! The crowd is starting to get excited. Held.

Robson serving 3-5: Janković's depth forced Robson to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Robson off-forehand wide. 0/30. Janković's depth forced Robson to hit a backhand long. 0/40 (SP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Janković to earth a forehand return. 15/40 (SP #2). Service-winner out wide. Janković wasted another challenge. 30/40 (SP #3). Service-winner out wide. Deuce #1. Robson didn't move her feet well as she hit a backhand long. Ad Janković (SP #4). First serve: Janković's crosscourt backhand return forced Robson to hit a forehand long. Janković won the first set 6-3 at 17:15 BST (31m).

Mark Petchey: "I think it would be too much to ask of Robson to cause a massive upset today, against someone as solid as Janković."

Tracy Austin said Robson would never be one of the greatest movers, but can certainly improve her movement – specifically the initial movement.


Second set
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ROBSON _*_*_*__@*_*_ 6(5)
JANKOV *_*_*_*@__*_T 7(7)

Janković serving 0-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Robson hit a deep down-the-line forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Janković to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/15. Robson forehand just long. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). In a long baseline-rally with great depth from both girls, Janković forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt backhand that forced Robson to net a forehand. Held.

Robson serving 0-1: Short second serve: Janković hit a crosscourt forehand return-winner. 0/15. Robson forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/15. Janković backhand just long. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide – on the service-line – forced Janković to hit a backhand return wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve forced Janković to hit a forehand return just long. Held.

Janković serving 1-1: Janković's deep crosscourt backhand forced Robson to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Janković played a great spreading rally, her crosscourt backhand forcing Robson to net a forehand at full stretch. 30/0. Robson bunted a running forehand lob just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault (second serve just long). 40/15 (GP #2). Janković drew Robson to the net with a dropshot, and hit a crosscourt backhand lob-winner over Robson's head. Held.

Mark Petchey reminded us that Janković lost to Melanie Oudin here last year, while Robson beat Oudin in the second round of the Wimbledon 2008 Girls' Singles! So Robson should certainly beat Janković by that logic!

Robson serving 1-2: Janković's backhand was called long but overruled as good, so they had to replay the point. Ace out wide: right in the corner. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Janković to hit a backhand return long. 30/0. Robson played a nice spreading rally, opening up the court for a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve out wide forced Janković to net a backhand return. Held.

Janković serving 2-2: Janković went to the net and hit an off-forehand drop-volley winner. 15/0. First serve out wide: forehand return long. 30/0. First serve out wide: crosscourt forehand return-winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Janković hit a wild off-forehand just wide. 30/30. Robson sprayed a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Janković's depth induced Robson to net a backhand. Held.

Robson looked annoyed to lose that game with a couple of rather unforced errors from 30/30.

Mark Petchey said that the Age-Eligibility Rule was holding Robson back from being a Hingis (who won three Majors at 16). Tracy Austin said Robson needed to cut out the cheap errors if she wanted to climb the rankings further.

Robson serving 2-3: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Robson on the third stroke hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Janković netted a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Robson ran down a dropshot but hit a forehand just long. 40/30 (GP #2). Double fault (second serve long). Deuce #1. Serve down the middle forced a short return, which Robson dispatched with a forehand winer down the line. Ad Robson (GP #3). Janković backhand just long. Held.

Janković serving 3-3: Robson's deep backhand forced Janković to hit a forehand just long. 0/15. Janković's penetrating off-forehand forced Robson to bunt a forehand long. 15/15. First serve out wide + down-the-line forehand forced Robson to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Robson hit a crosscourt backhand just wide. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Robson hit a pinpoint backhand return-winner down the line. 40/30 (GP #2). Janković's deep down-the-line backhand forced Robson to earth a backhand. Held.

Robson serving 3-4: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Robson, driven outside the tramlines, hit a down-the-line backhand round the net-post just wide. 15/15. Janković's deep crosscourt forehand forced Robson to bunt a backhand wide. 15/30. Deep first serve down the middle forced Janković to bunt a forehand return wide. 30/30. Janković went to the net, forcing Robson to hit a crosscourt backhand just wide. 30/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand forced Janković to hit a forehand return long. Deuce #1. Janković crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Janković (BP #2). Ace #7: out wide, on the sideline! Deuce #2. Virtual ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line, curling away from Janković. Ad Robson (GP #1). Janković's depth forced Robson to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Ace out wide. Ad Robson (GP #2). Janković hit a forehand winner down the line. Deuce #2. Second serve out wide: Janković hit a pinpoint off-backhand return-winner deep into the corner. Ad Janković (BP #3). Ace down the middle: on the service-line. Janković wasted a challenge. Deuce #3. Janković hit a crosscourt backhand winner deep into the corner. Ad Janković (BP #4). Janković hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Broken.

Robson is serving very well in the second set (in the middle of that game, the commentators said she was getting 73% of her first serves in in this set), but Janković is just a bit too strong and solid for her.

Janković serving 5-3: Janković crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand winner. 15/0. Robson pounced on a high-bouncing ball to hit a crosscourt forehand winner deep into the corner. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Robson to hit a backhand return long. 30/15. Robson's deep crosscourt backhand forced Janković to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/30. Robson ran around her backhand to hit a "fantastic" forehand winner down Janković's left sideline, prompting loud shouts of "c'mon Laura" from the crowd. 30/40 (BP #1). A mishit short ball from Robson induced Janković to net a backhand! Broken.

Robson serving 4-5: Service-winner. 15/0. Robson netted a backhand. 15/15. Robson hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Janković to net a backhand. 30/15. Janković had the initiative but slapped a cheap backhand into the net. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: forehand return very long. Held.

Well, well! It looked like time was running out for Robson, but now the momentum has turned in her favour! Janković is nervous and is making more unforced errors, but Tracy Austin didn't think Robson would be experienced enough to sense that and use it to win this set.

Janković serving 5-5: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Janković's deep crosscourt backhand forced Robson to hit a forehand just long. 15/15. A very short second serve went unpunished as Robson mishit a crosscourt backhand return wide. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Robson serving 5-6: Janković hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand just wide. 0/15. Janković crosscourt forehand + off-forehand winner. 0/30. Brave, deep second serve just inside the service-line forced Janković to hit a forehand return wide. 15/30. Ace down the middle. 30/30. Robson's deep forehand down the line forced Janković to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Janković's depth forced Robson to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Janković jammed Robson with a deep forehand down the middle, rushing her into hitting a forehand long. Ad Janković (MP #1). First serve out wide (on the sideline) + forehand winner down the line. Deuce #2. Robson forced a short ball but dumped a backhand into the net, prompting a loud collective "ah" from the crowd. Ad Janković (MP #2). Robson's depth forced Janković to hit a forehand long. Deuce #3. First serve down the middle + off-forehand winner. Ad Robson (GP #2). Ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Robson/Janković):
{0/0*} Janković backhand just long.
{*1/0} Janković's deep forehand return forced Robson to hit a forehand long.
{*1/1} Janković crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand winner.
{1/2*} Janković's depth forced Robson to net a backhand.
{1/3*} Deep first serve down the middle forced Robson to net a backhand return.
{*1/4} Ace #12: down the middle.
{*2/4} Robson's deep backhand down the line forced Janković to hit a backhand wide.
{3/4*} Robson played a stunning rally, her deep down-the-line forehand onto the baseline forcing a floater, and her crosscourt backhand onto the sideline forcing another floater, but unfortunately Robson decided to run around her backhand: she netted a forehand and emitted a cute little shriek.
{3/5*} First serve + forehand winner down the line.
{*3/6: MP #3 for Janković} First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner.
{*4/6: MP #4 for Janković} Ace out wide: just inside the service-line.
{5/6*: MP #5 for Janković} A nailbiting rally ended with Janković forcing a short ball and hitting a crosscourt backhand winner. Janković won 6-3 7-6 (7/5) at 18:11 BST (second set 55m, match 1h26m).

Janković's BBC interview: "It was not easy. It was my first match on grass – I didn't play any warm-up tournaments. I felt like Laura served very well; I had a tough time returning. I think she has a great potential. She has a very good serve, and plays very well on grass."

Robson's BBC interview: "We have two black labs: one's called Ella, and one's called Kiri. You know that dog on Britain's Got Talent? That's what I want to teach my new dog to do."

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8. First-round TV-report: Sevastova v Henin (Monday 21st June 2010)
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- Anastasija Sevastova lt. JUSTINE HENIN [17], 4-6 3-6

This was my first time to watch Sevastova play properly (after watching her casually with a restricted view at Birmingham 2009). Her WTA Tour biography describes her as an aggressive baseliner who prefers hard courts and clay. She served very well, and certainly didn't go out there with her autograph-book open, but Henin just played better at the decisive moments.

The commentators said that Henin had returned to tennis with a much more aggressive mindset because she wants to win Wimbledon – the only Major to have eluded her – but as a result, her performances have been up and down, and she's not playing to her own great strengths.


First set
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HENIN _*@__*_*@* 6
SEVAS *__@*_*___ 4

The match was fourth on Court 12, and started at 19:07 BST.

Sevastova serving 0-0: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. A long, meaty baseline-rally ended with Sevastova spraying a forehand wide. 15/15. Henin's deep backhand return induced Sevastova to hit an off-forehand wide. 15/30. Henin went for a forehand down the line, but put it just wide. 30/30. Good second serve out wide forced Henin to hit a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

I've always thought of Henin's forehand as her stronger side (I don't subscribe to all the hype about her one-handed backhand), but Jason Goodall said it's more error-prone than her backhand.

Henin serving 0-1: Double fault #1 (second serve just long). 0/15. Henin forced a short return and hit a well-controlled off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/30. Henin went to the net, drew Sevastova there with a dropshot, and hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 30/30. Sevastova netted a sliced backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Sevastova tried to hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand, but got it horribly wrong and dumped it into the net.

Sevastova serving 1-1: First serve out wide + error-forcing forehand down the line. 0/15. Deep off-forehand return forced Sevastova to net a backhand. 0/30. Henin went to the net, forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an easy off-forehand winner. 0/40 (BP #1). Service-winner down the middle. 15/40 (BP #2). Henin hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Broken.

Henin serving 2-1: Sevastova hit a deep off-backhand return just inside the sideline, forcing Henin to net a forehand. 0/15. Henin easily ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/30. Sevastova dumped a backhand halfway up the net. 30/30. Henin forced a short ball, but hit a forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Sevastova's deep backhand return forced Henin to net a backhand. Broken.

Sevastova serving 2-2: Henin forced a floater and hit a forehand smash-winner down Sevastova's right sideline. 0/15. Henin's backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 0/30. Henin forehand just long. 15/30. Sevastova's deep crosscourt forehand forced Henin to hit a forehand wide. 30/30. Henin forehand just long. 40/30 (GP #1). Sevastova tried to serve and volley with an off-forehand punch-volley, but Henin ripped a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. Deuce #1. Sevastova hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Sevastova (GP #2). Service-winner down the middle. Held.

Henin serving 2-3: Deep first serve out wide forced Sevastova to bunt a forehand return long. 15/0. Henin went to the net; Sevastova hit a hard shot into her body, but Henin hit a fluky drop-volley winner. 30/0. Service-winner out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Forehand return long.

Sevastova serving 3-3: Service-winner. 15/0. Sevastova's crosscourt backhand forced Henin to net a backhand. 30/0. First serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Henin serving 3-4 (new balls): Henin's deep crosscourt forehand forced Sevastova to hit a forehand wide. 15/0. Henin went to the net behind a deep crosscourt forehand, forcing Sevastova to hit a forehand wide. 30/0. Sevastova hit a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, forcing Henin to hit a forehand just long. 30/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Sevastova to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Sevastova hit a backhand dropshot wide off a deep forehand approach down the line from Henin – what the Hell was she thinking?

Sevastova serving 4-4: Henin hit a deep forehand return down the middle and just inside the baseline, forcing Sevastova to net a forehand half-volley. 0/15. Henin hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Sevastova to net a forehand. 0/30. Henin hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Sevastova to bunt a backhand wide. 0/40 (BP #1). First serve down the middle: Henin hit an off-forehand return-winner just inside the sideline. Broken.

Henin serving 5-4: Body-jamming first serve: Sevastova netted an off-backhand return. 15/0. Sevastova netted a backhand. 30/0. Sevastova netted a forehand. 40/0 (SP #1 for Henin). Second serve out wide: Sevastova hit a crosscourt backhand would-be return-winner just wide. Henin won the first set 6-4 at 19:37 BST (29m).

At this point, I chose to switch to Court 5, where Ana Ivanović and Shahar Pe'er were warming up. I saw the MP in a round-up later: Sevastova hit a second serve just long.

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9. First-round TV-report: Ivanović v Pe'er (Monday 21st June 2010)
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- Ana Ivanović [DF] lt. SHAHAR PE'ER [13], 3-6 4-6

It was a lacklustre performance by Ana, as she missed numerous makeable returns of serve, and she looked increasingly upset in the second set as her once-brilliant forehand went AWOL.

I thought Ana was getting back on track after beating two top-ten players en route to the semi-finals of Rome, but she looked a shadow of the player who beat Nicole Vaidišová to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2007 in the match of the Championships that year.


First set
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PE'ER _@*_*_*@* 6
IVANO @__*_*___ 3

The match was dynamically scheduled on Court 5, and started at 19:41 BST.

Pe'er serving 0-0: Second serve: Ana hit an off-backhand return-winner close to the sideline. 0/15. Ana forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 0/30. Pe'er went to the net, forcing Ana to hit a forehand lob long. 15/30. Double fault (second serve long). 15/40 (BP #1). Pe'er netted a backhand. Broken.

Ana serving 1-0: Deep first serve out wide forced Pe'er to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. Pe'er backhand long. 30/0. Pe'er forced a short ball and hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Pe'er forced a short floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 30/30. Ana hit a crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Pe'er forehand long. Deuce #1. Second serve: Pe'er hit a forehand virtual return-winner down the line. Ad Pe'er (BP #2). Pe'er went for a short-angled crosscourt backhand to the sideline, but put it just wide. Deuce #2. Good serve forced a short return, but Ana dumped a forehand into the net. Ad Pe'er (BP #3). First serve out wide forced a floater, but Ana snatched at a forehand drive-volley, dumping it into the net. Broken.

Pe'er serving 1-1: Ana hit an off-forehand virtual winner. 0/15. Ana off-backhand wide. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide: Ana netted a makeable forehand return. 30/15. Pe'er opened up the court and went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 30/30. Pe'er crosscourt backhand + backhand winner down the line. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve forced a short return, which Pe'er dispatched with a crosscourt backhand
winner. Held.

Ana serving 1-2: Ana hit a forehand winner down the line. 15/0. First serve out wide: Pe'er netted a makeable backhand return. 30/0. Ana's deep crosscourt forehand induced Pe'er to hit a forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Ana blasted a wild forehand halfway up the net. 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve: Pe'er netted a cheap backhand return. Held.

Pe'er serving 2-2: Pe'er sliced a backhand long. 0/15. Ana's depth forced a short ball that sat up nicely for her to hit an off-forehand winner. 0/30. First serve out wide: Ana dumped a forehand return halfway up the net. 15/30. First serve out wide forced a short return, which Pe'er dispatched with a backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Ana on the fourth stroke netted a cheap forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve down the middle forced Ana to stretch wide and net a forehand return. Held.

Not the greatest standard of tennis so far. It's serve-dominated, but they're both missing makeable returns.

Ana serving 2-3: Double fault (second serve out wide). Ana put up her finger as if to challenge the call, but there's no Hawk-Eye on Court 5. 15/0. Pe'er crosscourt forehand just wide. 15/15. Pe'er went to the net behind a deep approach-shot, but Ana dug out a crosscourt forehand pass-winner, and said her first "ajde". 30/15. First serve out wide forced Pe'er to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Pe'er's deep return induced Ana to hit a backhand long. 40/30 (GP #2). Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #1. A great rally ended with Pe'er at the net hitting a backhand drive-volley winner down the line: just inside the baseline. Ad Pe'er (BP #1). First serve out wide forced Pe'er to hit a backhand long. Deuce #2. Ana forced a short ball, but hit a forehand just long. Ad Pe'er (BP #2). Pe'er forced a short ball, but hit a wild backhand wide and very long. Deuce #3. Ana netted a sliced backhand off a deep ball from Pe'er. Ad Pe'er (BP #3). Virtual ace down the middle. Deuce #4. Deep first serve out wide forced Pe'er into the tramlines to net a forehand return. Ad Ana (GP #3). Second serve: Pe'er dumped a forehand return into the net. Held.

Pe'er serving 3-3: Ana went to the net behind a deep forehand down the line, but Pe'er ripped a crosscourt backhand pass-winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. Pe'er, driven wide by a terrific crosscourt backhand return, netted a backhand. 15/15. First serve out wide forced a short return, which Pe'er dispatched with a forehand smash-winner off the bounce. 30/15. Pe'er crosscourt backhand + backhand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #1). Pe'er went to the net, but Ana squeezed a sliced backhand pass-winner down the line. 40/30 (GP #2). Second serve: forehand return wide. Held.

Ana serving 3-4 (new balls): Ana on the third stroke hit a forehand just long. 0/15. Pe'er's deep off-forehand forced Ana to net a backhand. 0/30. Ana forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner deep into the corner. 15/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Pe'er to hit a backhand return long. 30/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/40 (BP #1). Pe'er's deep forehand forced Ana to hit a backhand lob long. Broken.

Pe'er serving 5-3: Ana netted an off-backhand. 15/0. Virtual ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line. 30/0. Ana's deep forehand return down the middle forced Pe'er to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Pe'er's deep backhand down the line forced Ana to net a forehand. 40/15 (SP #1 for Pe'er). Ana hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. Pe'er won the first set 6-3 at 20:15.


Second set
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PE'ER _*_*_*_*@* 6
IVANO *_*_*_*___ 4

Ana serving 0-0: Pe'er forehand long. 15/0. Ana's deep forehand forced Pe'er to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide + deep forehand winner down the line: on the baseline. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner. Held.

Pe'er serving 0-1: Pe'er's deep forehand forced Ana to hit a forehand wide. 15/0. Ana's forehand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 15/15. First serve out wide forced Ana to net a forehand return. 30/15. First serve out wide forced Ana to net a backhand return. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Ana netted a makeable forehand return. Held.

Ana serving 1-1: Pe'er hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Ana to net a running forehand. 0/15. Ana's deep off-forehand forced Pe'er to net a backhand. 15/15. First serve out wide forced Pe'er to hit a forehand return long. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Pe'er to net a backhand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Ana on the third stroke netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #2). And again. Deuce #1. Ana dumped another cheap forehand into the net. Ad Pe'er (BP #1). First serve + off-forehand winner. Deuce #2. Service-winner out wide. Ad Ana (GP #3). Ace out wide. Held.

Despite avoiding the break, Ana looked pretty upset at the changeover. Her forehand has gone AWOL.

Pe'er serving 1-2: Deep first serve down the middle forced Ana to net a forehand return. 15/0. Deep second serve induced Ana to hit a forehand return long. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Pe'er hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Ana to stretch wide and earth a forehand. Held.

Ana serving 2-2: Ana went to the net, forcing Pe'er to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Pe'er netted a backhand return. 30/0. Ana netted a backhand off a deep ball from Pe'er. 30/15. Pe'er hit a loose forehand down the line just wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Pe'er to stretch wide and net a forehand return. Held.

Pe'er serving 2-3: Deep first serve: forehand return long. 15/0. First serve down the middle + backhand winner down the line. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Ana to hit a forehand return wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner down the middle. Held.

Ana serving 3-3: Pe'er hit a deep forehand down the middle, jamming Ana into hitting a forehand wide. 0/15. Pe'er's depth induced Ana to hit a forehand long. 0/30. Ana forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner. 15/30. Ace out wide. 30/30. Ana on the third stroke sprayed a forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Ana's off-forehand forced Pe'er to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Deep second serve on the service-line: Pe'er hit a stunning off-backhand return-winner onto the sideline! Ad Pe'er (BP #2). Ana opened up the court with a sliced backhand down the line, hit a forehand winner down the other line, and said "ajde". Deuce #2. Ace out wide + "ajde". Ad Ana (GP #1). Pe'er's deep return just inside the baseline forced Ana to hit a forehand long. Deuce #3. Ana hit a forehand just long, and kicked the ball away in frustration. Ad Pe'er (BP #3). Pe'er backhand just long. Deuce #4. Pe'er backhand long. Ad Ana (GP #2). First serve out wide: Pe'er hit a makeable backhand return just long. Held.

Once again, Ana escapes what could well have been a fatal break. She hasn't returned well in this match, so it's vital that she holds her own serve.

Pe'er serving 3-4 (new balls): Ana hit a deep backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Pe'er to hit a backhand wide. 0/15. Pe'er forced a floater and hit a forehand punch-volley winner. 15/15. Pe'er forced another floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner onto the sideline! 30/15. Double fault #1 (second serve just long). 30/30. A bird flew across the court right in front of Ana, distracting her into hitting a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Second serve: Ana netted a cheap forehand return. Held.

Ana serving 4-4: Service-winner. 15/0. Ana netted a forehand. 15/15. Pe'er forced a short ball, but pushed a forehand long. 30/15. Pe'er hit a deep crosscourt backhand down the middle, forcing Ana to net a backhand. 30/30. Ana dumped a forehand into the net. 30/40 (BP #1). First serve into the net. Ana hit a forehand long. Broken.

Pe'er serving 5-4: Second serve: Ana hit a brilliant backhand return-winner down Pe'er's left sideline. 0/15. First serve forced a short return, which Pe'er dispatched with an off-forehand winner. 15/15. Short-angled ace out wide. 30/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Ana to hit a forehand return wide. 40/15 (MP #1 for Pe'er). A nailbiting rally ended with Ana hitting an off-forehand winner (and I think Pe'er's crosscourt backhand to the sideline earlier in the rally was actually wide). 40/30 (MP #2 for Pe'er). Let. Deep first serve down the middle forced a short return... but Pe'er dumped a choky forehand into the net. Deuce #1. Ana lost her balance and netted a forehand. Ad Pe'er (MP #3). Ana hit an off-forehand return onto the sideline to force a floater, which she dispatched with a crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner. Deuce #2. Ana netted a cheap forehand. Ad Pe'er (MP #4). Pe'er's deep off-forehand on the third stroke forced Ana to hit a backhand long. Pe'er won 6-3 6-4 at 20:51 BST (second set 36m, match 1h10m).

Ana looked very upset, and quickly left the court to return to the locker-room, where there would be weeping and grinding of teeth.

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10. First-round draw
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10.1 Top quarter: Chakvetadze, Šafářová, Hantuchová, Sharapova
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* Michelle Larcher de Brito v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (ˇvamos Michelle!)
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ganbatte Ayumi!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] v Dominika Cibulková (my loyalty is to LUCIE)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Elena Vesnina v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (davai Elena!)
* Alizé Cornet v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to Alizé)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Anastasia Pivovarova [LL] (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* Chanelle Scheepers [WC] v LI,NA [9]
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v Anne Keothavong
* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19] v Akgul Amanmuradova

* SARA ERRANI [32] v Julie Coin (forza Sara!)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Olga Govortsova (my Passion says Olga, but my Reason says Arantxa)
* Jill Craybas v Alberta Brianti
* Melinda Czink v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]


10.2 Second quarter: Magdaléna Rybáriková
-----------------------------------------

* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Tathiana Garbin (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Arantxa Rus v Chang,Kai-Chen
* Roberta Vinci v Sybille Bammer (forza Roberta!)
* Iveta Benešová v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (pojďme Iveta!)

* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Pauline Parmentier (jia you Jie!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Petra Kvitová (hai Sorana!)
* Casey Dell'Acqua v Bojana Jovanovski
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Mirjana Lučić [Q] (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (forza Flavia!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Klára Zakopalová v Yvonne Meusburger (pojďme Klára!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] (my loyalty is to MAGDA)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [13]
* Heather Watson [WC] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Tímea Bacsinszky v Edina Gallovits (hopp Tímea!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [6] v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (c'mon Sam!)


10.3 Third quarter: Vera Zvonarëva
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* KIM CLIJSTERS [8] won
* Karolina Šprem [DF] won
* Shenay Perry [Q] won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] won

* JUSTINE HENIN [17] won
* Kristina Barrois won
* Chan,Yung-Jan won
* NADIA PETROVA [12] won

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] won
* Kirsten Flipkens won
* Andrea Hlaváčková [Q] won
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] won

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] won
* Varvara Lepchenko won
* Aleksandra Woźniak won
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won


10.4 Bottom quarter
-------------------

* Vera Dushevina won
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] won
* Regina Kulikova won
* YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] won

* Gréta Arn [Q] won
* Alicia Molik won
* Petra Martić won
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won

* SHAHAR PE'ER [13] won
* Angelique Kerber won
* Jarmila Groth won
* MELANIE OUDIN [33] won

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] won
* Alla Kudryavtseva won
* Ekaterina Makarova won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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11. Andrew's wishes
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11.1 Second-round wishes
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11.1.1 Second-round wishes: Top half
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Michelle Larcher de Brito
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] d. Ayumi Morita [s]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] d. Elena Vesnina
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Alizé Cornet

+ Chanelle Scheepers [WC] d. Mariana Duque Marińo
+ Anastasia Rodionova d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19]
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. SARA ERRANI [32]
+ Melinda Czink d. Jill Craybas

+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Arantxa Rus
+ Iveta Benešová d. Roberta Vinci
+ Sorana Cîrstea d. ZHENG,JIE [23]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. Casey Dell'Acqua

+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF]
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ Kimiko Date Krumm d. Heather Watson [WC]
+ Tímea Bacsinszky d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [6]


11.1.2 Second-round wishes: Bottom half
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+ Karolina Šprem [DF] d. KIM CLIJSTERS [8]
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. Shenay Perry [Q]
+ JUSTINE HENIN [17] d. Kristina Barrois
+ Chan,Yung-Jan d. NADIA PETROVA [12]

+ YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] d. Kirsten Flipkens
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Andrea Hlaváčková [Q]
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] d. Aleksandra Woźniak

+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Vera Dushevina
+ YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] d. Regina Kulikova
+ Alicia Molik d. Gréta Arn [Q]
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Petra Martić

+ SHAHAR PE'ER [13] d. Angelique Kerber
+ Jarmila Groth d. MELANIE OUDIN [33]
+ ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] d. Alla Kudryavtseva
+ Ekaterina Makarova d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


11.2 Third-round wishes
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] (my Reason says Lucie, but my Passion says Anna)
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] (my Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Chanelle Scheepers [WC] d. Anastasia Rodionova
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Melinda Czink

+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Iveta Benešová
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. Sorana Cîrstea
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Gisela Dulko [DF]
+ Tímea Bacsinszky d. Kimiko Date Krumm

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. Karolina Šprem [DF]
+ Chan,Yung-Jan d. JUSTINE HENIN [17]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF]
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]

+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30]
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Alicia Molik
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [13] d. Jarmila Groth
+ Ekaterina Makarova d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26]


11.3 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Anna Chakvetadze [EF] (my Passion says Anna, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Chanelle Scheepers [WC]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Tímea Bacsinszky

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. Chan,Yung-Jan
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [28]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S]
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [13] d. Ekaterina Makarova


11.4 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [13]


11.5 Semi-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


11.6 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]

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12. Order of play for Tuesday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 2 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 1r: SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19] v Akgul Amanmuradova
2. MS 1r: Nicolas Kiefer v DAVID FERRER [9]
3. WS 1r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Anastasia Pivovarova [LL]
4. MS 1r: JUAN CARLOS FERRERO [14] v Xavier Malisse

Let me take this opportunity to criticise Wimbledon's usual sexist scheduling for my first time this year. It beggars belief that in this politically-correct day and age, they can still put two men's best-of-5 matches and only one women's match on each of Centre Court and Court One – especially now that Centre Court has a roof, which allows play to continue indefinitely. There's no way Maria wouldn't be on a stadium-court at the other three Majors.

Court 6 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. MS 1r: GILLES SIMON [26] v Guillermo Alcaide
2. MS 1r: Marco Chiudinelli v Alexandr Dolgopolov
3. WS 1r: LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] v Dominika Cibulková
4. WS 1r: Iveta Benešová v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29]

Court 8 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. MS 1r: MIKHAIL YOUZHNY [13] v Dudi Sela
2. MS 1r: Jarkko Nieminen v Stefan Koubek
3. WS 1r: Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ARAVANE REZAĎ [18]
4. WS 1r: Casey Dell'Acqua v Bojana Jovanovski

Court 14 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 1r: Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Andrea Petković
2. MS 1r: Ricardo Mell v THOMAZ BELLUCCI [25]
3. WS 1r: Kimiko Date Krumm v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [13]
4. MS 1r: Thiemo de Bakker v Santiago Giraldo

Court to be announced (not before 17:00 BST = 16:00 GMT)
* WS 1r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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My Eternal Fanship: 1. Monica Seles; 2. Мария Шарапова (‘Maria Sharapova’); 3. Daniela Hantuchová; 4. Jelena Dokić; 5. Iva Majoli; 6. Karina Habšudová; 7. Вера Звонарёва (‘Vera Zvonarëva’); 8. Nicole Vaidišová; 9. Анна Чакветадзе (‘Anna Chakvetadze’); 10. Lucie Šafářová; 11. Ирода Туляганова (‘Iroda Tulyaganova’); 12. Magdaléna Rybáriková; 13. Sabine Lisicki

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 2

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Petković
4. First-round TV-report: Larcher de Brito v S.Williams
5. First-round TV-report: Sharapova v Pivovarova
6. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Cibulková
7. First-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Garbin
8. First-round TV-report: Azarenka v Lučić
9. First-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v Rezaď
10. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v King
11. Second-round draw
12. Andrew's wishes
13. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 2:
* sharapova
* safarova
* hantuchova
* chakvetadze
* rybarikova
* cibulkova
* wozniacki
* zheng
* larcher de brito
* pivovarova
* parmentier

Various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Daniela Hantuchová [EF], Victoria Azarenka [DF], Caroline Woźniacki, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Anastasia Pivovarova, Sorana Cîrstea, Heather Watson:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-221.html

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2. First-round results (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
- Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] lt. ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF], 7-6 (10/8) 2-6 5-7
- LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] lt. Dominika Cibulková, 6-7 (5/7) 4-6
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Anastasia Pivovarova [LL], 6-1 6-0
- Gisela Dulko [DF] lt. Monica Niculescu [Q,S], 3-6 2-6
- Alizé Cornet lt. Ioana Raluca Olaru, 7-5 4-6 4-6
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Olga Govortsova, 6-3 2-6 6-4

What rocked:
+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Andrea Petković, 3-6 6-4 6-4
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. Mirjana Lučić [Q], 6-3 6-3
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-4 6-0
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Tathiana Garbin, 6-1 6-1
+ Klára Zakopalová d. Yvonne Meusburger, 6-7 (1/7) 6-1 6-0
+ ZHENG,JIE [23] d. Pauline Parmentier, 7-5 6-4
+ Ayumi Morita [s] d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 7-5 6-1
+ SARA ERRANI [32] d. Julie Coin, 6-2 6-4
+ Roberta Vinci d. Sybille Bammer, 6-3 6-3
+ Anastasia Rodionova d. Anne Keothavong, 3-6 6-2 6-4
+ SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19] d. Akgul Amanmuradova, 6-2 6-7 (5/7) 6-4

Keothavong blew a 1:1 4-0* lead, with 4 GPs in a game of 10 deuces at *4-3.

What sucked:
- Michelle Larcher de Brito lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 4-6
- Elena Vesnina lt. Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 1-6 3-6
- Iveta Benešová lt. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29], 3-6 4-6
- Sorana Cîrstea lt. Petra Kvitová, 2-6 2-6
- SAMANTHA STOSUR [6] lt. Kaia Kanepi [Q], 4-6 4-6
- Tímea Bacsinszky lt. Edina Gallovits, 6-4 5-7 3-6
- Arantxa Rus lt. Chang,Kai-Chen, 0-6 6-2 3-6
- Casey Dell'Acqua lt. Bojana Jovanovski, 1-6 0-6
- Heather Watson [WC] lt. Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q], 4-6 6-1 3-6
- Chanelle Scheepers [WC] lt. LI,NA [9], 6-7 (5/7) 2-6
- Kimiko Date Krumm lt. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31], 2-6 7-6 (7/3) 1-6
- Mariana Duque Marińo lt. Kurumi Nara [Q], 4-6 2-6
- Jill Craybas lt. Alberta Brianti, 2-6 5-7
- Melinda Czink lt. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7], 3-6 3-6

Bacsinszky blew a 6-4 5-3* lead.

Suspended overnight:
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King, 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) *0-0

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18025651

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3. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Petković (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Andrea Petković, 3-6 6-4 6-4

Anna repeated her Birmingham win over Petković by the same scoreline if we discard the first set, which Petković won with a single break.

Anna led 4-1* in the second, but Petković closed to 4-4; however, Anna held to 15 and then broke to 15 to take the second set.

The third set went with serve until Anna broke for victory in the very last game. Anna wasted a BP at 2-1* (Ad), then had to save two BPs at *2-2 (30/40 + Ad).


First set
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CHAKVETA _*_*_*___ 3
PETKOVIĆ *_*_*_*@* 6

The match was first on Court 14, and started at 12:09 BST.

Petković serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Petković (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 1-2: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Petković serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Petković serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. Petković won the first set 6-3 at 12:37 BST (27m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA *_*@*___*@ 6
PETKOVIĆ _*___*@*__ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. Held.

Petković serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Anna serving 3-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Petković (BP #1). Broken.

Petković serving 3-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Petković serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Anna). Anna won the second set 6-4 at 13:13 BST (second set 36m, match so far 1h04m).


Third set
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CHAKVETA *_*_*_*_*@ 6
PETKOVIĆ _*_*_*_*__ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 0-1: 15/15. 30/15. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. Deuce #1. Ad Petković (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Petković (GP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Anna (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Petković (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Petković (BP #2). Ad Anna (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Petković (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-3 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Petković serving 3-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Petković serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (MP #1 for Anna). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (MP #2). Anna won 3-6 6-4 6-4 at 14:02 BST (third set 48m, match 1h52m).

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4. First-round TV-report: Larcher de Brito v S.Williams (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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- Michelle Larcher de Brito lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 4-6

Williams was on terrifying form in the first set, which made me curse that she has Anna Chakvetadze in her second-round draw and Maria Sharapova in her fourth-round draw!

Larcher de Brito actually played very well at the start, finding some very acute angles, but after wasting GP in her opening service-game, Williams was like a runaway train, and raced to a 6-0 2-0* lead.

After that, Williams went off the boil while Larcher de Brito played well - she actually didn't drop another service-game after that. The problem was that Williams's serve was too strong, and Larcher de Brito didn't do herself any favours by standing right up to the baseline to receive it.


First set
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WILLIAM @*@*@* 6
LARCHER ______ 0

The match was first on Centre Court, and started at 13:11 BST.

Larcher de Brito serving 0-0: Larcher de Brito went to the net, but Williams hit a pinpoint forehand pass-winner down the line: just inside the baseline. 15/0. Williams went to the net and hit an off-backhand punch-volley winner. 30/0. Deep first serve down the middle forced Williams to net a backhand return. 30/15. Williams pushed Larcher de Brito outside the tramlines with a short-angled crosscourt forehand, but Larcher de Brito hit a deep forehand virtual winner down the line! 30/30. Williams, driven wide, returned Larcher de Brito's angle even more acutely with a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Larcher de Brito hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner back behind Williams: just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Deep first serve out wide - just inside the sideline - forced Williams to hit a forehand return long. Ad Larcher de Brito (GP #1). Larcher de Brito on the third stroke netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Double fault (second serve just long). Ad Williams (BP #1). Larcher de Brito hit a forehand long. Broken.

An amazing calibre of play right from the start! Both players are finding really acute angles, and returning them with interest! It's just a shame that Larcher de Brito couldn't get that game on the board.

Williams serving 1-0: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Larcher de Brito to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Williams went to the net, her crosscourt backhand forcing a floater, which she dispatched with a forehand smash-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Larcher de Brito's deep return induced Williams to hit a backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve: Larcher de Brito hit a deep forehand return down the line, forcing Williams to hit a backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #3). Ace down the middle. Held.

Encouraging signs from Larcher de Brito so far. She may not have won a game yet, but she's picking off the low-hanging fruit, which is the least that you have to do when playing Serena Williams.

Larcher de Brito serving 0-0: Double fault (second serve long). 0/15. Williams ran down a dropshot and hit a backhand winner down the line. 0/30. First serve out wide: Williams hit a blazing crosscourt forehand winner. 0/40 (BP #1). Williams's depth forced Larcher de Brito to hit a forehand just long. Broken.

Williams serving 3-0: Williams went to the net, and Larcher de Brito hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 0/15. Ace. 15/15. Ace down the middle. 30/15. 30/30. Ace down the middle (119 mph). 40/30 (GP #1). Virtual ace out wide. Held.

BBC commentator Lindsay Davenport compared Larcher de Brito's groundstrokes to those of Jelena Dokić (or "dough-kitsch"): flat and low over the net. What a lovely comparison!

Larcher de Brito serving 0-4: Williams hit a forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 0/30. Williams's depth forced Larcher de Brito to hit a backhand long. 0/40 (BP #1). Larcher de Brito's depth induced Williams to hit a forehand long. 15/40 (BP #2). Larcher de Brito hit a crosscourt backhand wide. Broken.

Larcher de Brito isn't playing badly, but unfortunately Williams is playing like a runaway train, and looks keen to dish out a double bagel, which is actually quite rare for her.

Williams serving 5-0: Deep first serve out wide forced Larcher de Brito to bunt a forehand return long. 15/0. Double fault (second serve long). 15/15. Williams's deep crosscourt backhand approach forced Larcher de Brito to hit a backhand wide. 30/15. Williams pushed Larcher de Brito into the tramlines, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the wide-open court. 40/15 (SP #1 for Williams). Williams hit a down-the-line backhand just wide - luckily for Larcher de Brito, who had broken a string on the previous stroke. 40/30 (SP #2 for Williams). Ace down the middle: on the centre-line. Larcher de Brito looked like she might want to challenge it, but omitted to do so before the umpire awarded the point, game and set to Williams. Williams won the first set 6-0 at 13:33 (22m).


Second set
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WILLIAM @*_*_*_*_* 6
LARCHER __*_*_*_*_ 4

Larcher de Brito serving 0-0: Larcher de Brito's short-angled crosscourt forehand forced Williams to net a forehand. 15/0. Williams hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. A longish baseline-rally ended with Williams netting a forehand. 30/15. Williams forced a short ball and hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner to the sideline, forcing Larcher de Brito to run wide and earth a forehand. 30/30. Larcher de Brito hit an aggressive crosscourt backhand just wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams's crosscourt backhand induced Larcher de Brito to dump one into the net. Broken.

Williams serving 1-0 (new balls): Larcher de Brito backhand long. 15/0. Williams backhand just long. 15/15. Ace down the middle: on the service-line. 30/15. Williams forced a short return, and dispatched it with a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace out wide. Held.

Larcher de Brito serving 0-2: Williams hit a down-the-line backhand just long. 0/15. Larcher de Brito blasted an off-forehand just wide. 0/30. Williams backhand just long. 15/30. Williams netted a backhand. 30/30. Williams dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 40/30 (GP #1). Williams netted a forehand. Held.

Larcher de Brito got a huge cheer from the crowd.

Williams serving 2-1: Williams forced a floater, and dispatched it with a high off-forehand drive-volley winner. 15/0. Larcher de Brito hit a forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Ace out wide. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Larcher de Brito forehand just long. Held.

Larcher de Brito isn't doing herself any favours by standing right up to the baseline to receive Williams's huge serve. It cuts down her reaction-time, which is already very low.

Larcher de Brito serving 1-3: Larcher de Brito on the third stroke netted a forehand. 0/15. Larcher de Brito's deep crosscourt forehand forced Williams to hit a forehand long. 15/15. Larcher de Brito forced a short ball, and hit a deceptive off-forehand winner back behind Williams. 30/15. Williams crosscourt backhand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve out wide: Williams hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/30 (GP #1). Larcher de Brito forced a floater, but dumped a horrendous forehand drive-volley winner into the net, to a loud collective groan from the crowd. Deuce #1. Williams went to the net, but Larcher de Brito ripped a crosscourt forehand pass-winner! Ad Larcher de Brito (GP #2). Larcher de Brito played a nice spreading rally, her crosscourt forehand inducing Williams to hit a forehand that looked like it caught the baseline, but was called long. Held.

Williams serving 3-2: Larcher de Brito, driven wide, netted a backhand. 15/0. Williams's depth induced Larcher de Brito to net a backhand - accompanied by her loudest grunt of the match so far. 30/0. Williams hit a wrong-footing crosscourt backhand virtual winner back behind Larcher de Brito as both players slipped. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams hit a down-the-line forehand dropshot virtual winner. Held.

Larcher de Brito serving 2-4: First serve: off-backhand return just wide. 15/0. Larcher de Brito's deep crosscourt backhand induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Serve out wide + off-forehand induced Williams to hit a backhand just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Larcher de Brito unforcedly netted a backhand. 40/15 (GP #2). Williams hit a wrong-footing off-backhand just wide: Larcher de Brito did the splits behind the middle of the baseline. Held.

Williams serving 4-3: Ace #10: down the middle. 15/0. Larcher de Brito's deep slicd backhand induced Williams to hit a backhand long, and Larcher de Brito reacted with a cute little shriek. 15/15. Ace out wide. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide forced Larcher de Brito to hit a forehand long. Held.

Larcher de Brito serving 3-5: Deep first serve down the middle forced Williams to net a backhand return. 15/0. Second serve: Larcher de Brito ran down a dropshot-return, but hit an off-backhand wide. 15/15. Second serve: Williams dumped a cheap forehand return into the net. 30/15. Williams on the fourth stroke hit an off-forehand winner. 30/30. Larcher de Brito hit a makeable forehand long. 30/40 (MP #1 for Williams). First serve... a longish baseline-rally ended with Williams's forehand clipping the netcord and falling back on her side. Deuce #1. Deep serve induced Williams to hit a backhand return just wide. Williams wasted a challenge. Ad Larcher de Brito (GP #1). Williams crosscourt backhand long. Held.

Larcher de Brito reacted with a fist-pump and a cute little yell.

Williams serving 5-4: Second-serve ace out wide. 15/0. Larcher de Brito hit a backhand winner down the line after Williams stumbled on the previous stroke. 15/15. Deep serve out wide forced Larcher de Brito to bunt a forehand long. 30/15. Ace #14: down the middle, just inside the sideline. 40/15 (MP #2 for Williams). Ace #15: down the middle. Williams won 6-0 6-4 at 14:14 BST (second set 40m, match 1h02m).

Williams's on-court interview: "I'm glad to get through that match. She's a very good player. Last time we played, it was a very tough match. I'm going to keep these guys [fingernails], so hopefully she'll [Queen Elizabeth II] be okay with it."

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5. First-round TV-report: Sharapova v Pivovarova (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Anastasia Pivovarova [LL], 6-1 6-0

Pretty much what I predicted in my preview: Pivovarova was out of her depth, and was lucky to avoid a quadruple bagel (she lost 6-0 6-0 in the third round of qualifying), as Maria had her first 2 SPs at 5-0*.

Maria was on blistering form from start to finish: she had way too much firepower for Pivovarova, who didn't look used to facing it at all. Maria's power and depth kept Pivovarova on the back foot for almost the entire match, although Pivovarova did manage the odd winner, such as a deep forehand winner down the line at 1-6 *0-4 (0/40).

Pivovarova looked like she could be a good retriever - her long limbs give her excellent reach - but she couldn't repel firepower of that magnitude!

The only concern for Maria was that a couple of wild errors crept into her game at 5-0*, allowing Pivovarova to win a game. It's only going to get tougher from here on in - especially with Maria having Serena Williams in her fourth-round draw!

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 20th September 2010), because, with Maria being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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SHARAPOVA *@*@*_* 6
PIVOVAROV _____*_ 1

The match was third on Court 2, and started at 16:33 BST.

Maria serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Pivovarova serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Pivovarova (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Pivovarova serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 4-0: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Pivovarova serving 0-5: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Maria). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (SP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Pivovarova (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 5-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #3 for Maria). Maria won the first set 6-1 at 17:03 BST (30m).


Second set
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SHARAPOVA @*@*@* 6
PIVOVAROV ______ 0

Pivovarova serving 0-0 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Maria serving 1-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Pivovarova serving 0-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 3-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Pivovarova serving 0-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Maria serving 5-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Maria). Maria won 6-1 6-0 at 17:27 BST (second set 23m, match 54m).

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6. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Cibulková (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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- LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,EF] lt. Dominika Cibulková, 6-7 (5/7) 4-6

A very disappointing loss for Lucie, as although Cibulková is a very good player, I felt that Lucie should overpower Cibulková on grass. But Cibulková has more experience on the surface now, and with the hot, dry weather, the Wimbledon courts are playing more like hard courts.

Lucie broke right at the start of the match, but blew a 5-3* lead in the first set. The second set was serve-dominated, with Lucie saving a BP at *1-1, and being broken to love in the 7th game. She had one BP at 4-5* in the second, but lost the next three points - game, set and match.

Sadly, this is the third straight year that Lucie has lost in the first round of Wimbledon, but I refuse to accept that she's not good on grass, as I remember her wonderful third-round performance against Jelena Janković at Wimbledon 2007, and that she reached the final of 's-Hertogenbosch 2005.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ @*_*_*_*___*_ 6(5)
CIBULKOV __*_*_*_*@*_T 7(7)

The match was third on Court 6, and started at 16:27 BST.

Cibulková serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Lucie (BP #2). Broken.

Lucie serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Cibulková serving 0-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 2-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Cibulková serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (GP #1). Held.

Cibulková serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Cibulková (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 4-3 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Cibulková (BP #4). Deuce #2. Ad Cibulková (BP #5). Deuce #3. Ad Lucie (GP #1). Deuce #4. Ad Lucie (GP #2). Deuce #5. Ad Lucie (GP #3). Held.

Cibulková serving 3-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 5-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Cibulková serving 5-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 5-6: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (GP #1). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Lucie/Cibulková): 0/0*. *0/1. *1/1. 1/2*. 1/3*. *2/3. *3/3. 4/3*. 4/4*. *4/5. *5/5. 5/6* (SP #1 for Cibulková). Cibulková won the first set 7-6 (7/5) at 17:35 BST (1h08m).


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ *_*_*___*_ 4
CIBULKOV _*_*_*@*_* 6

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Cibulková serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Cibulková (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Lucie (GP #1). Held.

Cibulková serving 1-2 (new balls): 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Cibulková serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Cibulková serving 4-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Cibulková serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Cibulková (MP #1). Cibulková won 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 at 18:18 BST (second set 43m, match 1h51m).

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7. First-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Garbin (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Tathiana Garbin, 6-1 6-1

It was a very poor performance by Garbin, who demonstrated a weak one-handed backhand, but an increasingly impressive one by Woźniacki, who won the Girls' Singles title at Wimbledon 2006.


First set
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WOŹNIA *@*@*_* 6
GARBIN _____*_ 1

The match was third on Court One, and started at 18:02 BST.

Woźniacki serving 0-0: Second serve: Garbin chipped and charged, forcing Woźniacki to hit a backhand passs wide. 0/15. Woźniacki's deep forehand forced Garbin to net a backhand. 15/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/30. Second serve: Garbin netted a makeable forehand return. 30/30. Garbin hit an ambitious short-angled crosscourt sliced backhand just wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Garbin forehand just long. She wasted a challenge. Held.

Garbin serving 0-1: Woźniacki's deep crosscourt backhand induced Garbin to hit a backhand wide. 0/15. Garbin crosscourt backhand wide. 0/30. Garbin on the third stroke earthed a backhand - bad bounce or sheer incompetence? 0/40 (BP #1). Ace down the middle. 15/40 (BP #2). Garbin netted a backhand. Broken.

Woźniacki serving 2-0: Woźniacki forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Garbin netted a backhand dropshot. 30/0. Deep first serve induced Garbin to hit a forehand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve induced Garbin to net a forehand. Held.

An utterly crap performance by Garbin so far. Woźniacki's not having to do anything more than keep the ball in play.

Garbin serving 0-3: Woźniacki hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Garbin to hit a backhand wide. 0/15. Garbin went to the net, but Woźniacki ripped a stunning crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 0/30. Garbin opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and hit an off-forehand winner. 15/30. Garbin's forehand was called long, but risked her last challenge to show that it caught the back edge of the baseline! So they replayed the point: Woźniacki's crosscourt backhand forced Garbin to net a backhand. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Tracy Austin: "Serving well, hitting her groundstrokes nicely. The few points Garbin's won [4 to be precise] is when she has wrong-footed Woźniacki."

Woźniacki serving 4-0: Garbin hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand to the sideline, forcing Woźniacki to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Garbin backhand long. 15/15. Woźniacki forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Woźniacki backhand long. 30/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/40 (BP #1). Woźniacki drew Garbin to the net with a dropshot, and pounced on a short volley to hit a lovely crosscourt forehand pass-winner with topspin. Deuce #1. Service-winner. Ad Woźniacki. Service-winner down the middle. Held.

Garbin serving 0-5: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Woźniacki's deep backhand induced Garbin to chop a backhand very long. 15/15. Woźniacki mishit a forehand return long. 30/15. Garbin served and volleyed with a crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Garbin got a loud cheer from the crowd for avoiding the bagel.

Woźniacki serving 5-1: Garbin went to the net, but Woźniacki hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 15/0. Woźniacki went to the net behind a floater-forcing crosscourt forehand, and hit an easy off-forehand volley-winner. 30/0. Ace #1: down the middle. 40/0 (SP #1 for Woźniacki). Garbin went to the net, but Woźniacki hit a backhand lob-winner over her head. Woźniacki won the first set 6-1 at 18:25 BST (22m).


Second set
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WOŹNIA @*@*@_@ 6
GARBIN _____@_ 1

Garbin serving 0-0 (new balls): Garbin went to the net, but Woźniacki had plenty of time to hit a backhand lob-winner off a short ball. Garbin went to the net again, but was once again thwarted. 0/30. Woźniacki ran down a short ball and hit an off-backhand winner onto the baseline - except that it was long, as confirmed by Woźniacki's Hawk-Eye challenge. 15/30. Service-winner. 30/30. Woźniacki's deep forehand induced Garbin to hit a sliced backhand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Garbin on the third stroke hit an off-forehand wide. Broken.

The commentators agree that Garbin's one-handed backhand is a liability - particularly the sliced backhand, and also the topspin variant. Woźniacki is targetting Garbin's backhand relentlessly (which does carry the risks of playing it in and becoming too predictable).

Woźniacki serving 1-0: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Garbin ran down a dropshot, netted a forehand, and slipped onto one knee. 30/0. Garbin's deep forehand forced Woźniacki to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Woźniacki forehand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Service-winner. Held.

Garbin serving 0-2: Garbin forced a floater, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner just past Woźniacki's outstretched racket. 15/0. Garbin forced a short return, but hit a backhand long. 15/15. Woźniacki forced a short ball and hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Woźniacki hit an off-forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Garbin to hit a backhand long. 15/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide forced a floater, which Garbin dispatched with an acute crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Woźniacki serving 3-0: Garbin hit a big forehand return down the line, forcing Woźniacki to earth a backhand lob. 0/15. Woźniacki went to the net behind a deep backhand down the line, and picked off a beautiful high crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 15/15. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner. 30/15. Garbin forehand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Garbin to net a backhand return. Held.

Garbin serving 0-4: Woźniacki forced a short ball, and hit a backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Double fault (second serve just long; Garbin wasted yet another challenge, and has one remaining). 0/30. Woźniacki went to the net, forcing Garbin to net a backhand. 0/40 (BP #1). Garbin went to the net, opened up the court and hit a forehand punch-volley winner. 15/40 (BP #2). First serve out wide: Woźniacki hit a crosscourt forehand return-winner. Broken.

Tracy Austin: "Garbin is having a bad day, but Woźniacki is just playing lights out today."

Woźniacki serving 5-0: First serve out wide + deep crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline. 15/0. Woźniacki hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/0. Garbin's deep backhand down the middle induced Woźniacki to hit an off-backhand just wide. 30/15. Woźniacki tried to go to the net, but got caught in no-man's-land as Garbin hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 30/30. Double fault #3 (second serve just long). 30/40 (BP #1). Woźniacki went to the net, but her approach sat up nicely for Garbin to rip a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. Broken.

Garbin got another huge cheer from the crowd. They want to see a match.

Garbin serving 1-5: Woźniacki netted a forehand. 0/15. Garbin sliced a backhand long. 0/30. Garbin hit a backhand just wide, and wasted her last challenge. 0/40 (MP #1 for Woźniacki). Garbin backhand long. Woźniacki won 6-1 6-1 at 18:49 BST (second set 24m, match 46m).

Woźniacki's BBC interview: "I'm very happy to be through. I thought I played a very good match: good serves, good returns. I feel very comfortable. Wimbledon is my favourite tournament. It brings back good memories to have won the [Girls' Singles] title in 2006."

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8. First-round TV-report: Azarenka v Lučić (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. Mirjana Lučić [Q], 6-3 6-3


First set
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LUČIĆ *____@*__ 3
AZARE _*@*@__*@ 6

Lučić serving 3-5: 15/40 (SP #1). Double fault (scond serve long). Azarenka won the first set 6-3 at 19:14 BST (40m).


Second set
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LUČIĆ _*___*_*_ 3
AZARE *_*@*_*_* 6

Vika serving 0-0: Lučić crosscourt backhand winner. 0/15. Vika's depth forced Lučić to hit a forehand long. 15/15. Lučić hit a deep forehand down the line: just inside the baseline, forcing Vika to earth a backhand lob. 15/30. First serve: forehand return long. 30/30. Deep second serve induced Lučić to hit an off-backhand return wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Lučić serving 0-1: Vika on the fourth stroke hit a backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Lučić's depth induced Vika to hit a backhand just long. 15/15. Vika hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. 30/15. Vika netted a forehand, and emitted a cute little yell. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep, body-jamming serve out wide induced Vika to hit a forehand return long. But Vika made a successful challenge. 40/30 (GP #2). Vika hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, forcing Lučić to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #1. Vika's deep forehand just inside the baseline forced Lučić to hit a backhand long. Ad Vika (BP #1). Service-winner out wide. Deuce #2. Service-winner. Ad Lučić (GP #3). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Vika serving 1-1: Vika's crosscourt forehand pushed Lučić into the tramlines, forcing her to hit a forehand wide. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Lučić to net a backhand. 30/0. Deep first serve down the middle forced Lučić to hit a forehand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). Vika hit a forehand drive-volley winner from no-man's-land! Held.

Lučić serving 1-2: Lučić's crosscourt forehand winner was called wide, but she used Hawk-Eye to overruled it for a clean winner. 15/0. Vika's depth forced Lučić to mishit a forehand long. 15/15. Lučić forced a short ball, but netted a cheap backhand. 15/30. Lučić hit an off-backhand onto the baseline, but it was called long by the umpire (Fiona Edwards), who didn't allow Lučić to replay the point. 30/30. Lučić forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Lučić backhand just long. Broken.

Vika serving 3-1: Deep first serve out wide forced Lučić to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Lučić to net a backhand return. 30/0. Lučić forced a short ball, but sprayed a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Lučić sliced a backhand long. Held.

David Mercer: "It's so tough to maintain this level of play when you're not used to playing at this standard."

Lučić serving 1-4: Lučić opened up the court with a crosscourt backhand, and hit a backhand winner down the line. 15/0. Vika pounced on a short first serve with a backhand winner down the line. 15/15. Vika off-forehand just long. 30/15. Vika hit a down-the-line forehand winner onto the baseline. 30/30. Lučić off-backhand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Vika sprayed an off-forehand wide. Deuce #1. Vika on the fourth stroke hit a backhand long. Ad Lučić (GP #1). Vika hit an off-forehand wide. Held.

Vika serving 4-2: Vika hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Lučić to net a backhand. 15/0. Lučić hit a backhand just long, and shouted "missing too much" - BBC commentator David Mercer thought she was swearing in Croatian! 15/15. Vika hit a forehand drive-volley long. 30/15. First serve out wide forced Lučić to net a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Lučić netted a forehand. Held.

Lučić serving 2-5: Ace #2: down the middle. 15/0. Lučić off-backhand just wide. 15/15. Lučić forced a short ball and hit an off-backhand winner. 30/15. Ace #2: down the middle. 40/15 (GP #1). Vika's deep crosscourt backhand forced Lučić to hit a down-the-line backhand long. 40/30 (GP #2). Ace down the middle. Held.

Vika serving 5-3: Vika's deep backhand just inside the baseline forced Lučić to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/0. Lučić hit a crosscourt backhand + backhand winner down the line. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Lučić to bunt a forehand return long. 30/15. Ace out wide: on the sideline. Lučić wasted a challenge. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vika). Deep first serve induced Lučić to hit a forehand return long. Vika won 6-3 6-3 at 19:50 BST (second set 35m, match 1h16m).

Vika's BBC interview: "I love to play on this great court. It's an amazing feeling. I was proud to play on this court, and tried to play a good game. I lost last week at Eastbourne, in which I did really well. I always like coming here. I enjoy strawberries and cream all the way! There's so many good players - Justine [Henin], Kim [Clijsters] coming back."

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9. First-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v Rezaď (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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- Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] lt. ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF], 7-6 (10/8) 2-6 5-7

A game attempt by Magda - Rezaď has been in great form recently. Magda recovered from *2-5 in the first set, but will be kicking herself after missing 3 BPs at 4-3* in the third.


First set
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RYBÁR ___*_*_*@*@_T 7(10)
REZAĎ *@*_*_*____@_ 6(8)

The match was third on Court 8, and started at 18:36 BST.

Rezaď serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Rezaď (BP #1). Broken.

Rezaď serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. Held.

Magda serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 4-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Rezaď (GP #4). Held.

Magda serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Magda serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 5-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (GP #3). Broken.

Magda serving 6-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Rybáriková/Rezaď): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 1/2*. 1/3*. *1/4. *1/5. 2/5*. 2/6* (SP #1 for Rezaď). *3/6 (SP #2 for Rezaď). *4/6 (SP #3 for Rezaď). 5/6* (SP #4 for Rezaď). 6/6*. *6/7 (SP #5 for Rezaď). *7/7. 8/7* (SP #1 for Magda). 8/8*. *9/8 (SP #2 for Rezaď). Magda won the first set 7-6 (10/8) at 19:27 BST (50m).


Second set
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RYBÁR *_____*_ 2
REZAĎ _*@*@*_* 6

Magda serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Rezaď (BP #1). Broken.

Rezaď serving 2-1 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Rezaď serving 4-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 1-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 5-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Rezaď). Rezaď won the second set 6-2 at 19:54 BST (second set 27m, match so far 1h17m).


Third set
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RYBÁR *_*_*_*_*___ 5
REZAĎ _*_*_*_*_*@* 7

Magda serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Rezaď serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Magda serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Rezaď serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 2-2 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Rezaď (GP #3). Held.

Magda serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Magda (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Rezaď (GP #3). Deuce #4. Ad Magda (BP #3). Deuce #5. Ad Rezaď (GP #4). Held.

Magda serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Rezaď serving 4-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Magda serving 5-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Rezaď serving 6-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Rezaď). Rezaď won 6-7 (8/10) 6-2 7-5 at 20:42 BST (third set 48m, match 2h06m).

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10. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v King (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King, 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) *0-0 suspended

A very disappointing match so far by Daniela so far, as I had expected her to beat King easily, especially on grass. But she couldn't pull away in the first set, and ended up dropping it on a tiebreak.

She went 6-7 *1-4 down, but closed to 4-4*, and wasted 4 BPs in a game of 9 deuces before King held for 5-4*. Daniela also had to serve to stay in the match at *5-6, but dominated the second-set tiebreak before play was suspended due to darkness.

I'm not sure whether the suspension favours Daniela or not. On the one hand, she had the momentum after winning the second set, and her superior physical fitness gives her an advantage over most players in a third set. On the other hand, if it was just a bad day at the office, maybe tomorrow will be a much better one.


First set
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HANT *_*_*_*_*__@_ 6(4)
KING _*_*_*_*_*@_T 7(7)

The match was dynamically scheduled fourth on Court One, but it didn't appear as a Red Button stream, even on freesat! The stream that was showing Azarenka v Lučić closed down at the end of that match, while the next free stream joined Williams/Williams v Ditty/Voráčová instead of Court One!

The match started at 19:08 BST.

Daniela serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #1). Held.

King serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

King serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

King serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 5-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad King. Broken.

King serving 6-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Daniela/King): *0/0. 0/1*. 0/2*. *1/2. *1/3. 2/3*. 3/3*. *3/4. *3/5. 3/6* (SP #1 for King). 4/6* (SP #2 for King). King won the first set 7-6 (7/4) at 20:00 BST (51m).


Second set
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HANT ___*_*@*_*_*T 7(7)
KING *@*_*___*_*__ 6(4)

King serving 0-0: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (GP #2). Broken.

King serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Daniela serving 0-3 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 1-4: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #1). Held.

King serving 4-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 3-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad King (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Daniela (BP #2). Deuce #4. Ad King (GP #3). Deuce #5. Ad Daniela (BP #3). Deuce #6. Ad Daniela (BP #4). Deuce #7. Ad King. Deuce #8. Ad King. Deuce #9. Ad King. Held.

Daniela serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 5-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 5-6: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Daniela/King): 0/0*. *1/0. *2/0. 3/0*. 4/0*. *4/1. *4/2. 5/2*. 6/2* (SP #1 for Daniela). *6/3 (SP #2 for Daniela). *6/4 (SP #3 for Daniela). Daniela won the second set 7-6 (7/4) at 21:07 BST (second set 1h06m, match so far 1h58m).


Third set
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HANT 0
KING 0

Daniela serving 0-0: The match was suspended due to darkness at 21:07 BST.

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11. Second-round draw
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11.1 Top half: Chakvetadze, Hantuchová, Sharapova
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Dominika Cibulková v Ayumi Morita [s] (my loyalty is to Domi)
* (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] or Vania King) v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* LI,NA [9] v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19]
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v SARA ERRANI [32]
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7] v Alberta Brianti

* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Chang,Kai-Chen (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Roberta Vinci v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (forza Roberta!)
* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Petra Kvitová (jia you Jie!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Bojana Jovanovski (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] v Klára Zakopalová (my Passion says Klára, but my Reason says Aravane)
* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Edina Gallovits v Kaia Kanepi [Q]


11.2 Bottom half: Vera Zvonarëva
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* Karolina Šprem [DF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8] (ajmo Karolina!)
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Shenay Perry [Q] (davai Maria!)
* JUSTINE HENIN [17] v Kristina Barrois
* Chan,Yung-Jan v NADIA PETROVA [12]

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] v Kirsten Flipkens (my loyalty is to Yanina)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Andrea Hlaváčková [Q] (my loyalty is to VERA)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v Varvara Lepchenko (my loyalty is to Alyona)
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Aleksandra Woźniak

* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Vera Dushevina (aide Tsvetana!)
* YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] v Regina Kulikova (davai Slava!)
* Alicia Molik v Gréta Arn [Q] (c'mon Alicia!)
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Petra Martić (my Passion says Petra, but my Reason says Marion)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [13] v Angelique Kerber (my loyalty is to Shahar)
* Jarmila Groth v MELANIE OUDIN [33] (c'mon Jarmila!)
* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] v Alla Kudryavtseva
* Ekaterina Makarova v VENUS WILLIAMS [2] (davai Ekaterina!)

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12. Andrew's wishes
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12.1 Third-round wishes
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Dominika Cibulková
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] (my Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Anastasia Rodionova d. LI,NA [9]
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]

+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Roberta Vinci
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. ZHENG,JIE [23]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF]
+ ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] d. Edina Gallovits

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. Karolina Šprem [DF]
+ Chan,Yung-Jan d. JUSTINE HENIN [17]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF]
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]

+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30]
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Alicia Molik
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [13] d. Jarmila Groth
+ Ekaterina Makarova d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26]


12.2 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Anna Chakvetadze [EF] (my Passion says Anna, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Anastasia Rodionova
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. Chan,Yung-Jan
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [28]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S]
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [13] d. Ekaterina Makarova


12.3 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [13]


12.4 Semi-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


12.5 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]

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13. Order of play for Wednesday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 5 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 2r: SHAHAR PE'ER [13] v Angelique Kerber
2. WS 1r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Vania King, 1:1 to finish
3. WS 2r: MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Shenay Perry [Q]
4. MS 2r: Arnaud Clément v Peter Luczak
5. MD 1r: Marco Chiudinelli/Bobby Reynolds v (BOB BRYAN/MIKE BRYAN)[2]

It's pretty rude of the order-of-play committee not to let Daniela finish on Court One. I just hope she doesn't crash out of Wimbledon without being televised by the BBC!

Court 14 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. MS 2r: Viktor Troicki v JÜRGEN MELZER [16]
2. MS 1r: Thiemo de Bakker v Santiago Giraldo, 2:2 to finish
3. WS 2r: Jarmila Groth v MELANIE OUDIN [33]
4. WS 2r: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Andrea Hlaváčková [Q]
5. MS 1r: (MAHESH BHUPATHI/MAX MIRNYI)[4] v Maximo González/Sebastian Prieto

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 3

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round results
3. Second-round TV-report: Šprem v Clijsters
4. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v King (Part 2)
5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Hlaváčková
6. Second-round draw
7. Second-round preview: Chakvetadze v S.Williams
8. Second-round preview: Hantuchová v Záhlavová Strýcová
9. Second-round preview: Sharapova v Olaru
10. Andrew's wishes
11. Women's Doubles: First round
12. Article: Jelena Dokić in tears after missing Wimbledon qualification
13. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 2 (continued):
* cornet
* olaru
* scheepers

Recommended searches for Day 3:
* hantuchova
* zvonareva
* sprem
* lepchenko
* shahar peer
* groth
* kerber

Lepchenko looked the best I've ever seen her.

Various players including Daniela Hantuchová [EF], Maria Kirilenko [DF], Karolina Šprem [DF], Shahar Pe'er, Ekaterina Makarova, Angelique Kerber.
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-231.html

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2. Second-round results (Wednesday 23rd June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4
+ YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] d. Kirsten Flipkens, 7-6 (11/9) 6-4
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Petra Martić, walkover (abdominal injury)
- SHAHAR PE'ER [13] lt. Angelique Kerber, 6-3 3-6 4-6

Wickmayer saved 5 SPs in the first-set tiebreak (*3/6 + *6/7 + *8/9).

What rocked:
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. Shenay Perry [Q], 6-1 6-4
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Vera Dushevina, 6-3 6-4
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] d. Varvara Lepchenko, 4-6 6-4 6-3
+ Jarmila Groth d. MELANIE OUDIN [33], 6-4 6-3
+ JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] d. Aleksandra Woźniak, 4-6 6-2 6-4
+ ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] d. Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-4 6-2
+ JUSTINE HENIN [17] d. Kristina Barrois, 6-3 7-5

What sucked:
- Karolina Šprem [DF] lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 2-6
- YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA [30] lt. Regina Kulikova, 2-6 4-6
- Alicia Molik lt. Gréta Arn [Q], 5-7 4-6
- Ekaterina Makarova lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 0-6 4-6
- Chan,Yung-Jan lt. NADIA PETROVA [12], 3-6 4-6

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18033691

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3. Second-round TV-report: Šprem v Clijsters (Wednesday 23rd June 2010)
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- Karolina Šprem [DF] lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 2-6

Šprem is very entertaining to watch, as she always tends to stand very close to the baseline and hit the ball very hard and flat, although her game is very one-dimensional.

Another observation from this match is that Šprem is very adept at getting down low for the ball, often hitting it from a crouching position. This is why grass is her best surface, along with her flat groundstrokes, which shoot through low on grass.


First set
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ŠPREM _*___*_*_ 3
CLIJS *_*@*_*_* 6

The match was first on Centre Court, and started at 13:09 BST.

Šprem serving 0-1: Clijsters netted a backhand. 15/0. Šprem hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault (second serve long). 40/15 (GP #2). Deep first serve out wide forced Clijsters to bunt a forehand long. Held.

Sam Smith: "It's all about the first strike for these two women. Anything remotely short will be battered away. Both these women play very tight to the baseline. If you're not aggressive against Clijsters, you're not even going to last the hour."

Clijsters serving 1-1: Šprem's depth forced Clijsters to bunt a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/15. Clijsters forehand wide. 0/30. Deep second serve out wide induced Šprem to net a forehand return. 15/30. Big return forced Clijsters into error. 15/40 (BP #1). Clijsters forehand long. 30/40 (BP #2). Deep second serve induced Šprem to hit a backhand long. Deuce #1. Clijsters netted a forehand return. Ad Šprem (BP #3). Clijsters hit an off-forehand winner back behind Šprem. Deuce #2. Clijsters's depth forced Šprem to net a backhand. Ad Clijsters (GP #1). Clijsters went to the net, but Šprem whipped a beautiful crosscourt forehand pass-winner low over the net - hardly any take-back at all! Deuce #3. Service-winner out wide. Ad Clijsters (GP #2). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Sam Smith: "Šprem doesn't have the consistency that she did when she reached the quarter-finals here six years ago."

Šprem serving 1-2: Šprem, driven wide, netted a forehand. 0/15. Ace out wide. 15/15. Šprem went to the net and hit a beautiful leaping forehand volley-winner. 30/15. Šprem's depth forced Clijsters to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Šprem forehand just long. 40/30 (GP #2). Clijsters's forehand was called long, but she called upon Hawk-Eye to show that it clipped the back edge of the baseline, so they replayed the point. Clijsters hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Šprem. Deuce #1. Šprem's backhand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Ad Clijsters (BP #1). Clijsters hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Broken.

She was very unlucky to be broken there, considering that she led 40/15 and Clijsters hit a forehand that caught about 15% of the breadth of the baseline.

Clijsters serving 3-1: Šprem's deep forehand forced Clijsters to net a backhand. 0/15. Clijsters's deep backhand forced Šprem into error. Šprem wasted a challenge. 15/15. Clijsters's deep crosscourt backhand forced Šprem to hit one wide. 30/15. Šprem netted a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Šprem to earth a backhand. Held.

Šprem serving 1-4: Clijsters forehand wide. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Clijsters's depth forced Šprem to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Šprem played a nice spreading rally with a crosscourt backhand + backhand winner down the line - really crouched down low for that one. 40/15 (GP #1). Šprem forced a short ball, and hit a deep off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. Held.

Clijsters serving 4-2: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Service-winner down the middle. 30/0. Šprem hit a makeable off-backhand just wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Clijsters netted a forehand. 40/15 (GP #2). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Šprem serving 2-5: Šprem hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Clijsters's deep backhand return forced Šprem to net a forehand. 30/15. Clijsters backhand just long. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace #4: out wide, on the sideline. Held.

Clijsters serving 5-3: Šprem hit a forehand halfway up the net. 15/0. Clijsters's depth forced Šprem to hit a forehand long. 30/0. Virtual ace out wide. 40/0 (SP #1 for Clijsters). Ace out wide. Clijsters won the first set 6-3 at 13:42 BST (33m).

Sam Smith: "Šprem gets down really low to the ball, and that's why she enjoys playing on grass so much."


Second set
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ŠPREM *_____*_ 2
CLIJS _*@*@*_* 6

Šprem serving 0-0: Deep service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/15. Šprem hit a netcord-clipping forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Second serve: Clijsters netted a forehand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Clijsters hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Clijsters's deep crosscourt forehand forced Šprem to earth a forehand. Deuce #1. Šprem forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Šprem (GP #3). Clijsters forced a short floater, and hit a pinpoint off-forehand winner onto the sideline. Deuce #2. Clijsters hit a huge forehand winner down the line. Ad Clijsters (BP #1). Ace down the middle: on the centre-line (called wide but overruled by the umpire). Deuce #3. Clijsters nailed a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Ad Clijsters (BP #2). Šprem's deep forehand down the middle forced Clijsters to hit a forehand wide. Deuce #4. Šprem's deep backhand forced Clijsters to hit a backhand long. Ad Šprem (GP #4). Šprem backhand just long. Deuce #5. Šprem off-backhand winner. Ad Šprem (GP #5). Ace down the middle. Held.

Šprem did well to come through that game, saving 2 BPs. Clijsters is starting to time her forehand better, resulting in greater sharpness and precision for the same amount of power.

Clijsters serving 0-1: Clijsters forehand just long. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Clijsters went to the net, but Šprem hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep service-winner down the middle. Held.

Šprem serving 1-1: Clijsters netted a forehand. 15/0. Clijsters crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/0. Clijsters's deep crosscourt forehand induced Šprem to net a forehand. 30/15. Šprem off-forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Šprem hit a forehand drive-volley long. 40/30 (GP #2). Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #1. Šprem forehand just long. Ad Clijsters (BP #1). Šprem went to the net, forcing Clijsters to net a forehand. Deuce #2. Šprem hit an off-backhand winner. Ad Šprem (GP #3). Šprem, driven wide, hit a down-the-line backhand long. Deuce #3. Šprem forehand long. Ad Clijsters (BP #3). Clijsters hit a huge short-angled crosscourt forehand virtual winner just inside the sideline. Broken.

This time, Šprem doesn't get away with letting a 40/15 lead slip.

Clijsters serving 2-1: Clijsters forehand wide. 0/15. Šprem netted a forehand. 15/15. Clijsters forced a short ball that sat up nicely for her to nail a backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Deep first serve forced Šprem to bunt a forehand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Clijsters crosscourt backhand just wide. 40/30 (GP #2). Clijsters on the fourth stroke dumped a backhand into the net. Deuce #1. Šprem hit a loose forehand long. Ad Clijsters (GP #3). Šprem, driven wide, netted a backhand. Held.

Šprem serving 1-3: Clijsters hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Šprem to net a backhand. 0/15. Šprem on the third stroke netted a forehand. 0/30. Šprem forced a short ball, but netted a forehand, and emitted a loud groan. 0/40 (BP #1). Clijsters's deep crosscourt forehand forced Šprem to hit a forehand long. Broken.

Clijsters serving 4-1: I missed the first two points as I was checking the other Red Button streams for the imminent resumption of Hantuchová v King: not available on freesat right now. 15/15. Forehand return long. 15/30. Šprem netted a forehand return. 30/30. Service-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Clijsters hit a crosscourt backhand drive-volley winner. Held.

Šprem serving 1-5: Clijsters's deep crosscourt backhand forced Šprem to hit a backhand long. 0/15. Clijsters netted a backhand. 15/15. Clijsters backhand long. 30/15. Šprem hit a deep backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Clijsters to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Šprem surprised Clijsters with an uncharacteristically slow crosscourt forehand, inducing Clijsters to spray a crosscourt forehand wide. Held.

Clijsters serving 5-2: Deep first serve out wide forced Šprem to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Clijsters forced a short ball, and hit an off-forehand winner. 30/0. Clijsters netted a forehand. 30/15. Clijsters hit a deep crosscourt backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Šprem to hit a forehand long. 40/15 (MP #1 for Clijsters). Šprem's deep crosscourt forehand return induced Clijsters to hit a loose forehand long. 40/30 (MP#2 for Clijsters). Clijsters went for a crosscourt backhand to the sideline, but put it just wide. Deuce #1. Ace out wide: on the sideline. Ad Clijsters (MP #3). First serve: Šprem netted a backhand return. Clijsters won 6-3 6-2 at 14:22 BST (second set 40m, match 1h13m).

Clijsters's BBC interview (she talked fast, so my transcription may be inaccurate): "The score looked a lot easier than it actually was out there. Karolina is a girl who hits the ball very hard, and I had to be consistent and aggressive. I came back because of the roof-exhibition last year. I was very tempted to take a wild card into Wimbledon 2009, but I didn't."

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4. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v King (Part 2: Wednesday 23rd June 2010)
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] d. Vania King, 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) 6-3

The match resumed at the start of the third set. Daniela broke to love for *3-1, but was broken back immediately. She found herself in a tight spot at *3-3 (Deuce), but held, broke to 30, and served out the match to 15, thus avoiding the need for a 61-59 final set!


Third set
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HANT *_*@__*@* 6
KING _*__@*___ 3

The match was suspended due to darkness at 21:07 BST on Tuesday. The match resumed - second on Court 5 - at 14:23 BST on Wednesday (17h16m delay).

Daniela serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 3-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

King serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #1). Held.

King serving 3-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 5-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Daniela). 40/15 (MP #2 for Daniela). Daniela won 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 at 14:56 BST (third set 33m; match 19h48m gross, 2h31m net).

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5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Hlaváčková (Wednesday 23rd June 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4

Vera raced to a 5-0* lead against the world #147, although she saved 40/30 GPs at 1-0* and 3-0*, and BP at *2-0 (30/40). She saved BP×2 at *5-1 (15/40), and converted her first SP.

Vera broke at the start of the second set (after saving GP), but was promptly broken back to 15. She broke again to 30 for *2-1, and the remaining games were serve-dominated, with no BPs.


First set
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ZVONARËVA *@*@*_* 6
HLAVÁČKOV _____*_ 1

The match was fourth on Court 14, and started at 19:11 BST.

Vera serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Hlaváčková serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Hlaváčková serving 0-3: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). I saw this point in a BBC Red Button round-up: Vera hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Hlaváčková to stretch wide and net a forehand. Broken.

Vera serving 4-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. Held.

Hlaváčková serving 0-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (SP #1). Vera won the first set 6-1 at 19:38 BST (26m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA @_@*_*_*_* 6
HLAVÁČKOV _@__*_*_*_ 4

Hlaváčková serving 0-0 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Hlaváčková (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 1-0: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Hlaváčková serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Hlaváčková serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Hlaváčková serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Hlaváčková (GP #3). Held.

Vera serving 4-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Hlaváčková serving 3-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Hlaváčková (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 5-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vera). Vera won 6-1 6-4 at 20:15 BST (second set 37m, match 1h04m).

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6. Second-round draw
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6.1 Top half: Chakvetadze, Hantuchová, Sharapova
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Dominika Cibulková v Ayumi Morita [s] (my loyalty is to Domi)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* LI,NA [9] v Kurumi Nara [Q]
* Anastasia Rodionova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19]
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v SARA ERRANI [32]
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7] v Alberta Brianti

* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Chang,Kai-Chen (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Roberta Vinci v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (forza Roberta!)
* ZHENG,JIE [23] v Petra Kvitová (jia you Jie!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Bojana Jovanovski (davai Vika!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Monica Niculescu [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] v Klára Zakopalová (my Passion says Klára, but my Reason says Aravane)
* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] v Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q]
* Edina Gallovits v Kaia Kanepi [Q]


6.2 Bottom half: Vera Zvonarëva
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* KIM CLIJSTERS [8] won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] won
* JUSTINE HENIN [17] won
* NADIA PETROVA [12] won

* YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] won
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] won
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] won
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won

* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] won
* Regina Kulikova won
* Gréta Arn [Q] won
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won

* Angelique Kerber won
* Jarmila Groth won
* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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7. Second-round preview: Chakvetadze v S.Williams
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (DAVAI ANNA!!)

Anna may be ranked 117 places behind the world #1, but she leads their head-to-head 1:0, and Anna usually beats the players against whom she has winning records!

Admittedly, Anna's win over Serena was 6-4 retired (in a round-robin match at the 2007 WTA Tour Championships at Madrid), but she was also 1:0 (by retirement) over Andrea Petković going into their Birmingham encounter, and she's now 3:0 against the world #33, having beaten her 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the first round here!

Williams has a 19:4 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her first-round win here). After being resoundingly defeated by #5 Elena Dementieva in the Sydney final (6-3 6-2), she won her fifth Australian Open title, beating surprise finalist Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a high-quality final.

Williams didn't play again until Rome, where she reached the semi-finals but lost to #7 Jelena Janković 4-6 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals. She lost 4-6 6-2 6-3 to #18 Nadia Petrova at Madrid, and alternated struggles with blistering wins at the French Open, finally falling 6-2 6-7 8-6 to #7 Samantha Stosur after wasting a match-point in their quarter-final.

Williams looked on terrifying form in her first-round match against world #148 Michelle Larcher de Brito (6-0 6-4), but Williams did go off the boil in the second set, and should Williams go off the boil on Thursday, Anna will be ready to pounce!

The key difference between Anna and Larcher de Brito - as opponents of Williams - is that Anna is much stronger in defence. Anna has excellent anticipation and excellent footwork, and knows just how to make her defensive shots awkward for her opponent (e.g. by hitting a defensive lob over her opponent's backhand shoulder).

Anna may be in a deep slump, but she's shown very encouraging signs of a recovery during this grass-court season. Form is temporary, but class is permanent, and the instincts that got Anna to world #5 in 2007 will be coming back. She could definitely cause Williams some problems.

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8. Second-round preview: Hantuchová v Záhlavová Strýcová
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* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová

Záhlavová Strýcová is ranked #68, and has a 14:16 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her first round here: a surprising 6-1 6-3 thrashing of #41 Elena Vesnina). Daniela has never played her before.

Looking at Záhlavová Strýcová's results for 2010, I see a lot of first- and second-round exits, and several failures to qualify. She reached the semi-finals of ITF Marseille two weeks ago, beating three players outside the top 119, and losing 2-6 6-3 6-1 to #74 Klára Zakopalová. She fell in the first round of 's-Hertogenbosch 6-4 7-6 to #51 Roberta Vinci.

Before Daniela's first-round match, I would have picked this as an easy two-set win for Daniela, but I can't take anything for granted now. Daniela should have too much class, though.

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9. Second-round preview: Sharapova v Olaru
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru (my loyalty is to MARIA)

Maria has lost in the second round of Wimbledon for the last two years, but although she's never played Olaru before, it's difficult to imagine that abnormal, embarrassing streak continuing against the world #114, whose win/loss record for 2010 so far is 7:14.

Looking at Olaru's 2010 results, I see a lot of first-round losses, some second-round losses, and some qualifying-campaigns (she successfully qualified for WTA Paris). She hasn't beaten a top-64 player all year. She came into Wimbledon on a six-match losing-streak, but beat #77 Alizé Cornet 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the first round here.

Olaru is very attractive, so I'm really looking forward to watching her on TV for the first time!

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10. Andrew's wishes
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10.1 Third-round wishes
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Dominika Cibulková
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] (my Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Anastasia Rodionova d. LI,NA [9]
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]

+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Roberta Vinci
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. ZHENG,JIE [23]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF]
+ ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] d. Edina Gallovits

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. KIM CLIJSTERS [8]
+ NADIA PETROVA [12] d. JUSTINE HENIN [17] (I support Petrova because everyone's talking about a Clijsters v Henin fourth round as though Henin were seeded to get there)
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF]
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]

+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Regina Kulikova
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Gréta Arn [Q]
+ Jarmila Groth d. Angelique Kerber
+ ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


10.2 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Anna Chakvetadze [EF] (my Passion says Anna, but my Reason says Maria)
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Anastasia Rodionova
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. NADIA PETROVA [12]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [28]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S]
+ Jarmila Groth d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26]


10.3 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Jarmila Groth


10.4 Semi-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


10.5 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]

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11. Women's Doubles: First round
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11.1 First-round results (Wednesday 23rd June 2010)
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/

+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]/Klára Zakopalová d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]/Melinda Czink, 6-3 7-6 (7/3)

+ (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] d. Anastasia Rodionova/Arina Rodionova, 6-2 4-6 6-1

+ Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay d. Naomi Cavaday/Anna Smith, 4-6 6-4 6-1

I saw the end of the above match on BBC Red Button. Görges and Szávay looked great - especially Görges - so I wish them well in this tournament.

- Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] lt. (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/OLGA GOVORTSOVA)[17], 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 2-6


11.2 First-round matches to be played on Thursday
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (Mariya Koryttseva/Daria Kustova)[Q]

* (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] v Maria Kondratieva/Vladimíra Uhlířová

* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v Katalin Marosi/Kathrin Wörle

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12. Article: Jelena Dokić in tears after missing Wimbledon qualification
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Jelena Dokić in tears after missing Wimbledon qualification (Leo Schlink, Herald Sun, Thursday 17th June 2010)
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/do...-1225880695322
>>>
This is the moment that Jelena Dokić confronted the brutal reality of tennis-oblivion.

Distraught after blowing certain victory with catastrophic serving in the second round of Wimbledon qualifying, Dokić dissolved into tears as her career plunged deeper into freefall.

The former world No.4 held a match-point against American scrapper Julie Ditty in the second set, before crashing to a humiliating 5-7 7-5 6-2 defeat.

Dokić served 24 double faults - including five in the fifth game of the final set - to totally lose her way.

Now ranked 129th in the world, Dokić trudged forlornly to the middle of the Bank Of England's cricket-ground, and sat alone sobbing after the match.

She called to her boyfriend Tin Bikić, who had stalked away from Dokić's court as soon as the match was over.

He walked back over to Dokić before the pair - speaking Croatian - began to argue.

Asked about her future as rumours of retirement resurfaced, Dokić said: "Nothing. I've got nothing."

Joined soon after by an unidentified man - believed to be younger brother Savo - Dokić stood briefly outside a locked prize-money office.

Her latest defeat is the low point of a troubled year, which saw her infamous father Damir jailed for threatening to bomb the Australian embassy in Belgrade.

She was severely embarrassed by an incident involving Bikić and his brother, Borna, on a flight from Hobart to Melbourne in January when the pair became involved in a heated argument with another passenger.

The dispute threatened Dokić's $1 million sponsorship-deal with Jetstar.

Sidelined for two months with elbow- and leg-injuries, podgy Dokić has won only $66,264 from nine tournaments this season.

Her career-earnings - which do not include sponsorship-deals - stand at $4.1 million.

She picked up $6000 from Wimbledon qualifying.

The baseliner's current ranking means that she is unable to gain automatic entry into Major or top-level WTA Tour events.

Dokić said on Tuesday that she would concentrate on lower-tier European clay-court events.

"I've still got a lot of work to do to get my fitness back," said Dokić, who is several kilograms heavier than her ideal playing-weight.

"It is tough, but I'm prepared to do the hard work.

"Clay is the best surface for me to work on my game."

Dokić held a match-point in the 10th game of the second set today as Ditty served to stay in the match at 4-5, but missed the opportunity.

The right-hander served four double faults in the following game to gift Ditty a lifeline.

Dokić, 27, appeared to regroup early in the third set with a 2-0 lead, but then imploded on serve.

Dokić's current plight is light-years removed from her Cinderella run to the Australian Open quarter-finals last year.

And her defeat at Roehampton could not have been more poignant, coming exactly 10 years after she stormed into the Wimbledon semi-finals.
<<<

My reaction:

I'm very worried about Jelena's ambiguous quote, "Nothing. I've got nothing."

Taken out of context, it's unclear whether this means that she has no plans to retire, or whether she feels that she has lost everything.

Jelena has verifiably admitted to suffering from depression in the past, so this latest development makes me very worried about her - and not only about her tennis-career.

Jelena has so many people in the world who love her, but most of us are powerless to help her. Now that she's even arguing with her boyfriend, who has been her rock for the last few years, is there anyone who can rescue her from her downward spiral?

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13. Order of play for Thursday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court One (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. WS 2r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru
2. MS 2r: ROBIN SÖDERLING [6] v Marcel Granollers
3. MS 2r: Ivan Dodig v SAM QUERREY [18]

Court 2 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. MS 2r: Alexandr Dolgopolov v JO-WILFRIED TSONGA [10]
2. MS 2r: Florent Serra v DAVID FERRER [9]
3. WS 2r: Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
4. WS 2r: LI,NA [9] v Kurumi Nara [Q]

Court 5 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. MS 2r: Martin Fischer v THOMAZ BELLUCCI [25]
2. WS 2r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová
3. MS 2r: PHILIPP PETZSCHNER [33] v Łukasz Kubot
4. WD 1r: (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] v Maria Kondratieva/Vladimíra Uhlířová

I really hope that my girls manage to avoid clashing, as they're all on televised courts (which does not guarantee that their matches will be available on BBC Red Button), and although I can watch BBC Red Button whilst recording BBC One and Two, I can only watch/record one Red Button stream at a time.

It seems probable that the end of Sharapova v Olaru will clash with the start of Hantuchová v Záhlavová Strýcová (in which case the former shall take priority, unless it's on BBC One/Two), while Chakvetadze v Williams seems unlikely to clash with the other two.

I'm disappointed that none of my EF girls get to play on Centre Court in front of the Queen (that honour goes to Woźniacki and Chang). Serena seemed to think on Tuesday that she would be playing there, and it would have been so cool if Anna could have upset her in front of the Queen.

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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My Eternal Fanship: 1. Monica Seles; 2. Мария Шарапова (‘Maria Sharapova’); 3. Daniela Hantuchová; 4. Jelena Dokić; 5. Iva Majoli; 6. Karina Habšudová; 7. Вера Звонарёва (‘Vera Zvonarëva’); 8. Nicole Vaidišová; 9. Анна Чакветадзе (‘Anna Chakvetadze’); 10. Lucie Šafářová; 11. Ирода Туляганова (‘Iroda Tulyaganova’); 12. Magdaléna Rybáriková; 13. Sabine Lisicki

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 4

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round results
3. Second-round TV-report: Sharapova v Olaru
4. Second-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Chang
5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Záhlavová Strýcová
6. Second-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v S.Williams
7. Third-round draw
8. Third-round preview: Zvonarëva v Wickmayer
9. Andrew's wishes
10. Women's Doubles: First round
11. Order of play for Friday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 4:
* sharapova
* chakvetadze
* hantuchova
* azarenka
* pennetta
* olaru
* wozniacki
* cibulkova
* zheng
* niculescu

Various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Anna Chakvetadze [EF], Victoria Azarenka [DF], Flavia Pennetta [DF], Caroline Woźniacki [DF], Ioana Raluca Olaru:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-241.html

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2. Second-round results (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Ioana Raluca Olaru, 6-1 6-4
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. Monica Niculescu [Q,S], 6-1 6-1
- ARAVANE REZAĎ [18,DF] lt. Klára Zakopalová, 7-5 3-6 3-6
+ Dominika Cibulková d. Ayumi Morita [s], 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/2) 7-5
- Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] lt. SARA ERRANI [32], 2-6 2-6

Zakopalová blew a 4-0* lead in the first set, and let *4-0 in the third become *4-2.

Cibulková blew a 4-0* lead in the first set, let *5-3 become *5-5 in the second, but recovered from 1-3* in the third.

What rocked:
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. Bojana Jovanovski, 6-1 6-4
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] d. Chang,Kai-Chen, 6-4 6-3
+ Anastasia Rodionova d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [19], 6-4 2-6 6-4
+ LI,NA [9] d. Kurumi Nara [Q], 6-2 6-4
+ AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7] d. Alberta Brianti, 6-2 6-0
+ ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] d. Romina Sarina Oprandi [Q], 6-2 6-0

What sucked:
- DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] lt. Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 6-1 2-6 4-6
- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 1-6
- ZHENG,JIE [23] lt. Petra Kvitová, 4-6 6-2 2-6
- Roberta Vinci lt. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29], 2-6 6-7 (1/7)
- Edina Gallovits lt. Kaia Kanepi [Q], 4-6 5-7

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18040865

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3. Second-round TV-report: Sharapova v Olaru (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Ioana Raluca Olaru, 6-1 6-4

In the most entertaining match of Wimbledon 2010 so far, Maria dominated Olaru until 6-1 2-0* with her usual display of big serves, huge groundstrokes and drive-volleys, as Olaru struggled to cope with the speed of the grass.

Then Olaru relaxed and played some brilliant tennis: big serves, forehand winners, volley-winners. Maria was in danger of losing control of the match when Olaru broke back for 4-4, but after a tremendous game of three deuces on Olaru's serve, Maria cranked up the pressure; Olaru double-faulted to give Maria *5-4, and she converted her third of three match-points at 40/0.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 4th October 2010), because, with Maria being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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SHARA *@*_*@* 6
OLARU ___*___ 1

The match was first on Court One, and started at 13:10 BST.

Maria serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (GP #1). Held.

Olaru serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Olaru serving 0-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Olaru (GP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Olaru (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Olaru serving 1-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Maria serving 5-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Maria). Maria won the first set 6-1 at 13:42 BST (32m).


Second set
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SHARA @*_*_*__@* 6
OLARU __*_*_*@__ 4

Olaru serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Olaru serving 0-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 2-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Olaru (BP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (GP #1). Held.

Olaru serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Olaru serving 2-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Maria serving 4-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Olaru (BP #1). Broken.

Olaru serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (GP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Maria (GP #4). Broken.

Maria serving 5-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Maria). 40/15 (MP #2 for Maria). 40/30 (MP #3 for Maria). Maria won 6-1 6-4 at 14:34 BST (second set 51m, match 1h24m).

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4. Second-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Chang (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] d. Chang,Kai-Chen, 6-4 6-3

Caro put up another good performance to see off Chang, who hits the ball hard and flat. Caro broke once in the first set and twice in the second, without losing her own serve in the match.

Seeing as I have now reported on Caro's first two rounds for her own sake, and enjoyed doing it, now seems as good a time as any to promote her to my demi-fanship. She's been a borderline candidate for several months now, as she is a beautiful girl, but perceived as a bit of a pusher. She had her moments in this match, though, such as a fabulous running forehand pass-winner down the line at 5-3* (15/40*), and a terrific forehand pass-winner down the line at 6-4 *4-3 (40/0).

Lindsay Davenport said that Caro's long swings on her groundstrokes were holding her back from winning a Major, along with not getting up the court and hitting the ball harder. "It's very difficult to win in this day and age when you're defensive-minded."

Mark Petchey said it would be difficult for Caro to change her game to be more front-foot and aggressive, because she wins so many matches with the way she's playing, and doesn't want to risk going backwards if the process of remodelling her game went badly.


First set
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WOŹNI _*@*_*_*_* 6
CHANG *___*_*_*_ 4

The match was second on Centre Court (sadly, the Queen left after the first match, although Caro had met her off-court a few hours earlier). Chang won the toss and chose to serve, and the match started at 15:15 BST.

Chang serving 0-0: Caro opened up the court with a down-the-line backhand, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner into the space she'd created. 0/15. Caro's depth induced Chang to hit a forehand long. 0/30. Chang went to the net and hit a loud off-forehand volley-winner. 15/30. Chang hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/30. Caro dumped a backhand halfway up the net, and retied her left shoelace. 40/30 (GP #1). Caro crosscourt backhand wide. Held.

A good start by Chang, who came into this tournament on a seven-match losing-streak.

Mark Petchey: "Chang is a very flat hitter of the ball. It's a good style of play for grass."
Lindsay Davenport: "It stays lower; it skids. Caroline Woźniacki is going to have to brush up her own groundstrokes. Chang moves very well."

Caro serving 0-1: Chang forehand long. 15/0. Second serve: Chang hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Deep serve out wide induced Chang to hit a forehand return long. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Service-winner down the middle. Held.

Chang serving 1-1: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Caro forehand winner down the line. 0/30. Caro's depth induced Chang to hit a backhand long. 0/40 (BP #1). Chang backhand just long. Broken.

Caro serving 2-1: Chang backhand long. 15/0. Double fault (second serve long). 15/15. Chang's deep, low-bouncing crosscourt forehand return forced Caro to net a forehand. 15/30. First serve out wide forced Chang to hit a backhand return long. 30/30. Chang's deep crosscourt forehand forced Caro to bunt a forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Caro hit a pinpoint down-the-line backhand right in the corner, forcing Chang to earth a forehand. Deuce #1. Deep serve out wide induced Chang to hit a forehand return long. Ad Caro (GP #1). Chang forehand long. Held.

Lindsay Davenport: "One of Woźniacki's best assets is the disguise on her groundstrokes."

Chang serving 1-3: Caro went to the net, and was lucky to get away with a short, high-bouncing volley, as Chang hit a makeavble crosscourt foerhand pass wide. 0/15. Chang went to the net, opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand volley, and hit an off-forehand volley-winner into the space she'd created. 15/15. Chang netted a sliced backhand. 15/30. Deep first serve forced Caro to hit a backhand return long. 30/30. Caro netted a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Chang forced a short floater, and dispatched it with an easy crosscourt forehand volley-winner.

Chang's coach writes down what happens on every single point. BBC commentators Mark Petchey and Lindsay Davenport said that was a bad idea, because players like to have eye-contact with their coaches, and are they really going to look at every single point at the end of the day?

But I think it's a very good idea, because the process of making notes forces you to concentrate on the match and appreciate it to a much deeper level. As a tennis-fan who loves to write point-by-point notes, I'm more likely to make general observations if I'm concentrating at that level. If I don't make notes, I tend to switch off mentally.

Caro serving 3-2: Caro off-forehand winner. 15/0. Deep second serve down the middle forced Chang to earth a forehand return. 30/0. Deep first serve forced Chang to hit a backhand long. 40/0 (GP #1). And again. Held.

Chang serving 2-4: Caro netted a forehand. 15/0. Chang hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand back behind Caro. 30/0. Chang's deep forehand down the line forced Caro to net a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Caro to hit a backhand long. Held.

Caro serving 4-3: Caro crosscourt backhand wide. 0/15. Chang's crosscourt backhand to the sideline forced Caro to net a backhand. 0/30. Ace #2: 111 mph (her fastest serve so far) down the middle. 15/30. Deep service-winner: 112 mph. 30/30. Caro hit a deep crosscourt backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Chang to hit a backhand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Caro netted a forehand. Deuce #1. Caro's deep backhand forced Chang to get her position wrong and net a forehand half-volley. Ad Caro (GP #2). Chang went to the net behind a deep sliced backhand, but hit a crosscourt backhand volley wide. Held.

Chang serving 3-5: Chang hit a backhand winner back behind Caro. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Chang went to the net, forcing Caro to hit a backhand lob would-be winner just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Chang went to the net, but netted a sliced backhand volley. 40/15 (GP #2). Chang went to the net, but Caro hit a fabulous running forehand pass-winner down the line! Lindsay Davenport: "She's such a great athlete." Chang's depth forced Caro to hit a backhand long. Held.

Caro serving 5-4: Caro forehand just long. 0/15. First serve out wide + forehand winner down Chang's right sideline. 15/15. Double fault (second serve just long). But Caro called upon Hawk-Eye to show that it caught about 15% of the breadth of the service-line, so she got to replay the point with another first serve. Double fault #2 (second serve long). 15/30. Chang hit a backhand long, and rolled her head back. 30/30. Chang netted a cheap backhand, and muttered. 40/30 (SP #1 for Caro). Chang forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand volley-winner down the line. Deuce #1. Chang netted a backhand. Ad Caro (SP #2). Chang hit an off-forehand to the sideline, forcing Caro to stretch wide and net a backhand. Deuce #2. Caro hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. Ad Chang (BP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Chang to bunt a backhand return wide. Deuce #3. Chang forehand just long. Ad Caro (SP #3). Deep first serve down the middle induced Chang to hit a forehand wide. Caro won the first set 6-4 at 15:55 BST (39m).

Davenport pronounces "Woźniacki" so that the first syllable rhymes with "rose". Caro herself supposedly pronounces it "wozz-nee-ack-ee", but I believe the correct Polish pronunciation is "voz-nee-ats-kah".


Second set
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WOŹNI _*@*_*_*@ 6
CHANG *___*_*__ 3

Chang serving 0-0: Deep service-winner. 15/0. Chang forehand wide. 15/15. Chang went to the net, but Caro hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/30. Chang forehand long. 15/40 (BP #1). Deep service-winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Deep serve out wide forced Caro to hit a crosscourt backhand lob-return that landed just inside the sideline; Chang picked off a pinpoint backhand pass-winner down the line. Deuce #1. Chang on the third stroke hit an off-forehand winner down the line. Ad Chang (GP #1). Chang on the third stroke hit a crosscourt forehand winner.

Caro serving 1-0: Double fault (second serve just wide). 15/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/15. Caro forced a short floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Chang crosscourt backhand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Chang to hit a forehand long. Held.

Chang serving 1-1: Chang hit a forehand just long, and was too late to challenge it. 0/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/30. First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner off the short return. 15/30. Chang forehand just long. 15/40 (BP #1). Chang forced a short, high-bouncing ball, and took her time nicely to hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Deep first serve down the middle forced Caro to net a forehand. Deuce #1. Chang, pushed back deep, netted a backhand. Ad Caro (BP #3). Chang hit a deep crosscourt backhand onto the baseline, forcing Caro to net a backhand. Deuce #2. Caro backhand just long. Ad Chang (GP #1). Chang's forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Deuce #3. Chang on the third stroke hit a forehand long – not much margin for error on her shots. Ad Caro. Her deep return induced Chang to hit a backhand long. Broken.

Caro serving 2-1: Service-winner. 15/0. Caro hit a crosscourt backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Chang to hit one wide. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Chang to hit a forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Chang's deep crosscourt forehand forced Caro to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #2). Caro's deep forehand forced Chang to hit a backhand long. Held.

Chang serving 1-3: Caro hit a crosscourt forehand just wide. 15/0. Chang forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 30/0. Caro backhand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault (second serve just long). 40/15 (GP #2). Chang hit an off-forehand winner deep into the corner. Held.

Caro serving 3-2: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Caro hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Chang to hit a forehand long. 30/0. Caro backhand long. 30/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Chang to stretch wide and earth a forehand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Caro backhand just long. 40/30 (GP #2). Chang backhand long. 40/15 (GP #1). They replayed the point: Chang hit an off-backhand winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Service-winner. Held.

Chang serving 2-4: Chang opened up the court and hit a forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Caro backhand long. 30/0. Chang hit a deep off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. 40/0 (GP #1). Caro hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/15 (GP #2). Deep first serve out wide forced Caro to hit a forehand return long. Held.

Caro serving 4-3: Deep first serve down the middle forced Chang to net a backhand return. 15/0. Deep second serve induced Chang to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Chang sprayed an off-backhand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Chang went to the net behind a deep crosscourt forehand, but Caro dug out a terrific forehand pass-winner down the line – talk about a strong wrist! Held.

Chang serving 3-5: Serve + crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. Chang netted a forehand. 15/15. Chang went to the net, but Caro hit a crosscourt backhand lob-winner just inside the baseline. 15/30. Caro forehand just long. 30/30. Caro's deep crosscourt forehand forced Chang to hit a forehand long. 30/40 (MP #1 for Caro). Caro's deep forehand return down the middle induced Chang to spray a crosscourt forehand return wide. Caro won 6-4 6-3 at 16:32 BST (second set 37m, match 1h16m).

Caro's BBC interview: "I thought she was a really good player. She was playing really flat. It was tough to break her, but I got an early break in the second set, and that really helped me. I'm very happy to pull this win off. I feel I'm playing well, and I like being back on the grass. It brings back good memories."

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5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Záhlavová Strýcová (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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- DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF] lt. Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 6-1 2-6 4-6

Daniela's loss is my biggest disappointment of Wimbledon 2010 so far.

Firstly, to lose to the likes of Záhlavová Strýcová at a Major, after the beautiful tennis that Daniela played at the French Open, is very disappointing, although not altogether unexpected after Daniela's first-round struggle and Záhlavová Strýcová's 6-1 6-3 stomping of Elena Vesnina.

Secondly, it means that 2010 goes by with Daniela's fourth-round match at the French Open as the only Daniela-match that the BBC has televised, for it once again avoided showing her match, even though Court 5 is one of the eight televisable courts. At the time of this match, there were five live matches to choose from on the freesat variant of BBC Red Button, of which Woźniacki v Chang was the only women's match. They even showed a Men's Doubles match instead of Daniela's!

Thirdly, it means that Daniela misses out on a mouth-watering third-round match with Maria Sharapova (they met at the same round of Wimbledon 2004, with Maria going on to win the title). When Maria won her second-round match earlier, Tracy Austin presumed that Daniela would be her next opponent, and would be "a notch up" from Ioana Raluca Olaru. So it's Tracy Austin's fault that Daniela lost – she jinxed her!

Fourthly, there appears to be a jinx on my Eternal Fanship whereby no member of it is still playing at the age of 30. That gives Daniela only two more Wimbledons, although she looks poised to break that jinx, as she's still motivated and so fit physically at 27.

I'm not sure that Daniela is physically fit at the moment, though. Winning the first set 6-1 and then losing the next two suggests that there is something wrong with her, especially after her first-round struggle against Vania King, whom she usually beats easily.

The wheels fell off after Daniela held for 6-1 2-2*, as Záhlavová Strýcová won 7 games in a row to lead 3-0* in the third. Daniela closed from *1-4 to 4-4* – only to lose the last two games of the match both to 30.

The BBC did show two points from this match in its highlights-show: Today at Wimbledon:
* At an unidentified score, Záhlavová Strýcová served and volleyed with a serve out wide deep into the corner, pushing Daniela outside the tramlines to hit a forehand floater, which Záhlavová Strýcová dispatched with an off-forehand punch-volley winner.
* On the last point of the match, Daniela hit one of her trademark down-the-line backhands; Záhlavová Strýcová hit a weak forehand down the line, but Daniela dumped a backhand halfway up the net. Záhlavová Strýcová sank to her knees and emitted a long yell of celebration.


First set
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HANTUCHOV *_*@*@* 6
ZÁHLAVOVÁ _*_____ 1

The match was second on Court 5, and started at 15:53 BST.

Daniela serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. Held.

Daniela serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Daniela). 40/30 (SP #1 for Daniela). Daniela won the first set 6-1 at 16:21 BST (27m).


Second set
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HANTUCHOV _*_*____ 2
ZÁHLAVOVÁ *_*_*@*@ 6

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 4-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Daniela serving 2-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (SP #1). Záhlavová Strýcová won the second set 6-2 at 16:57 BST (second set 35m, match so far 1h03m).


Third set
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HANTUCHOV ___*_*@*__ 4
ZÁHLAVOVÁ *@*_*___*@ 6

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 0-1 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 0-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #2). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 3-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Daniela serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 4-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 4-5: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Záhlavová Strýcová won 1-6 6-2 6-4 at 17:39 BST (third set 41m, match 1h45m).

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6. Second-round TV-report: Chakvetadze v S.Williams (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 1-6

Anna actually played some very good points today, but she couldn't string them together, didn't serve well, and Williams was absolutely ruthless.

Anna made an encouraging start to the match, reaching two BPs at 0-0*, but couldn't convert them, then threw in a terrible service-game with two double faults to be broken to love for 0-2*.

Anna hit a lovely backhand dropshot-winner, and won a wonderful spreading rally of flairsome power to earn another BP at 0-2*, but again, Williams made a strong recovery to hold for 3-0*.

This pattern of Anna playing some good points on Williams's serve but unable to break, and throwing in terrible service-games of her own, set the tone for the match. She lost the first set 6-0, having won just one point in three service-games.

At 0-6 *0-1, Anna recovered from 15/40 with two brilliant forehand winners down the line, but was cruelly broken by a dead netcord-winner from Williams. At 0-6 *0-3, Anna led 30/0, but Williams played two good points, then Anna made two unforced errors: 0-4*.

Anna had BP at 0-6 0-4* (40/30*), but hit a heart-breaking crosscourt forehand just wide after Williams had slipped. When she lost that game to go 0-6 *0-5 down, she looked like she was about to burst into tears (which is not unusual for her, although she's far less liable to cry now than she was pre-2007).

At 0-6 *0-5, Anna hit two good serves for 30/0, then played a well-controlled rally, forcing Williams into error for 40/0. It looked like even that might not be enough to avoid the double bagel as Williams hit two winners, but at 40/30, Williams netted a backhand return to put a big smile on Anna's face.

The end came quickly, with tears in Anna's eyes as Williams reached match-point. Anna smiled as she shook hands with Williams, then left the court quickly. It's clear that she was very happy to win a game, but I'm not sure how far that will go to make up for such a lopsided loss.

Anna's serve needs a lot of work to get it back to what it used to be in 2005–2007, but there were encouraging signs that she could reverse her slump if she can rally like she did in this match, against opponents who aren't Serena Williams.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 18th October 2010), because, with Anna being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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CHAKVETA ______ 0
WILLIAMS *@*@*@ 6

The match was third on Court 2, and started at 19:42 BST.

Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Williams (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Williams serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Williams (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 0-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams serving 4-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 0-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (SP #1 for Williams). Williams won the first set 6-0 at 20:05 BST (23m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA _____*_ 1
WILLIAMS *@*@*_* 6

Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 0-1 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (BP #3). Broken.

Williams serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams serving 4-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Williams serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Williams). 40/30 (MP #2 for Williams). Williams won 6-0 6-1 at 20:31 BST (second set 25m, match 49m).

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7. Third-round draw
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* Dominika Cibulková v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (poďme Domi!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Anastasia Rodionova v LI,NA [9]
* SARA ERRANI [32] v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7] (forza Sara!)

* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (kom sĺ Caro!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Petra Kvitová (davai Vika!)
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Klára Zakopalová (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] v Kaia Kanepi [Q]

* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8] (davai Maria!)
* NADIA PETROVA [12] v JUSTINE HENIN [17] (I support Petrova because everyone's talking about a Clijsters v Henin fourth round as though Henin were seeded to get there)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF] (my loyalty is to VERA)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (davai Alyona!)

* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Regina Kulikova (aide Tsvetana!)
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Gréta Arn [Q] (allez Marion!)
* Jarmila Groth v Angelique Kerber
* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] v VENUS WILLIAMS [2]

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8. Third-round preview: Zvonarëva v Wickmayer
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF]

20-year-old Yanina is one of the most improved players on the WTA Tour in the last year. Vera won their only previous meeting – in the third round of Los Angeles 2009 – 7-6 4-6 6-4.

Yanina went through a nightmare-ordeal at the end of 2009, as she was provisionally given a one-year suspension from tennis for failing three times to report her whereabouts for drug-testing (though she never actually missed a test). I firmly believe that she was a victim of misadministration, and is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Yanina's suspension has been overturned for now, allowing her to play from January 2010 until the court makes its final decision, and she has compiled an impressive 29:10 win/loss record for the year so far (including her first two rounds at Wimbledon). Her ranking has been as high as #12 this year, but has just dropped to #18.

Yanina proved how tough she is mentally by sweeping to the title at Auckland without dropping a set: #77 Julia Görges 6-3 7-5, #72 Ioana Raluca Olaru and #69 Kimiko Date Krumm both 6-2 6-2, #30 Shahar Pe'er 6-4 7-5, and #12 Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 in the final.

In a bizarre twist, Yanina was forced to qualify for the Australian Open despite her ranking of #16, as her suspension was only lifted after the entries had closed, and the tournament-organisers reprehensibly refused to give her a wild card. She almost lost to #149 Yurika Sema in the first round of qualifying (4-6 6-0 7-5), but stormed through the next two matches 6-0 6-1 and 6-0 6-0 to take her rightful place in the main draw.

As a qualifier, Yanina was unseeded, but she justified the seeding she should have had to reach the fourth round by beating #53 Alexandra Dulgheru 1-6 7-5 10-8, #12 Flavia Pennetta (again) 7-6 6-1, #46 Sara Errani 6-1 6-7 6-3, and then losing to unranked Justine Henin 7-6 1-6 6-3 despite a stunning performance that has persuaded me to promote Yanina to my demi-fanship.

IMO, Yanina is the best thing to happen to Belgian tennis since the golden years of Sabine Appelmans and Dominique Monami (aka Dominique van Roost).

Yanina looks like a Major champion in the making, with her big serves, big groundstrokes that don't break down, and she's not afraid to go to the net. She showed remarkable strength to hang in there with Henin as well as she did, and Henin had to come up with something extra-special to beat her.

Yanina beat #9 Agnieszka Radwańska 1-6 7-6 7-5 and #135 Marta Domachowska 4-6 6-1 6-3 in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Poland, but then lost 6-4 3-6 7-5 to #82 Petra Martić in the first round of WTA Paris, and 3-6 6-2 7-5 to #22 Shahar Pe'er in the first round of Dubai.

Yanina reached the fourth round of Indian Wells, losing 6-4 6-4 to #33 María José Martínez Sánchez, and the quarter-finals of Miami, losing 6-4 7-5 to #15 Marion Bartoli.

Yanina's clay-court season started with three-set wins over #126 Kaia Kanepi and #220 Maret Ani in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Estonia, and then at Stuttgart, she beat #17 Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-3, but lost 6-3 7-5 to #24 Justine Henin: the eventual champion.

At Rome, Yanina beat #115 Karolina Šprem 6-3 1-6 6-4 and #22 Aravane Rezaď 6-3 6-7 7-5, but lost 6-2 6-0 to #7 Jelena Janković.

On 8th May, Yanina had surgery to remove a bone-spur from her right elbow. It was pretty amazing that she played the French Open so soon after surgery, but she beat #80 Sandra Záhlavová 6-1 6-1 and #55 Sybille Bammer 7-6 1-6 7-5 before falling 7-5 6-3 to #26 Daniela Hantuchová in the third round.

At Birmingham, Yanina beat two good grass-court players – #258 Laura Robson 7-5 6-4 and #72 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 6-4 – to reach the quarter-finals, where she lost to #185-ranked 19-year-old Alison Riske, who was on red-hot form and won 6-7 6-4 6-3. At Eastbourne, Yanina suffered a humiliating 6-1 6-1 loss to #9 Kim Clijsters in the first round.

Yanina has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #145 Alison Riske [WC], 6-4 5-7 6-3
2r + #59 Kirsten Flipkens, 7-6 (11/9) 6-4

Vera has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #177 Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1
2r + #147 Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4

Conclusion: I expect a tough match, which could go either way. My gut feeling is that Vera will have the edge because of her greater experience.

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9. Andrew's wishes
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9.1 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Dominika Cibulková
+ SARA ERRANI [32] d. Anastasia Rodionova
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] d. NADIA PETROVA [12]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [28]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S]
+ Jarmila Groth d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26]


9.2 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. SARA ERRANI [32]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Jarmila Groth


9.3 Semi-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


9.4 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]

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10. Women's Doubles: First round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/


10.1 First-round results (Thursday 24th June 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (Mariya Koryttseva/Daria Kustova)[Q], 7-5 6-4

+ Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak d. Katalin Marosi/Kathrin Wörle, 4-6 6-4 6-3

Suspended due to darkness:
* (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] v Maria Kondratieva/Vladimíra Uhlířová, 6-2 2-6 0-0*


10.2 Second-round draw
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/OLGA GOVORTSOVA)[17]

* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v (LIEZEL HUBER/BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS)[5]

* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]/Klára Zakopalová v Akgul Amanmuradova/Kristina Barrois

* (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] v Elena Baltacha/Olga Savchuk

* Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay v Ayumi Morita [s]/Chang,Kai-Chen

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11. Order of play for Friday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 12 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 3r: MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] v Gréta Arn [Q]
2. WS 3r: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF]
3. MS 3r: TOMÁŠ BERDYCH [12] v Denis Istomin
4. XD 1r: Alla Kudryavtseva/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi v Lindsay Davenport/Bob Bryan
5. XD 1r: Julian Knowle [s]/Yaroslava Shvedova v Andrea Petković/Philipp Marx (1:1 to finish)

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 5

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round results
3. Third-round TV-report: Kirilenko v Clijsters
4. Third-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Wickmayer
5. Third-round draw
6. Third-round preview: Sharapova v Záhlavová Strýcová
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Women's Doubles: First round/Second round
9. Mixed Doubles: First-round TV-report: Zvonarëva/Sa v Robson/J.Murray
10. Girls' Singles: First-round draw
11. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 5:
* zvonareva
* kirilenko
* wickmayer
* bondarenko

Various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Maria Kirilenko [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Yanina Wickmayer [DF], Alyona Bondarenko and Tímea Bacsinszky:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-251.html

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2. Third-round results (Friday 25th June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF], 6-4 6-2

What rocked:
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Regina Kulikova, 6-4 2-0 retired (low-back injury)
+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Gréta Arn [Q], 6-3 6-4
+ Jarmila Groth d. Angelique Kerber, 6-3 7-5

Kulikova also retired from Birmingham with a low-back injury.

It's great that Pironkova is into her first Major fourth round. She needs more high-profile wins to get the fame and glamour that go with being very attractive AND successful - not to mention money for a coach who can fix her forehand and her second serve, which would bring even more success, fame and glamour!

I watched Groth v Kerber casually on BBC Red Button, and liked what I saw of Groth. She has a nice mixture of power and touch, and has greatly improved her beauty from the rather plain girl with a spare tyre whom I saw a few years ago, when she was known as Jarmila Gajdošová of Slovakia. But she showed too much emotion at the slightest sign of trouble, such as throwing her racket when she lost the point at 6-3 *0-0 (30/30). She wants success at the Majors so badly that it can inhibit her performance.

What sucked:
- MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 3-6
- ALYONA BONDARENKO [28] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 0-6 3-6
- NADIA PETROVA [12] lt. JUSTINE HENIN [17], 1-6 4-6
- ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26] lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 4-6 2-6

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18047760

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3. Third-round TV-report: Kirilenko v Clijsters (Friday 25th June 2010)
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- MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 3-6

It's always a pleasure to watch Maria - and to hear her rich, fruity grunt! Maria put up a respectable performance, but Clijsters was too strong, especially on her own service-games.

Maria made a *0-3 start, but played a good service-game to get on the scoreboard, and two more as the rest of the first set went with serve. Maria hit several aces and service-winners!

At 3-6 *1-1, Maria was broken despite hitting a beautiful gliding backhand volley-winner in that game. She broke back for *3-3 as Clijsters had her customary second-set lapse, but Clijsters broke again for *4-3 as Maria whiffed a forehand.

Clijsters made a strong finish to take the last two games, with Maria recovering from 3-6 *3-5 (0/30) with an off-backhand winner and a service-winner, losing the rally of the match at 30/30 after gamely running down a lob, and unfortunately double-faulting on match-point.


First set
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KIRILENKO ___*_*_*_ 3
CLIJSTERS *@*_*_*_* 6

The match was first on Court 2.

BBC commentator Lindsay Davenport said that Maria should be good on grass because she has a good net-game, but has never got comfortable on grass. Andrew Castle said that coming through a long first-round match against Stefanie Vögele should help her.

The match started at 12:10 BST.

Clijsters serving 0-0: First serve Maria forehand return just long. 15/0. Big first serve out wide forced a short return, giving Clijsters an easy forehand winner. 30/0. Maria played a mild spreading rally, her deep crosscourt backhand inducing Clijsters to net a backhand. 30/15. Service-winner down the middle. 40/15 (GP #1). Maria's deep return down the middle induced Clijsters to hit a backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Maria to hit a backhand return long.

Clijsters likes to play quickly between points. It was a real struggle to write down my point-descriptions in that game. The rule is to play at the server's pace - unless someone's fast-serving you.

Maria serving 0-1: Deep first serve forced Clijsters to hit a backhand return long. 15/0. Clijsters hit a penetrating off-forehand, forcing Maria to hit a short one-handed backhand, but Clijsters hit a wild off-forehand wide. 30/0. Double fault (second serve long). 30/15. Double fault? 30/30. Clijsters's deep backhand down the middle forced Maria to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Clijsters went to the net behind a crosscourt sliced backhand, forcing Maria to net a backhand. Broken.

I hope it's not going to be like Anna Chakvetadze's match against Serena Williams last night on this court, where I had to spend the first 12 games just praying for Anna to avoid the double bagel!

Clijsters serving 2-0: Clijsters hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. Service-winner down the middle. 30/0. Maria off-forehand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Clijsters went to the net, forcing Maria to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Broken.

Andrew Castle described Maria as "a very beautiful girl", and also said she was having the best year of her career. Davenport said Maria could still improve, but needs to adjust her game to compete with the big hitters. "She does everything well, but doesn't have a big weapon."

Maria serving 0-3: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Maria forced a floater and hit a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. 30/0. Clijsters backhand just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Maria hit a backhand very long. 40/15 (GP #2). Clijsters netted a forehand. Held.

Clijsters serving 3-1: Clijsters's deep crosscourt forehand forced Maria to hit a forehand wide. 15/0. Clijsters netted a forehand. 15/15. Maria forced a short ball, but netted a forehand, and emitted a cute loud shriek. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace out wide. Held.

Lindsay Davenport said Maria was a "manufactured" player with "mechanical" strokes. I have to agree with this: she doesn't have the natural flair of Anna Chakvetadze, and that's exactly the difference that makes me an Eternal Fan of Anna but only a demi-fan of Maria, even though I preferred Maria to Anna when I was only a demi-fan of Anna. Maria satisfies my Passion, but not my Reason.

Maria serving 1-4: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Maria forced a short ball, but put a backhand long. 15/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Clijsters to net a forehand. 30/15. Maria netted a forehand, and emitted a cute little groan. 30/30. Virtual ace out wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Clijsters to hit a backhand long.

Clijsters serving 4-2: Clijsters hit a well-disguised backhand winner down the line. 15/0. Clijsters opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and hit a forehand winner down the line. 30/0. Ace out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Maria backhand long. Held.

Maria serving serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. Clijsters on the fourth stroke hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/15. Clijsters netted a backhand. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Clijsters serving 5-3: Ace. 15/0. Clijsters netted a forehand. 15/15. Big first serve forced a short return, which Clijsters dispatched with a backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Clijsters nailed a forehand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #1). Maria forehand long. Clijsters won the first set 6-3 at 12:38 BST (27m).


Second set
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KIRILENKO *___*@___ 3
CLIJSTERS _*@*__@*@ 6

Maria serving 0-0: Clijsters's deep crosscourt backhand forced Maria to hit a backhand wide. She muttered in Russian at some length. 0/15. Clijsters forehand long. 15/15. Maria went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 30/15. Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line - the latter accompanied by a particularly loud grunt. 40/15 (GP #1). Maria went to the net, forced a floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. Held.

Clijsters serving 0-1: Clijsters crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Double fault (second serve long). 30/15. Maria backhand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Maria serving 1-1: Maria backhand long. 15/0. Clijsters's deep backhand return forced Maria to net a backhand, pushing her down on one knee. 15/15. Ace down the middle. 30/15. Maria went to the net, but didn't close in properly, and netted an awkward high backhand volley. 30/30. Maria went to the net, forced a floater, and made up for the last point with a beautiful gliding backhand volley-winner down the line. 40/30 (GP #1). Clijsters forced a short floater, and dispatched it with an easy forehand smash-winner. Deuce #1. Clijsters's deep crosscourt forehand forced Maria to hit a forehand long. Ad Clijsters (BP #1). Maria netted a sliced backhand off a deep crosscourt backhand return - what the hell was she thinking? Broken.

Clijsters serving 2-1: Maria's deep forehand return down the line forced Clijsters to net a one-handed backhand. 0/15. Body-jamming second serve forced Maria to net a forehand return that would also have been wide. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Maria's deep crosscourt forehand forced Clijsters to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/30. Maria's defensive one-handed backhand was called wide, and she used up a challenge to show that it missed the sideline by about 5%. 40/30 (GP #1). Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). Deuce #1. Clijsters hit an early backhand winner down the line off a deep crosscourt backhand from Maria. Ad Clijsters (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Maria to net a forehand return. Held.

Maria serving 1-3: Deep first serve forced Clijsters to hit a backhand reeturn long. 15/0. First serve out wide + backhand dropshot-winner. 30/0. Service-winner out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve: Clijsters netted a cheap forehand return. Held.

Clijsters has gone off the boil, as she is wont to do after winning a first set easily.

Clijsters serving 3-2: Maria opened up the court with a crosscourt backhand, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 0/15. Clijsters forehand long. 0/30. Clijsters netted a forehand. 0/40 (BP #1). Clijsters's deep off-forehand forced Maria to net a defensive one-handed backhand. 15/40 (BP #1). Maria went to the net, forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. Broken.

Maria serving 3-3: Maria forced a very short floater, let it bounce and hit a forehand smash-winner down Clijsters's right sideline. 15/0. Clijsters's deep return induced Maria to hit a backhand just long. 15/15. Clijsters's deep crosscourt forehand forced Maria outside the tramlines to net a forehand - accompanied by a cute little scream. 15/30. Clijsters went to the net, forcing Maria to hit a backhand pass just wide. Maria wasted a challenge (she now has one remaining). 15/40 (BP #1). Maria went to the net behind a deep crosscourt backhand, forcing Clijsters to hit a backhand wide. 30/40 (BP #2). Clijsters's backhand return shot through on Maria, forcing her to whiff a forehand. Oh well - even Roger Federer has been known to do that! Broken.

Clijsters serving 4-3 (new balls): Ace down the middle. 15/0. Maria forced a short ball, but hit a down-the-line forehand long. 30/0. Ace down the middle. Maria used up her last challenge to show that it caught the back edge of the service-line. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner? 40/15 (GP #2). First serve out wide + off-forehand winner. Held.

Maria serving 3-5: Clijsters hit a pinpoint off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 0/15. Clijsters went to the net, forced a short ball and dispatched it with an easy off-forehand winner. 0/30. Maria on the fourth stroke nailed an off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Deep 91 mph first serve out wide induced Clijsters to net a makeable backhand return. 30/30. Maria ran down a lob in her backhand-corner, and amazingly ran around to hit a forehand down Clijsters's right sideline - deep in the corner - but Clijsters's crosscourt forehand forced Maria to hit a forehand lob just wide. 30/40 (MP #1). Double fault (second serve just long). Clijsters won 6-3 6-3 at 13:13 BST (second set 34m, match 1h02m).

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4. Third-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Wickmayer (Friday 25th June 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF], 6-4 6-2

The BBC has yet to televise any of Vera's singles-matches this Wimbledon, even though I now have a wider choice of courts with freesat (in 2004–2009, I only had Freeview). At least the BBC did put the "vera" back in its coverage later on Friday, when it televised her first-round Mixed Doubles match!

It was tougher than the 6-4 6-2 scoreline implies, as Vera saved GPs in four of the games that she won. Yanina needed 4 GPs to hold her opening service-game, in which Vera had a BP. With Vera holding serve much more comfortably than Yanina, Vera saved 2 GPs at 2-2* before breaking for *3-2.

Vera saved BP×3 at *3-2 (0/40) to hold for 4-2*, and again at *4-3 (0/40) to hold for 5-3*! An exchange of love service-holds gave Vera the first set 6-4.

The second set was a little more straightforward, as Vera was never troubled on serve. She broke for *2-1, had BP×2 at 3-1*, and saved 3 GPs before breaking for *5-2 and converting her second MP from *5-2 (40/15).


First set
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ZVONARËVA _*_*@*_*_* 6
WICKMAYER *_*___*_*_ 4

The match was second on Court 12, and started at 13:54 BST.

Wickmayer serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Wickmayer (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Wickmayer (GP #4). Held.

Vera serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Wickmayer serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Wickmayer (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Wickmayer serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Wickmayer (GP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Vera (BP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 3-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Wickmayer serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 4-3 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Wickmayer serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Vera). Vera won the first set 6-4 at 14:36 BST (42m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA _*@*_*@* 6
WICKMAYER *___*___ 2

Wickmayer serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Wickmayer serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #3). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Wickmayer serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Wickmayer (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Wickmayer serving 2-4 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Wickmayer (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 5-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vera). 40/30 (MP #2 for Vera). Vera won 6-4 6-2 at 15:10 BST (second set 33m, match 1h15m).

I saw the last point in a BBC Two round-up: Vera finished in style with a serve out wide to force a short return that sat up nicely for her to hit a deep forehand down the line (rather than going for the obvious crosscourt forehand winner); Yanina hit a dipping backhand, but Vera picked it off with a gorgeous off-backhand drop-volley winner that skimmed off the court like a stone over water.


Statistics
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Vera served 6 aces and 8 double faults, Wickmayer 2 aces and 5 double faults.

Vera had a W:UE ratio of 31:13 (first set 16:9, second set 15:4), while Wickmayer's was 22:17 (first set 14:11, second set 8:6).

Wickmayer had the faster fastest serve (111–108 mph), while Vera was slightly better on average: first serve 103 mph for both girls, second serve 92–91 mph.

Vera won 79% of her service-points (first set 78%, second set 82%). She got 64% of her first serves in, winning 94% of the points when she did so, and 44% on second serve. From the first set to the second, she improved these percentages from (60% in, 94% won, 42% won) to (70% in, 93% won, 50% won)

Wickmayer won 59% of her service-points (first set 64%, second set 52%). She got 63% of her first serves in, winning 65% of the points when she did so, and 41% on second serve. Her first-serves-in percentage was the same for both sets, while her first-serve winning-percentage fell from 81% to 45%, and her second-serve winning-percentage improved from 27% to 58%.

Vera converted 3 of 9 BPs (first set 1 of 3, second set 2 of 6).

Wickmayer converted 0 of 6 BPs (all in the first set: 2-3* (40/0*) + 3-4* (40/0*)).

Vera won 9 of 9 points at the net, Wickmayer 6 of 6.

In points, Vera won 70-53 (first set 38-33, second set 32-20).

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5. Third-round draw
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* Dominika Cibulková v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (poďme Domi!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Anastasia Rodionova v LI,NA [9]
* SARA ERRANI [32] v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7] (forza Sara!)

* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (kom sĺ Caro!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] v Petra Kvitová (davai Vika!)
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] v Klára Zakopalová (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] v Kaia Kanepi [Q]

* KIM CLIJSTERS [8] won
* JUSTINE HENIN [17] won
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] won
* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won

* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] won
* MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] won
* Jarmila Groth won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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6. Third-round preview: Sharapova v Záhlavová Strýcová
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (DAVAI MARIA!!)

I was looking forward to a mouth-watering match with Daniela Hantuchová (they met in the third round of Wimbledon 2004), but Daniela surprisingly lost to Záhlavová Strýcová in the previous round.

Záhlavová Strýcová is ranked #68, and has a 15:16 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her first two rounds here).

Their official head-to-head stands at 1:0 after Maria beat Záhlavová Strýcová 6-1 6-3 in the second round of Amelia Island 2008 (Maria went on to win her first clay-court title), but Maria also played "Barbora Strýcová" in the Australian Open 2002 Girls' Singles final, and lost 6-2 7-5. Maria was the youngest-ever Australian Open Girls' Singles finalist at 14 years and 9 months, while Strýcová was 13 months older.

Záhlavová Strýcová is one of the most openly emotional players on the WTA Tour. During her loss to Maria at Amelia Island 2008, she threw her racket, slammed it against her shoe and the ground, and yelled at herself and even the umpire.

Looking at Záhlavová Strýcová's results for 2010, I see a lot of first- and second-round exits, and several failures to qualify (all in Tour-level events). She reached the semi-finals of ITF Marseille two weeks ago, beating three players outside the top 119, and losing 2-6 6-3 6-1 to #74 Klára Zakopalová. She fell in the first round of 's-Hertogenbosch 6-4 7-6 to #51 Roberta Vinci.

Záhlavová Strýcová has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #41 Elena Vesnina, 6-1 6-3
2r + #25 DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [24,EF], 6-1 2-6 4-6

Maria has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #127 Anastasia Pivovarova [LL], 6-1 6-0
2r + #114 Ioana Raluca Olaru, 6-1 6-4

Záhlavová Strýcová's two wins here suggest that she should be another notch up on the difficulty-gradient of Maria's Wimbledon 2010 campaign, but I still expect a comfortable straight-sets win for Maria.

What worries me is that Maria would almost certainly play Serena Williams in the fourth round, and the difficulty-gradient would be off the scale, relative to Maria's first three opponents. Williams has been on terrifying form so far, threatening to double-bagel both her first two opponents, so Maria needs to make a similar statement in her third-round match.

There is, of course, a direct correlation between the number of games that Maria will lose against Záhlavová Strýcová and the number of games that she will win against Williams (12, I hope!), and with the way that Williams has played in her first two matches, I suspect that only a 6-0 6-0 thrashing of Záhlavová Strýcová would equate to a win over Williams.

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7. Andrew's wishes
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7.1 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Dominika Cibulková
+ SARA ERRANI [32] d. Anastasia Rodionova
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31]

+ JUSTINE HENIN [17] d. KIM CLIJSTERS [8]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S]
+ Jarmila Groth d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [26]


7.2 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. SARA ERRANI [32]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. JUSTINE HENIN [17]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Jarmila Groth


7.3 Semi-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


7.4 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]

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8. Women's Doubles: First round/Second round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/


8.1 First-round result (Friday 25th June 2010)
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+ (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] d. Maria Kondratieva/Vladimíra Uhlířová, 6-2 2-6 6-2


8.2 Second-round results (Friday 25th June 2010)
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+ (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] d. Elena Baltacha/Olga Savchuk, 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-0

+ Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay d. Ayumi Morita [s]/Chang,Kai-Chen, 6-2 7-5

- Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak lt. (LIEZEL HUBER/BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS)[5], 1-6 1-6

- Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]/Klára Zakopalová lt. Akgul Amanmuradova/Kristina Barrois, 4-6 2-6


8.3 Second-round matches to be played on Saturday
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* (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] v Sania Mirza [DF]/Caroline Woźniacki [DF]

* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/OLGA GOVORTSOVA)[17]

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9. Mixed Doubles: First-round TV-report: Zvonarëva/Sa v Robson/J.Murray (Friday 25th June 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Andre Sa d. Laura Robson [DF]/Jamie Murray, 6-3 6-3

An entertaining doubles-match, played at the breakneck pace of a James Bond film - no lengthy discussions between points for these four!

Vera showed the kind of brilliance that made her a Mixed Doubles champion at Wimbledon 2006 (with Andy Ram): big forehand drives, backhand winners down the line, numerous punch-volley winners, a couple of drop-volley winners, dipping passing-shots, and a winning lob. Such was their confidence in her that she received serve in the ad-court! And she looked very fetching in a bare-shouldered top!

Vera seems to have chosen a good partner: Sa served well (there were no breaks against Vera/Sa in the match), and hit some blinding volleys. I think they have what it takes to win Vera's second Wimbledon title!

Robson played well, but was let down by an erratic partner in Jamie Murray, who was broken in the last game of the first set (Vera/Sa were already up a break from Robson's first service-game), and suffered the only break of the second set.

Jamie Murray is no longer the force that won the Wimbledon 2007 Mixed Doubles (with Jelena Janković), so Robson would do well to choose a better partner next time. She reached the Hopman Cup final with Jamie's brother Andy, but I don't suppose Andy would be up for playing Mixed Doubles at the Majors.

The only moment of concern for Vera came when she was serving at 6-3 *4-2 (40/0), but lost four points in a row to give the Britons a BP. Had they converted it, the momentum could have swung in their favour.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 1st November 2010), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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ZV/SA _*@*_*_*@ 6
RO/MU *___*_*__ 3

The match was dynamically scheduled fourth on Centre Court, and started at 19:01 BST.

Murray serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Murray (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Murray (GP #4). Held.

Sa serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Sa (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Sa (GP #2). Held.

Robson serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Murray serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Sa serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Robson serving 2-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Murray serving 3-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (SP #1 for Vera/Sa). Vera/Sa won the first set 6-3 at 19:33 BST (31m).


Second set
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ZV/SA *@*_*_*_* 6
RO/MU ___*_*_*_ 3

Sa serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Murray serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Robson serving 0-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Sa serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Murray serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 4-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Murray (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (GP #4). Held.

Robson serving 2-5 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Sa serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vera/Sa). Vera/Sa won 6-3 6-3 at 20:03 BST (second set 29m, match 1h01m).

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10. Girls' Singles: First-round draw
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/gs/

One of the great things about the second week of Wimbledon is the opportunity to discover new players when I haven't watched any junior-tennis for 51 weeks.

Due to the high turnover in junior-tennis, I don't know half of them half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of them half as well as they deserve. And then five years down the track, I'll probably find that this draw is chock-full of my future favourites!

Here are the nice players in this draw that I already know about (nice players on the left):

* LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] v Risa Ozaki
* Chantal Škamlová v Eugenie Bouchard
* ELINA SVITOLINA [1] v Grace Min
* TÍMEA BABOS [3] v Akiko Omae
* DARIA GAVRILOVA [16] v Grace Sari Ysidora
* Silvia Njirić v SACHIE ISHIZU [10]
* Clothilde de Bernardi

It's good to see that Robson doesn't consider herself above junior-tennis yet, even though she is. After winning the 2008 title aged 14 and getting injured at 15, she should make mincemeat of this draw at 16.

I don't know Sabina Sharipova yet, but what a name!

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11. Order of play for Saturday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court One (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. MS 3r: ROBIN SÖDERLING [6] v THOMAZ BELLUCCI [25]
2. WS 3r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová
3. MS 3r: Xavier Malisse v SAM QUERREY [18]

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 6

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round results
3. Third-round TV-report: Azarenka v Kvitová
4. Third-round TV-report: Cibulková v S.Williams
5. Third-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Pavlyuchenkova
6. Third-round TV-report: Sharapova v Záhlavová Strýcová
7. Fourth-round draw
8. Fourth-round preview: Sharapova v S.Williams
9. Fourth-round preview: Zvonarëva v Janković
10. Andrew's wishes
11. Women's Doubles: Second round
12. Mixed Doubles: Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva/Sa v Benešová/Dlouhý
13. Girls' Singles: First round
14. Order of play for Monday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 6:
* sharapova
* azarenka
* wozniacki
* zakopalova
* errani
* kvitova
* strycova

Various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Flavia Pennetta [DF], Victoria Azarenka [DF], Caroline Woźniacki [DF], Klára Zakopalová, Dominika Cibulková, Sara Errani, Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, Petra Kvitová, Elina Svitolina, Irina Khromacheva, Tímea Babos, Akiko Omae, Jovana Jakšić:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-261.html

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2. Third-round results (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
- FLAVIA PENNETTA [10,DF] lt. Klára Zakopalová, 2-6 3-6

Zakopalová is one of those players just below my demi-fanship, so although she has committed heinous crimes against my Eternal Fanship in the past, I don't feel too bad about her beating Flavia.

What rocked:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 7-5 6-3
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] d. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29], 7-5 6-4

What sucked:
- VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] lt. Petra Kvitová, 5-7 0-6
- Dominika Cibulková lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 5-7
- SARA ERRANI [32] lt. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7], 3-6 1-6
- ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] lt. Kaia Kanepi [Q], 1-6 2-6
- Anastasia Rodionova lt. LI,NA [9], 1-6 3-6

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18054181

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3. Third-round TV-report: Azarenka v Kvitová (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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- VICTORIA AZARENKA [14,DF] lt. Petra Kvitová, 5-7 0-6

A strange match, as Vika looked very much in control of the world #62 as she took a 5-3* lead, but from there, Kvitová went from strength to strength as she won the next 10 games to take the match.

BBC commentator Mark Petchey said that Vika didn't play badly, but was outplayed by Kvitová.

Kvitová is a poor man's Lucie Šafářová. She has that swinging lefty serve, but without the amazing speed of movement or quite as much power as Lucie.


First set
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KVITOVÁ *___*_*_*@*@ 7
AZARENK _*@*_*_*____ 5

The match was first on Court 18, and started at 12:14 BST.

Kvitová serving 0-0: Left-handed Kvitová went to the net and hit a crisp crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/0. Deep service-winner. 30/0. Kvitová's crosscourt forehand to the sideline forced Vika to net a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Kvitová went to the net, but Vika hit a crosscourt backhand lob-winner over her head. 40/15 (GP #2). Vika's deep backhand return induced Kvitová to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #3). Ace down the middle: right on the junction of centre-line and service-line. Held.

Excellent opening service-game by Kvitová.

Vika serving 0-1: 15/0. Vika netted a backhand. 15/15. Vika's depth induced Kvitová hit a backhand long. Mark Petchey: "Good length on the groundstrokes by Azarenka, and good length on the grunt, too! It tails off as her opponent's striking the ball." 40/15 (GP #1). Kvitová hit a backhand into the top of the net. Held.

Kvitová serving 1-1: Second serve: Vika hit an off-backhand return-winner onto the sideline. 0/15. Vika hit a deep backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Kvitová to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 0/30. Vika's deep return forced Kvitová to net a backhand. 0/40 (BP #1). Kvitová sprayed a forehand long. Held.

Vika is playing at a very high level, and Kvitová is struggling to keep up with it.

Vika serving 2-1: Vika's deep crosscourt backhand forced Kvitová to net a backhand – it was a hard, flat shot, and really kept down low on the grass. 15/0. Kvitová hit a backhand return-winner down the line. 15/15. First serve out wide. 30/15. Deep first serve forced Kvitová to miss a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Vika went to the net behind a deep crosscourt backhand, forcing Kvitová to net a backhand. Held.

Kvitová serving 1-3: Vika crosscourt backhand just long. Kvitová has started grunting: cutely and quietly. 15/0. Vika's depth forced Kvitová to hit a backhand just wide. 15/15. Kvitová's depth forced Vika to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Vika to mishit a backhand lob-return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide. Held.

Vika serving 1-4: Vika ran down a dropshot and hit a backhand winner down the line – great footwork. 15/0. Kvitová netted a backhand. 30/0. Double fault. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep serve induced Kvitová to hit a wild backhand very long. Held.

So far, Kvitová's basically trying to overpower Vika with her groundstrokes. She's unlikely to beat Vika at that game.

Kvitová serving 2-4: Kvitová went to the net, but Vika's dipping backhand forced her to net a backhand volley. 0/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Vika to earth a backhand return. 15/15. Deep first serve down the middle. 30/15. Kvitová hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #1). Vika's deep forehand forced Kvitová to bunt a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #2). Kvitová's deep crosscourt backhand forced Vika to hit a backhand long. Held.

Vika serving 4-3 (new balls): Deep 97mph first serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a backhand. 15/0. Kvitová sliced a backhand wide. 30/0. Vika went to the net and hit a high crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a backhand. Held.

Kvitová serving 3-5: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Kvitová went to the net behind a deep sliced backhand, and hit a "beautiful" crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 15/15. Kvitová hit a deep forehand winner down the line: right in the corner. 30/15. Kvitová went to the net behind a deep approach-shot, but Vika ripped a forehand pass-winner down the line. 30/30. Deep second serve forced Vika to net a backhand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Vika to hit a backhand long. Held.

Kvitová's best game of the match so far. She's mixing it up a bit more now, with a couple of approaches to the net.

Vika serving 5-4: Vika long. 0/15. Vika hit a deep crosscourt forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Kvitová to hit an overly ambitious forehand long. 15/15. Kvitová sprayed a wild crosscourt forehand wide and very long. 30/15. Kvitová off-forehand winner. 30/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/40 (BP #1). Vika forehand just long. Broken.

Kvitová's perseverance and adaptation are paying off, as Vika throws in a poor service-game.

Kvitová serving 5-5: Vika backhand just long. 15/0. Vika hit a deep backhand return down the line, forcing Kvitová to run wide and earth a backhand. 15/15. Kvitová's depth induced Vika to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line. 40/15 (GP #1). Double fault? 40/30 (GP #2). Kvitová hit a hard, deep forehand down the line, forcing Vika to hit a backhand just long. Deuce #1. Kvitová crosscourt forehand + hard forehand winner down the line: right in the corner. Liz Smylie: "Pretty tough to hit a winner from a couple of metres behind the baseline." Ad Kvitová (GP #3). Kvitová hit a big forehand long by a whisker. Deuce #2. Kvitová went to the net, forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand volley-winner. Ad Kvitová (GP #4). Service-winner. Held.

Vika serving 5-6: First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner + "c'mon". 15/0. Kvitová's deep backhand return induced Vika to net a sliced backhand. 15/15. Vika on the third stroke netted a "very tight-looking" forehand. 15/30. Vika's deep off-forehand induced Kvitová to net a forehand. 30/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Kvitová's deep forehand return forced Vika to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Kvitová's deep forehand return forced Vika to hit a forehand wide. Ad Kvitová (SP #1). 94mph serve: backhand return just long. Deuce #2. Vika hit an off-forehand just wide. Ad Kvitová (SP #2). Kvitová hit a deep backhand return down the line, forcing Vika to net a forehand. Kvitová won the first set 7-5 at 13:02 BST (47m).

Liz Smylie: "It did not take much for Azarenka to drop just a little bit when she served for the set at 5-4, and Kvitová had the presence of mind to take advantage. Even though she's not a great mover, she managed to overcome that by moving Azarenka a little bit more."


Second set
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KVITOVÁ *@*@*@ 6
AZARENK ______ 0

Kvitová serving 0-0: Vika's deep backhand forced Kvitová to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Vika to net a backhand. 15/15. Double fault #2 (second serve just long). 15/30. Vika forehand long. 30/30. Kvitová's deep backhand forced Vika to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Vika, off-balance, netted a sliced backhand – totally tried to stretch for it instead of moving her feet. Held.

Vika serving 0-1: Kvitová forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Vika went to the net, but a dipping ball from Kvitová forced Vika to net a forehand volley. Liz Smylie thinks that Vika's coach (Sam Sumyk) has signalled her to go to the net more. 0/30. Deep serve forced Kvitová to hit a backhand return long. 15/30. Vika crosscourt backhand wide. 15/40 (BP #1). Vika hit a down-the-line backhand winner just inside the sideline, and said "c'mon". 30/40 (BP #2). First serve into the net. Brave second serve just inside the service-line induced Kvitová to hit a makeable forehand return long. Deuce #1. Kvitová forced a short ball, and hit a down-the-line backhand winner. Ad Kvitová (BP #1). First serve out wide: right into Kvitová's hitting-zone: she hit a thunderous off-backhand return-winner just inside the sideline! Broken.

Vika hasn't won a game since taking a 5-3* lead in the first set.

Kvitová serving 2-0: Vika's deep forehand return forced Kvitová to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Kvitová went to the net behind a conservative approach-shot, and picked off a terrific backhand volley-winner at full stretch! 15/15. Kvitová forehand just long. 15/30. Kvitová backhand just long. 15/40 (BP #1). Second-serve ace out wide. 30/40 (BP #2). Kvitová went to the net behind a deep forehand, forcing Vika to hit an off-forehand wide. Deuce #1. First serve out wide forced a floater: Kvitová took her time nicely to set up for a forehand winner down Vika's left sideline. Ad Kvitová (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Vika to net a backhand. Held.

Some nerves there from Kvitová, but she continues to outplay Vika, who's probably the more nervous of the two right now.

Vika serving 0-3: Kvitová hit a pinpoint off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Hard, deep crosscourt forehand return forced Vika to hit a backhand long. 0/30. Vika hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. 0/40 (BP #1). Vika hit a brilliant short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. 15/40 (BP #2). Vika's deep forehand down the line forced Kvitová to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #3). Kvitová dominated the point, went to the net and hit a deep off-backhand volley-winner just inside the baseline! Broken.

A brilliant game by both girls. Kvitová is making Vika feel she has to go for the lines, and Vika is mainly missing at the moment.

Kvitová serving 4-0 (new balls): Vika crosscourt forehand just wide. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Vika's deep forehand return down the line forced Kvitová to net a forehand. 30/15. Kvitová's depth induced Vika to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Kvitová sliced a backhand long. 40/30 (GP #2). Vika forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner. Deuce #1. First serve out wide: Vika hit a wild off-backhand return wide. Ad Kvitová (GP #3). Vika's deep backhand return forced Kvitová to net a forehand. Deuce #2. Double fault (second serve would-be ace down the middle just wide). Ad Vika (BP #1). First serve out wide forced a short return, which Kvitová dispatched with an off-forehand winner. Deuce #3. Deep first serve out wide forced Vika to hit a forehand return long. Ad Kvitová (GP #1). First serve out wide forced a short return, which Kvitová dispatched with an off-backhand winner. Held.

Vika serving 0-5: Kvitová hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line off a deep crosscourt forehand from Vika. 0/15. Vika opened up the court with a first serve out wide, but dumped a down-the-line backhand into the net. 0/30. First serve + deep forehand down the line forced Kvitová to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/30. Serve + off-backhand dropshot induced Kvitová to run forwards and hit a backhand long. 30/30. Kvitová hit a deep, body-jamming backhand return down the middle, forcing Vika to net a forehand. 30/40 (MP #1 for Kvitová). Kvitová hit a forehand long off a deep ball from Vika. Deuce #1. Kvitová's deep, skidding crosscourt forehand forced Vika to net a backhand. Vika smacked the court with her racket. Ad Kvitová (MP #2). Double fault (second serve long). Kvitová won 7-5 6-0 at 13:34 BST (second set 31m, match 1h19m).

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4. Third-round TV-report: Cibulková v S.Williams (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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- Dominika Cibulková lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 0-6 5-7

In the first set, Williams was hitting winners at will, and Cibulková looked helpless. In the second set, Williams went off the boil in all departments except her serve.

The same Red Button stream that was televising Azarenka v Kvitová switched straight to this match, which is exactly what I wanted to do!


First set
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WILLIAMS *@*@*@ 6
CIBULKOV ______ 0

The match was first on Centre Court, and started at 13:27 BST. When the Red Button stream joined it, Williams was leading 3-0*.

Cibulková serving 0-3: Williams's crosscourt forehand forced Cibulková to net a forehand. 0/15. Williams on the fourth stroke hit a backhand winner down the line. 0/30. Cibulková on the third stroke hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 15/30. Williams hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline – touch rather than power on that occasion. 15/40 (BP #1). Second serve out wide: Williams tapped an easy forehand return-winner down the line. Held.

*4-0 in just 12 minutes, and just like Williams's first two opponents, Cibulková will have to fight just to avoid the double bagel.

Williams serving 4-0: Williams netted a backhand. 0/15. Ace down the middle. 15/15. First serve out wide forced Cibulková to hit a forehand return wide. 30/15. Ace out wide: right in the corner. 40/15 (GP #1). Williams's deep crosscourt forehand forced Cibulková to hit a forehand long. Held.

At least Michelle Larcher de Brito and Anna Chakvetadze played some good points against Williams while they were losing the first n games of the match. Cibulková looks like a little girl lost out there, and is shrugging her shoulders after losing points like she believes there's nothing she can do.

Cibulková serving 0-5: Williams forehand wide. 15/0. Cibulková, driven wide, hit a down-the-line forehand wide. Cibulková hit a forehand long, and shrugged her shoulders. John McEnroe: "She's suffocating right now." 15/30. Cibulková on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand just wide. 15/40 (SP #1 for Williams). Cibulková forced a short ball, but sprayed a wild crosscourt forehand wide. Williams won the first set 6-0 at 13:46 BST (19m).


Second set
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WILLIAMS *_*_*_*_*_*@ 7
CIBULKOV _*_*_*_*_*__ 5

Williams serving 0-0: First serve out wide forced Cibulková to net a forehand return. 15/0. Ace #7. 30/0. Cibulková unforcedly mishit a forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Cibulková serving 0-1 (new balls): Cibulková hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Williams to net a forehand. 15/0. Williams forehand long. 15/15. Cibulková on the third stroke slapped a forehand into the net. 15/30. Williams off-backhand return-winner. Cibulková hit a deep forehand winner down the line: on the baseline. 15/40 (BP #1). Cibulková engaged Williams in a loongish rally for once, but netted a backhand. Williams hit a forehand return long, and looked frustrated. Cibulková's deep forehand forced Williams to hit a forehand long. Ad Cibulková (GP #1). Williams hit a forehand just long. Held.

Thanks to some unforced errors by Williams, Cibulková has avoided the double bagel earlier than Williams's previous two victims. Williams reacted to her errors like it was 4-4 in the third.

Williams serving 1-1: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Cibulková netted a forehand. 30/0. Virtual ace down the middle. 40/0 (GP #1). Cibulková played a great spreading rally, outmanoeuvring Williams, and hitting a sliced backhand winner down the line from outside the tramlines! 40/15 (GP #1). Cibulková's deep off-forehand forced Williams to hit a backhand long. 40/30 (GP #2). Williams sliced a backhand long. Deuce #1. Ace out wide: just inside the service-line. Ad Williams (GP #3). Ace out wide. Held.

Much better by Cibulková. She now looks like she might at least get the swan in this set if Williams isn't too ruthless like she was against Anna.

Cibulková serving 1-2: Williams netted a forehand. 15/0. Cibulková's deep serve forced Williams to hit a forehand wide. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to hit a forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault (second serve just long). 40/15 (GP #2). Cibulková forehand long. 40/30 (GP #3). Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to hit a backhand long. Held.

Swan, you glide above the thrashing
[Scott Walker, "Face On Breast"]

Williams serving 2-2: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Ace down the middle. 30/0. Cibulková hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams hit an off-backhand winner onto the sideline. Held.

Cibulková serving 2-3: Cibulková's deep forehand induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 15/0. Cibulková netted a backhand. 15/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 30/15. Williams crosscourt backhand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Williams hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Deep serve induced Williams to net a backhand return. Held.

Williams serving 3-3: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Williams mishit a crosscourt backhand just wide. 15/15. Ace down the middle. 30/15. Williams hit a deep crosscourt forehand winner into the corner to force a floater, dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner, and said "yes". 40/15 (GP #1). Williams hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

Cibulková serving 3-4: Cibulková hit a deep crosscourt backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Williams to hit a backhand long. 15/0. Cibulková ran down a dropshot but netted a forehand. 15/15. Williams went to the net, but Cibulková showed off her excellent movement to hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 30/15. Cibulková's crosscourt backhand clipped the netcord, inducing Williams to net a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve: crosscourt forehand return wide. Held.

Williams looks rather anxious at the moment. It's not easy emotionally when a first-set rout develops into a second-set contest – even for someone as arrogant as Williams.

Williams serving 4-4: Ace #4: out wide. 15/0. Williams hit an off-forehand winner back behind Cibulková. 30/0. Cibulková forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Cibulková forced a short ball, and hit a backhand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #2). Ace out wide. Held.

Cibulková serving 4-5: Serve + deep crosscourt backhand forced Williams to bunt a backhand long. 15/0. Williams's deep forehand forced Cibulková to net a backhand. 15/15. Cibulková forehand just long. 15/30. Deep second serve out wide induced Williams to hit a makeable backhand long. 30/30. A nailbiting rally ended with Williams opening up the court and hitting a crosscourt backhand winner. 30/40 (MP #1 for Williams). Cibulková crosscourt backhand winner back behind Williams. Deuce #1. Deep first serve induced Williams to net a backhand return. Ad Cibulková (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to hit a crosscourt backhand just wide. Held.

MP saved, and "an excellent effort from her to make this second set close" [John McEnroe].

Williams serving 5-5 (new balls): Ace out wide. 15/0. Ace down the middle. 30/0. Deep serve out wide forced Cibulková to earth a forehand return. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Ace out wide. Held.

Lindsay Davenport: "Cibulková's gotten [sic] used to the pace, and is able to generate her own on top of that."

Cibulková serving 5-6: Williams dumped a forehand into the net. 15/0. Cibulková out. 15/15. Cibulková backhand long. 15/30. Williams backhand long. 30/30. Williams backhand long. 40/30 (GP #1). 87mph second serve: Williams hit a down-the-line backhand return-winner. Deuce #1. Williams forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an easy forehand winner down the line. Ad Williams (MP #2). Cibulková hit an off-forehand wide off a mishit backhand return. Williams won 6-0 7-5 at 14:36 BST (second set 49m, match 1h08m).

Williams's BBC interview: "She's a player. I served well in the second – that's about all I did well. Hopefully I can keep serving well, but I need to be better than today."

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5. Third-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Pavlyuchenkova (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] d. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29], 7-5 6-4

Due to my decisions to finish watching Cibulková v Williams, and to watch Sharapova v Záhlavová Strýcová from the start, I only got to watch this match from 5-2* to 7-5 0-1*.

It's ironic that I used Cibulková as an excuse not to watch a Woźniacki match from the start, given that Caro's the one I have promoted to my demi-fanship. When they were both juniors, I liked Caro, but I liked Domi much more. I was close to promoting Domi to my demi-fanship when she reached the French Open 2009 quarter-finals, but I lost a lot of Passion for Domi when she almost double-bagelled Maria Sharapova in that quarter-final. Beating Lucie Šafářová in the first round here isn't the way for Domi to curry my favour either.

What struck me most from watching this was how much Court 2 had already deteriorated by the sixth day of the Championships. The area behind the baselines on this court is now so brown that it barely qualifies as grass any more! I got the impression that Caro was struggling a little bit with her traction as her 5-2* lead became *5-5.


First set
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WOŹNIACKI *@*_*_*___*@ 7
PAVLYUCHE ___*_*_*@*__ 5

The match was second on Court 2, started at 14:12 BST, and I joined it shortly after the conclusion of Cibulková v Williams on Centre Court.

Pavlyuchenkova serving 2-5: 30/40 (SP #1 for Caro). Second serve: Caro netted a forehand return. Deuce #1. Caro hit a backhand just long. Ad Pavlyuchenkova (GP #1). Pavlyuchenkova hit a pinpoint off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

Caro serving 5-3: Second serve out wide: Pavlyuchenkova hit a forehand return-winner down the line. 0/15. Caro backhand long. 0/30. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Deep first serve out wide induced Pavlyuchenkova to hit a backhand return long. 30/30. Pavlyuchenkova spread Caro with an off-forehand + crosscourt forehand, forcing Caro to hit a forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Caro forehand long. Broken.

Pavlyuchenkova seving 4-5: First serve out wide forced Caro to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Pavlyuchenkova on the third stroke netted a backhand. 15/15. Pavlyuchenkova off-forehand just inside the sideline. 30/15. Caro's deep crosscourt forehand forced Pavlyuchenkova to hit a forehand long. 30/30. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Pavlyuchenkova hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line – on the sideline – and shouted "c'mon". Held.

Caro serving 5-5: First serve out wide + off-forehand forced Pavlyuchenkova to net a backhand. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Pavlyuchenkova to hit a backhand wide. 30/0. Caro forehand just long. 30/15. Pavlyuchenkova hit a forehand long. 30/30. Caro off-backhand winner back behind Pavlyuchenkova. 40/30 (GP #1). Pavlyuchenkova netted a backhand. Ad Caro. Held.

Pavlyuchenkova serving 5-6: Pavlyuchenkova forehand just long. 0/15. Caro's deep off-forehand forced Pavlyuchenkova to hit a backhand long. 0/30. Deep first serve forced Caro to hit a backhand return long. 15/30. Pavlyuchenkova's depth induced Caro to net a backhand. 30/30. Big, deep first serve down the middle forced Caro to earth a backhand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Pavlyuchenkova crosscourt backhand long. Deuce #1. Double fault (second serve long). Ad Caro. Caro's deep forehand just inside the baseline induced Pavlyuchenkova to spray a forehand long/wide. Caro won the first set 7-5 at 15:00 BST (48m).


Second set
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WOŹNIACKI __*@*_*_*@ 6
PAVLYUCHE @*___*_*__ 4

Caro serving 0-0: Pavlyuchenkova's deep forehand to the baseline forced Caro to hit a backhand long. 0/15. Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). 0/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Pavlyuchenkova to hit a forehand return long. 15/30. Second serve: Pavlyuchenkova netted a forehand return. 30/30. Second serve: forehand return long. 40/30 (GP #1). A netcord from Pavlyuchenkova induced Caro to hit a forehand "not up". Deuce #1. First serve out wide forced Pavlyuchenkova to hit a forehand long. Ad Caro (GP #1). Pavlyuchenkova hit a deep forehand crosscourt return-winner. Deuce #1. Pavlyuchenkova's big forehand forced a short ball, which she dispatched with a deep off-forehand winner. Ad Pavlyuchenkova (BP #1). Caro on the third stroke hit a forehand long. Broken.

Pavlyuchenkova serving 1-0: Unfortunately, Söderling v Bellucci finished during the last game, meaning that I had to switch my freesat box to Court One immediately for Sharapova v Záhlavová Strýcová, as Maria is a member of my Eternal Fanship, which automatically supersedes anyone who isn't. Just have to be grateful that Caro got the first set under her belt before I had to switch.

Caro won 7-5 6-4 at 15:44 BST (second set 43m, match 1h31m).

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6. Third-round TV-report: Sharapova v Záhlavová Strýcová (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 7-5 6-3

This was a fascinating match, as Záhlavová Strýcová is one of the most emotional and extreme tactical players I've ever seen. She mixed up the pace, depth and spins of her shots, and put Maria in all sorts of awkward positions. Záhlavová Strýcová hit numerous dropshots until Maria started reading them, and gave Maria a lot of trouble with dipping passing-shots.

It was an unconvincing performance by Maria, and the way her forehand broke down in this match is serious cause for concern ahead of her next match against Serena Williams, although the challenge that Záhlavová Strýcová presented was completely different to the one that Williams will present.

Ultimately, Maria had too much firepower for Záhlavová Strýcová, whose emotions got in the way at the decisive moments: not least at *5-6 (15/30), when she threw a wobbler when her first serve was called wide, then double-faulted to go SP×2 down.

Maria's so much better conditioned to handle these pressure-cooker situations, so although she continued to struggle in the second set, the outcome was never in doubt after the aforementioned double fault.

There was an interesting subplot with Hawk-Eye challenges in this match. Maria made several correct challenges in this match: Záhlavová Strýcová got annoyed that Maria was making these challenges, while Maria was annoyed that she had to make these challenges, as the resulting overrules often meant having to replay a point that she would have won already but for a bad call. Záhlavová Strýcová, on the other hand, ran out of challenges in both sets.

Maria's grunting was exceptionally loud in this match. Perhaps it was just because she had to work really hard to win points, but BBC commentator Simon Reed suggested that she was deliberately raising the volume because she could see that Záhlavová Strýcová was getting upset about it.

Maria made a very bad start to the match, playing a terrible service-game to be broken straight away. She broke straight back courtesy of two double faults, but was broken again for 1-2* as Záhlavová Strýcová mixed power with numerous dropshots, and retrieved very well: making Maria feel a need to hit very close to the lines.

Maria hit a crosscourt forehand winner and a crosscourt backhand winner as she broke back for *2-2, then scored the first hold of the match for 3-2*.

Záhlavová Strýcová came through a tough service-game to hold for 3-3*, then Maria started to read Záhlavová Strýcová's dropshots, hitting winners off two of them as she held for 4-3*. Záhlavová Strýcová tried to convince the umpire that Maria had touched the net after running down a dropshot.

Maria saved BP at *4-4 (30/40) before coming through a two-deuce service-game to hold to 5-4*. Then they played a mammoth-game of three deuces on Záhlavová Strýcová's serve: she saved two SPs bravely, going to the net both times.

Maria held to love for 6-5*, reached 40/15* on a double fault as I have already mentioned, and took the first set 7-5 when Záhlavová Strýcová dumped a forehand halfway up the net (and threw her racket).

Záhlavová Strýcová's body-language looked positive when she broke for 5-7 *1-0, but that soon changed when Maria made yet another successful challenge, and broke back for *1-1. The next three games went with serve: *3-2.

They played a five-deuce marathon, with Maria needing 6 BPs to break for *4-2 – sealed with a blazing backhand return-winner down the line. Maria then came through a four-deuce service-game, saving a BP before holding for 5-2*.

Záhlavová Strýcová looked very positive as she held to love for 3-5*, but Maria then served out the match to love – sealed with a pinpoint ace down the middle.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 14th February 2011), because, with Maria being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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SHARAPOVA _@_@*_*_*_*@ 7
ZÁHLAVOVÁ @_@__*_*_*__ 5

The match started at 15:22 BST.

Maria serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (BP #2). Broken.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (GP #3). Held.

Maria serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (GP #2). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (SP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (GP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (GP #3). Deuce #4. Ad Maria (SP #2). Deuce #5. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (GP #4). Held.

Maria serving 5-5: 0/15. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 5-6: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #3 for Maria). Maria won the first set 7-5 at 16:26 BST (1h04m).


Second set
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SHARAPOVA _@*_*@*_* 6
ZÁHLAVOVÁ @__*___*_ 3

Maria serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-0: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Maria serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 2-2 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Maria (BP #4). Deuce #4. Ad Maria (BP #5). Deuce #5. Ad Maria (BP #6). Broken.

Maria serving 4-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Záhlavová Strýcová (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Maria (GP #3). Deuce #4. Ad Maria (GP #4). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 2-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Maria). Maria won 7-5 6-3 at 17:17 BST (second set 51m, match 1h55m).

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7. Fourth-round draw
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* LI,NA [9] v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7]
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] v Petra Kvitová (kom sĺ Caro!)
* Klára Zakopalová v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (pojďme Klára!)

* JUSTINE HENIN [17] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8] (a win for Henin would be much the lesser evil)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] (my Reason says Marion, but my Passion says Tsvetana)
* Jarmila Groth v VENUS WILLIAMS [2] (c'mon Jarmila!)

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8. Fourth-round preview: Sharapova v S.Williams
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]

Well, Maria really has the wolf by the ear on Monday, as she faces Serena Williams for the first time at Wimbledon since the 2004 final, when she made mincemeat of Williams's second serve to score a sensational 6-1 6-4 victory and win her first Major at the grand old age of 17.

Maria led their head-to-head 2:1 at the end of 2004, but since then, it has deteriorated to 2:5:
- 2004 Miami 4r: Williams won 6-4 6-3
+ 2004 Wimbledon final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
+ 2004 WTA Tour Championships SF: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
- 2005 Australian Open SF: Williams won 2-6 7-5 8-6
- 2007 Australian Open final: Williams won 6-1 6-2
- 2007 Miami 4r: Williams won 6-1 6-1
- 2008 Charleston QF: Williams won 7-5 4-6 6-1

Four of Williams's wins have come on hard courts – her best surface – while Maria has beaten Williams on both a grass-court and a hard court.

Williams has a 21:4 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her three wins here). After being resoundingly defeated by #5 Elena Dementieva in the Sydney final (6-3 6-2), she won her fifth Australian Open title, beating surprise finalist Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a high-quality final.

Williams didn't play again until Rome, where she reached the semi-finals but lost to #7 Jelena Janković 4-6 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals. She lost 4-6 6-2 6-3 to #18 Nadia Petrova at Madrid, and alternated struggles with blistering wins at the French Open, finally falling 6-2 6-7 8-6 to #7 Samantha Stosur after wasting a match-point in their quarter-final.

Maria has reached the fourth round with the following results:
1r + #127 Anastasia Pivovarova [LL], 6-1 6-0
2r + #114 Ioana Raluca Olaru, 6-1 6-4
3r + #68 Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 7-5 6-3

Williams has reached the fourth round with the following results:
1r+ #148 Michelle Larcher de Brito, 6-0 6-4
2r+ #118 Anna Chakvetadze [EF], 6-0 6-1
3r+ #46 Dominika Cibulková, 6-0 7-5

Williams has looked on terrifying form in her first three matches here, going 8-0*, 11-0* and 7-0* up, respectively, but she did go off the boil in the second set of her first- and third-round matches, and she can't afford to do that against Maria!

Williams went through her first three matches without having her serve broken, but that should change on Monday, as Maria is one of the most fearsome returners in the game: eating up first and second serves! Maria certainly has to hold her own serve reliably, though, if this is to be more like Wimbledon 2004 than the Australian Open 2007.

Maria said: "It's tough to take anything away from that [Wimbledon 2004] match, as it was many years ago. There are always wonderful memories but, when you step out on the court, it's new. You've got to start from scratch; the score is 0-0."

Williams said: "I just remember I was really nervous [in the Wimbledon 2004 final]. I think I put too much pressure on myself. It didn't work out, and that was that."

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9. Fourth-round preview: Zvonarëva v Janković
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]

Jelena Janković is an aggressive counterpuncher who was ranked #1 in the world back in 2008, but has never won a Major (in Women's Singles).

Janković has a narrow 6:5 lead in their head-to-head:
- 2004 Linz QF: Janković won 6-4 6-4
+ 2005 Rome 2r: Vera won 6-4 6-1
+ 2006 Cincinnati QF: Vera won 6-1 6-1
- 2007 Auckland final: Janković won 7-6 5-7 6-3
- 2008 Miami SF: Janković won 6-1 6-4
+ 2008 Charleston QF: Vera won 6-2 3-6 6-2
- 2008 Beijing SF: Janković won 6-4 2-6 6-4
- 2008 Moscow final: Janković won 6-2 6-4
+ 2008 WTA Tour Championships: Vera won 2-6 6-3 6-4
+ 2010 Dubai 2r: Vera won 6-3 6-2

Janković is currently ranked #3, and has a 32:11 record for 2010 so far (including her three wins here) to Vera's 24:10.

Janković's 2010 started poorly, as she lost to #40 Ágnes Szávay in the first round of Sydney, and 6-2 6-3 to #30 Alyona Bondarenko in the third round of the Australian Open.

In Serbia's Fed Cup tie against Russia, Janković scored wins over #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 2-6 6-3 and #31 Alisa Kleybanova 4-6 6-4 6-0.

Janković was thrashed 6-3 6-2 by in-form #14 Vera in the third round of Dubai, then lost to #72 Anastasija Sevastova 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the first round of Monterrey.

Janković enjoyed a return to form by sweeping to the Indian Wells title, beating #75 Petra Martić 6-3 7-6, #49 Sara Errani 2-6 7-6 6-4, #20 Shahar Pe'er 6-2 6-2, #27 Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 6-4, #11 Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-4, and #4 Caroline Woźniacki 6-2 6-4 in the final.

Stosur took her revenge by beating Janković 6-1 7-6 in the fourth round of Miami. Janković beat two players outside the top 123 to reach the quarter-finals of Charleston.

Janković's next two matches were losses to #24/23 Daniela Hantuchová: 1-6 6-3 6-3 in their Charleston quarter-final, and 7-6 7-5 in the Slovakia v Serbia Fed Cup tie. Janković beat #53 Magdaléna Rybáriková 7-6 6-3 in her other singles-rubber, despite struggling with a wrist-injury that hampered her backhand.

Janković scored 6-2 6-2 wins over #34 Gisela Dulko and #99 Tsvetana Pironkova at Stuttgart, then lost her quarter-final 3-6 7-6 6-3 to #24 Justine Henin.

Janković reached the final of Rome by beating #128 Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 3-6 6-1, #12 Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-0, #4 Venus Williams 6-0 6-1(!) and #1 Serena Williams 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5). But she lost the final 7-6 7-5 to #26 María José Martínez Sánchez.

At Madrid, Janković beat #42 Ana Ivanović 4-6 6-4 6-1 and #54 Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2 6-0, but lost 7-5 6-4 to Aravane Rezaď.

At the French Open, Janković reached the semi-finals, beating #94 Alicia Molik 6-0 6-4, #118 Kaia Kanepi 6-2 3-6 6-4, #31 Alyona Bondarenko 6-4 7-6, #26 Daniela Hantuchová 6-4 6-2, and #36 Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5 6-4, but was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by #7 Samantha Stosur in the semis.

Janković has reached the fourth round with the following results:
1r + #234 Laura Robson [WC,DF], 6-3 7-6 (7/5)
2r + #60 Aleksandra Woźniak, 4-6 6-2 6-4
3r + #30 ALYONA BONDARENKO [28], 6-0 6-3

Vera has reached the fourth round with the following results:
1r + #177 Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1
2r + #147 Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4
3r + #18 YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF], 6-4 6-2

Conclusion: With their 6:5 head-to-head, its tough to call, but Vera seems to have the form to pull off the upset. She has the more one-sided scorelines for the first two rounds, and to beat Wickmayer 6-4 6-2 on grass is very impressive. For Janković, beating Alyona Bondarenko 6-0 6-3 is very impressive on paper, but Bondarenko played very poorly from what I saw of that match on TV, while Janković had a right-thigh injury.

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10. Andrew's wishes
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10.1 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. LI,NA [9]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] d. Klára Zakopalová (but not by much!)
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. JUSTINE HENIN [17]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Jarmila Groth


10.2 Semi-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


10.3 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF]

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11. Women's Doubles: Second round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/


11.1 Second-round results (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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Lemma: EF > DF×2

+ (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] d. Sania Mirza [DF]/Caroline Woźniacki [DF], 7-6 (7/0) 6-3

+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (CHUANG,CHIA-JUNG/OLGA GOVORTSOVA)[17], 6-4 5-7 7-5


11.2 Third-round draw
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* (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] v (LISA RAYMOND/RENNAE STUBBS)[7]

* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[12]

* (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] v Jelena Janković/Chanelle Scheepers

* Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay v Akgul Amanmuradova/Kristina Barrois

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12. Mixed Doubles: Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva/Sa v Benešová/Dlouhý (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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- Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Andre Sa lt. (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/LUKÁŠ DLOUHÝ)[9], 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 4-6

A very disappointing loss, given how brilliant Vera and Sa were in their BBC-televised first-round match, and how much I was looking forward to watching more of Vera trying to regain the title she won in 2006.

A three-minute scoreboard-freeze at 7-6 *0-0 (Deuce #4) suggests a possible injury-break. I just hope Vera's okay going into the second week.

The first set went all with serve, with Vera/Sa wasting BP at 4-4*, and saving SP at *4-5.

The second set was decided by a single break: against Vera/Sa for 1-2*. They wasted two break-back points at 3-4*.

The third set was also decided by a single break: against Vera/Sa for 3-4*. They had wasted BP×2 at 3-2* (40/15*), and also – as in the second set – wasted two break-back points at 3-4*.


First set
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ZV/SA _*_*_*_*_*_*T 7(7)
BE/DL *_*_*_*_*_*__ 6(4)

The match started at 18:16 BST.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 0-0: 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 1-1: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 4-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera/Sa (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (GP #1). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Benešová/Dlouhý). Deuce #1. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 5-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. Held.

Vera/Sa serving 5-6: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores (Vera/Sa)/(Benešová/Dlouhý)): 0/0*. *1/0. *1/1. 1/2*. 2/2*. *3/2. *4/2. 4/3*. 4/4*. *5/4. *6/4 (SP #1 for Vera/Sa). Vera/Sa won the first set 7-6 (7/4) at 19:01 BST (44m).


Second set
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ZV/SA *___*_*_*_ 4
BE/DL _*@*_*_*_* 6

Vera/Sa serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #2). Deuce #4. The scoreboard froze at 19:09 BST. The scoreboard resumed at 19:12 BST (3m). Ad Vera/Sa (GP #3). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 2-1 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 3-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 4-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera/Sa (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (GP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (GP #3). Deuce #5. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (GP #4). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 3-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #4). Deuce #4. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #5). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Benešová/Dlouhý). Benešová/Dlouhý won the second set 6-4 at 19:53 BST (second set 52m, match so far 1h37m).


Third set
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ZV/SA *_*_*___*_ 4
BE/DL _*_*_*@*_* 6

Vera/Sa serving 0-0: 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera/Sa (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 0-1: 15/0. Held.

Vera/Sa serving 1-1 (new balls): 15/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (GP #1). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 4-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera/Sa (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera/Sa (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Benešová/Dlouhý (GP #3). Held.

Vera/Sa serving 3-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. Held.

Benešová/Dlouhý serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Benešová/Dlouhý). Benešová/Dlouhý won 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-4 at 20:30 BST (third set 36m, match 2h14m).

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13. Girls' Singles: First round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/gs/


13.1 First-round results (Saturday 26th June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ TÍMEA BABOS [3] d. Akiko Omae, 6-3 3-6 6-4

What rocked:
+ DARIA GAVRILOVA [16] d. Grace Sari Ysidora, 7-5 7-5
+ Jovana Jakšić d. Lucy Brown, 6-3 6-4
+ Irina Khromacheva d. Mai Grage, 6-3 6-3

What sucked:
- Chantal Škamlová v Eugenie Bouchard, 2-6 1-6
- ELINA SVITOLINA [1] lt. Grace Min, 6-2 5-7 3-6
- Silvia Njirić lt. SACHIE ISHIZU [10], 4-6 6-7 (4/7)


13.2 First-round matches to be played on Monday
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* LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] v Risa Ozaki (c'mon Laura!)
* Clothilde de Bernardi v VERONICA CEPEDE ROYG [13] (allez Clothilde!)

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14. Order of play for Monday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Centre Court (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. MS 4r: ROGER FEDERER [1] v JÜRGEN MELZER [16]
2. WS 4r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
3. MS 4r: SAM QUERREY [18] v ANDY MURRAY [4]

Court 12 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
1. WS 4r: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
2. MS 4r: JULIEN BENNETEAU [32] v JO-WILFRIED TSONGA [10]
3. MS 4r: ROBIN SÖDERLING [6] v DAVID FERRER [9]
4. XD 2r: Vladimíra Uhlířová/Martin Damm v (CARA BLACK/LEANDER PAES)[2]

The sexist scheduling hits the fourth round the hardest, with many of the top female stars relegated to outside courts in a bid to get their 'insignificant' matches over with early so that we can concentrate on the 'serious business' of the Men's Singles! They really need to schedule two women's matches first and second on Centre Court and Court One on the second Monday.

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 7

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round results
3. Fourth-round TV-report: Zvonarëva v Janković
4. Fourth-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Kvitová
5. Fourth-round TV-report: Sharapova v S.Williams
6. Quarter-final draw
7. Quarter-final preview: Zvonarëva v Clijsters
8. Andrew's wishes
9. Women's Doubles: Third round
10. Girls' Singles: First round
11. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 7:
* sharapova
* zvonareva
* pironkova
* wozniacki
* bartoli
* zakopalova
* groth
* jankovic
* kvitova

It's great to see Pironkova so happy after winning her match: she even got down on her hands and knees to kiss the court!

Various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], Caroline Woźniacki [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Laura Robson [DF], Klára Koukalová, Jarmila Groth, Petra Kvitová:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-281.html

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2. Fourth-round results (Monday 28th June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S], 6-4 6-4
- CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] lt. Petra Kvitová, 2-6 0-6

What rocked:
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 3-0 (30/15) retired (low-back injury)
+ LI,NA [9] d. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [7], 6-3 6-2

What sucked:
- MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 6-7 (9/11) 4-6
- Klára Zakopalová lt. Kaia Kanepi [Q], 2-6 4-6
- Jarmila Groth lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 4-6 6-7 (5/7)
- JUSTINE HENIN [17] lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 6-2 2-6 3-6

I watched Groth v Williams casually. Groth played very well in the second set, serving for it at *5-4 and *6-5. That didn't work out for her, but she played a very good game at 5-5* in between - the shot that sticks in my mind is a big off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Williams dominated the tiebreak, and Groth looked very disappointed when she lost.

Zakopalová saw the doctor at the start of the second set, then took, and blew, a *3-0 lead, and also had 2 BPs at 2-6 3-3*.

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18070033

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3. Fourth-round TV-report: Zvonarëva v Janković (Monday 28th June 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 3-0 (30/15) retired (low-back injury)

It's unfortunate that Janković was injured, but I'm very pleased with Vera's form going into her first Wimbledon singles quarter-final - just the third Major singles quarter-final she's ever reached in her career, following the French Open 2003 and her Australian Open 2009 semi-final.

Vera was on fire in this match, and richly deserved her victory. She hit several pinpoint backhand winners down the line, and numerous other winners (finishing with a total of 18).

Vera was taken to Deuce in her opening service-game, but held, and then broke to 30 with the help of an off-forehand dropshot-winner and a forehand drive-volley winner. She served a quadruple fault from *2-0 (40/0), but made up for it with an ace out wide for 3-0*.

Vera hit a crosscourt backhand winner, but otherwise took advantage of two Janković backhand errors and a double fault to break again for *4-0. She recovered from 15/40 to Deuce, but was broken for 4-1*.

Vera broke for *5-1 with the help of a pinpoint backhand winner down the line, then served out the first set to 15 with an off-forehand winner, a stunning forehand winner down the line, and an ace down the middle at set-point.

The first game of the second set was the best in the match, as they hit five winners between them, and Vera eventually broke for 6-1 *1-0 after four deuces. Vera held for 2-0* with an off-backhand winner and an ace down the middle.

Janković quadruple-faulted to go down 1-6 *0-2 (0/40), and sprayed a wild backhand very long at 30/40, giving Vera 6-1 *3-0.

Janković took a medical time-out, lying face down on a towel to get her lower back massaged. The next game began with Vera serving two aces down the middle, with a double fault in between, then Janković shook hands with Vera at 6-1 *3-0 (30/15).

Janković was in tears, while Vera looked wonderfully sympathetic - she's one of the most compassionate players I've ever known.

Vera said: "To be honest, I wasn't paying any attention to what was going on on the other side. I didn't notice anything until she called the trainer to the court. I'm not sure what it was. She said something was bothering her. I wish her a quick recovery, and I hope it's not serious."

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 21st February 2011), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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ZVONARËV *@*@_@* 6
JANKOVIĆ ____@__ 1

The match started at 12:16 BST.

Vera serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #2). Held.

Janković serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Janković serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 4-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Janković (BP #3). Broken.

Janković serving 1-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 5-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Vera). 40/15 (SP #2 for Vera). Vera won the first set 6-1 at 12:41 BST (24m).


Second set
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ZVONARËV @*@ 3
JANKOVIĆ ___ 0 retired

Janković serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Janković serving 0-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Vera serving 3-0: The scoreboard froze at 12:52 BST. The scoreboard resumed at 12:58 BST (5m). 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. Vera won 6-1 3-0 (Janković retired with a low-back injury) at 12:59 BST (second set 18m, match 43m).

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4. Fourth-round TV-report: Woźniacki v Kvitová (Monday 28th June 2010)
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- CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3,DF] lt. Petra Kvitová, 2-6 0-6

I watched this match up to *2-5, when Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams was about to start. Kvitová was playing ultra-aggressively, and I guess this must have continued after I left, as she didn't drop another game after that!

I have to admire Kvitová when she's playing like this. I'm not best pleased that she took Vika and Caro to the cleaners, but she is going to be fun to watch against players I don't really care for.


First set
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WOŹNIAC _*___*__ 2
KVITOVÁ *_*@*_*@ 6

The match started at 14:14 BST. I missed the first game.

Caro serving 0-1: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Kvitová netted a forehand. 30/0. Kvitová hit a deep forehand return down the middle, forcing Caro to net a backhand. 30/15. First serve: backhand return just long. 40/15 (GP #1). Kvitová forehand return long. Held.

Kvitová serving 1-1: Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Caro to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Body-jamming second serve forced Caro to hit a backhand return wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Caro's depth induced Kvitová to hit a forehand long. 40/15 (GP #2). Deep serve induced Caro to hit a forehand return long. Held.

Caro serving 1-2: Caro netted a forehand. 0/15. Caro on the third stroke dumped a forehand into the net. 0/30. Kvitová hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. 0/40 (BP #1). Kvitová's hard, deep backhand return forced a short return, but she netted a backhand dropshot. 15/40 (BP #2). Kvitová took the initiative with a deep backhand return down the line, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner on the sixth stroke. Broken.

Kvitová serving 3-1: Kvitová on the third stroke hit an off-backhand winner - good footwork to get out of the way of a body-jamming return. 15/0. Ace down the middle. 30/0. Kvitová forced a short ball, and hit a hard, deep forehand winner just inside the baseline. 40/0 (GP #1). Kvitová dominated the rally after another deep return, but slapped a backhand into the net. 40/15 (GP #2). Ace down the middle. Held.

Kvitová is going for broke, as she has to do if she's going to have a chance of beating Caro, whose movement and feel are far superior. It's a spectacular performance by Kvitová so far.

Caro serving 1-4: Caro forced a short floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Kvitová nailed a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline off a high-bouncing ball from Caro. 15/15. Kvitová forehand just long. 30/15. Kvitová hit a deep crosscourt backhand winner just inside the baseline. 30/30. Kvitová crosscourt backhand just long. 40/30 (GP #1). Kvitová hit a deep crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline. Deuce #1. Kvitová backhand just long. Ad Caro (GP #2). Kvitová ran down a dropshot and hit a sliced backhand down the line, forcing Caro to hit a backhand long. Deuce #2. Caro forced a high-bouncing ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Caro (GP #3). Big first serve out wide forced Kvitová to hit a backhand long. Held.

A much more aggressive game by Caro.

Jo Durie: "She [Caro] is being forced to play better. She's really up against it."

Kvitová serving 4-2: Kvitová crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Caro netted a backhand. 15/15. Caro's deep forehand return just inside the baseline forced Kvitová to hit a backhand just long. 15/30. Ace down the middle. 30/30. Caro earthed a forehand, as Kvitová's deep backhand found her footwork wanting. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner back behind Caro. Held.

Caro serving 2-5: At this point, I had to switch to Centre Court ready for Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams, as Federer v Melzer finished during the last game. I regret not being able to watch more of Woźniacki v Kvitová, as it was shaping up very nicely when I had to leave it.

Kvitová won the first set 6-2 at 14:40 BST (25m).
Kvitová won 6-2 6-0 at 15:00 BST (second set 20m, match 45m).

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5. Fourth-round TV-report: Sharapova v S.Williams (Monday 28th June 2010)
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- MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 6-7 (9/11) 4-6

Maria played much better than she did in the previous round against Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, but really should have won at least the first set, as she had 3 SPs in the tiebreak.

The standard of play was so high: huge, deep serves, and anything short got punished. Williams was going for too much too soon in the rallies, which were therefore very short - in complete contrast to Maria's third-round match. At least tiredness would not be a factor!

Williams made a ridiculous start, serving four aces in the opening game as she held to 30. Maria played a good service-game of her own to hold to 15, but Williams served two more aces as she held for 2-1*.

Knowing that she couldn't afford to hit short second serves against Williams, Maria hit two double faults long as she was broken to love for 1-3*. But she became the first player to break Williams's serve this Wimbledon, hitting a beautiful off-forehand drive-volley winner, and going on to level at 3-3*.

With games going with serve, Maria served to save the first set at *4-5 and *5-6, and hit a couple of amazing return-winners at 5-5* - sadly not rewarded with a break.

The tiebreak was Maria's personal 9/11. She recovered from 1/3* with a hellacious crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline at *2/3, hit an off-forehand winner at 4/3*, and had 3 SPs (*6/4 and 8/7*) but wasted them with forced and unforced errors. Maria also saved Williams's first 2 SPs (*6/7 and *8/9), but couldn't do anything about the ace on the third.

The second set was an anticlimax, as Maria again threw in a bad service-game with two double faults to get broken for 1-2*, but this time there was no break back, and Williams finished with an incredible 19 aces.

Williams said: "She returned really well. It forced me to serve really well. She's in it for every point. Even on match-point, she's trying 200%."

Maria said: "I played really well, and had my chances. If it was not for her really great serving, I certainly had a real good look at winning it. She served extremely well - some of the best she served against me. I gave her a run for her money, but that was really the difference."

Maria told BBC Sport: "I'm a competitor and I love to win, and there's only one winner at the end of the tournament, and I really want it to be me, but today's situation didn't happen, and that's the way it goes, but I'm certainly not leaving here disappointed that I lost. I know that I went out there and did what I could do, and today just wasn't enough."

So yet another Wimbledon goes by without Maria regaining the title she won as a 17-year-old - or even reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006 (when she reached the semi-finals for the third year in a row). Once a regular in Major semi-finals, she will go into the US Open having not reached a Major quarter-final for 15 months.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 7th March 2011), because, with Maria being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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SHARAPOV _*__@*_*_*_*_ 6(9)
WILLIAMS *_*@__*_*_*_T 7(11)

The match started at 14:53 BST.

Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Williams serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams serving 3-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Williams serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 3-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Williams serving 4-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Williams serving 5-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 5-6: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Sharapova/Williams): 0/0*. *0/1. *1/1. 1/2*. 1/3*. *2/3. *3/3. 4/3*. 5/3*. *5/4. *6/4 (SP #1 for Maria). 6/5* (SP #2 for Maria). 6/6*. *6/7 (SP #1 for Williams). *7/7. 8/7* (SP #3 for Maria). 8/8*. *8/9 (SP #2 for Williams). *9/9. 9/10*. Williams won the first set 7-6 (11/9) at 15:50 BST (57m).


Second set
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SHARAPOV *___*_*_*_ 4
WILLIAMS _*@*_*_*_* 6

Maria serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Williams serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams serving 2-1 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Williams serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Williams serving 4-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 3-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Williams serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Williams). 40/15 (MP #2 for Williams). Williams won 7-6 (11/9) 6-4 at 16:30 BST (second set 39m, match 1h36m).

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6. Quarter-final draw
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* LI,NA [9] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
* Petra Kvitová v Kaia Kanepi [Q] (pojďme Petra!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [2] (aide Tsvetana!)

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7. Quarter-final preview: Zvonarëva v Clijsters
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8]

Vera's head-to-head against Clijsters doesn't make for pretty reading, as she trails 0:5:
- 2002 US Open 3r: Clijsters won 1-6 7-5 6-4
- 2006 Eastbourne 2r: Clijsters won 3-0 retired (right achilles strain)
- 2006 Wimbledon 1r: Clijsters won 7-5 6-3
- 2006 Stanford qf: Clijsters won 6-2 3-6 6-1
- 2006 Hasselt sf: Clijsters won 6-4 3-6 6-4

Clijsters retired in 2007 to get married and have a baby. She came back in 2009, and sensationally won the US Open in only her second tournament back. She's currently ranked #8, and has a 22:4 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her four wins here) to Vera's 25:10.

Clijsters started 2010 by winning Brisbane, beating unranked Justine Henin 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8/6) in the final. But her Australian Open campaign ended with a deliciously embarrassing third-round loss to #19 Nadia Petrova: 6-0 6-1.

Clijsters lost in the third round of Indian Wells to #27 Alisa Kleybanova: 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7/4). But she returned to form to win Miami, upsetting #7 Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-0 in the fourth round, #10 Samantha Stosur 6-3 7-5 in the quarter-finals, and #5 Venus Williams 6-2 6-1 in the final.

Clijsters's only clay-court tournament of the year - Marbella - ended with a second-round loss to #258 Beatriz García Vidagany: 7-5 4-6 6-4. Clijsters beat #220 Maret Ani in a Fed Cup rubber, but missed the rest of the clay-court season with a foot-injury.

Clijsters made another strong comeback at Eastbourne, with humiliating wins over #16 Yanina Wickmayer (6-1 6-1) and #26 Lucie Šafářová (6-1 6-0), before losing 7-6 6-4 to #15 Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals.

Clijsters has reached the quarter-finals here with the following results:
1r + #121 Maria Elena Camerin, 6-0 6-3
2r + #104 Karolina Šprem [DF], 6-3 6-2
3r + #28 MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF], 6-3 6-3
4r + #16 JUSTINE HENIN [17], 2-6 6-2 6-3

Vera has reached the quarter-finals here with the following results:
1r + #177 Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1
2r + #147 Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4
3r + #18 YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF], 6-4 6-2
4r + #3 JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 3-0 retired

Conclusion: it's not looking pretty, but at least I'm happy with Vera's form going into this quarter-final. It certainly has good potential to be an entertaining match, as the quality of the rallies in their Wimbledon 2006 first round was just breathtaking!

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8. Andrew's wishes
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8.1 Semi-final wishes
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+ Petra Kvitová d. LI,NA [9]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]


8.2 Final-wish
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Petra Kvitová

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9. Women's Doubles: Third round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/


9.1 Third-round results (Monday 28th June 2010)
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+ (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] d. Jelena Janković/Chanelle Scheepers, walkover (Janković's low-back injury)

+ Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay d. Akgul Amanmuradova/Kristina Barrois, 6-2 7-6 (9/7)

- (DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [EF]/CARA BLACK)[11] lt. (LISA RAYMOND/RENNAE STUBBS)[7], 2-6 2-6


9.2 Third-round match to be played on Tuesday
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[12]

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10. Girls' Singles: First round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/gs/


10.1 First-round results (Monday 28th June 2010)
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+ LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] d. Risa Ozaki, 6-0 6-1
+ Clothilde de Bernardi d. VERONICA CEPEDE ROYG [13], 6-3 (7/3) 5-7 6-3

Robson led 6-0 5-0* before Ozaki won a game. It's funny how often the double bagel is avoided at that particular scoreline.


10.2 Second-round draw
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* LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] v Krista Hardebeck
* TÍMEA BABOS [3] v Aliaksandra Sasnovich
* DARIA GAVRILOVA [16] v Sloane Stephens
* Jovana Jakšić v SACHIE ISHIZU [10]
* Irina Khromacheva v Adriana Pérez
* Clothilde de Bernardi v Ester Goldfeld

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11. Order of play for Tuesday
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Centre Court (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. WS qf: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v KIM CLIJSTERS [8]
2. WS qf: LI,NA [9] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
3. MD 3r: Carsten Ball/Chris Guccione v (BOB BRYAN/MIKE BRYAN)[2]

Court One (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. WS qf: Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [2]
2. WS qf: Petra Kvitová v Kaia Kanepi [Q]
3. MD qf: (ROBERT LINDSTEDT/HORIA TECAU)[16] v (MARCEL GRANOLLERS/TOMMY ROBREDO)[11]

It's a real bummer that Vera's quarter-final is scheduled against Tsvetana's, as I would love to watch them both, but my vow of Eternal Fanship for Vera makes her the clear priority. I hope that Vera can make short work of Clijsters so that I can pick up what remains of Tsvetana's match - or better yet, that Court One is rained off until Vera can complete her match under the roof on Centre Court (although that might not be good for Vera's chances, as she needs time to adapt to new conditions, as she said after playing her Australian Open 2009 semi-final under the roof).

I would like to watch Laura Robson's Girls' Singles second-round match, which is second on Court 12, but it will likely clash with Vera and Tsvetana's matches, which would clearly take priority. I might well give Robson v Hardebeck priority over Kvitová v Kanepi, though, seeing as Robson is already a member of my demi-fanship, while I'm only just starting to like Kvitová.

I also look forward to watching Vera's Women's Doubles third-round match, which is third on Court 2, and hope that it won't clash with Kvitová v Kanepi or Robson v Hardebeck (again, Vera would be the clear priority).

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 8

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Quarter-final results
3.
Quarter-final TV-report: Zvonarëva v Janković
4. Quarter-final TV-report: Pironkova v V.Williams
5. Semi-final draw
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Women's Doubles: Third round
8. Women's Doubles: Third-round TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Benešová/Záhlavová Strýcová
9. Girls' Singles: Second round
10. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 8:
* zvonareva
* pironkova
* kvitova

Various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Laura Robson [DF], Petra Kvitová, Tímea Babos, Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-291.html

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2. Quarter-final results (Tuesday 29th June 2010)
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What rocked:
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 6-4 6-2
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 6-2 6-3
+ Petra Kvitová d. Kaia Kanepi [Q], 4-6 7-6 (10/8) 8-6

Wow!! As some of you may recall, I have been wishing for a Zvonarëva v Pironkova semi-final ever since Ana Ivanović lost on Day 1. I never in my wildest dreams expected to get it!!

Kanepi had a massive choke against Kvitová, blowing leads of *4-0, 5-2*, *5-3 (30/0), and 2 MPs at 6-5* (40/30*, Ad) - having already missed 3 MPs at 6-4 6-6 (6/5*, *7/6, 8/7*).

What sucked:
- LI,NA [9] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 5-7 3-6

Women's tennis is now so unpredictable that not even an all-Williams final at Wimbledon is guaranteed (the BBC commentators seemed to think it was inevitable until today; now, they think it so inevitable that Serena Williams will win the title that John McEnroe has promised to present Today at Wimbledon standing on his head if she does not).

I find this unpredictability much more exciting than ten years ago, when the top five players invariably won and lost according to the rankings.

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18078410

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3. Quarter-final TV-report: Zvonarëva v Clijsters (Tuesday 29th June 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 6-4 6-2

Vera couldn't have picked a better time to beat Clijsters for her first-ever time in six meetings, as it sets up the mouth-watering semi-final with Tsvetana Pironkova for which I had been wishing ever since Ana Ivanović lost on Day 1. Vera has reached her second-ever Major semi-final (her first coming at the Australian Open 2009 from only her third-ever Major quarter-final.

BBC commentator John McEnroe said that Vera was as calm and emotionally stable as he'd ever seen her on a big occasion. Mark Petchey said that Vera had prevented Clijsters from playing well by serving well.

The match was hard-fought from the start, with Vera's pinpoint down-the-line backhand setting up BP at 0-0* (Ad). Clijsters did well to hold that game, and Vera's beautiful short-angled one-handed backhand punch-volley winner on the stretch at 30/40* deserves a special mention!

Vera saved BP×3 at *1-2 (0/40), and hit a backhand drop-volley winner to set up GP, which she converted to hold for 2-2*.

Vera at *2-3 hit a down-the-line backhand pass-winner, an aces down the middle and a high off-forehand punch-volley winner as she held to 15 for 3-3*.

With Clijsters as tight as a drum and haemorrhaging unforced errors, Vera had another BP in a game of five deuces at 3-3*, but Clijsters hit two winners to reach GP. Vera then sprayed a wild crosscourt forehand way long and wide, and emitted a cute little squeal.

Vera reacted to the disappointment of the missed BP by throwing in a bad service-game at *3-4, with a double fault and two unforced errors as Clijsters settled down. Clijsters served out the first set to 30 at *5-3.

In the second set, Vera had BP at 1-0* (40/30*), but Clijsters recovered well to hold serve. This time, Vera put the disappointment behind her by holding to love in the next game, and then breaking for *3-1 as Clijsters's forehand broke down after she led 30/0.

Vera came through a tough service-game of two deuces to make it 3-6 4-1*. She held again for 5-2* after an off-forehand drive-volley winner onto the sideline and an off-forehand smash-winner.

A very convincing hold to love by Clijsters forced Vera to serve for the set at *5-3; she was robbed by two dead netcord winners from Clijsters - one at BP. However, Vera broke in the next game to take the second set 6-4, courtesy of two double faults by Clijsters - one at SP.

In the third set, Vera held to love for 1-0* (sealed with an off-forehand winner), and 2 BPs went begging in a game of four deuces (Clijsters saved them with an ace out wide and a one-two punch).

Vera went 1:1 *1-1 (0/30) down, but recovered with a high off-forehand punch-volley winner, a crosscourt forehand winner, and a forehand smash-winner, and secured a vital hold for 2-1*.

Vera used deep, error-forcing groundstrokes to break for 1:1 *3-1, and held to 15 for 4-1* as Clijsters made a series of cheap errors.

Vera's victory seemed in danger at *4-2 (15/30), and that was probably the key point of the match: Vera went to the net, got away with hitting her first volley straight back to Clijsters, and hit a down-the-line backhand volley-winner on her next stroke. Vera then hit a deep, error-forcing forehand followed by an ace down the middle to hold for 5-2*.

Clijsters opened her *2-5 service-game with a double fault, and Vera hit two error-forcing down-the-line drives (on backhand, one forehand) to set up MP×2 at 40/15*. A nailbiting rally, during which I thought my heart was going to explode, ended with Clijsters hitting an off-forehand winner to save the first MP, but she netted a forehand on the third stroke of the second MP.

Vera's BBC interview: "I'm still excited about the match, but it is definitely one of my dreams to play here in the semi-final. I remember as a kid watching Wimbledon on TV. I'm really looking forward to my semi-final. It's amazing, because I played her a few times and we always had tough matches, but she was just better than me on those days. I was able to hang in there, and play some good tennis out there. Right now, I think women's tennis is at a high level: there is a lot of competition, and so many girls are playing great. It's going to be a tough match."

Vera was remarkably calm and composed in that interview, given how excited I was feeling at that moment! She didn't react with surprise when the interviewer told her that her next opponent would be Tsvetana Pironkova rather than Venus Williams.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 28th March 2011), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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ZVONARËVA _*_*_*___ 3
CLIJSTERS *_*_*_*@* 6

The match started at 13:09 BST.

Clijsters serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Clijsters (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Zvonarëva (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Clijsters (GP #4). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Clijsters serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Zvonarëva. Held.

Clijsters serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Clijsters serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Clijsters (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Clijsters (GP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Clijsters (GP #4). Deuce #4. Ad Zvonarëva (BP #1). Deuce #5. Ad Clijsters (GP #5). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Clijsters serving 5-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #1 for Clijsters). Clijsters won the first set 6-3 at 13:47 BST (37m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA *_*@*_*__@ 6
CLIJSTERS _*___*_*@_ 4

Zvonarëva serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Clijsters serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Clijsters (GP #1). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Clijsters serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Zvonarëva serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Zvonarëva (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Zvonarëva (GP #3). Held.

Clijsters serving 1-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Clijsters serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 5-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Clijsters serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Vera). 30/40 (SP #2 for Vera). Zvonarëva won the second set 6-4 at 14:24 BST (second set 36m, match so far 1h14m).


Third set
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ZVONARËVA *_*@*_*@ 6
CLIJSTERS _*___*__ 2

Zvonarëva serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Clijsters serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Clijsters (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Clijsters (GP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Clijsters (GP #3). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Zvonarëva (GP #2). Held.

Clijsters serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Zvonarëva serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Clijsters serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Zvonarëva serving 4-2 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Clijsters serving 2-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (MP #1 for Vera). 30/40 (MP #2 for Vera). Vera won 3-6 6-4 6-2 at 14:57 BST (third set 33m, match 1h47m).

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4. Quarter-final TV-report: Pironkova v V.Williams (Tuesday 29th June 2010)
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+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 6-2 6-3

This was an amazing win for Pironkova, who suffered a deep slump last year, with a win/loss record of just 23:27 for 2009, so I hope that her big win will serve as inspiration for those slumping this year, as well as bringing her fame, glamour, and great opportunities.

Pironkova's pre-Wimbledon results this year have been solid (highlighted by a win over #5 Elena Dementieva to reach the Warsaw quarter-finals), but nothing to suggest that she was ready to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon!

Pironkova had already beaten Venus Williams in the first round of the Australian Open 2006, but to beat her in a quarter-final at Wimbledon, where Williams is a five-time former champion, is quite remarkable. At #82, Pironkova becomes the lowest-ranked player to beat Williams at Wimbledon since #91 Magdalena Grzybowska in 1997, and the 6-2 6-3 scoreline marks the fewest number of games that Williams has ever won in a match at Wimbledon.

Williams played like she hadn't bothered to study Pironkova's game at all. Pironkova has a killer backhand but a weak steered forehand, yet Williams played to her backhand for most of the match, even though she had more success when she did hit to her forehand. Pironkova hit a lot of sliced forehands, and Williams couldn't handle the lack of pace.

BBC commentator Sam Smith summed up Pironkova as follows: "She's got weapons: big serve, huge backhand, super-quick feet. She's matched Williams pace to pace for speed. The most remarkable thing for me is that this Bulgarian has played the match on /her terms/ - I can't remember the last time that Venus Williams didn't play a match on /her/ terms at Wimbledon."

Sadly, the order of play prevented me from watching this match live, as it was first on Court One - clashing with Zvonarëva v Clijsters - but I caught a repeat of the second set on BBC Red Button.


Second set
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PIRONKOV *__@*@*_* 6
WILLIAMS _*@____*_ 3

Pironkova serving 0-0: Pironkova's deep crosscourt backhand forced Williams to net a backhand. 15/0. Second serve: Williams hit a blazing backhand winner down the line: just inside the baseline. 15/15. Pironkova went for a crosscourt backhand winner to the sideline, but it was just wide. 15/30. Williams off-forehand just wide. 30/30. Ace #3: out wide: on the sideline. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to hit a down-the-line backhand wide. Held.

Williams serving 0-1: Pironkova netted a forehand. 15/0. Pironkova forced a short ball, and hit a deep off-backhand winner. 15/15. First serve out wide + off-backhand winner back behind Pironkova. 30/15. Williams netted a forehand. 30/30. Williams went to the net, but Pironkova's dipping backhand induced her to net a forehand volley below the height of the net. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams forced a short floater, and hit a forehand smash-winner. Deuce #1. First serve out wide forced Pironkova to hit a forehand return long. Ad Williams (GP #1). Williams went to the net, forcing Pironkova to hit a backhand long.

Pironkova serving 1-1: Williams netted a forehand. 15/0. Williams's down-the-line backhand induced Pironkova to hit a forehand long. 15/15. Williams's short-angled crosscourt forehand return forced Pironkova to hit a sliced forehand long. Sam Smith: "That's the flakiest part of her game: she tends to just chop at it as a regularion shot" 15/30. Pironkova went to the net on Williams's terms, and Williams hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Williams hit a crosscourt backhand to the sideline, forcing Pironkova to net a backhand. Broken.

Williams serving 2-1: A longish baseline-rally ended with Pironkova hitting a backhand return just long. 15/0. Pironkova got away with a "woefully short return" as Williams hit a crosscourt forehand just long. 15/15. Williams went to the net, but Pironkova's dipping backhand forced her to hit a backhand volley long. Sam Smith: "Pironkova does love a target." 15/30. Pironkova ran down a dropshot and hit an amazing one-handed crosscourt backhand lob-winner just inside the baseline. Sam Smith: "What a mover!" 15/40 (BP #1). Williams forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Williams netted a forehand drive-volley. Broken.

Pironkova serving 2-2: Second serve: Williams dumped a cheap backhand return into the net. 15/0. First serve out wide + off-forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Williams netted a forehand. 30/15. First serve: forehand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Pironkova off-backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #2). Pironkova hit a down-the-line backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Williams to stretch wide and net a forehand. Held.

Sam Smith: "This could be the match for Tsvetana Pironkova, because Williams is in a slump. You have to take advantage of it."

Williams serving 2-3: Pironkova forehand just long. 15/0. Double fault #4 (second serve just long). 15/15. Double fault #5 (second serve into the net). 15/30. Williams went to the net behind a searing crosscourt backhand, forcing Pironkova to net a backhand. 30/30. Williams's off-backhand forced Pironkova to net a forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Pironkova opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and hit a cracking crosscourt backhand winner into the space she'd created. Deuce #1. Williams went to the net, but Pironkova hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner low over the net: on the sideline. Ad Pironkova (BP #1). Pironkova's weak forehand allowed Williams to hit an off-forehand that forced Pironkova to net a backhand. Deuce #2. Pironkova, driven wide, chopped a deep forehand down the middle, inducing Williams to hit an off-backhand just long. Ad Pironkova (BP #2). Pironkova hit a deep off-forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Williams to hit a backhand wide. Broken.

Sam Smith didn't understand why Williams was playing so much to Pironkova's backhand when it is by far Pironkova's stronger side. She claimed that Williams was having much more success when she was playing to Pironkova's forehand.

Pironkova serving 4-2: Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. Pironkova steered a forehand just long. 15/15. Williams's deep forehand forced Pironkova to steer a forehand long. 15/30. Williams backhand just long. 30/30. Williams netted a forehand off a weak crosscourt forehand from Pironkova. 40/30 (GP #1). Pironkova's backhand on the third stroke clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. Held.

Sam Smith: "The greats beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon - not players ranked #82 in the world!"

Tsvetana's parents are in the crowd. She bears a strong resemblance to her mother.

Williams serving 2-5: Ace down the middle: 111 mph, just inside the service-line. 15/0. Williams netted a forehand off a deep crosscourt forehand from Pironkova. 15/15. Pironkova forehand just long. 30/15. Williams backhand long. 30/30. Williams went to the net, but a little low-dipping chopped forehand crosscourt forced Williams to net a forehand volley. 30/40 (MP #1 for Pironkova). Williams hit a crosscourt backhand to the sideline, forcing Pironkova to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Williams forced a short ball, but blasted a wild off-forehand wide. Ad Pironkova (MP #2). Williams hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce #2. Ad Williams (GP #1). Williams on the third stroke hit a backhand just long. Deuce #3. Williams went to the net, forced a short floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Ad Williams (GP #2). Williams went to the net behind a crosscourt backhand, forcing Pironkova to hit a down-the-line backhand wide. Held.

Sam Smith (at Deuce #3): "Here's a statistic that will knock your socks off: Pironkova's won 35 points from the baseline, Williams just 14."

Two MPs that would have made it 6-2 6-2!

Pironkova serving 5-3 (new balls): Williams forehand just long. 0/15. Williams backhand just long. 15/15. Service-winner down the middle. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to bunt a backhand lob-return long. 40/15 (MP #3 for Pironkova). Williams went to the net, but Pironkova's crosscourt forehand forced Williams to hit an off-forehand volley wide. Pironkova won 6-2 6-3 at (second set 47m, match 1h24m).

Pironkova's first BBC interview: "It seems like a dream, actually! I never thought I would play that well, and reach that part of the tournament. I'm extremely happy. I think I played pretty well today. I'm very happy with my game. She also did well, but I have one win over her, and I actually thought I could win, and I was going for it. I actually really love this tournament. I just try to relax and enjoy every moment that I have here."

Pironkova was very excited and giggly in that interview. The interviewer pointed out that she was the first Bulgarian ever to reach the last four at Wimbledon - better than the Maleeva-sisters ever did here. She's also the first Bulgarian ever to reach the semi-finals of any Major, if we consider that Manuela Maleeva-Fragničre was representing Switzerland when she reached the semi-finals of the US Open in 1992 and 1993.

She had celebrated her victory by rolling on her back with her legs in the air!

Pironkova's second BBC interview: "Lying on the floor at Wimbledon means that you won, so I've always wanted to do that. I dreamed about it, but I never thought that it will happen."

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5. Semi-final draw
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* Petra Kvitová v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (pojďme Petra!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] (my loyalty is to VERA)

I'll post my semi-final preview tomorrow.

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6. Andrew's wishes
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6.1 Final-wish
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Petra Kvitová

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7. Women's Doubles: Third round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/


7.1 Third-round result (Tuesday 29th June 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[12], 6-3 6-2


7.2 Quarter-final draw
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1]

* (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] v Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay

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8. Women's Doubles: Third-round TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Benešová/Záhlavová Strýcová (Tuesday 29th June 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[12], 6-3 6-2

I saw this match on BBC Red Button. Less spectacular than Vera's first-round Mixed Doubles win the other day, this was a solid win over the Czech pair, of whom Iveta did not play well. The Russians went through the match unbroken, scoring one break late in the first set, and two more early in the second.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 11th April 2011), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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ZVONARË/VESNINA *_*_*_*@* 6
BENEŠOV/ZÁHLAVO _*_*_*___ 3

The match started at 16:51 BST.

Vesnina serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Benešová (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vesnina serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vesnina (GP #1). Held.

Benešová serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Vera serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #2). Broken.

Vesnina serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Vera/Vesnina). 40/15 (SP #2 for Vera/Vesnina). Vera/Vesnina won the first set 6-3 at 17:29 BST (38m).


Second set
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ZVONARË/VESNINA @*@*_*_* 6
BENEŠOV/ZÁHLAVO ____*_*_ 2

Benešová serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vesnina serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vesnina (GP #1). Held.

Záhlavová Strýcová serving 0-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 3-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová serving 0-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Benešová (GP #2). Held.

Vesnina serving 4-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Benešová/Záhlavová Strýcová serving 1-5: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 5-2 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Vera). Vera/Vesnina won 6-3 6-2 at 18:01 BST (second set 31m, match 1h10m).

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9. Girls' Singles: Second round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/gs/


9.1 Second-round results (Tuesday 29th June 2010)
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What rocked:
+ LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] d. Krista Hardebeck, 6-0 6-4
+ TÍMEA BABOS [3] d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-3 6-4
+ Irina Khromacheva d. Adriana Pérez, 6-4 6-3
+ Clothilde de Bernardi d. Ester Goldfeld, 6-4 6-4

I watched a repeat of Robson v Hardebeck casually on BBC Red Button, having missed the original transmission as it started and finished while I was watching Zvonarëva v Clijsters live.

It was a very junior performance by Robson: having smashed her 15-year-old opponent off the court in the first set and eased to a 6-0 2-1* lead, she then lost three games in a row to trail *2-4, before getting her act together to sweep the last four games. Robson is a player who tends to play to the level of her opponent, so I enjoy watching her play much more when she's up against quality-opposition who can bring the best out of her.

BBC commentator Liz Smylie said that Robson was not a great instinctive mover - particularly when it comes to the first couple of steps - and would never be one of the greatest movers like Clijsters, Henin or the Williams-sisters, but that her movement should improve as her career progresses, as Jennifer Capriati's has done.

What sucked:
- DARIA GAVRILOVA [16] lt. Sloane Stephens, 0-6 4-6
- Jovana Jakšić lt. SACHIE ISHIZU [10], 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 4-6


9.2 Third-round draw
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* LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] v AN-SOPHIE MESTACH [11] (c'mon Laura!)
* TÍMEA BABOS [3] v Sloane Stephens (hajrá Tímea!)
* Irina Khromacheva v Clothilde de Bernardi (may the better win)

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10. Order of play for Wednesday
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I look forward to watching:
* Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Williams×2 (first on Court 2);
* Robson v Mestach (second on Court 5);
* Dulko/Pennetta v Görges/Szávay (third on Court One).

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 9

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Semi-final preview: Zvonarëva v Pironkova
3. Women's Doubles: Quarter-finals
4. Women's Doubles: Quarter-final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Williams×2
5. Women's Doubles: Quarter-final TV-report: Dulko/Pennetta v Görges/Szávay
6. Girls' Singles: Third round
7. Girls' Singles: Third-round TV-report: Robson v Mestach
8. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 9:
* zvonareva
* vesnina

Various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF] and Elena Vesnina; Flavia Pennetta [DF] and Gisela Dulko [DF]; Julia Görges [DF] and Ágnes Szávay; Laura Robson [DF], Yaroslava Shvedova, Petra Kvitová, Tímea Babos:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-06-301.html

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2. Semi-final preview: Zvonarëva v Pironkova
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]

I have been wishing for a Zvonarëva v Pironkova semi-final ever since Ana Ivanović lost on Day 1. I never in my wildest dreams expected to get it!!

The BBC commentators all seem to think that Vera will win this because she's been around the upper echelons of women's tennis for several years now, and has far more big-match experience than Tsvetana. Tracy Austin said that Vera was very instinctive off the ground, now manages her emotions much better than in the past, and that perhaps her time has come.

Vera needs to avoid falling into the trap of, "I've just beaten Kim Clijsters - how can I lose to the world #82?" This is a golden opportunity for Vera to reach her first Major singles-final, and it would rankle in the mind perhaps forever if she were to blow it, but she has to forget about the occasion and just approach it as she would a second-round match in a WTA tournament.

Tsvetana is a very dangerous opponent, who has pulled off a handful of huge upsets in her career: Venus Williams at the Australian Open 2006 as well as Wimbledon 2010, Ivanović at Rome 2008 (shortly before Ana won the French Open), and Elena Dementieva at Warsaw 2010.

Tsvetana thrashed Vera 6-0 6-2 in their only previous meeting: the second round of Moscow 2009, which Vera needed to win if she was to qualify for the season-ending championships. Vera was struggling with the right-ankle injury that would require surgery one month later, and also with injuries to both knees. She was a pale shadow of her normal self, making a catalogue of unforced errors while Tsvetana was more aggressive.

Obviously, Tsvetana will be facing a very different Vera on Thursday, but it's always a psychological boost to go onto court with a win over your opponent.

Tsvetana moves extremely well for a tall girl (5'11"), and has a big first serve and a killer backhand. On the other hand, she has a weak second serve, and tends to steer her forehand rather than nailing it like her backhand. When approaching the net to Tsvetana's forehand, look for it to go crosscourt. Against Venus Williams, Tsvetana hit a lot of sliced forehands, and did a great job of mixing it up.

Tsvetana has a 28:14 win/loss record for 2010 so far, including her five wins here.

After a series of first- and second-round losses in January and February, Tsvetana won three matches to reach the second round of Indian Wells as a qualifier, losing 6-7 6-3 6-1 to #27 Alisa Kleybanova.

Tsvetana then reached the semi-finals of ITF Fort Walton Beach, but lost 6-4 6-4 to Sophie Ferguson. She won three matches to reach the second round of Miami, losing 3-6 6-3 6-4 to #2 Caroline Woźniacki.

After falling in the third round of qualifying for Barcelona, Tsvetana won four matches - all in straight sets against players outside the top 206 - to reach the second round of Stuttgart as a qualifier, but lost 6-2 6-2 to #7 Jelena Janković.

Tsvetana lost in the first rounds of qualifying for Rome and Madrid, then won five matches to reach the quarter-finals of Warsaw as a qualifier, beating #5 Elena Dementieva 7-5 4-6 6-4 in the second round, but losing 6-4 7-5 to the defending and eventual champion: #32 Alexandra Dulgheru. Tsvetana lost to #23 Justine Henin in the first round of the French Open.

Tsvetana beat #281 Katarina Srebotnik 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the first qualifying-round at Eastbourne, but then lost 2-6 6-3 6-4 to #344 Heather Watson!

Tsvetana has reached the semi-finals with the following results:
1r + #96 Anna Lapushchenkova, 6-0 7-6 (9/7)
2r + #56 Vera Dushevina, 6-3 6-4
3r + #69 Regina Kulikova, 6-4 2-0 retired (low-back injury)
4r + #13 MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S], 6-4 6-4
qf + #2 VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 6-2 6-3

Vera has reached the semi-finals with the following results:
1r + #177 Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1
2r + #147 Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4
3r + #18 YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF], 6-4 6-2
4r + #3 JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 3-0 retired
qf + #8 KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 6-4 6-2

Conclusion: Venus Williams failed to find a winning strategy against Tsvetana, but Vera is much smarter, and will. This is Vera's match to win or lose, and it will all come down to whether she will embrace the occasion, or feel the pressure and freeze. I'm quite sure that Tsvetana will embrace the occasion, as she has nothing to lose, and isn't the type of person to get intimidated.

One thing's for sure: it will be wonderful to see the winner of this match in the final on Saturday!

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3. Women's Doubles: Quarter-finals
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/wd/

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18083664


3.1 Quarter-final results (Wednesday 30th June 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1], 3-6 6-3 6-4

+ (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] d. Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay, 6-2 6-2


3.2 Semi-final draw
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Lemma: EF > DF×2

* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4]

* Yaroslava Shvedova/Vania King v (LIEZEL HUBER/BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS)[5]

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4. Women's Doubles: Quarter-final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Williams×2 (Wednesday 30th June 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1], 3-6 6-3 6-4

Vera and Elena put up an amazing performance to hand the Williams-sisters their first doubles-loss of 2010. Some people say that this is an even bigger shock than Venus losing to Tsvetana Pironkova in the singles, because many expected the Williams-sisters to win a calendar-year Grand Slam in Women's Doubles.

Indeed, the Williams-sisters started the match looking like they could dominate doubles for decades to come, as they combined one sister's serve with the other's intimidating presence at the net. They won the first set by virtue of a break of Vera's serve in the fourth game.

But the Russians executed great tactics in the second and third sets, such as using the 'I' formation on their first serves to keep the Williamses guessing, and intercepting the Williamses' crosscourt shots to hit winning volleys down the middle.

In the second set, the Russians saved a BP against Vera at *1-1 (30/40), and another three against Elena at *2-2 (30/40 + Ad×2). They then broke Venus for a *4-2 lead, and went on to win the second set by holding serve.

In the third set, Elena faced BP at *0-1 (30/40), but saved it with an ace down the middle. Then Vera broke Serena for *2-1 with the shot of the match: a gorgeous short-angled crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner!

Elena hit a high forehand volley-winner crosscourt to save break-back point against Vera at 1:1 *2-1 (30/40). The rest of the match went with serve, and it was Elena who had the honour of serving it out at *5-4.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 2nd May 2011), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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VESNINA/ZVONARË _*___*_*_ 3
WILLIAM/WILLIAM *_*@*_*_* 6

The match started at 12:15 BST.

Venus serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Elena serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Serena serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Venus serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Elena serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Serena serving 4-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Williams/Williams). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Venus serving 5-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #2 for Williams/Williams). Deuce #1. Ad Venus (SP #3 for Williams/Williams). Williams/Williams won the first set 6-3 at 12:47 BST (31m).


Second set
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VESNINA/ZVONARË *_*_*@*_* 6
WILLIAM/WILLIAM _*_*___*_ 3

Elena serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Venus serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Serena serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Elena serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Venus (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Elena (GP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Venus (BP #3). Deuce #4. Ad Elena (GP #2). Held.

Venus serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Vera serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Serena serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Elena serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Vera/Elena). Vera/Elena won the second set 6-3 at 13:31 BST (second set 44m, match so far 1h15m).


Third set
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VESNINA/ZVONARË _*@*_*_*_* 6
WILLIAM/WILLIAM *___*_*_*_ 4

Venus serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Elena serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Elena (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Elena (GP #2). Held.

Serena serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (GP #2). Held.

Venus serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Elena serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Elena (GP #2). Held.

Serena serving 2-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Venus serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Elena serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (MP #1 for Vera/Elena). Vera/Elena won 3-6 6-3 6-4 at 14:15 BST (third set 43m, match 1h59m).

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5. Women's Doubles: Quarter-final TV-report: Dulko/Pennetta v Görges/Szávay (Wednesday 30th June 2010)
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+ (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4] d. Julia Görges [DF]/Ágnes Szávay, 6-2 6-2

Featuring as it did three members of my demi-fanship, I decided to report on this match.

Dulko and Pennetta have a great understanding of each other. Görges and Szávay looked like two singles-players who aren't used to playing together.


First set
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DULKO/PENNE _*@*@*_* 6
GÖRGE/SZÁVA *_____*_ 2

The match was third on Court One, and started at 18:26 BST.

Görges serving 0-0: Görges's crosscourt forehand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 0/15. Pennetta netted an off-forehand volley after exchanging a series of crosscourt backhands with Görges's off-forehands. 15/15. Dulko forehand volley-winner down the line. 15/30. Görges hit a forehand smash-winner down the middle after she and Szávay both hit the same ball earlier in the rally! 30/30. Dulko crosscourt forehand return-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Pennetta netted a backhand return. Deuce #1. Görges's crosscourt forehand volley forced Dulko to net a forehand. Ad Görges (GP #1). Görges forehand long. Deuce #2. Görges hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, and there was a lovely smile on her face. Ad Görges (GP #2). Ace out wide: 111 mph. Held.

Pennetta serving 0-1: Görges, driven wide, netted a forehand. 15/0. Szávay dumped a high forehand volley into the net. 30/0. First serve out wide forced Görges to net a forehand return. 40/0 (GP #1). Pennetta on the third stroke hit a backhand long. 40/15 (GP #2). Görges's deep forehand forced Pennetta to hit one long. 40/30 (GP #3). Szávay's forehand forced Dulko to earth a backhand. Deuce #1. Görges forced a short ball, but sprayed a forehand long. Ad Pennetta (GP #4). Szávay backhand long. Held.

Szávay serving 1-1: Dulko's forehand forced Szávay to net a backhand volley. 0/15. Pennetta hit a down-the-line backhand long, and grimaced. 15/15. Szávay netted a forehand with Pennetta at the net. 15/30. Pennetta netted a backhand off a crosscourt backhand onto the sideline. 30/30. Dulko's forehand return forced Görges to hit a crosscourt forehand volley wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Dulko crosscourt backhand volley-winner. Broken.

Dulko serving 2-1: Double fault (second serve just long). Dulko/Pennetta wasted a challenge. 0/15. Dulko crosscourt forehand wide. 15/15. Dulko dumped a forehand halfway up the net, and muttered. 15/30. A great rally ended with Pennetta hitting a short-angled crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 30/30. Pennetta on the third stroke hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). A deep ball forced Dulko to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Body-jamming serve forced Görges to net an off-backhand return. Ad Dulko (GP #2). Service-winner down the middle. Held.

Görges serving 1-3: Double fault (second serve just wide). 0/15. Görges netted an easy-looking backhand volley. 0/30. First serve out wide: Dulko hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 0/40 (BP #1). Pennetta forced a floater, but hit a high forehand volley wide. 15/40 (BP #2). Görges pounced on a short, slow ball with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #3). First serve out wide forced a floater, but Görges dumped a forehand volley into the net. Broken.

A couple of terrible volleys by Görges, and you get the feeling she'll have to hit many more volleys in this match!

Pennetta serving 4-1: Görges's crosscourt forehand forced a floater, and Szávay dispatched it with an easy forehand smash-winner. 0/15. A long baseline-rally between Pennetta and Szávay ended with the latter hitting a forehand long. 15/15. Görges crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Szávay netted a makeable off-forehand return. 30/30. Görges, pushed back way behind the baseline by a deep shot, netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Pennetta's deep crosscourt backhand forced Szávay to hit a forehand long.

Szávay serving 1-5: Deep service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Dulko bisected Görges/Szávay with a beautiful crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/15. First serve out wide forced Dulko to stretch wide and net a forehand return. 30/15. Dulko netted a backhand off a deep ball. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep service-winner down the middle. Held.

Dulko serving 5-2: Szávay backhand just long. 15/0. Dulko had the initiative but netted a backhand volley. 15/15. Pennetta intercepted to hit a forehand volley at Szávay's feet. 30/15. Pennetta on the third stroke hit a wild forehand volley very long. 30/30. Szávay's deep backhand return forced Dulko to net a forehand. Deuce #1. Serve + deep forehand volley forced Görges to hit a forehand long. Ad Dulko (SP #1). Good first serve forced a short return, but Dulko sprayed a forehand long. Deuce #2. Szávay poached a ball that was going to Görges's backhand, but dumped a forehand into the net. Ad Dulko (SP #2). 81mph serve... Görges hit a backhand volley-winner down the middle. Deuce #3. Body-jamming first serve forced Görges to dump a forehand thirdway up the net. Ad Dulko (SP #3). Szávay had too much time to set up for a forehand, and hit it long. Dulko/Pennetta won the first set 6-2 at 19:02 BST (35m).


Second set
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DULKO/PENNE _*@*@*_* 6
GÖRGE/SZÁVA *_____*_ 2

Görges serving 0-0: Dulko dumped a forehand halfway up the net. 15/0. Pennetta netted a forehand - distracted by Dulko going for the same deep ball down the middle from Görges. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Szávay hit a delicate dropshot + forehand pass-winner down the line. Held.

Pennetta serving 0-1: Görges off-backhand just wide. 15/0. Görges mishit an off-backhand volley long and wide, and emitted a cute little squeal. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Görges to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Szávay crosscourt forehand return wide. Held.

Szávay serving 1-1: Dulko forehand lob just long. 15/0. Görges netted a backhand. 15/15. Dulko backhand just long. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Görges netted a high backhand volley. 40/30 (GP #2). Pennetta's backhand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. She apologised. Deuce #1. Görges netted a forehand volley, and gently tapped a forehand into the net in frustration. Ad Pennetta (BP #1). First serve out wide + down-the-line backhand forced Görges to earth a forehand volley. Broken.

Dulko serving 2-1: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Ace out wide was called wide. Dulko wasted a challenge. Second serve... Dulko forced a floater and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/0. Görges off-backhand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Pennetta on the third stroke hit a forehand volley-winner at Görges's feet. Held.

Görges serving 1-3: Double fault (second serve out wide). 0/15. Görges on the third stroke sprayed an off-forehand wide. 0/30. Double fault (second serve just long). 0/40 (BP #1). Szávay backhand volley-winner. 15/40 (BP #2). Service-winner. 30/40 (BP #3). Görges netted a forehand. Broken.

Görges's confidence has pretty much evaporated. Virginia Wade claimed that she didn't even know what she was trying to do out there.

Pennetta serving 4-1: Dulko forehand dropshot-winner. 15/0. Szávay backhand just long. 30/0. Dulko hit a lovely off-backhand volley-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Dulko hit a beautiful crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Held.

Szávay serving 1-5: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Dulko netted a backhand off a deep crosscourt backhand from Pennetta. 30/0. Görges netted a forehand. 30/15. Dulko netted a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Görges had to backstep to reach a lob, and dumped a forehand smash into the net. 40/30 (GP #2). Görges hit a gorgeous backhand drop-volley winner. Held.

Dulko serving 5-2: Dulko hit a delectable crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Szávay to hit a backhand return long. 30/0. Service-winner down the middle. 40/0 (MP #1 for Dulko/Pennetta). First serve halfway up the net. Second serve out wide: Szávay cracked a backhand return-winner down the line, but Dulko/Pennetta challenged it, and Hawk-Eye showed that it was long "by a country-mile". Dulko/Pennetta won 6-2 6-2 at 19:26 BST (second set 23m, match 58m).

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6. Girls' Singles: Third round
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/gs/


6.1 Third-round results (Wednesday 30th June 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Irina Khromacheva d. Clothilde de Bernardi, 6-3 6-3

What rocked:
+ LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] d. AN-SOPHIE MESTACH [11], 6-4 7-6 (7/2)

What sucked:
- TÍMEA BABOS [3] lt. Sloane Stephens, 2-6 6-3 6-8

Babos blew a 1:1 *5-2 lead with 2 MPs (Ad×2).

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7. Girls' Singles: Third-round TV-report: Robson v Mestach (Wednesday 30th June 2010)
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+ LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] d. AN-SOPHIE MESTACH [11], 6-4 7-6 (7/2)

This match was second on Court 5, and I joined it at 6-4 *2-3 - shortly after the end of Vera Zvonarëva and Elena Vesnina's big win over the Williams-sisters.

BBC Red Button presenter Rob Curling said that Robson had been treated for dehydration at the start of the second set. Commentator Virginia Wade suggested that Robson hadn't had time for a proper lunch, as the prior match on Court 5 had seen Kristýna Plíšková blitz Eleanor Dean 6-0 6-2 in 39 minutes.

I enjoyed this match much more than Robson's previous match against Krista Hardebeck, because the level of play was much higher. Robson showed her flairsome power and some good net-play, while Mestach is a talented player - if somewhat annoying with her Henin-esque shouts of "allez". In fact, Mestach reminds me a lot of Henin, albeit with a two-handed backhand.


Second set
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ROBSON _*__@*_*_*_*T 7
MESTAC *_*@__*_*_*__ 6

Robson serving 2-3: 40/0 (GP #1). First serve out wide forced a short return, but Robson netted a backhand. 40/15 (GP #2). A longish rally ended with Robson dumping a forehand into the net. 40/30 (GP #3). First serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. Held.

Mestach serving 3-3: Mestach on the fourth stroke netted a backhand. 0/15. Mestach's crosscourt forehand forced Robson to slice a backhand just wide. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Robson to mishit a backhand return very long. 30/15. Robson on the fourth stroke hit a backhand just long. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve out wide: Robson hit a down-the-line backhand winner onto the baseline. 40/30 (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Robson to hit a forehand return long.

Robson serving 4-3: Service-winner. 15/0. Robson's off-backhand induced Mestach to net a backhand. 30/0. Mestach crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand forced Robson to net a running forehand. 30/15. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide forced Mestach to hit a forehand return long. Held.

Mestach serving 4-4: Robson forced a floater, and dispatched it with a beautiful off-forehand drive-volley winner. 0/15. Mestach's deep crosscourt backhand forced Robson to net a forehand. 15/15. Robson ran around her backhand but netted a forehand return. 30/15. Mestach hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line, and shouted "allez!" 40/15 (GP #1). Robson's deep forehand return forced Mestach to net a forehand. 40/30 (GP #2). Robson went to the net, but Mestach hit a down-the-line backhand pass for a virtual winner (Robson stretched wide and just managed to clip it with her racket). Held.

Robson serving 4-5: First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide - right in the corner - forced Mestach to net a backhand return. 30/0. Mestach left Robson standing with a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Robson. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide induced Mestach to net a backhand return - she didn't move her feet. 40/15 (GP #1). Robson hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. 40/30 (GP #2). Mestach hit a crosscourt forehand + off-forehand winner, and shouted "allez". Deuce #1. A great rally ended with Mestach falling over at the net as Robson hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. Good retrieving by Mestach in that rally. Ad Robson (GP #2). Ace down the middle. Held.

Mestach serving 5-5: First serve out wide forced Robson to net a forehand. 15/0. Robson's deep crosscourt backhand forced Mestach to net a forehand. 15/15. Ace down the middle: on the service-line. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide - on the service-line - forced Robson to net a forehand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Robson went to the net behind a crosscourt forehand, and hit an easy off-backhand volley-winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Deep first serve forced Robson to hit a wild backhand return very long. She had a bit of a whinge to the umpire (no Hawk-Eye on Court 5). Held.

Robson serving 5-6: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Robson backhand just wide. 15/15. Mestach went to the net and hit a backhand volley-winner down the line. 15/30. Robson netted a forehand, and Mestach shouted "allez". 15/40 (SP #1 for Mestach). Ace #8: out wide, just inside the sideline. 30/40 (SP #2 for Mestach). First serve out wide forced Mestach to hit a crosscourt backhand return wide. Deuce #1. Deep first serve forced Mestach to hit a backhand long. Ad Robson (GP #1). Robson forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Robson/Mestach):
{0/0*} Deep second serve: Robson hit a backhand return-winner down the line.
{*1/0} First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand back behind Mestach forced Mestach to net a backhand.
{*2/0} Double fault (second serve just long).
{2/1*} Mestach's backhand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side.
{3/1*} Robson hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line: just inside the sideline, and so sweetly struck!
{*4/1} Ace down the middle.
{5/1*} Deep first serve down the middle, curling away from Mestach, forced Mestach to earth a backhand return.
{6/1*: MP #1 for Robson} First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner.
{6/2*: MP #2 for Robson} Robson finished in style with a short-angled crosscourt backhand to set up high off-forehand volley-winner. Robson won 6-4 7-6 (7/2) at 14:54 BST (second set 55m, match 1h44m).

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8. Order of play for Thursday
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Centre Court (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. WS sf: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]
2. WS sf: Petra Kvitová v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
3. MD sf: Juan Ignacio Chela/Eduardo Schwank v (ROBERT LINDSTEDT/HORIA TECAU)[16]

Sadly, Robson v Moore is second on Court 12, so I might watch whatever might remain of it after Zvonarëva v Pironkova, as a nice little zwischenzug before joining Kvitová v Williams.

Croft/Maleeva v Navrátilová/Novotná (dynamically scheduled not before 17:00) is a blast from the past for me, as I had schoolboy-crushes on Magdalena Maleeva and Jana Novotná back in 1993.

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 10

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva v Pironkova
3. Semi-final TV-report: Kvitová v S.Williams
4. Girls' Singles: Quarter-finals
5. Girls' Singles: Quarter-final TV-report: Robson v Moore
6. Order of play for Friday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 10:
* zvonareva
* pironkova
* robson
* kvitova

Various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], Laura Robson [DF], Petra Kvitová, Jana Novotná, Magdalena Maleeva, Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis, and Annabel Croft:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-07-011.html

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2. Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva v Pironkova (Thursday 1st July 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], 3-6 6-3 6-2

This promised to be a mouth-watering match between two of the most flairsomely talented and attractive players, and it didn't disappoint, as Vera and Tsvetana produced a contest worthy of a Major semi-final.

Tsvetana went onto court fired up, smiling, and ready to embrace the occasion. She played an uninhibitedly brilliant first set, with her explosive first serve and killer backhand in fine form. Even her forehand was a weapon, as she mixed it up by walloping some and slicing others, disrupting Vera's rhythm.

I only saw the second set of Tsvetana's quarter-final win over Venus Williams - and only recorded - because it clashed with Vera's quarter-final, but there's nothing like watching her play live against a member of my Eternal Fanship to appreciate how good she really is.

I must confess that enjoyed watching Tsvetana's performance, even though it was threatening to beat her. I've admired Tsvetana's beauty for several years now, and promoted her to my demi-fanship in 2008 based on Passion alone, but now I definitely admire her tennis as well. While I'm not planning to induct any more players into my Eternal Fanship for the foreseeable future, Tsvetana has certainly laid down a marker for me to consider, the next time I contemplate inducting someone.

Vera found herself facing BP×3 at *2-3 (0/40), after Tsvetana had played three good points: the last of them an off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. Vera saved the first BP with an ace out wide, but was beaten by a dead netcord winner on the second.

Vera couldn't recover that break, and in due course, Tsvetana had three SPs at *5-3 (40/0). Vera saved the first with a dropshot-winner (Tsvetana almost ran into the net trying to reach it). Tsvetana wasted the second SP by netting a choky backhand, but got away with a woefully short second serve on the third SP, as Vera netted a backhand several strokes later.

In the second set, Vera raised her level, while Tsvetana's level dropped. A few unforced errors were creeping into Tsvetana's game that she just wasn't making in that fairy-tale first set.

Tsvetana came through a tough service-game of two deuces at 6-3 *1-2, with Vera hitting a cheap forehand long at Deuce #1.

The key game came on Tsvetana's serve at 6-3 *2-3. Vera pegged Tsvetana back to Deuce with an 82mph off-backhand winner, saved a second GP, forced her first BP of the match, and converted it with a great spreading rally, finishing with an off-backhand winner.

And so Vera came to serve for the second set at *5-3. She served it out to 15, finishing with a dead netcord winner to atone for the one that had broken her serve in the first set.

Starting the third set with power and precision, Vera broke to 30 in the opening game. Tsvetana lost her footing and had a nasty-looking fall just as Vera moved to *1-0 (30/0) with an off-forehand winner, but Tsvetana was okay, and the fall appeared to have distracted Vera as she double-faulted and netted a forehand for 30/30. She nevertheless consolidated the break: 2-0*.

Vera had further BPs at 1:1 2-0* (40/15*), but Vera wasted them with two backhand errors - one forced, one not - and Tsvetana held for 1-2*.

Vera appeared to be faltering as she sprayed a wild off-forehand long at 1:1 *2-1 (30/15), but Tsvetana let her off the hook with two unforced backhand errors, and looked very disappointed.

Vera saved GP at 1:1 3-1* (30/40*) by winning a nailbiting rally with an amazing crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. Vera's dipping crosscourt backhand pass set up BP, which she converted when Tsvetana hit a wild backhand very long: *4-1.

With Vera's grunting sounding increasingly anxious, she found herself facing BP×2 at 1:1 *4-1 (15/40), but Tsvetana made two return-errors - one forced, one not - and then Vera held serve with two backhand winners down the line: the first being a drive-volley.

Tsvetana took one last chance to shine at 1:1 *1-5, hitting a crosscourt backhand winner onto the baseline, and a beautiful off-backhand winner just inside both sideline and baseline.

Serving for the match at 1:1 *5-2, Vera started by winning an amazing rally with an off-forehand winner! She had her first MP at 40/15, but another amazing rally ended with Tsvetana hitting a dropshot and Vera hitting a makeable forehand pass just long. At 40/30 (MP #2), a first serve out wide + off-forehand forced Tsvetana to earth a backhand.

Vera was very calm and composed throughout the match. The old Vera would have got upset about the netcord that broke her serve in the first set, and no doubt numerous other issues, but as Simon Reed put it: "She countered the demons that she had within her, and they didn't become a factor at all."

I hope and expect that Tsvetana can use her Wimbledon-run as a launching-pad for a much better career than the one she had before Wimbledon. I've never seen her play with so much confidence before; she looks strong mentally, and her game doesn't look like the kind of game that easily dissolves into a stream of unforced errors.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 26th July 2011 - yes, that's over a year from now), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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ZVONARËVA _*_*___*_ 3
PIRONKOVA *_*_*@*_* 6

The match started at 13:09 BST.

Tsvetana serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Tsvetana serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Tsvetana). 40/15 (SP #2 for Tsvetana). 40/30 (SP #3 for Tsvetana). Tsvetana won the first set 6-3 at 13:41 BST (31m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA *_*_*@*_* 6
PIRONKOVA _*_*___*_ 3

Vera serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Tsvetana (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Tsvetana (GP #3). Held.

Vera serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Tsvetana serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Tsvetana (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 4-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Tsvetana serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Vera). Vera won the second set 6-3 at 14:17 BST (second set 36m, match so far 1h08m).


Third set
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ZVONARËVA @*_*@*_* 6
PIRONKOVA __*___*_ 2

Tsvetana serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 0-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Tsvetana (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 4-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Tsvetana serving 1-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 5-2 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vera). 40/30 (MP #1 for Vera). Vera won 3-6 6-3 6-2 at 14:55 BST (third set 38m, match 1h46m).

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3. Semi-final TV-report: Kvitová v S.Williams (Thursday 1st July 2010)
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- Petra Kvitová lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 6-7 (5/7) 2-6

Kvitová made a flying 4-2* start, but lost 3 games in a row to trail *4-5. She made a fight of it at the end of the first set and beginning of the second, but lost the last 5 games of the match from 0:1 2-1*.

Williams served very well, but looked surprisingly vulnerable in many of the baseline-rallies. I got the impression that she wasn't moving at 100%.

One of the best rallies of the tournament occurred at 0:1 *2-4 (30/40): a long, meaty baseline-rally that got the crowd "ooh"ing and "aah"ing, and ended with Kvitová forcing a short ball and hitting an off-forehand winner into the corner.

There are two things I like about Kvitová. One is her go-for-broke left-handed game; the other is the cute little yelps and barks that she emits when she wins certain points!


First set
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KVITOVÁ _*_*@*___*_*_ 6
WILLIAM *_*___*@*_*_T 7

I missed the first game and a half as I was watching the end of Robson v Moore.

Kvitová serving 0-1: 15/30. Kvitová forced a short ball, and hit a high crosscourt forehand winner off the bounce. 30/30. Williams's deep crosscourt backhand forced Kvitová to hit a forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Kvitová's depth forced Williams to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Kvitová forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Kvitová (GP #1). She went to the net, inducing Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand pass wide. Held.

David Mercer: "Any thoughts that [Kvitová] might be overawed have been dispelled: she's hitting the ball very nicely."

Williams serving 1-1: First serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a forehand return. 15/0. Kvitová crosscourt forehand just long. 30/0. Service-winner out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Kvitová hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/15 (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Williams to net a backhand return. 40/30 (GP #3). Williams crosscourt forehand wide. Held.

Kvitová serving 1-2: Kvitová crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Williams forehand just long. 30/0. Aggressive, deep second serve out wide: forehand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle - on the service-line - forced Williams to net a forehand return. Held.

Williams serving 2-2: Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). 0/15. Ace out wide: right in the corner. 15/15. Williams went to the net, but Kvitová hit a sharp-angled crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/30. Williams hit an off-backhand winner back behind Kvitová. 30/30. Williams forehand just long. 30/40 (BP #1). Kvitová went to the net behind a crosscourt backhand winner, but it was too weak: Williams hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. Deuce #1. Service-winner out wide. Ad Williams (GP #1). Body-jamming return forced Williams to net a forehand. Deuce #2. Kvitová went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner. Ad Kvitová (BP #2). Kvitová's deep backhand return induced Williams to net a backhand.

Kvitová's looking very much on top of her game so far. Williams is looking much less awesome than she did in her first four matches (I watched all of those, but not her quarter-final).

Kvitová serving 3-2: Williams hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 0/15. Kvitová went to the net, hit a "ridiculously good" backhand drop-volley winner, and celebrated with a massive fist-pump. 15/15. Kvitová went to the net, but hit a backhand just long. 15/30. Kvitová went to the net and hit a deep crosscourt forehand, forcing Williams to net a backhand. 30/30. Kvitová hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Kvitová on the third stroke hit a backhand just long. Deuce #1. Service-winner out wide: Williams netted a forehand return. Kvitová pumped her fist, and emitted a cute little yelp. Ad Kvitová (GP #1). Kvitová tried to serve and volley, but Williams's dipping return forced her to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #2. Double fault (second serve long). Ad Williams (BP #1). Second serve: Williams hit a backhand long. Kvitová reacted with a loud yelp. Deuce #3. Deep serve induced Williams to hit a forehand long. Ad Kvitová (GP #2). Second serve out wide: Williams netted a backhand, and emitted a cute, high-pitched bark. Held.

It's like they're a couple of dogs, in terms of the noises with which they react to winning (Kvitová) or losing (Williams) points!

Williams serving 2-4: First serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a backhand return. 15/0. Williams went to the net, forcing Kvitová to hit a forehand pass wide. 30/0. Williams waited for a PA announcement to finish. 30/0. Kvitová went to the net, but an awkward little lob from Williams forced her to net a backhand volley. She threw her racket. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Kvitová serving 4-3: Williams's deep crosscourt forehand forced Kvitová to hit a backhand wide. 0/15. Ace out wide: on the sideline. Kvitová reacted with a loud bark! 15/15. Williams's deep crosscourt forehand return forced Kvitová to net a backhand. 15/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to hit a backhand return long. 30/30. Deep first serve forced Williams to hit a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Williams's deep forehand return forced Kvitová to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Kvitová crosscourt forehand wide. Ad Williams (BP #1). Kvitová dumped a wild off-forehand low into the net. Broken.

Williams serving 4-4: First serve out wide forced Kvitová to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Body-jamming serve: Kvitová mishit a short forehand return-winner onto the sideline. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Kvitová to hit a backhand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Double fault (second serve into the net). 40/30 (GP #2). Ace down the middle: on the centre-line, curling away from Kvitová. Kvitová wasted a challenge: Hawk-Eye showed that it caught about 2% of the breadth of the sideline. Held.

Kvitová serving 4-5: Williams backhand just long. 15/0. First serve out wide: backhand return just long. 15/15. Williams opened up the court, but incredibly netted a crosscourt backhand that looked like an easy put-away. 30/15. Kvitová's deep crosscourt forehand forced Williams to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Kvitová went to the net, and hit a crisp off-forehand volley-winner just inside the baseline. Held.

Kvitová's doing very well to hang on in this set after losing the break and the momentum.

Williams serving 5-5: First serve out wide forced Kvitová to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Kvitová to hit a crosscourt forehand return wide. 30/0. Williams ran down a short ball and netted a backhand. 30/15. First serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a backhand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Williams forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Kvitová serving 5-6: Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Kvitová hit a deep backhand down the middle, inducing Williams to net a forehand. 30/0. Williams blasted a crosscourt forehand return just wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide: Williams hit a crosscourt forehand return-winner into the corner. 40/15 (GP #2). In a longish baseline-rally, Kvitová's short-angled crosscourt forehand to the sideline forced Williams to net a sliced backhand. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Kvitová/Williams):
{0/0*} Deep first serve down the middle forced Kvitová to net a forehand return. Kvitová wasted a challenge: the serve was plumb on the line.
{*0/1} Kvitová sprayed a forehand long.
{*0/2} Williams's crosscourt backhand pushed Kvitová into the tramlines, forcing her to net a forehand.
{0/3*} First serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a forehand return.
{0/4*} Ace out wide: on the sideline. Kvitová made a successful challenge: it was 5mm wide according to Hawk-Eye.
Kvitová went to the net behind an acute-angled crosscourt forehand, and hit a low forehand volley-winner into the space it created.
{*1/4} Ace out wide.
{*2/4} Kvitová hit a crosscourt backhand wide, and emitted a cute little yelp.
{3/4*} Kvitová hit an off-forehand wide, and screamed!
{3/5*} Deep first serve down the middle - on the service-line - forced Kvitová to bunt a backhand return long.
{*3/6: SP #1 for Williams} Williams netted a forehand.
{*4/6: SP #2 for Williams} Deep first serve down the middle forced Williams to hit a crosscourt backhand return wide.
{5/6*: SP #3 for Williams} First serve out wide forced Kvitová to net a backhand return. Williams won the first set 7-6 at 16:14 BST (58m).


Second set
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WILLIAM _*_*@*@* 6
KVITOVÁ *_*_____ 2

Kvitová serving 0-0: 15/15. Williams dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 30/15. Kvitová crosscourt forehand + forehand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #1). Williams's off-backhand forced Kvitová to net a forehand. 40/30 (GP #2). Kvitová sliced a forehand long. Deuce #1. Kvitová ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt forehand. David Mercer: "Even I could have run down that dropshot - and I've got two artificial knees!" Ad Kvitová (GP #3). Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #2. Ace down the middle: on the centre-line. Kvitová emitted another bark. Ad Kvitová (GP #4). First serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

Williams serving 0-1: Deep first serve out wide forced Kvitová to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. Williams crosscourt forehand just wide. 15/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Kvitová to earth a forehand return. 30/15. Williams forced a short return, but dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 30/30. Ace down the middle. 40/30 (GP #1). Kvitová netted a forehand. Held.

David Mercer: "If she can sort out that forehand, boy, what a prospect!"

Kvitová serving 1-1: Williams netted a backhand. 15/0. Kvitová's sliced forehand forced Williams to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Williams backhand just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle: on the centre-line. Held.

Williams serving 1-2: Ace down the middle. 15/0. Kvitová off-forehand wide. 30/0. Ace down the middle: deep in the corner. 40/0 (GP #1). Kvitová dumped a forehand halfway up the net - off a mildly awkward crosscourt backhand from Williams. Held.

Kvitová serving 2-2: Williams's deep return forced Kvitová down on one knee to hit a backhand long. 0/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 0/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to mishit a forehand return out of sight. Kvitová barked. 15/30. Kvitová went to the net, forced a short floater, and dispatched it with a high forehand volley-winner. 30/30. Williams's deep forehand return forced Kvitová to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams's depth induced Kvitová to net a forehand. Broken.

Kvitová's level has really dropped, after she played so well in the first set. Williams is serving supremely, but looking vulnerable when she gets into a rally, which is an encouraging sign for Vera in the final!

Williams serving 3-2: Ace out wide. 15/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/15. Kvitová went to the net, forcing Williams to net a backhand. 15/30. Kvitová slipped over, giving Williams a crosscourt backhand winner into the open court. 30/30. Deep first serve down the middle forced Kvitová to net a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Kvitová's deep crosscourt forehand forced Williams to net a one-handed backhand. Kvitová barked. Deuce #1. Service-winner out wide. Ad Williams (GP #1). Kvitová backhand long. Held.

Kvitová serving 2-4: Kvitová forehand very long. 0/15. Williams backhand just long. 15/15. Williams's deep crosscourt forehand forced Kvitová to net a backhand. 15/30. Williams netted a backhand. 30/30. Double fault (second serve long). 30/40 (BP #1). A long, meaty baseline-rally ended with Kvitová forcing a short ball and hitting an off-forehand winner into the corner. Prolonged applause for the best rally of the match by far. Lindsay Davenport even went so far as to claim that it was the best women's rally of the tournament so far! Deuce #1. Kvitová crosscourt forehand wide. Ad Williams (BP #2). Double fault (second serve into the net, would also have been wide). Broken.

What a shame. Kvitová won an amazing rally at 30/40, only to follow it up with two awful points, and with the way Williams is serving, we might as well write her name in the final now.

Williams serving 5-2: Deep first serve down the middle. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (MP #1 for Williams). Kvitová's deep crosscourt backhand induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 40/15 (MP #2 for Williams). First serve out wide: Kvitová stretched wide to get a crosscourt forehand return in play, and Williams hit a forehand long. 40/30 (MP #3 for Williams). Williams's backhand clipped the netcord, deserved to fall back on her side, but dribbled over and dropped dead for a winner. Try as she might, Kvitová couldn't get her racket on the ball before the second bounce. Williams won 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 at 16:48 BST (second set 34m, match 1h33m).

The BBC commentators predicted a great future for Kvitová, with many more Major semi-finals to come.

Williams's BBC interview: "It definitely wasn't easy. I didn't expect to get this far after the way I started this tournament - I just felt off. One rally that Petra won [no doubt referring to 1:0 4-2* (40/30*)] was really exciting. Every win I can get, I can use it to help people who are less fortunate than I am. Vera's a great player. I've had some unbelievably tough matches against her. I've got nothing to lose going into the final, and neither does she."

I hate Williams's false modesty there - after her ruthless 6-0 6-1 second-round drubbing of Anna Chakvetadze!

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4. Girls' Singles: Quarter-finals
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This section presents my selections – for the full draw, see:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/gs/

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18090594


4.1 Quarter-final results (Thursday 1st July 2010)
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What rocked:
+ LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] d. Tara Moore 7-5 6-1

What sucked:
- Irina Khromacheva lt. SACHIE ISHIZU [10]


4.2 Semi-final draw
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* YULIA PUTINTSEVA [15] v KRISTÝNA PLÍŠKOVÁ [9]
* LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] v SACHIE ISHIZU [10]

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5. Girls' Singles: Quarter-final TV-report: Robson v Moore (Thursday 1st July 2010)
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+ LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] d. Tara Moore 7-5 6-1

I watched most of the second set live on BBC Red Button after Zvonarëva v Pironkova, but it seems that the first set was the more interesting: Moore broke for *2-1, and Robson went *3-5 down as a result - before reeling off 9 games in a row to lead 7-5 5-0*.


Second set
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ROBSO *@*@*_* 6
MOORE _____*_ 1

Moore serving 0-1: 30/30. Double fault #2 (second serve just wide). 30/40 (BP #1). Robson punished Moore's weak second serve with a crosscourt backhand winner into the corner. Broken.

Robson serving 2-0: Robson sprayed a crosscourt backhand wide. 0/15. Ace down the middle. 15/15. Moore went to the net, forcing Robson to hit a backhand long. 15/30. Moore backhand long. 30/30. Robson netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Robson netted a forehand off a mildly awkward deep crosscourt backhand return. Deuce #1. Robson hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: on the sideline. Ad Robson (GP #1). Ace out wide. Held.

Moore serving 0-3: Moore's deep forehand induced Robson to hit a forehand long. Moore went to the net, forcing Robson to hit a crosscourt backhand pass wide. 15/15. Ace out wide. 30/15. Robson hit a crosscourt backhand winner deep into the corner. 30/30. Robson's hard, deep crosscourt backhand forced Moore to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Moore slapped a forehand into the net). Broken.

Moore is playing very poorly from what I've seen so far. Sam Smith said she was a good shotmaker, but lacked a good middle game.

Robson is playing very well, and very solidly. She's not trying to hit a winner on every point, but still looking as flairsome as she did in her third round and not in her second round.

Robson serving 4-0: First serve out wide forced Moore to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. Robson crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Robson went to the net, and hit an amazing high backhand volley-winner crosscourt. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Moore serving 0-5: First serve forced a very short return, which Moore dispatched with an off-forehand winner. 15/0. Deep first serve induced Robson to hit a forehand return very long. 30/0. Robson forehand long. 30/15. Second-serve ace out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Moore opened up the court and hit a beautiful crosscourt backhand winner. Held.

Robson serving 5-1: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/15. Robson's deep backhand forced Moore to net a backhand. 40/15 (MP #1 for Robson). Deep first serve down the middle forced Moore to earth a forehand return. Robson won 7-5 6-1 at 15:17 BST (second set 21m, match 57m), and there was a big smile on her face.

Robson's BBC interview: "She was playing really well in the first set. I knew she was a good player: she can hit the ball so hard, especially off her forehand. When I went a break down, I thought, 'Stick in there; make more balls in the court.' I've obviously improved since then [Wimbledon 2008], but in terms of my routines and stuff, everything's the same."

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6. Order of play for Friday
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Court One (start 13:00 BST = 12:00 GMT)
1. WD sf: Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4]
2. WD sf: Yaroslava Shvedova/Vania King v (LIEZEL HUBER/BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS)[5]
3. XD sf: (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/LUKÁŠ DLOUHÝ)[9] v (CARA BLACK/LEANDER PAES)[2]
4. XD sf: (RENNAE STUBBS/MARCELO MELO)[10] v (LISA RAYMOND/WESLEY MOODIE)[11]

They've scheduled Vera against Laura Robson yet again (the Robson v Ishizu semi-final is second on Court 12).

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 11

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Singles: Final-preview: Zvonarëva v S.Williams
3. Women's Doubles: Semi-finals
4. Women's Doubles: Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Dulko/Pennetta
5. Girls' Singles: Semi-finals
6. Girls' Singles: Semi-final TV-report: Robson v Ishizu
7. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 11:
* zvonareva
* robson
* novotna

Various players including Vera Zvonarëva and Elena Vesnina; Gisela Dulko [DF] and Flavia Pennetta [DF]; Laura Robson [DF]; Yaroslava Shvedova; Jana Novotná; Kristýna Plíšková:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-07-021.html

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2. Women's Singles: Final-preview: Zvonarëva v S.Williams
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]

The BBC analysts are talking about Williams as though her name were already engraved on the roll of honour for 2010, calling Vera "not just an outsider, but a super-outsider".

I totally disagree with this assessment. Williams is serving the best I've ever seen her serve, and was utterly ruthless and devastating in her first two matches here, but from the third round onwards, she has looked vulnerable when her opponents have managed to engage her in rallies, often failing to get into position, and hence making errors. She has even admitted that she isn't on top form, and claimed that she is surprised to be in the final again.

So the key for Vera will be to get a high percentage of service-returns back into court, and build the points from there using her instinctive groundstrokes of flairsome power. Vera has excellent lateral retrieval, so that will help her to return the huge serves, and will make Williams feel that she has to go for the lines with her groundstrokes.

Vera is 1:5 against Williams in their head-to-head:
- 2002 French Open 4r: Williams won 4-6 6-0 6-1
- 2004 Los Angeles qf: Williams won 4-6 6-3 6-3
- 2004 Beijing sf: Williams won 6-2 6-3
+ 2006 Cincinnati sf: Vera won 6-2 6-3
- 2007 US Open: 3r: Williams won 6-4 7-6 (7/4)
- 2008 Charleston final: Williams won 6-4 3-6 6-3

Williams has a 24:4 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her six wins here). After being resoundingly defeated by #5 Elena Dementieva in the Sydney final (6-3 6-2), she won her fifth Australian Open title, beating surprise finalist Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a high-quality final.

Williams didn't play again until Rome, where she reached the semi-finals but lost to #7 Jelena Janković 4-6 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals. She lost 4-6 6-2 6-3 to #18 Nadia Petrova at Madrid, and alternated struggles with blistering wins at the French Open, finally falling 6-2 6-7 8-6 to #7 Samantha Stosur after wasting a match-point in their quarter-final.

Williams has reached the final with the following results:
1r + #148 Michelle Larcher de Brito, 6-0 6-4
2r + #118 Anna Chakvetadze [EF], 6-0 6-1
3r + #46 Dominika Cibulková, 6-0 7-5
4r + #17 MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF], 7-6 (11/9) 6-4
qf + #12 LI,NA [9], 7-5 6-3
sf + #62 Petra Kvitová, 7-6 (7/5) 6-2

Vera has reached the final with the following results:
1r + #177 Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-4 6-1
2r + #147 Andrea Hlaváčková [Q], 6-1 6-4
3r + #18 YANINA WICKMAYER [15,DF], 6-4 6-2
4r + #3 JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 3-0 retired
qf + #8 KIM CLIJSTERS [8], 3-6 6-4 6-2
sf + #82 Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], 3-6 6-3 6-2

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3. Women's Doubles: Semi-finals
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3.1 Semi-final results (Friday 2nd July 2010)
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Lemma: EF > DF×2

+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4], 6-3 6-1

+ Yaroslava Shvedova/Vania King d. (LIEZEL HUBER/BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS)[5], 6-4 6-4

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18095068


3.2 Final-draw
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v Yaroslava Shvedova/Vania King

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4. Women's Doubles: Semi-final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Dulko/Pennetta (Friday 2nd July 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina d. (GISELA DULKO [DF]/FLAVIA PENNETTA [DF])[4], 6-3 6-1

Vera and Elena followed up their sensational win over the Williams-sisters with another brilliant performance, as the played perfectly in tandem, and had too much power for Gisela and Flavia, who have won Premier doubles-titles together at Miami, Stuttgart and Rome this year.

Vera made a full effort in this match, rather than trying to save herself for the Women's Singles final by not running balls down.

The final scoreline may look very one-sided, but the first seven games were extremely hard-fought, with the Russians wasting 4 BPs in Flavia's opening service-game (0-0*), and one more against Gisela's serve before Elena converted their sixth BP of the match with a backhand volley-winner down the middle: *2-1.

Vera saved 4 BPs on her own serve before Flavia broke back with a forehand punch-volley winner down the middle: *2-2. It looked as though the I-formation - which had done so much damage against the Williams-sisters - wasn't going to work against Gisela and Flavia.

The Russians wasted BP×2 at *2-2 (15/40) before breaking Flavia anyway for *3-2. The Russians wasted BP×3 at 4-2* before Gisela held to make it *4-3.

After that, Gisela and Flavia's resistance crumbled, as the Russians won seven games in a row to lead 6-3 5-0* before Flavia held serve - incredibly for her first time in the match - to make it a breadstick rather than a bagel.

During those seven games, Vera sealed the first set with a backhand winner down the line, hit a gorgeous short-angled crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner to take a 1:0 1-0* lead, and a crosscourt forehand volley-winner to take the 6-3 *5-0 lead.

With Vera serving for the match at *5-1, Elena hit three volley-winners for 40/15, and Vera hit a beautiful rolled crosscourt forehand volley to set up a thunderous crosscourt backhand drive-volley for Elena.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date (ETA 9th August 2011 - yes, that's over a year from now), because, with Vera being a member of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract much more detail from the match before I release my point-by-point description.


First set
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ZVONA/VESNI _*@_@*_*@ 6
DULKO/PENNE *__@__*__ 3

The match started at 13:12 BST.

Flavia serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Vera (BP #4). Deuce #4. Ad Flavia (GP #1). Held.

Elena serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Elena (GP #2). Held.

Gisela serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Flavia (BP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Flavia (BP #4). Deuce #3. Ad Flavia (BP #5). Broken.

Flavia serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #3). Broken.

Elena serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Gisela serving 2-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Gisela (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flavia serving 3-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Vera/Elena). Vera/Elena won the first set 6-3 at 13:55 BST (42m).


Second set
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ZVONA/VESNI *@*@*_* 6
DULKO/PENNE _____*_ 1

Elena serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flavia serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 2-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Gisela serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Elena serving 4-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flavia serving 0-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 5-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Vera/Elena). Vera/Elena won 6-3 6-1 at 14:19 BST (second set 23m, match 1h06m).

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5. Girls' Singles: Semi-finals
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5.1 Semi-final results (Friday 2nd July 2010)
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What rocked:
+ KRISTÝNA PLÍŠKOVÁ [9] d. YULIA PUTINTSEVA [15], 6-1 6-4

What sucked:
- LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] lt. SACHIE ISHIZU [10], 5-7 6-7 (5/7)

Sadly, Plíšková v Putintseva had a 11:00 BST start, so I only got to watch it from 11:50, when Plíšková was already 1:0 2-2* up.

Plíšková had too much firepower, experience and height for Putintseva, who did a lot of shouting, and fiddling with her hair between points. When Plíšková broke for *3-2, Putintseva tried to break her racket, and also threw it when she lost the match. She certainly competed with might and mane!


5.2 Final-draw
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* KRISTÝNA PLÍŠKOVÁ [9] v SACHIE ISHIZU [10]

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6. Girls' Singles: Semi-final TV-report: Robson v Ishizu (Friday 2nd July 2010)
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- LAURA ROBSON [8,DF] lt. SACHIE ISHIZU [10], 5-7 6-7 (5/7)

I've never seen Robson with such negative body-language as she showed in this match. I joined it at 5-7 *2-3 (after Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Dulko/Pennetta), and in the very first game that I saw, she looked close to tears, and reacted to errors by hitting her head with her racket and kicking a ball away in frustration. Later, she was throwing her racket, doubling over with emotion after making errors, and looking close to tears - perhaps even /in/ tears - on several occasions.

I have to give Ishizu credit for outplaying Robson with her flat, penetrating groundstrokes, but Robson certainly did herself no favours by playing with that attitude, and by showing negative body-language to Ishizu, who struggled with nerves when she was ahead, Robson probably gave Ishizu a massive confidence-boost.

Robson served for both sets at *5-4, with SP×2 at 0:1 *5-4 (40/15), and led 5/2* in the tiebreak, but Ishizu relaxed and played her best tennis to save the SPs, while the blown tiebreak-lead was much more of a choke by Robson.

While it's only natural for a tennis-player to want to return to scenes of former glories, for Robson to play the Wimbledon Girls' Singles at 16, having won it at 14, was almost a no-win situation, because everybody expected her to win it again, and she put herself under so much pressure to win it again, because failure to do so would imply that she'd actually gone backwards from 14 to 16.

Having watched Robson's Women's Singles matches against Daniela Hantuchová, Stefanie Vögele, Yanina Wickmayer and Jelena Janković, I'm in no doubt that she's hitting the ball much better since she won the Wimbledon 2008 Girls' Singles, but she's no longer the happy-go-lucky girl that she was at 14.

Robson looked like she could do with reading "Pressure is a Privilege". While I stop short of endorsing Billie Jean King's book, having never read it myself, Sam Smith said she'd read it, and that every young tennis-player should read it, because it gets you thinking about pressure in a different way.


Second set
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ROBSON @__*__@*@__*_ 6
ISHIZU _@*_*@___@*_T 7

I joined the match at 5-7 *2-3.

Robson serving 2-3: Robson crosscourt backhand just long. 0/15. First serve out wide forced Ishizu to net a crosscourt backhand return. 15/15. Robson hit a forehand wide, hit her head with her racket, and looked close to tears. 15/30. Ishizu's deep crosscourt backhand forced Robson to hit a forehand long. 15/40 (BP #1). Ishizu crosscourt backhand long. 30/40 (BP #2). First serve out wide + deep crosscourt backhand winner just inside the baseline. Deuce #1. Robson hit a down-the-line backhand long, and put her hand to her head. Ad Ishizu (BP #3). Robson hit an off-forehand just wide, and sadly kicked a ball away. Broken.

Ishizu serving 4-2: Deep first serve forced a mishit dropshot-return, which Ishizu dispatched with a down-the-line forehand winner. 15/0. Robson hit a backhand long, bent over and looked close to tears. 30/0. Ishizu netted a forehand. 30/15. Ishizu crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/30. Robson's forehand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Robson hit a down-the-line forehand winner. Broken.

Robson serving 3-4: Ishizu forehand long. 15/0. Robson's deep crosscourt forehand forced Ishizu to net a backhand. 30/0. Deep second serve out wide induced Ishizu to hit a forehand return wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Ishizu netted a forehand. Held.

Ishizu serving 4-4: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Robson's deep crosscourt forehand forced Ishizu to net a backhand. 15/15. Robson hit an off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Robson's deep crosscourt forehand forced Ishizu to hit a backhand long. 15/40 (BP #1). Ishizu on the third stroke netted a forehand. Held.

Now Robson is playing more solidly, isn't looking so distraught, and Ishizu has tightened up, having seen the finishing-line at 1:0 *4-2.

Robson serving 5-4: Ishizu backhand long. Double fault (second serve long). 15/15. Ishizu dumped a backhand into the net. 30/15. Robson hit a pinpoint off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/15 (SP #1 for Robson). Ishizu crosscourt forehand return-winner. 40/30 (SP #2 for Robson). Ishizu's deep backhand down the line forced Robson to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Ishizu cracked a brilliant crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Ishizu (BP #1). Ishizu's crosscourt backhand forced Robson to hit a backhand long. Robson dropped her racket. Broken.

Ishizu relaxed at 15/40* and played her best tennis since I've been watching this match. Robson didn't do much wrong in that game, but now she's looking distraught again, just as she did when she was a set and a break down.

Ishizu serving 5-5: Ishizu backhand dropshot-winner. 15/0. Robson hit a deep backhand return just inside the baseline, forcing Ishizu to hit a forehand half-volley just long. 15/15. Robson hit a forehand return long, and doubled over in emotion again. 30/15. Robson netted a forehand return, turned to the back fence fighting back tears, and threw her racket. 40/15 (GP #1). Ishizu netted a forehand off a deep crosscourt backhand from Robson. 40/30 (GP #1). Robson hit a makeable backhand return long.

Pressure on Ishizu to close this out now, and tremendous pressure on Robson to prove that she is even as good at 16 as she was at 14.

Robson serving 5-6: Ace down the middle. 15/0. First serve down the middle + crosscourt backhand winner. 30/0. Ishizu hit a pinpoint crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide forced Ishizu to hit a forehand long. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Robson/Ishizu):
{0/0*} Robson hit a beautiful crosscourt forehand winner.
{*1/0} Robson crosscourt backhand just wide.
{*1/1} First serve out wide forced Ishizu to net a forehand return.
{2/1*} Ishizu forehand long.
{3/1*} First serve down the middle forced Robson to net a backhand.
{*3/2} Terrific first serve out wide - just inside the sideline - forced Ishizu to net a backhand return.
{*4/2} First serve out wide forced Ishizu to hit a forehand long.
{5/2*} Robson hit a down-the-line forehand just wide, off a deep crosscourt backhand from Ishizu.
{5/3*} Robson backhand return long.
{*5/4} First serve into the net. Ishizu hit a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Robson to hit a backhand long.
{*5/5} Robson thought Ishizu's return was going in the net, but it was in fact a crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner.
{5/6*: MP #1 for Ishizu} Ishizu's deep forehand forced Robson to net a forehand. Ishizu won 7-5 7-6 (7/5) at 14:52 BST (second set 47m, match 1h27m).

Robson threw her racket down by her chair after shaking hands, then immediately left the court to go back to the locker-room, where there would be weeping and grinding of teeth.

Sam Smith: "Laura Robson didn't play her best, but in some respects, she wasn't allowed to. Ishizu was gutsy, consistent, moved the ball around, and did the simple things very well."

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7. Order of play for Saturday
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Centre Court (start 14:00 BST = 13:00 GMT)
1. WS final: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
2. MD final: (ROBERT LINDSTEDT/HORIA TECAU)[16] v Jürgen Melzer/Philipp Petzschner
3. WD final: Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina v Yaroslava Shvedova/Vania King

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

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Dr. Andrew Broad

P.S. I plan to post my reports on the finals early next week: most likely on Tuesday.
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Singles: Final TV-report: Zvonarëva v S.Williams
3. Women's Doubles: Final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Shvedova/King
4. Girls' Singles: Final TV-report: Kr.Plíšková v Ishizu
5. Girls' Doubles: Final TV-report: Khromacheva/Svitolina v Babos/Stephens
6. Mixed Doubles: Final TV-report: Black/Paes v Raymond/Moodie
7. Ladies' Invitation Doubles: Final scoreboard-report: Novotná/Navrátilová v Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel
8. Extended TV-reports coming soon

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Days 12 and 13:
* zvonareva
* safarova
* vesnina
* shvedova
* pliskova
* khromacheva
* svitolina
* cara black
* novotna

It was very nice to see Lucie Šafářová in the Player's Box for Tomáš Berdych's semi-final and final, and sitting on his practice-court. I don't know how he can concentrate on his tennis when she's there!

Various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Elena Vesnina, Yaroslava Shvedova, Kristýna Plíšková, Irina Khromacheva and Elina Svitolina:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-07-031.html

Various players including Irina Khromacheva and Elina Svitolina:
* http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...10-07-041.html

Day 1: various players including Maria Kirilenko [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Laura Robson [DF]:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8751778.stm

Day 2: various players including Maria Sharapova [EF]:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8753788.stm

Day 4: various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Laura Robson [DF]:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8758473.stm

Day 6: various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Caroline Woźniacki [DF], Dominika Cibulková:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8764923.stm

Day 7: various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], Laura Robson [DF]:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8768163.stm

Day 8: various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], Laura Robson [DF], Petra Kvitová:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8772532.stm

Day 10: various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], Laura Robson [DF], Petra Kvitová:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8779716.stm

Various players including Laura Robson [DF]:
* Day 9: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8776122.stm
* Day 11: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8783208.stm

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2. Women's Singles: Final TV-report: Zvonarëva v S.Williams (Saturday 3rd July 2010)
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- VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 3-6 2-6

First, let me say how proud I am of Vera reaching the final. I've been an Eternal Fan of hers since January 2005, so it's great to see her progress in Major Women's Singles from quarter-finalist (French Open 2003) to semi-finalist (Australian Open 2009) to finalist. Her career could really mushroom from here!

It's so wonderful that it happened at Wimbledon: the greatest tournament in the world. Vera has been criminally ignored by the BBC in the past, but the amount of its 'coVERAage' from Wimbledon 2010 could well take me over a year to process, and being a Wimbledon-finalist means that the BBC is much more likely to televise Vera in the future!

The right-ankle injury that Vera suffered in April 2009, which required surgery in November 2009, was a major setback after reaching her first Major Women's Singles semi-final and winning her first Premier singles-title at Indian Wells. Reaching the Wimbledon final is an amazing step up from Vera's early exits at Rome, Madrid, the French Open and Eastbourne.

I didn't really get the feeling that Vera was blown away by Serena Williams. Indeed, Vera often took the initiative with deep groundstrokes, some approaches to the net, and even a couple of sliced forehands inspired by her semi-final opponent Tsvetana Pironkova!

It's more that Williams had an answer for everything. For one thing, she countered Vera's lateral retrieval with short-angled groundstrokes to the sidelines. It's much more difficult for Vera – and therefore it would be for anyone – when she has to chase down balls diagonally rather than parallel to the baseline.

Although the 3-6 2-6 scoreline suggests that it was a one-sided match, the first set was certainly close until *3-4, when Williams pegged Vera back from 40/15 to break for *5-3; Vera then pegged Williams back from 40/15 to Deuce before Williams sealed the first set 6-3.

Vera's first troublesome service-game came at *2-3 in the first set. She saved the first BP of the match at 30/40 with a one-two punch, then got out of that game with an ace down the middle followed by another good serve.

In that *3-4 game, when Vera led 40/15, Williams saved the first GP with a deep, error-forcing crosscourt backhand, then Vera double-faulted at 40/30. Vera saved one BP when Williams netted a backhand return off a second serve, but in the two key points of the match (from Deuce #2), Williams hit a Chakvetadze-esque backhand lob over Vera's left shoulder, forcing her to net an awkward high backhand volley, and then broke for *5-3 with a running forehand pass-winner down the line.

Those two points pretty much discouraged Vera from going to the net for the rest of the match. I think she should have gone in more after that, taking a chance on Williams not being able to come up with such exceptional lobs and passing-shots consistently.

At 3-5* in the first, Vera pegged Williams back from 40/15 (SP×2) to Deuce with a deep, error-forcing off-forehand after Williams had double-faulted on the first SP. But a service-winner set up SP #3, and Vera hit a makeable off-forehand just wide.

Vera led 30/15 at 3-6 *0-0, but made three errors to get broken – the first two were forced, but then Vera netted a makeable forehand, and emitted a long squeal of frustration.

At 3-6 *0-2, Vera stopped Williams's run of 5 games with a comfortable hold to 15, including an ace out wide that clipped the sideline.

Vera's grunting increased in pitch and anxiety as she fought for a tough service-game at 3-6 *1-3. She recovered from 15/40 with a service-winner out wide, and a deep first serve + pinpoint off-forehand winner right in the corner. Another one-two punch gave Vera a GP, but she cracked first in a crosscourt-backhand drill. Williams hit a deep, error-forcing backhand to reach BP #3; Vera double-faulted to go 1-4* down, and waved her arms in frustration.

Vera added a modicum of respectability to the scoreline as she held to 15 for 2-5*, but Williams served out the championship to love with a 122mph ace down the middle; a deep, kicking second serve; a forehand smash-winner; and finally a long rally in which Vera's backhand landed on the baseline, but which ended with Williams hitting a high off-forehand drive-volley winner.

Vera never had a BP in this match, while Williams converted 3 of 7. Williams dominated with a W:UE ratio of 24:15 to Vera's 9:11; Williams served 9 aces (bringing her total for the tournament to 89 aces in 14 sets), and won a perfect 14 of 14 points at the net to Vera's 6 of 12.

Vera reacted to her loss by sitting in her chair, blinking back tears. But looking at her going up to receive the silver runner's-up plate from the Duke of Kent, I would certainly have signed for this at the start of the tournament (although preferably against Maria Sharapova in the final!).

Vera becomes the only member of my Eternal Fanship ever to reach a Major Women's Singles final but never to win one (yet). Monica Seles, Iva Majoli and Maria Sharapova all went into their first Major finals as heavy underdogs, but all three won in straight sets!

Maria is the only player other than Venus Williams ever to beat Serena in a Major final, so Vera shouldn't feel too bad about her inability to become only the third player ever to do so.

Vera did very well in her on-court interview, despite struggling with her voice at the start. After congratulating Williams with generous praise, she said: "Maybe I was not able to show my best today, but Serena didn't allow me to show my best – she was playing really well. In a couple of hours, I will look back and realise that this was my dream as a little kid: to be playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon."

She also thanked Niek van Dijk (who did her ankle-surgery last November, and was there in the Players' Box) for saving her career, saying that she had feared that she might never play again.


First set
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ZVONARËV _*_*_*___ 3
WILLIAMS *_*_*_*@* 6

The match started at 14:12 BST.

Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Williams serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Williams serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Williams serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 3-4 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Williams (BP #2). Broken.

Williams serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Williams). 40/30 (SP #2 for Williams). Deuce #1. Ad Williams (SP #3 for Williams). Williams won the first set 6-3 at 14:48 BST (36m).


Second set
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ZVONARËV __*___*_ 2
WILLIAMS @*_*@*_* 6

Vera serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 0-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Williams serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Williams (BP #3). Broken.

Williams serving 4-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Williams serving 5-2 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (CP #1 for Williams). Williams won 6-3 6-2 at 15:20 BST (second set 31m, match 1h07m).

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3. Women's Doubles: Final TV-report: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Shvedova/King (Saturday 3rd July 2010)
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- Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Elena Vesnina lt. Yaroslava Shvedova/Vania King, 6-7 (6/8) 2-6

Vera suffered one of her infamous emotional meltdowns, bursting into tears when she lost the first set, as the thought of losing two Wimbledon finals in one day became too much for her.

It's a shame that Vera and Elena's famous upset of the Williams-sisters wasn't rewarded with the title, but at least Vera can console herself with two Major Mixed Doubles titles (US Open 2004, Wimbledon 2006) and one Major Women's Doubles title (US Open 2006).

I'm happy for Shvedova that she won her first Major title, as she's pretty gorgeous, and thanked me for holding a door open for her in the hotel in which we were both staying at Birmingham 2008 – thus becoming the first WTA player ever to speak to me. Shvedova already was the most famous person I've ever met, and now she's a Wimbledon champion!

I hope that I shall prove to be a similar good-luck charm for Stefanie Vögele, who became the second (and latest) WTA player ever to speak to me when she thanked me for stepping out of her way as she came off Court 1 at Birmingham 2009.

Shvedova and King seems like a strange partnership, because they're as different as chalk and cheese – in terms of nationality, height, and attractiveness – but obviously they work very well together. Shvedova has all the power, while King is the brains behind the operation, always giving Shvedova instructions.

It was a very entertaining match: not only for Vera's emotions, but for Elena's shouts of "aya" in lieu of grunting and "vita" <sp?> when she and Vera won certain points, and the extensive use of the I-formation (whereby the server's partner crouches sexily at the middle of the net, ready to jump up and hit a volley off the return).

Shvedova made a very sharp start, opening the match with an ace down the middle as she held to love. Serena Williams wasn't the only big server that Vera faced on Saturday!

Elena found herself serving at *0-1 (15/40), but she recovered magnificently with a service-winner, two aces in a row, and a crosscourt backhand virtual winner.

King at *1-1 was broken to 15, courtesy of Elena's high crosscourt forehand volley-winner, and Vera's crosscourt forehand winner after running down a dropshot.

Vera consolidated the break by holding for 3-1* after one deuce, but when Elena served at *3-2, Shvedova hit a laser-like backhand return-winner down the line to set up BP×2 at 15/40, and though the Russians saved those well, King converted a third BP with a forehand smash-winner.

Vera hit two good volleys to reach 0/30 on King's serve at *3-3, but two service-winners and two unforced errors let King off the hook: *3-4. BBC commentator Sam Smith praised Vera as one of the best volleyers among the Russians.

Vera at *3-4 was broken to 30: courtesy of a double fault, a netted backhand, and a winning forehand smash from each of her opponents.

Shvedova choked when she served for the set at *5-3, as she negated two aces with four errors (one forced by Vera's deep crosscourt backhand, three unforced). Elena at *4-5 held to love with two aces and two more unforced errors by Shvedova.

King at *5-5 held to love, with Elena making a couple of unforced errors, and Shvedova a forehand volley-winner.

Vera at *5-6 held to 30 in a spectacular game in which the other three players each hit a volley-winner, and Vera at 40/30 hit a magnificent crosscourt forehand half-volley lob-winner just inside the baseline!

In the first-set tiebreak, Elena took a *2/0 lead with a short-angled crosscourt forehand pass-winner and an ace, but the Russians went *2/3 down after Shvedova hit a forehand volley-winner, and Vera and Elena each missed a makeable backhand return. Vera got down nice and low to fire off an off-backhand volley-winner just inside the sideline for *3/3.

Shvedova at *4/3 lost the point because Elena's passing-shot touched her hair. The Russians had the first SP at 6/5*, but Vera hit a forehand just long, and at 6/6*, she and Elena both tried to hit the same ball, sending it into the net. King converted her team's SP with an error-forcing forehand volley, and Vera sat at the set-break in floods of tears, as Elena put her arm around her consolingly.

Vera threw her racket twice at the start of the second set, after making two unforced errors to put Elena 15/30 down. But Elena held to 30 when Vera jumped up from the I-formation to hit a forehand smash-winner.

After that, Shvedova and King became very confident, reeling off five games in a row as Shvedova in particular hit a lot of forehand volley-winners. They were riding a tidal wave of momentum, and the contrast between their constant smiles and Vera's body-language in the second set could hardly have been greater. Winning a Major final is about embracing the occasion, and Shvedova and King were certainly the ones who did that.

Vera at *1-5 held to 15, although she looked close to tears again after serving a double fault at 40/0. At 2-5*, Vera hit an error-forcing forehand volley for 0/15, but that was to be the last point she would win at Wimbledon 2010, as King served out the match to 15, sealing victory with a first serve out wide that forced Elena to hit a forehand return wide.

Shvedova and King looked absolutely delighted, bouncing around with huge smiles on their faces, while Vera sat in her chair in floods of tears, her head only partially covered by her towel as Elena sat with her, wiping away her tears. Talk about a fantastic camera-angle!


First set
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ZVON/VESN _*@*____@*_*_ 6(6)
SHVE/KING *___*@*@__*_T 7(8)

The match started at 18:22 BST.

Shvedova serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Elena serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Elena (GP #1). Held.

King serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #1). Held.

Shvedova serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Elena serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Shvedova (BP #1). Broken.

King serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Shvedova serving 5-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Elena serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

King serving 5-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 5-6: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores (Zvonarëva/Vesnina)/(Shvedova/King)): 0/0*. *1/0. *2/0. 2/1*. 2/2*. *2/3. *3/3. 3/4*. 4/4*. *4/5. *5/5. 6/5* (SP #1 for Vera/Elena). 6/6*. *6/7 (SP #1 for Shvedova/King). Shvedova/King won the first set 7-6 (8/6) at 19:20 BST (58m).


Second set
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ZVON/VESN *_____*_ 2
SHVE/KING _*@*@*_* 6

Elena serving 0-0: The scoreboard froze at 19:20 BST. The scoreboard resumed at 19:24 BST (3m). 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Shvedova serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

King serving 2-1 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Elena serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Shvedova (BP #1). Broken.

Shvedova serving 4-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

King serving 5-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (CP #1 for Shvedova/King). Shvedova/King won 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 at 19:56 BST (second set 34m, match 1h33m).

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4. Girls' Singles: Final TV-report: Kr.Plíšková v Ishizu (Saturday 3rd July 2010)
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+ KRISTÝNA PLÍŠKOVÁ [9] d. SACHIE ISHIZU [10], 6-3 4-6 6-4

Kristýna Plíšková is a valuable addition to female tennis, as she is tall, blonde and beautiful, with a big serve and groundstrokes of flairsome power. Like many Czechs before her, she is left-handed.

Kristýna is the twin sister of Karolína Plíšková, who won the Australian Open Girls' Singles title (beating Laura Robson in the final after Laura had beaten Kristýna in the semis). They're not quite identical twins, as Karolína is dark-haired and right-handed. I find Kristýna much the more attractive of the two, although it's not really a fair comparison, as I have yet to see Karolína play, and I didn't realise just how good-looking Kristýna was until I saw her play.

BBC commentator Liz Smylie summed up Kristýna Plíšková as a player with a big serve and big groundstrokes, who moves well, and doesn't overplay when she gets a short ball.

Ishizu is a good counterpuncher whose defensive shots can sometimes give her the initiative. I reckon she has top-64 potential, maybe even top-32 potential, whereas Plíšková has bigger weapons and top-16 potential.

Plíšková won the first set 6-3 by virtue of a single break (in the second game). In the second set, Ishizu broke first for *3-1, but Plíšková broke back immediately, and seemed to be heading for a straight-sets victory as she hit three aces in a row to reach 4-4*!

Maybe Plíšková tightened up a bit when she saw the finishing-line at 6-3 4-4* (30/15*), but I feel that the turnaround had more to do with Ishizu's counterpunching than Plíšková choking, although she did drop the second set on a double fault at *4-5 (15/40).

Ishizu certainly choked in the third set. After breaking for *4-2, she threw in an unforced error and a double fault, and allowed Plíšková to dominate the rallies again as she won the next (and hence the last) 4 games of the match, leaving Ishizu in floods of tears.


First set
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PLÍŠKO *@*_*_*_* 6
ISHIZU ___*_*_*_ 3

The match was first on Court One, and started at 14:08 BST. Unfortunately, it clashed with the Women's Singles final, so I had to watch that live and this recorded. This match wasn't on BBC Red Button from the start, and by the time it was and I next checked the Sport Multiscreen in a changeover, I had missed the first eight games.

Plíšková serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Ishizu serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Plíšková serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Ishizu serving 0-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Plíšková serving 3-1: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Plíšková (GP #1). Held.

Ishizu serving 1-4: 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Ishizu (GP #1). Held.

Plíšková serving 4-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Ishizu serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Plíšková serving 5-3: Plíšková went to the net, but Ishizu's strong forehand forced a weak volley, giving Ishizu hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 0/15. Plíšková's deep forehand down the line forced Ishizu to earth a running forehand. 15/15. Plíšková easily ran down a poor dropshot, and hit a deep forehand winner down the line: just inside the baseline. 30/15. Big first serve down the middle forced Ishizu to earth a forehand return. 40/15 (SP #1 for Plíšková). Ishizu forehand just long. Plíšková won the first set 6-3 at 14:36 BST (28m).


Second set
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PLÍŠKO _*__@*_*__ 4
ISHIZU *_*@__*_*@ 6

Ishizu serving 0-0: Deep first serve down the middle forced Plíšková to net a forehand return. 15/0. Ishizu forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand drive-volley winner. 30/0. Ishizu's deep backhand forced Plíšková to net a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Plíšková to hit a down-the-line forehand return wide. Held.

Plíšková serving 0-1: Plíšková went to the net, hit a couple of backhand volleys to force a floater, and hit a forehand smash-winner down the line. 15/0. Ace out wide: just inside the sideline. 30/0. Plíšková on the third stroke hit a forehand just long. 30/15. Plíšková on the third stroke hit a backhand long. 30/30. With Plíšková mixing sliced and two-handed backhands, Ishizu netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #2). Plíšková opened up the court with an off-forehand to the sideline, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Ishizu serving 1-1: Plíšková's deep return forced Ishizu to net a forehand. 0/15. Ishizu hit a crosscourt backhand winner back behind Plíšková. 15/15. Plíšková hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/15. Ishizu's deep backhand forced Plíšková to mishit a backhand half-volley lob long. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve forced another half-volley lob from Plíšková: this time it went in, but Ishizu dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner that clipped the netcord. Held.

Plíšková serving 1-2: Ishizu forced a floater, and dispatched it with a backhand drive-volley winner. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide: forehand return just long. 30/15. First serve out wide, but Plíšková hit a forehand just long. 30/30. First serve forced a short return, but Plíšková didn't get down well, and dumped a forehand into the net. 30/40 (BP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Ishizu to bunt a backhand return wide. Deuce #1. Ishizu's crosscourt backhand return forced Plíšková to stretch wide and net a backhand. Ad Ishizu (BP #1). Ishizu pounced on a short ball that sat up nicely for her to hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ishizu shouted "c'mon". Broken.

Ishizu serving 3-1: Plíšková fired an off-forehand winner off a deepish ball down the middle. 0/15. Ishizu hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 15/15. Plíšková, driven wide, hit a big forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Ishizu backhand long. 15/40 (BP #1). Plíšková's deep backhand return induced Ishizu to net a forehand. Broken.

Plíšková serving 2-3: First serve + off-forehand winner. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Ishizu to net a backhand return. 30/0. Ishizu's deep down-the-line forehand return forced Plíšková to net a forehand. 30/15. Ishizu's return forced a short ball, but she overplayed it: hit a forehand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Virtual ace down the middle. Held.

Ishizu serving 3-3: Plíšková's big crosscourt forehand to the sideline forced Ishizu to net a backhand. 0/15. Plíšková netted a forehand. 15/15. Ishizu on the third stroke netted a forehand. 15/30. Ishizu's very short, defensive crosscourt backhand return drew Plíšková to the net, and Ishizu hit a backhand pass-winner down the line. 30/30. Plíšková crosscourt backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Plíšková backhand just long. Held.

Plíšková serving 3-4 (new balls): Plíšková, stretched wide, netted a backhand. 0/15. Ishizu backhand long. 15/15. Ace down the middle: just inside the sideline. 30/15. Ace down the middle. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace out wide. Held.

Three aces in a row!

Ishizu serving 4-4: Ishizu went to the net behind a crosscourt backhand to the sideline, but Plíšková dug out a pinpoint crosscourt forehand pass-winner that clipped the outside edge of the sideline. 0/15. Deep first serve on the service-line forced Plíšková to net a backhand return. 15/15. Ishizu crosscourt backhand just wide. 15/30. Ishizu forehand dropshot-winner. 30/30. Plíšková netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Ishizu hit a crosscourt backhand winner back behind Plíšková. Held.

Plíšková serving 4-5: Ishizu's depth induced Plíšková to mishit a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/15. Ishizu hit a deep crosscourt backhand return to the sideline, forcing Plíšková to net a forehand. 0/30. Plíšková hit a short-angled off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Ishizu forced a short ball and hit a down-the-line forehand winner. 15/40 (SP #1 for Ishizu). Ishizu's forehand return was called long by the umpire, but she challenged it: Hawk-Eye showed that it caught the breadth of the baseline by about 40%, so they replayed the point. Double fault (second serve into the net). Ishizu won the second set 6-4 at 15:12 BST (second set 35m, match so far 1h03m).


Third set
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PLÍŠKO _*_*__@*@* 6
ISHIZU *_*_*@____ 4

Ishizu serving 0-0: Plíšková off-forehand wide. 15/0. Plíšková had to stretch wide, and netted a forehand. 30/0. Ishizu hit a down-the-line backhand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). I missed this point due to an outage in my recording. Held.

Plíšková serving 0-1: Ishizu backhand return just long. 15/0. Double fault #3 (wild second serve long). 15/15. Plíšková netted a forehand. 15/30. First serve out wide + deep forehand down the line: just inside the baseline. 30/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Ishizu to bunt a forehand lob-return just long. 40/30 (GP #1). Big serve forced a short return; Plíšková went to the net behind a crosscourt forehand, but Ishizu ripped a crosscourt backhand pass-winner, and cried "c'mon". Deuce #1. Plíšková's deep forehand down the line forced Ishizu to stretch wide & low and net a forehand into the bottom of the net. Ad Plíšková (GP #2). Her deep crosscourt forehand forced Ishizu to net a backhand. Held.

Ishizu serving 1-1: Deep first serve down the middle forced Plíšková to net a forehand return. 15/0. Plíšková netted a backhand. 30/0. Plíšková netted a forehand return. 40/0 (GP #1). Plíšková opened up the court with a crosscourt backhand, went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Plíšková ran down a dropshot to the sideline, hit a crosscourt forehand, but Ishizu was there with a backhand volley-winner into the wide open court. Held.

Plíšková serving 1-2: Ishizu's deep forehand return forced Plíšková to bunt a forehand wide. 0/15. Plíšková's deep crosscourt forehand forced Ishizu to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Ishizu to hit a forehand return long. 30/15. First serve + crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Plíšková dominated the point and hit an off-forehand winner into the open court. Held.

Ishizu serving 2-2: Ishizu sprayed a forehand long off a deep ball. 0/15. Plíšková's deep return induced Ishizu to hit a backhand very long. 0/30. Ishizu ran down a very short return, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Plíšková hit a backhand very long. 30/30. Plíšková hit a backhand lob long after initiating an exchange of dropshots with Ishizu. 40/30 (GP #1). A 23-stroke rally – the longest of the match – ended with Plíšková netting a forehand off a deep ball from Ishizu. Held.

Plíšková serving 2-3: Ishizu's deep crosscourt backhand forced Plíšková to earth a backhand – that's the downside of playing inside the baseline. 0/15. First serve down the middle forced Ishizu to bunt a forehand return long. 15/15. Plíšková on the third stroke sprayed a forehand long. 15/30. Plíšková crosscourt forehand + deep forehand winner down the line. 30/30. Plíšková hit a down-the-line forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Ishizu hit a crosscourt backhand just wide, and used up a challenge to show that it was wide by about 5% of the breadth of the sideline! Deuce #1. Ishizu's crosscourt backhand forced Plíšková to net a running forehand. Ad Ishizu (BP #2). Plíšková netted a forehand. Broken.

Ishizu serving 4-2 (new balls): Ishizu hit a loose crosscourt backhand just wide. 0/15. Ishizu's depth forced Plíšková to hit an off-backhand wide. 15/15. Plíšková's deep backhand forced Ishizu to hit a forehand long. 15/30. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/40 (BP #1). Ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line. 30/40 (BP #2). Plíšková dominated the point and hit an off-forehand winner. Broken.

Plíšková serving 3-4: Ishizu netted a forehand. 15/0. Plíšková backhand just long. 15/15. Plíšková's depth induced Ishizu to bunt a forehand long. 30/15. Plíšková hit a down-the-line forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Ishizu's crosscourt forehand return jammed Plíšková, forcing her to net a forehand. 40/30 (GP #2). Ishizu's off-forehand dropshot forced Plíšková to run forwards and net a forehand. Deuce #1. Deep first serve down the winner forced Ishizu to earth a forehand lob-return. Ad Plíšková (GP #3). Deep first serve out wide – just inside the service-line – forced Ishizu to net a backhand return. Held.

Ishizu serving 4-4: Plíšková's deep crosscourt backhand forced Ishizu to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Plíšková to stretch low & wide and earth a forehand return. 15/15. 94mph first serve induced a short return; Ishizu dispatched it with an off-forehand return, and shouted "c'mon". 30/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/30. Moonballs from Ishizu; Plíšková's deep crosscourt backhand forced Ishizu to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Ishizu netted a backhand. Broken.

Plíšková serving 5-4: First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Plíšková's short-angled off-forehand died away on Ishizu, forcing her to bunt a late crosscourt forehand wide. 30/0. Ishizu's deep return induced Plíšková to hit a backhand halfway up the net, with a cute little yell of "aargh!" 30/15. Ishizu backhand long. 40/15 (CP #1 for Plíšková). First-serve let. First serve wide and very long. Brave second serve on the service-line kicked up on Ishizu, who hit a deep backhand return down the middle – plumb on the baseline – forcing Plíšková to bunt a forehand just long. 40/30 (CP #2 for Plíšková). Short-angled first serve out wide forced Ishizu to run way outside the tramlines and earth a one-handed backhand return. Plíšková won 6-3 4-6 6-4 at 15:51 BST (third set 39m, match 1h43m).

If Plíšková was excited by her victory, she certainly didn't show it as she calmly shook hands and sat in her chair.

Ishizu sat sobbing in her chair as Clare Wood tried to comfort her, and was still crying as she went to receive her runner's-up trophy from Wimbledon 1969 Women's Singles champion Ann Jones. Plíšková smiled and had a brief chat with Jones as she received the champion's trophy.

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5. Girls' Doubles: Final TV-report: Khromacheva/Svitolina v Babos/Stephens (Sunday 4th July 2010)
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- (IRINA KHROMACHEVA/ELINA SVITOLINA)[1] lt. (TÍMEA BABOS/SLOANE STEPHENS)[4], 7-6 (9/7) 2-6 2-6

Irina Khromacheva is my other big discovery from the junior-events of Wimbledon 2010: a left-hander with groundstrokes of flairsome power, and absolutely excellent volleys, such as the wonderful leaping crosscourt backhand smash-winner that she hit at *4-4 (Deuce #3).

Khromacheva is a very emotional player, who does a lot of shouting and crying, but that seems to work in her favour: at 1:0 2-4* (Deuce #1), she even hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line after being in tears after the previous point! She's the natural successor to Vera Zvonarëva and Anna Chakvetadze in the line of cute Russian crybabies!

Svitolina and Khromacheva are currently #1 and #2 in the ITF Girls' Rankings, which is a good sign that we'll see them on the WTA Tour, and in the Women's events of the Majors!


First set
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KHROM/SVITO *_*@__*_*_*_T 7(9)
BABOS/STEPH _*__@*_*_*_*_ 6(7)

The match was second on Court 18, and started at 13:22 BST.

Svitolina serving 0-0: Svitolina netted a forehand. 0/15. Babos backhand return long. 15/15. Stephens's deep crosscourt forehand force Svitolina to net a forehand. 15/30. Svitolina crosscourt backhand wide. 30/30. Stephens's hard, deep backhand return down the middle forced Svitolina to net a backhand. 30/40 (BP #1). A close exchange at the net ended with Khromacheva's volley forcing Stephens to net one. Stephens netted a forehand. Ad Svitolina (GP #1). Serve + Khromacheva forehand volley-winner. Held.

Stephens serving 0-1: Babos hit an error-forcing off-forehand winner at Khromacheva's feet. Stephens hit an off-backhand lob-winner. 30/0. Svitolina mishit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace out wide: on the sideline. Held.

Khromacheva serving 1-1: Svitolina hit a forehand volley-winner down the middle. 15/0. Khromacheva, driven outside the tramlines, hit a deep backhand winner down the line. 30/0. Babos hit a hard off-forehand volley-winner into Svitolina's legs. 30/15. Svitolina hit a crosscourt forehand volley wide. 30/30. Stephens ran around her backhand to hit a forehand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP #1). Khromacheva's crosscourt backhand forced Babos to hit a backhand long; Khromacheva shouted "c'mon". Deuce #1. Stephens netted a forehand. Ad Khromacheva (GP #1). Double fault (second serve out wide). Deuce #2. Babos crosscourt backhand wide. Ad Khromacheva (GP #2). Babos hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Deuce #3. Service-winner out wide. Ad Khromacheva (GP #3). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Khromacheva is very fired up at the moment, shouting "c'mon" after every point that she wins.

These girls are rushing between points. I'm having a hard time keeping up.

Babos serving 1-2: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Babos forehand volley long. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide induced Stephens to hit a forehand return long. 30/15. Khromacheva crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/40 (BP #1). Svitolina's backhand lob forced Stephens to net a high forehand volley. Broken.

Svitolina serving 3-1: First serve out wide forced Babos to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/0. Khromacheva's off-forehand was called wide. 15/15. Svitolina crosscourt backhand winner. 30/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). Svitolina hit a crosscourt forehand onto the baseline – looked long, but not called. 40/30 (GP #1). Stephens crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Deuce #1. Svitolina, driven wide, netted a forehand. Ad Babos (BP #1). Stephens hit a high forehand volley-winner crosscourt. Broken.

Court 18 is now so brown that it's very difficult for me to see the ball. It's more soil than grass now! This was the court on which Isner beat Mahut in a record-breaking 70-68 final set.

Stephens serving 2-3: Svitolina's down-the-line forehand forced Babos to hit a backhand volley wide. 0/15. Babos dispatched an inadequate lob with a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. 15/15. Svitolina forehand just long. 30/15. Khromacheva's down-the-line backhand return forced Babos netted a high forehand volley. 30/30. Stephens's crosscourt forehand forced Svitolina to net a forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Khromacheva crosscourt backhand return just wide. Held.

Khromacheva serving 3-3: Stephens crosscourt backhand wide. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Khromacheva hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, and shouted "c'mon". 40/0 (GP #1). Svitolina netted a forehand. 40/15 (GP #2). Svitolina backhand long. 40/30 (GP #3). First serve out wide + Svitolina forehand smash-winner. Held.

Babos serving 3-4 (new balls): Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Stephens netted a backhand volley. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Babos netted a backhand. 30/30. Svitolina netted a forehand return. 30/40 (BP #1). Babos crosscourt backhand wide. Deuce #1. Babos's deep, booming crosscourt forehand forced Svitolina to earth a backhand. Ad Babos (GP #1). Khromacheva hit a backhand return-winner down the line. Deuce #2. Deep first serve out wide forced Svitolina to net a forehand return. Ad Babos (GP #2). Babos crosscourt forehand just wide. Deuce #3. Svitolina netted a forehand return. Ad Babos (GP #2). Svitolina netted a leaping forehand volley off a ball that was going out. Held.

Svitolina serving 4-4: Stephens crosscourt forehand return just wide. 0/15. Service-winner out wide. 15/15. Babos netted a forehand return. 30/15. Babos hit a crosscourt backhand winner down the middle. 30/30. Babos forehand volley-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Khromacheva hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Deuce #1. Svitolina netted a forehand off a deep crosscourt forehand from Stephens. Khromacheva hit a forehand volley-winner. Deuce #2. Svitolina netted a forehand off a deep return. Ad Babos (BP #2). Ace #1: down the middle. Deuce #3. Khromacheva hit a wonderful leaping crosscourt backhand smash-winner. Ad Svitolina (GP #1). First serve out wide was called a let, but Babos thought it was wide, and complained to the umpire: "Oh my God, that's two in a row! That was one, and that was one." Babos netted a backhand. Held.

Stephens serving 4-5: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Stephens backhand long. 15/15. Stephens netted a forehand. 15/30. Svitolina netted a forehand off a volley at her feet from Babos. 30/30. Service-winner out wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Babos crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Held.

Khromacheva serving 5-5: Khromacheva hit a forehand lob-winner. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Stephens backhand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Babos serving 5-6: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Khromacheva netted a forehand return. 30/0. Babos's depth forced Khromacheva to bunt a forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Khromacheva hit a forehand return long. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores (Khromacheva/Svitolina)/(Babos/Stephens)):
{*0/0} Service-winner out wide.
{1/0*} Babos hit a thunderous high forehand volley-winner crosscourt.
{1/1*} Deep, body-jamming first serve out wide forced Svitolina to mishit a backhand lob-return wide.
{*1/2} Khromacheva's deep crosscourt forehand forced Babos to hit a backhand long.
{*2/2} Khromacheva netted a backhand.
{2/3*} Babos bisected her opponents with a crosscourt backhand pass-winner.
{2/4*} Khromacheva off-forehand volley-winner.
{*3/4} Babos crosscourt backhand long.
{*4/4} Svitolina earthed a forehand, and threw her racket.
{4/5*} The longest rally of the match so far ended with Stephens hitting a loose forehand volley long. Khromacheva is in tears now.
{4/6*: SP #1} Svitolina crosscourt backhand winner.
{*5/6: SP #2} Khromacheva hit a down-the-line forehand winner.
{*6/6} Babos hit a high backhand drive-volley winner down the line.
{6/7*: SP #3} Double fault (second serve long).
{7/7*} Svitolina hit a big, flat crosscourt forehand winner down the middle.
{*8/7} Svitolina hit a deep first serve out wide, forcing Babos to hit a backhand return long. Khromacheva/Svitolina won the first set 7-6 (9/7) at 14:17 BST (54m).


Second set
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KHROM/SVITO _*@_____ 2
BABOS/STEPH *__@*@*@ 6

Stephens serving 0-0: Babos picked off a backhand volley-winner off a ball into her body. 15/0. Babos hit a forehand volley long off an awkward low ball at her feet. 15/15. Svitolina hit a big forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Khromacheva forehand return just long. 30/30. A long rally with Babos and Stephens at the net ended with Svitolina netting a forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Babos on the third stroke hit a nice crosscourt forehand volley-winner just inside the sideline. Held.

Svitolina serving 0-1: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Khromacheva hit a forehand volley-winner down the middle. 30/0. Babos hit a forehand just long after some impressive volleying by Khromacheva. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve out wide induced Babos to hit a crosscourt backhand return just long. Held.

Babos serving 1-1: Svitolina hit a high backhand volley-winner crosscourt. 0/15. Khromacheva sprayed a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/30. Babos netted a backhand. 15/40 (BP #1). Stephens on the third stroke hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Second serve... a long rally ended with Babos hitting a backhand long. Broken.

Khromacheva seems to be doing all the talking in her partnership.

Khromacheva serving 2-1 (new balls): Khromacheva hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 0/15. Khromacheva netted a sliced backhand. 0/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Stephens to stretch wide and net a forehand return. 15/30. Babos's deep crosscourt backhand forced Khromacheva to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault (second serve long). Broken.

Stephens serving 2-2: Svitolina netted a backhand (that would also have been wide) off a body-jamming volley from Babos. 15/0. Babos hit a thunderous crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Babos hit a backpedalling forehand smash long. 40/15 (GP #2). Babos at the net moved to her right too soon, allowing Svitolina to hit a forehand winner down the line. 40/30 (GP #1). Stephens hit a deep forehand winner down the middle. Held.

The wind is blowing clouds of dust up from the brown court into the girls' faces.

Svitolina serving 2-3: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Stephens crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Svitolina crosscourt forehand long. 15/30. Svitolina's deep crosscourt backhand forced Babos to hit a backhand wide. 30/30. Svitolina on the third stroke dumped a forehand into the net. 30/40 (BP #1). Babos off-forehand wide. Deuce #1. Stephens hit a deep forehand lob-winner down the middle: just inside the baseline. Ad Babos (BP #1). Svitolina netted a backhand, and threw her racket. Broken.

Babos serving 4-2: Babos netted a forehand. 0/15. Babos hit a careless backhand long – too much time to set up for that one. 0/30. Babos's crosscourt backhand forced Khromacheva to stretch wide and net a forehand volley. 15/30. Khromacheva netted a forehand return. 30/30. Babos netted a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Deep 113mph first serve out wide forced Khromacheva to net a forehand return. Stephens hit a forehand smash-winner that hit Khromacheva on the thigh. Stephens apologised, and Khromacheva looked close to tears again (as she was in the first-set tiebreak). Deuce #1. Khromacheva, driven wide, hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. Service-winner out wide. Ad Babos (GP #1). A slower-paced rally ended with Babos netting a forehand. Deuce #2. Khromacheva hit a marvellous crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Khromacheva (BP #2). Service-winner down the middle. Deuce #3. Service-winner out wide. Ad Babos (GP #3). Stephens's off-backhand volley forced Svitolina to net a forehand. Held.

Khromacheva serving 2-5: Second serve out wide: Stephens hit a weak return, which Svitolina dispatched with a crisp crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner. 15/0. Double fault (second serve wide). 15/15. Khromacheva bisected her opponents with a deep, flairsome off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. 30/15. Svitolina forehand volley just long. 30/30. Babos dispatched a short floater with a crisp forehand smash-winner. 30/40 (SP #1). Acute-angled serve forced Khromacheva to net a forehand return. Babos/Stephens won the second set 6-2 at 14:50 BST (second set 32m, match so far 1h26m).


Third set
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KHROM/SVITO _*_*____ 2
BABOS/STEPH *_*_*@*@ 6

Stephens serving 0-0: Svitolina hit a terrific short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. 0/15. Stephens hit a forehand winner down the middle. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Khromacheva forehand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Babos intercepted Svitolina's crosscourt forehand return, but netted backhand volley. 40/30 (GP #2). Khromacheva forehand long. Held.

Khromacheva looked close to tears again during that game.

Liz Smylie: "It takes a certain type of person to partner Khromacheva, with all the talking and the dramas. Svitolina doesn't say much, but she's the even-tempered one."

Svitolina serving 1-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Babos forehand long. 30/0. Stephens forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault #5 (second serve into the net). 40/15 (GP #2). Svitolina backhand just long. 40/30 (GP #3). Svitolina intercepted to hit a forehand volley-winner. Held.

Babos serving 1-1: Babos netted a backhand volley. 0/15. Babos forehand long. 0/30. Khromacheva netted a forehand off a deep crosscourt forehand from Babos. 15/30. Khromacheva hit a down-the-line forehand return wide. 30/30. Khromacheva took her time to hit a precise forehand winner down the line, just past Stephens. 30/40 (BP #1). Svitolina hit a high backhand volley long. Deuce #1. Svitolina hit a forehand return onto the baseline, but it was called long. Ad Babos. Stephens's body-jamming forehand volley forced Svitolina to net a backhand, and Khromacheva emitted loud scream. Held.

Khromacheva serving 1-2: Khromacheva's deep off-forehand forced Stephens to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Service-winner. Khromacheva said "da" (Russian for "yes"). 30/0. Babos netted a backhand volley. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep serve induced Babos to hit a forehand return long. Held.

Stephens serving 2-2 (new balls): Deep service-winner out wide: on the sideline. 15/0. Babos dispatched a floater with a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/0. Svitolina hit an off-backhand volley-winner, but Stephens ripped a crosscourt forehand winner of astonishing speed! 40/0 (GP #1). Khromacheva forehand return long. Held.

Svitolina serving 2-3: A long rally ended with Khromacheva hitting a high forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Babos hit a pinpoint off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. Stephens crosscourt forehand wide. 30/15. Svitolina netted a backhand. 30/30. Stephens's deep crosscourt forehand return forced Svitolina to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Svitolina's deep crosscourt backhand forced Babos to hit a backhand wide. Deuce #1. Babos hit an off-forehand punch-volley winner just inside the sideline, and Khromacheva shouted about the lack of a call. Ad Babos (BP #2). Khromacheva's deep crosscourt forehand forced Stephens to net a backhand. Deuce #2. Svitolina backhand just long. Ad Babos (BP #3). Babos netted a forehand off a deep ball. Deuce #3. Svitolina backhand long. Ad Babos (BP #4). Second serve... Svitolina hit a blazing crosscourt backhand winner that I thought was just inside the sideline, but it was called wide, dammit! Broken.

Babos serving 4-2: First serve out wide forced a floater, which Stephens dispatched with an easy backhand volley-winner. 15/0. Svitolina forehand volley long. Khromacheva's looking close to tears again. 30/0. Stephens snatched at a backhand volley and dumped it into the net. 30/15. Khromacheva off-backhand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Babos netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #2). Deep first serve down the middle forced Khromacheva to bunt a backhand return long – accompanied by a loud, high-pitched yell. Held.

Khromacheva cried into her towel at the changeover as she prepared to serve to save the match.

Khromacheva serving 2-5: Service-winner. 15/0. Service-winner out wide: 101 mph, on the sideline. 30/0. Khromacheva backhand long. 30/15. Babos forehand volley-winner. 30/30. Babos dispatched a floater with an off-forehand volley-winner. 30/40 (CP #1). Stephens mishit a crosscourt forehand volley, but somehow it landed in for a winner. Khromacheva berated the umpire as she put her racket away. Babos/Stephens won 6-7 (7/9) 6-2 6-2 at 15:22 BST (third set 32m, match 1h59m).

Khromacheva actually looked quite happy as she sat on her chair with Svitolina after losing. I was rather expecting her to be in floods of tears, like Vera Zvonarëva after the Women's Doubles final.

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6. Mixed Doubles: Final TV-report: Black/Paes v Raymond/Moodie (Sunday 4th July 2010)
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+ (CARA BLACK/LEANDER PAES)[2] d. (LISA RAYMOND/WESLEY MOODIE)[11], 6-4 7-6 (7/5)

I'm pleased that Black and Paes won, as Black is cute and an excellent volleyer, while Paes is a flairsome player and a great character.

It's interesting that the Mixed Doubles final featured four veterans aged 31–37 – none of whom are still active in singles – while the Women's Doubles final featured active singles-players aged 21–25.

Virginia Wade: "The thing is that with doubles being as specialised as it is, I think it's quite hard for the other players to dip in and out, because these players are so practised at their routines; they know each other so well. It's not just like you go up and you serve, and you come in and try to volley. They play all these extra chess-games out there."


First set
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PAES/BLAC __@_@*@*_* 6
MOOD/RAYM *@_@____*_ 4

The match was second on Centre Court, and started at 17:04 BST.

Moodie serving 0-0: Paes's down-the-line forehand return forced Moodie to net a backhand. 15/0. Black's forehand return clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 15/15. Black netted a forehand volley off an awkward dipping ball. 30/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Black to bunt a forehand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Moodie on the third stroke netted a forehand off an awkward dipping return from Paes. 40/30 (GP #2). Service-winner. Held.

Black is receiving serve in the ad-court, which is unusual for the woman in Mixed Doubles.

Paes serving 0-1: Moodie pounced on a weak volley up from Black to hit a booming forehand smash-winner. 0/15. Black hit a terrific backhand volley down the line from below the height of the net. 15/15. Raymond hit a pinpoint forehand lob-winner onto the baseline. 15/30. Raymond's crosscourt forehand to Paes's feet forced him to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide forced Raymond to bunt a forehand return long. 30/40 (BP #2). Deep 122mph first serve down the middle: Moodie hit a blazing off-forehand return-winner! Broken.

Raymond serving 2-0: Double fault (second serve long). 0/15. Moodie intercepted to hit an off-backhand volley-winner. 15/15. Raymond crosscourt forehand wide. 15/30. Raymond's deep forehand forced an error. 30/30. Raymond netted a forehand first volley off a testing crosscourt forehand return from Paes. 30/40 (BP #1). Service-winner. Deuce #1. Second serve out wide: Paes hit a crosscourt forehand return wide. Ad Raymond (GP #1). Raymond on the third stroke netted a poor backhand volley off a high return. Deuce #1. Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). Ad Black (BP #1). Black hit a super crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner. Broken.

Black serving 1-2: Paes on the third stroke hit a forehand volley long. 0/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/30. Paes crosscourt backhand winner. 15/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/40 (BP #1). Black hit a backhand volley long off an awkward low ball. Broken.

So far, everyone's been broken except the 6'5" Moodie...

Moodie serving 3-1: Paes stretched wide and flicked an amazing crosscourt backhand into Raymond's body for a virtual winner. 0/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/30. Black hit a backhand volley-winner down the middle. 0/40 (BP #1). Raymond hit a forehand smash-winner. 15/40 (BP #2). Moodie tried to serve and volley, but Paes's low dipping crosscourt forehand return forced him to net a backhand volley. Broken.

Paes serving 1-4: Ace #1: down the middle. 15/0. Virtual ace down the middle – and Black was using the I-formation. 30/0. Paes hit a "delightful" crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve out wide: Moodie blitzed a crosscourt forehand return-winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Moodie backhand volley just long. Held.

Raymond serving 3-3: Paes hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner. 0/15. Moodie backhand volley long. 0/30. Moodie crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 15/30. Serve + sliced backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Black hit a backhand volley-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Moodie on the third stroke netted a backhand volley. Broken.

Black serving 4-3 (new balls): Deep first serve down the middle forced Raymond to hit an off-backhand return wide. 15/0. Paes's deep crosscourt backhand forced Moodie to stretch wide & low and net a backhand. 30/0. Moodie's off-forehand volley forced Paes to net a backhand volley. 30/15. Moodie backhand return just long. 40/15 (GP #1). Paes on the third stroke netted a backhand volley. Virginia Wade: "Hit that so well – except that it didn't go over the net." 40/30 (GP #2). Raymond netted a backhand in front of Paes at the net. Held.

Moodie serving 3-5: Serve + forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Moodie netted a high forehand volley on the third stroke. 30/15. Black crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 40/15. (GP #1). Service-winner. Held.

Paes serving 5-4: Paes on the third stroke hit a backhand long. 0/15. Ace out wide: on the sideline. 15/15. Paes's down-the-line forehand from outside the tramlines forced Moodie to net a backhand volley. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15 (SP #1 for Black/Paes). Ace down the middle. Paes/Black won the first set 6-4 at 17:43 BST (37m).


Second set
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PAES/BLAC _*_*_*_*_*_*T 7(7)
MOOD/RAYM *_*_*_*_*_*__ 6(5)

Moodie serving 0-0: A rally with all four players at the net ended with Raymond hitting a backhand volley wide. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Moodie hit a wild crosscourt forehand wide. 15/30. Ace down the middle called long. Moodie and Raymond challenged it: Hawk-Eye showed that it caught about 2% of the breadth of the service-line! 30/30. Moodie netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP #1). Raymond on the third stroke hit a crisp crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Deuce #1. Moodie backhand volley netcord-winner. Ad Moodie (GP #1). Moodie backhand volley-winner. Held.

Paes serving 0-1: Black's forehand volley to Moodie's feet forced him to hit a backhand long. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Moodie to net a backhand return. 30/0. Raymond netted a forehand off a short ball. 40/0 (GP #1). Black on the third stroke dispatched a floater with a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. Held.

Both ladies are using hand-signals to tell their partners where to serve, and which way they will move.

Raymond serving 1-1: Paes's dipping, body-jamming backhand forced Moodie to net a forehand return. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Moodie on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand winner through Black's legs, and apologised. 15/30. Black bunted a forehand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Black on the fourth stroke hit a backhand volley-winner down the line. 40/30 (GP #2). Moodie on the third stroke hit an off-backhand volley-winner. Held.

Black serving 1-2: Moodie netted a backhand volley. 15/0. Black hit a pinpoint down-the-line forehand pass-winner on the sideline! 30/0. Second serve: Raymond netted a sliced backhand return. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve down the middle induced Moodie to net a forehand return. Held.

Moodie serving 2-2: Paes netted a backhand volley. 15/0. Second-serve ace down the middle: curling away from Black. 30/0. Paes's return forced Raymond to net a backhand volley. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide forced Paes to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Held.

Paes serving 2-3: Moodie, driven outside the tramlines, netted a backhand. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Moodie to net a backhand. 30/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Raymond to net a forehand return. 40/0 (GP #1). Black intercepted Moodie's weak crosscourt backhand to hit a forehand volley-winner. Held.

Moodie is making the mistake of hitting too many balls to Black at the net. She's an excellent volleyer, and very difficult to pass.

Raymond serving 3-3 (new balls): Black hit a down-the-middle forehand volley that clipped Moodie's racket and sailed long behind him. 0/15. Double fault (second serve long). 0/30. Ace #3: out wide. David Mercer: "Must be special satisfaction acing the /man/." 15/30. Black crosscourt forehand winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Raymond's forehand volley forced Paes to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #2). Moodie on the third stroke hit an off-backhand volley-winner to the sideline. Deuce #1. Paes crosscourt forehand pass-winner. Ad Black (BP #3). Deep first serve down the middle forced Black to bunt a forehand return long. Deuce #1. Paes's down-the-line forehand return forced Moodie to hit a backhand volley long. Ad Black (BP #4). Raymond hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the open court. Deuce #2. First serve out wide induced Paes to net a forehand return. Ad Raymond (GP #1). Black's backhand return clipped the netcord; Moodie stuck out his racket and hit a forehand reflex drop-volley winner that landed two inches past the net!! Held.

Black serving 3-4: Paes backhand volley wide. 0/15. Paes netted a forehand volley. 0/30. Moodie netted a forehand off a short, weak ball. 15/30. Moodie netted a forehand. 30/30. Paes on the third stroke hit a loose off-forehand volley wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Short first serve down the middle: Moodie hit a poor forehand return long, and shouted "aah!". Deuce #1. Ace #4: out wide. Ad Black (GP #1). Moodie's forehand forced Paes to net a backhand volley. Deuce #2. Deep first serve down the middle forced Raymond to net a backhand return. Ad Black (GP #2). Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #3. Paes backhand long. Ad Moodie (BP #2). He hit a forehand return long. Deuce #4. Black hit a forehand volley-winner down the line. Ad Black (GP #3). Moodie off-forehand wide. Held.

The momentum switched in favour of Raymond/Moodie after saving 4 BPs at *3-3, but now they've wasted 2 BPs, so Black/Paes have the momentum, but the disadvantage of serving second.

Moodie serving 4-4: Moodie hit a crosscourt backhand lob over Paes's left shoulder, forcing him to net an awkward high backhand volley. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Paes hit a pinpoint crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 30/15. Paes hit a forehand drop-volley winner off Moodie's down-the-line backhand. 30/30. Serve out wide + error-forcing backhand volley. 40/30 (GP #1). Serve out wide + Raymond backhand volley-winner down the line. Held.

Paes serving 4-5: Paes off-backhand winner. 15/0. Black forehand volley long. 15/15. Ace down the middle: just inside the service-line. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Moodie to hit a backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Raymond to bunt a backhand return long. Held.

Raymond serving 5-5: Black hit a backhand volley-winner down the line. 0/15. Deep serve out wide forced Black to net a backhand return. 15/15. First serve out wide forced Paes to net a forehand return. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Black to bunt a backhand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Moodie on the third stroke hit a backhand volley-winner. Held.

Black serving 5-6: Black forehand drop-volley winner. 15/0. Deep first serve down the middle forced Moodie to net a forehand return. 30/0. Paes hit a high backhand volley-winner crosscourt. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep second serve out wide induced Raymond to net a backhand return. 40/15 (GP #2). Black hit a marvellous crosscourt forehand volley-winner from below the height of the net. Held.

There is now a quarter of the court left in sunshine, the rest in shadow. That's the most awkward light to play in, and comes at a vital stage of the match...

6-6 tiebreak (all scores (Black/Paes)/(Raymond/Moodie)):
{0/0*} Paes backhand volley just wide.
{*0/1} Raymond forehand long (forced by depth).
{*1/1} Paes served an ace down the middle: just inside the service-line.
{2/1*} Black got jammed by Raymond's serve out wide, and netted a forehand return.
{2/2*} Moodie crosscourt backhand volley-winner.
{*2/3} Raymond crosscourt forehand winner.
{*2/4} Black hit an off-backhand deep into the sunshine-quarter, forcing Moodie to hit a forehand long.
{3/4*} Raymond hit a crosscourt forehand volley to Paes's feet.
{3/5*} Moodie tried to serve and volley, but netted a backhand first volley – awkward because he had to hit the serve in the sun and the volley in the shade, and his eyes didn't have time to adjust.
{*4/5} Moodie crosscourt backhand just wide.
{*5/5} Paes crosscourt backhand volley-winner.
{6/5*: CP #1 for Black/Paes} Raymond serving... Paes hit a stinging backhand volley-winner down the middle. Paes/Black won 6-4 7-6 (7/5) at 18:42 BST (second set 59m, match 1h37m).

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7. Ladies' Invitation Doubles: Final scoreboard-report: Novotná/Navrátilová v Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel (Sunday 4th July 2010)
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+ Jana Novotná/Martina Navrátilová d. Tracy Austin/Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, 7-5 6-0

I'm pleased that Novotná won, as she was one of my favourite players in the 1990s (outside of my Eternal Fanship, which consisted only of Monica Seles and Iva Majoli before I inducted ten other wonderful players in 1999–2009).

Novotná was one of the cutest and most flairsomely-talented players of the 1990s, with excellent volleys in particular. It's very cruel of Time to make her 41 now: she's a lot more wrinkly these days, but certainly the most attractive woman over 41 that I know, and still has her flairsome talent from what I saw of an earlier, televised match from this event.


First set
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NOVOTN/NAVRÁT *@_@*_*___*@ 7
AUSTIN/RINALD __@__*_*@*__ 5

The match started at 15:57 BST.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 0-0: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (BP #3). Broken.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 2-0: 15/15. 15/30. Broken.

Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 3-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (GP #1). Held.

Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 1-4: 0/15. 0/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 4-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (GP #1). Held.

Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 5-3: 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 4-5: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. Deuce #1. Ad Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel (GP #1). Held.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 5-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. Held.

Austin/Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 5-6: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (SP #1 for Novotná/Navrátilová). Novotná/Navrátilová won the first set 7-5 at 16:44 BST (47m).


Second set
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NOVOTN/NAVRÁT *@*@*@ 6
AUSTIN/RINALD ______ 0

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 0-0: The scoreboard froze at 16:44 BST. The scoreboard resumed at 16:48 BST (3m). 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Rinaldi-Stunkel (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Rinaldi-Stunkel (GP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (BP #1). Broken.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Novotná/Navrátilová (GP #2). Held.

Austin serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Novotná/Navrátilová serving 4-0 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Rinaldi-Stunkel serving 0-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (CP #1 for Novotná/Navrátilová). 30/40 (CP #2 for Novotná/Navrátilová). Deuce #1. Ad Navrátilová (CP #3 for Novotná/Navrátilová). Novotná/Navrátilová won 7-5 6-0 at 17:15 BST (second set 30m, match 1h17m).

I saw the last point in a BBC One round-up: Rinaldi-Stunkel hit a deep first serve out wide – on the service-line, forcing the left-handed Navrátilová to stretch wide and hit a forehand return; Austin hit a backhand volley down the middle; Novotná bunted back a defensive backhand lob, whose height made Austin have to hit an awkward high forehand volley, which sat up nicely for Novotná to hit a forehand down the line, forcing Rinaldi-Stunkel to net a backhand volley.

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8. Extended TV-reports coming soon
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Wimbledon 2010 has left me with a hefty backlog of extended TV-reports to write for those matches involving members of my Eternal Fanship that were televised by the BBC.

If I assume that I will continue to be as busy as I have been in recent months, then I can only promise to write them up at the rate of a set per week, excluding weeks that I reserve for other purposes (such as following the Majors, and updating my Biographies). At this rate, I would finish my Wimbledon 2010 reports in 15 months from now.

Firstly, I plan to write my remaining Birmingham 2010 reports in the first three weekends after Wimbledon:

* Quarter-finals (ETA 12th July 2010)
* Semi-finals (ETA 19th July 2010)
* Final (ETA 26th July 2010)

Secondly, I have three extended TV-reports from the French Open 2010 to write up, and I plan to do so in parallel with the Birmingham reports if possible:

* 1r: Maria Sharapova v Ksenia Pervak (2 sets – ETA 19th July 2010)
* 3r: Maria Sharapova v Justine Henin (3 sets – ETA 9th August 2010)
* 4r: Daniela Hantuchová v Jelena Janković (2 sets – ETA 23rd August 2010)

Then I'll move onto the Wimbledon 2010 reports:

* 1r: Maria Sharapova v Anastasia Pivovarova (2 sets – ETA 20th September 2010)
* 2r: Maria Sharapova v Ioana Raluca Olaru (2 sets – ETA 4th October 2010)
* 2r: Anna Chakvetadze v Serena Williams (2 sets – ETA 18th October 2010)
* XD 1r: Zvonarëva/Sa v Robson/J.Murray (2 sets – ETA 1st November 2010)

I reserve the last seven weeks of 2010 for updating my Biographies for each member of my Eternal Fanship. I have to write Lucie Šafářová's and Magdaléna Rybáriková's from scratch, and I can only hope that there will be sufficient slack in my schedule to do at least Lucie's in 2010.

I plan to write up the Australian Open 2010 first-round match between Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko between New Year and the Australian Open 2011, although my vows of Eternal Fanship don't compel me to do so, because it wasn't televised by the BBC.

I will resume my Wimbledon 2010 reports after the Australian Open 2011:

* 3r: Maria Sharapova v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (2 sets – ETA 14th February 2011)
* 4r: Vera Zvonarëva v Jelena Janković (1˝ sets – ETA 21st February 2011)
* 4r: Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams (2 sets – ETA 7th March 2011)
* QF: Vera Zvonarëva v Kim Clijsters (3 sets – ETA 28th March 2011)
* WD 3r: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Benešová/Záhlavová Strýcová (2 sets – ETA 11th April 2011)
* WD QF: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Williams/Williams (3 sets – ETA 2nd May 2011)

Unless I manage to get ahead, there won't be time to write up the next report before the French Open 2011, so if this will be the situation, I'll resume after Wimbledon 2011:

* SF: Vera Zvonarëva v Tsvetana Pironkova (3 sets – ETA 25th July 2011)
* WD SF: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Dulko/Pennetta (2 sets – ETA 8th August 2011)
* Final: Vera Zvonarëva v Serena Williams (2 sets – ETA 22nd August 2011)
* WD final: Zvonarëva/Vesnina v Shvedova/King (2 sets – ETA 19th September 2011)

The above estimates are extremely pessimistic, and I hope that I'll be able to get way ahead of schedule, rather than setting a schedule that I would struggle to keep up with.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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Andrew's full first-round TV-report for Sharapova v Pivovarova

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, London, England; grass; Major)
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First round: Sharapova v Pivovarova (Tuesday 22nd June 2010)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [16,EF] d. Anastasia Pivovarova [LL], 6-1 6-0

I saw this match on the BBC Red Button, and have just uploaded my full TV-report – including a detailed point-by-point description, and transcriptions of selected commentary – to my website:

http://abroad.sqweebs.org/tennis/sha...ledon2010.html

I apologise for posting this report much later than I said I would. I've had one thing after another to deal with since Wimbledon, and with the distinct possibility of a new job starting in December, I am becoming busier and busier.

As soon as the 2010 WTA season is over, I'll have to make updating my Eternal Fanship biographies my first priority, so it's most unlikely that I will complete any more Wimbledon 2010 reports this side of the Australian Open 2011 – save Anna Chakvetadze's, which is 90% complete.

The revised ETAs for the rest of my Wimbledon 2010 reports are as follows:

2r: Anna Chakvetadze v Serena Williams (8th November 2010)
2r: Maria Sharapova v Ioana Raluca Olaru (28th February 2011)
3r: Maria Sharapova v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová (28th March 2011)
4r: Vera Zvonarëva v Jelena Janković (11th April 2011)
4r: Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams (16th May 2011)
QF: Vera Zvonarëva v Kim Clijsters (1st August 2011)
SF: Vera Zvonarëva v Tsvetana Pironkova (29th August 2011)
Final: Vera Zvonarëva v Serena Williams (3rd October 2011)

All Vera's doubles-matches are postponed until further notice, as I want to prioritise any singles-matches of my Eternal Fanship that the BBC may televise in 2011.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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