Yesterday World #02 and five-time Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams crashed out, losing in straight sets to the unseeded and not exactly well known Tsvetana Pironkova from Bulgaria.
I saw Venus walk onto court and Tweeted that she looked out of sorts and almost seemed to be limping, so in truth as I watched the score I wasn't totally surprised she went out, but the scoreline did surprise me. Venus admitted she played really badly. However, nothing should be taken away from Pironkova, even when a top player is playing badly it's still easy to lose your nerve at the thought of beating them (look at Falla who so very nearly put Fed out in the first round) and choke; kudos to Pironkova for not doing that.
So there won't be another Williams sisters final, for which I am extremely glad.
However, having said that I now expect it to be a totally one-sided final, as sadly the person I felt who could push the sisters, Kim Clijsters also lost in three sets to Vera Zvonareva. Kim started really well, but then her forehand and her game generally began to desert her. Kudos, however, to Zvonareva who is known for being more than a tad flaky and more than one has been in floods of tears on court. I guess she has to be favourite to beat Pironkova, but given she's just put out a Williams, Pironkova has shown she has the game and the nerve, so who knows.
I really was so sorry to see Kim go out and in truth that has lessened even more my interest in the ladies side - I'll still watch the semis and final, but with no one I really care about the same edge isn't there. Although, in truth that can lead to actually enjoying the match more and not being so edge of seat *g*
Serena did come through in straight sets, but it wasn't a walk in the park and she now takes on in the semi finals tomorrow an unseeded, yet another utterly unheard off girl who'd never won a GS match until this Wimbledon Petra Kvitova, who won the battle of the Ks.
Today brings us the men's quarter finals. Fed vs. Tomas Berdych; Murray vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; Nole vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (the unknown who put out Andy R); Rafa vs. Soderling. It could be a great day, it could be another angst filled day with the result going the way I and plutos_revenge don't want it to.
On paper the toughest match up is Rafa vs. Soderling and the easiest Nole vs. Lu, but as we've seen all week anything can and has happened!
I accurately predicated the order of play for these four both as far as courts and who'd play when would be. However, plutos_revenge won't let me predict any results *pouts* But I'm going to anyway, so there. I predict . . . That . . . Are you read? Here goes . . . Four men will win *g*
Seriously, I know the four I'd like to go through and I think I can guess the four plutos_revenge wants to go through and I suspect they will differ very slightly.
So plutos_revenge are you ready and set up, cushions at hand and prepared for angst and worry and even disappointment? At least you'll know sooner than I shall if your favourite goes through.
Good luck to all eight - favourites or not, to get this far is always an achievement and in truth none have had walks in the park!
Oh, and our final Brits (save Murray) went out in the third round of the mixed doubles yesterday.