WTA June 21-July 4: WimbledonThe Championships
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#1 S Williams, #2 V Williams
#3 C Wozniacki, #4 J Jankovic
On Saturday in London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2002, 2003 and 2009 tourney champion (and 2010 Australian Open champ), 28-year-old #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, won her 4th Wimbledon singles title by defeating last year's champ at Indian Wells, 25-year-old 21st-seeded #22 (career-high: #5) Vera Zvonareva from Moscow, Russia, 6-3, 6-2 (photos shown).|
Serena struck 29 winners (including 9 aces) with 15 unforced errors (including 3 double faults); Vera hit only 9 winners (4 aces) with 11 errors (2 DFs). Serena converted 3 of 7 break points agains Vera; Vera did not reach a break point against Serena during the match.
Although Serena's average 1st serve speed (105 mph) was only 5% faster than Vera's, excellent placement allowed Serena to win an incredible 94% of her 1st serve points (Vera: 63%). match stats
Serena's prize is £1,000,000 (about $1,455,200 US); Vera's prize is £500,000 (about $727,600 US).
It was Serena's 13th Grand Slam singles title, putting Serena in sixth place on the all-time list of women's Grand Slam champions (Margaret Smith Court won 24). Serena said: "That's actually my lucky number. I'm happy to win 13. You never know what tomorrow brings. I'm happy to have gotten this far. Who would have thought?... I honestly never served like this. At Wimbledon, whenever I come on this grass and play on this amazing court I start serving well.
"Vera has been through so much and everyone should give her a big cheer—she really defines what a champion and never giving up means." postmatch interview - AP story - BBC story
Vera said: "I think I'm a little bit disappointed at the moment. Maybe I was not able to show my best today, but I think Serena just didn't allow me to show my best... She's a human being. She's not a machine. It's very difficult to beat her. You have to play your best. But if you do, you can do it." postmatch interview
Serena now leads Vera 6-1 in career matches, and has won the last three times they have played. Prior to this match they had not met since 2008, when Serena defeated Vera on green clay in the final at Charleston, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Vera's win over Serena came on a hardcourt in the Cincinnati semifinals in 2006, when Vera defeated Serena 6-2, 6-3.
13-time Grand Slam tourney champion Serena is now 37-14 in WTA singles finals. She won this year's Australian Open, and the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and WTA Championships titles last year. Serena has a 25-4 singles match record in 2010.
Vera is now 10-13 in WTA singles finals; after she won at Indian Wells last year she tore ankle ligaments at Charleston, and had surgery to remove scar tissue in November. In January at the Australian Open Vera said it would still take a while before she was 100% healthy again. Vera has a 27-11 match record this year.
final game-by game: BBC "As It Happened"
Friday pre-final interviews: Serena Williams - Vera Zvonareva
Men's final: s2 Rafael Nadal ESP d s12 Tomas Berdych CZE 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
◄ click for women's singles draw in the video frame
2010 prize money is listed below; although the prizes in pounds have increased, because the pound has fallen so far against the dollar, the prizes in US currency through the 3rd round are lower than in 2009 (and last year all the prizes were lower than in 2008).
WTA SCOREBOARD: The Championships at Wimbledon
The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England
All England Lawn Tennis Club address: London SW19, England, UK
Wimbledon, 1st Round Mon-Tue Jun 21-22 noon
loser's prize: £11,250 = US $16,371; points: 5
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #148 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 6-0, 6-4 Tue
#2 s2 Venus Williams USA d #92 Rossana de los Rios PAR 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#3 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #54 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#4 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #236 wc Laura Robson GBR 6-3, 7-6(5) Mon
*#47 Vera Dushevina RUS d #6 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6(0)-7, 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*#79 q Kaia Kanepi EST d #7 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #70 Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#9 s8 Kim Clijsters BEL d #120 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-0, 6-3 Mon
#10 s9 Na Li CHN d #87 wc Chanelle Scheepers RSA 7-6(5), 6-2 Tue
#11 s10 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #37 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-4, 6-0 Tue
#12 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #73 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#13 s12 Nadia Petrova RUS d #94 Tatjana Malek GER 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#14 s13 Shahar Peer ISR d #45 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-3, 6-4 Mon
#15 s14 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #181 q Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#16 s15 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #146 wc Alison Riske USA 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 Mon
#17 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS d #128 LL Anastasia Pivovarova RUS 6-1, 6-0 Tue
#18 s17 Justine Henin BEL d #56 Anastasija Sevastova LAT 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#19 s18 Aravane Rezai FRA d #63 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6(8)-7, 6-2, 7-5 Tue
#20 s19 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #93 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-2, 6(5)-7, 6-4 Tue
#22 s21 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #179 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 6-4, 6-1 Mon
#24 s23 Jie Zheng CHN d #106 Pauline Parmentier FRA 7-5, 6-4 Tue
#25 s24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #71 Vania King USA 6(4)-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue-dark-Wed
*#46 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #26 s25 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue
#27 s26 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #88 Sandra Zahlavova CZE 6-2, 6-3 Mon
#28 s27 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #86 Stefanie Voegele SUI 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 Mon
#29 s28 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #130 wc Katie O'Brien GBR 6-3, 6(10)-7, 6-4 Mon
#30 s29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #60 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#31 s30 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #53 Polona Hercog SLO 6-1, 6-4 Mon
#32 s31 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d #64 Kimiko Date Krumm JPN 6-2, 6(3)-7, 6-1 Tue
#33 s32 Sara Errani ITA d #98 Julie Coin FRA 6-2, 6-4 Tue
#34 s33 Melanie Oudin USA d #97 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-3, 6-0 Mon
*#138 q Greta Arn HUN d #35 s34 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 Mon
*#111 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #36 Andrea Petkovic GER 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*#50 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #38 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Tue
*#91 Edina Gallovits ROU d #39 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 Tue
*#67 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #41 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue
*#139 q Monica Niculescu ROU d #42 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-3, 6-2 Tue
#48 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #187 q Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-5, 7-5 Mon
*#51 Roberta Vinci ITA d #49 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#100 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #52 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-4, 7-6(2) Mon
#55 Angelique Kerber GER d #113 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*#61 Petra Kvitova CZE d #57 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*#83 Yung-Jan Chan TPE d #59 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-0, 6-2 Mon
*#77 Petra Martic CRO d #62 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 Mon
*#85 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #65 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-4, 6-1 Mon
#66 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #82 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6(1)-7, 6-1, 6-0 Tue
#68 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d #125 LL Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#69 Regina Kulikova RUS d #234 wc Melanie South GBR 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*#102 Ayumi Morita JPN d #72 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 7-5, 6-1 Tue
#74 Kristina Barrois GER d #122 Mariya Koryttseva UKR 6-3, 6-4 Mon c19 m3
#75 Alberta Brianti ITA d #101 Jill Craybas USA 6-2, 7-5 Tue
#76 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d #157 sr Anne Keothavong GBR 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*#115 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU d #78 Alizé Cornet FRA 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*#90 Jarmila Groth AUS d #80 Renata Voracova CZE 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#81 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #95 Anna Lapushchenkova RUS 6-0, 7-6(7) Mon
#89 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d #124 Arantxa Rus NED 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 Tue
#96 Alicia Molik AUS d #112 Zuzana Kucova SVK 6-2, 7-5 Mon
#99 Varvara Lepchenko USA d #104 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-4, 7-5 Mon
#107 Karolina Sprem CRO d #103 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
#108 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d #205 sr82 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-0 Tue
*#149 q Kurumi Nara JPN d #116 Mariana Duque Marino COL 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#137 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE d #301 wc Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#140 q Romina Oprandi ITA d #344 wc Heather Watson GBR 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Tue
#123 q Shenay Perry USA d #143 q Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-2, 4-6, 9-7 Mon
Wimbledon, 2nd Round Wed-Thu Jun 23-24 noon
loser's prize: £18,750 = US $27,285; points: 100
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #111 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-0, 6-1 Thu
#2 s2 Venus Williams USA d #100 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-0, 6-4 Wed
#3 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #89 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-4, 6-3 Thu
#4 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #48 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Wed
#8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #75 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-2, 6-0 Thu
#9 s8 Kim Clijsters BEL d #107 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-3, 6-2 Wed
#10 s9 Na Li CHN d #149 q Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-4 Thu
#11 s10 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #139 q Monica Niculescu ROU 6-1, 6-1 Thu
#12 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #77 Petra Martic CRO walkover—abdominal injury? Wed
#13 s12 Nadia Petrova RUS d #83 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*#55 Angelique Kerber GER d #14 s13 Shahar Peer ISR 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Wed
#15 s14 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #108 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-1, 6-4 Thu
#16 s15 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #68 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 7-6(9), 6-4 Wed
#17 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS d #115 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU 6-1, 6-4 Thu
#18 s17 Justine Henin BEL d #74 Kristina Barrois GER 6-3, 7-5 Wed
*#66 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #19 s18 Aravane Rezai FRA 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 Thu
*#76 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d #20 s19 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Thu
#22 s21 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #137 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-1, 6-4 Wed
*#61 Petra Kvitova CZE d #24 s23 Jie Zheng CHN 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Thu
#67 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #25 s24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 Thu
for the 2nd time in her career (1st time: Wimbledon 2008)
#27 s26 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #85 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-4, 6-2 Wed
#28 s27 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #123 q Shenay Perry USA 6-1, 6-4 Wed
#29 s28 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #99 Varvara Lepchenko USA 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Wed
#30 s29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #51 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 7-6(1) Thu
*#69 Regina Kulikova RUS d #31 s30 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-2, 6-4 Wed
#32 s31 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d #140 q Romina Oprandi ITA 6-2, 6-0 Thu
#33 s32 Sara Errani ITA d #50 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-2, 6-2 Thu
*#90 Jarmila Groth AUS d #34 s33 Melanie Oudin USA 6-4, 6-3 Wed
#46 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #102 Ayumi Morita JPN 6(4)-7, 7-6(2), 7-5 Thu
*#81 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #47 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-3, 6-4 Wed
#79 q Kaia Kanepi EST d #91 Edina Gallovits ROU 6-4, 7-5 Thu
*#138 q Greta Arn HUN d #96 Alicia Molik AUS 7-5, 6-4 Wed
Wimbledon, 3rd Round Fri-Sat Jun 25-26 noon
loser's prize: £31,250 = US $45,475; points: 160
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #46 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-0, 7-5 Sat
#2 s2 Venus Williams USA d #27 s26 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-4, 6-2 Fri
#3 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #30 s29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 6-4 Sat
#4 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #29 s28 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-0, 6-3 Fri
#8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #33 s32 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 6-1 Sat
#9 s8 Kim Clijsters BEL d #28 s27 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6-3 Fri
#10 s9 Na Li CHN d #76 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-1, 6-3 Sat
*#66 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #11 s10 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 6-3 Sat
#12 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #138 q Greta Arn HUN 6-3, 6-4 Fri
*#18 s17 Justine Henin BEL d #13 s12 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-1, 6-4 Fri
*#61 Petra Kvitova CZE d #15 s14 Victoria Azarenka BLR 7-5, 6-0 Sat
*#22 s21 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #16 s15 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-2 Fri
#17 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS d #67 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 7-5, 6-3 Sat
*#79 q Kaia Kanepi EST d #32 s31 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-1, 6-2 Sat
*#90 Jarmila Groth AUS d #55 Angelique Kerber GER Fri
*#81 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #69 Regina Kulikova RUS 6-4, 2-0 retired—low back injury Fri
Wimbledon, 4th Round, Mon Jun 28 noon
loser's prize: £62,500 = US $90,950; points: 280
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #17 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS 7-6(9), 6-4 career matches: Serena leads Maria 6-2
#2 s2 Venus Williams USA d #90 Jarmila Groth AUS 6-4, 7-6(5) career matches: Venus leads 1-0
*#61 Petra Kvitova CZE d #3 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 6-0 career matches: Caroline leads Petra 2-1
*#22 s21 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #4 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-1, 3-0 retired—low back injury career matches: tied 6-6
*#10 s9 Na Li CHN d #8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-2 career matches: tied 2-2
#9 s8 Kim Clijsters BEL d #18 s17 Justine Henin BEL 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 career matches: Kim leads Justine 13-12
*#81 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #12 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-4 career matches: Marion leads Tsvetana 3-1
*#79 q Kaia Kanepi EST d #66 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-2, 6-4 career matches: Kaia leads Klara 2-0
Wimbledon, QFs, Tue Jun 29 1pm
loser's prize: £125,000 = US $181,900; points: 500
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #10 s9 Na Li CHN 7-5, 6-3 career matches: Serena leads 5-1
*#81 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #2 s2 Venus Williams USA 6-2, 6-3 career matches: Tsvetana leads 2-1
*#22 s21 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #9 s8 Kim Clijsters BEL 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 career matches: Kim leads 5-1
#61 Petra Kvitova CZE d #79 q Kaia Kanepi EST 4-6, 7-6(8), 8-6 career matches: tied 2-2
Wimbledon, SFs, Thu Jul 1 1pm both semifinals game-by game: BBC "As It Happened"
loser's prize: £250,000 = US $363,800; points: 900
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #61 Petra Kvitova CZE 7-6(5), 6-2 career matches: Serena leads 2-0
Serena serving, Petra driving a backhand, Serena following one, and after match point
#22 s21 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #81 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 career matches: tied at 1-1
Vera driving a forehand, Tsvetana following one, Vera watching her backhand fly, and after match point
Wimbledon, Final, Sat Jul 3 2pm
loser's prize: £500,000 = US $727,600; points: 1400
winner's prize: £1,000,000 = US $1,455,200; points: 2000
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #22 s21 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-3, 6-2
Vera and Serena driving forehand and backhand, and both ladies at net after match point
Wimbledon, Doubles Final, Sat Jul 3|
losers' prize: £120,000 = US $174,624
winners' prize: £240,000 = US $349,248
d25 Vania King & d49 Yaroslava Shvedova d d41 Elena Vesnina & d193 Vera Zvonareva 7-6(6), 6-2
Wimbledon, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun Jul 4
losers' prize: £46,000 = US $66,939
winners' prize: £92,000 = US $133,878
s2 Cara Black & Leander Paes d s11 Lisa Raymond & Wesley Moodie 6-4, 7-6(5)
Wimbledon, Girls' Singles Final, Sat Jul 3
s9 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d s10 Sachie Ishizu JPN 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Wimbledon, Girls' Doubles Final, Sun Jul 4
s4 Timea Babos HUN & Sloane Stephens USA d s1 Irina Khromacheva RUS & Elina Svitolina UKR 6(7)-7, 6-2, 6-2
Wimbledon, Invitation Doubles Final, Sun Jul 4
losers' prize: £14,500 = US $21,100
winners' prize: £17,500 = US $25,466
Martina Navratilva & Jana Novotna d Tracy Austin & Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel 7-5, 6-1
Wimbledon, Qualifying Finals at Roehampton, Thu Jun 17 11am
Q1st loser's prize: £1,750 = US $2,547; 2 points
Q2nd loser's prize: £3,500 = US $5,093; 15 points
Qfinal loser's prize: £7,000 = US $10,186; 25 points
#79 Kaia Kanepi EST d #175 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-1, 6-2
#103 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d #566 Julie Ditty USA 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
*#181 Mirjana Lucic CRO d #121 Michaella Krajicek NED 6-3, 6-2
#123 Shenay Perry USA d #195 Severine Beltrame FRA 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
*#149 Kurumi Nara JPN d #125 Stephanie Dubois CAN 7-6(2) 6-4
*#179 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #126 Vesna Manasieva RUS 7-6(4) 6-4
*#187 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #128 Anastasia Pivovarova RUS 6-0, 6-0
#138 Greta Arn HUN d #166 Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
#137 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d #410 Lisa Whybourn GBR 6-1, 6-2
#139 Monica Niculescu ROU d #188 Junri Namigata JPN 6-4, 6-0
#140 Romina Oprandi ITA v #158 Ekaterina Ivanova RUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
#143 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR d #163 Misaki Doi JPN 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
#5 Elena Dementieva RUS left calf injury at Roland Garros
#21 s20 Dinara Safina RUS low back injury
#23 s22 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP knee injury
#40 Sabine Lisicki GER left ankle injury
#43 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP right ankle injury
#44 Shuai Peng CHN illness
#58 Virginie Razzano FRA right foot & ankle injury
#131 Urszula Radwanska POL back injury
|The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:|
s1 Serena Williams USA & Venus Williams USA QF
Julie Ditty USA & Renata Voracova CZE r1
Tatjana Malek GER & Andrea Petkovic GER r1
Timea Bacsinszky SUI & Tathiana Garbin ITA r2
Dominika Cibulkova SVK & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS r3
Edina Gallovits ROU 7 Klaudia Jans POL r1
Julie Coin FRA & Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN r1
s15 Alicja Rosolska POL & Zi Yan CHN r2
s12 Iveta Benesova CZE & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE r3
Eleni Daniilidou GRE & Jasmin Woehr GER r1
Naomi Broady GBR & Katie O'Brien GBR r1
Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE r2
Elena Vesnina RUS & Vera Zvonareva RUS F
Mariya Koryttseva UKR & Darya Kustova BLR r1
Victoria Azarenka BLR & Anna Chakvetadze RUS r1
s17 Chia-Jung Chuang TPE & Olga Govortsova BLR r2
s4 Gisela Dulko ARG & Flavia Pennetta ITA SF
Anastasia Rodionova AUS & Arina Rodionova RUS r1
Regina Kulikova RUS & Anastasija Sevastova LAT r1
Elena Baltacha GBR & Olga Savchuk UKR r2
Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Ipek Senoglu TUR r1
Jelena Jankovic SRB & Chanelle Scheepers RSA r3 w/o
Kirsten Flipkens BEL & Yanina Wickmayer BEL r1
s13 Vera Dushevina RUS & Ekaterina Makarova RUS r2
s9 Yung-Jan Chan TPE & Jie Zheng CHN r1
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB & Kristina Barrois r3
Magdalena Rybarikova SVK & Klara Zakopalova CZE r2
Melinda Czink HUN & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP r1
Julia Goerges GER & Agnes Szavay HUN QF
Naomi Cavaday GBR & Anna Smith GBR r1
Kimiko Date Krumm JPN & Tamarine Tanasugarn THA r1
Kai-Chen Chang TPE & Ayumi Morita JPN r2
s6 Kveta Peschke CZE & Katarina Srebotnik SLO QF
Jill Craybas USA & Marina Erakovic NZL r1
Ekaterina Dzehalevich BLR & Tatiana Poutchek BLR r1
Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP & Meghann Shaughnessy USA r2
Natalie Grandin RSA & Abigail Spears USA r1
Sara Errani ITA & Roberta Vinci ITA r3
Sofia Arvidsson SWE & Angelique Kerber GER r1
s10 Maria Kirilenko RUS & Agnieszka Radwanska POL r2
s14 Monica Niculescu ROU & Shahar Peer ISR r2
Alona Bondarenko UKR & Kateryna Bondarenko UKR r1
Vania King USA & Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
Alberta Brianti ITA & Alexandra Dulgheru ROU r1
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS & Aravane Rezai FRA r2
Liga Dekmeijere LAT & Petra Kvitova CZE r1
Melanie Oudin USA & Riza Zalameda USA r1
s3 Nadia Petrova RUS & Samantha Stosur AUS r3
s7 Lisa Raymond USA & Rennae Stubbs AUS QF
Polona Hercog SLO & Petra Martic CRO r1
Jocelyn Rae GBR & Heather Watson GBR r2
Casey Dellacqua AUS & Alicia Molik AUS r1
Sania Mirza IND & Caroline Wozniacki DEN r2
Anne Keothavong GBR & Melanie South GBR r1
Maria Kondratieva RUS & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE r1
s11 Cara Black ZIM & Daniela Hantuchova SVK r3
s16 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Alla Kudryavtseva RUS r3
Michaella Krajicek NED & Patty Schnyder SUI r1
Sally Peers AUS & Laura Robson GBR r1
Kaia Kanepi EST & Shuai Zhang CHN r2
Lucie Safarova CZE & Aleksandra Wozniak CAN r2
Katalin Marosi HUN & Kathrin Woerle GER r1
Sarah Borwell GBR & Raquel Kops-Jones USA r1
s5 Liezel Huber USA & Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA SF
s1 Serena Williams USA & Venus Williams USA did not appear for their mandatory press conference after losing to Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals, and were fined $4,000 each for the violation.
(June 19, 2010) 20th-seeded #21 (and former WTA #1) Dinara Safina withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday, citing a recurrance of the low back injury which has been troubling her since late last year. Dinara tweeted: "Hi guys...sorry to tell u but I had to pull out today...my back injury came back and I can't play...I tried but I can't...sorry." Dinara at Twitter #34 Melanie Oudin has been declared 33rd seed, and will take Dinara's place in the main draw. #125 Stephanie Dubois, who lost in the qualifying finals, will take Melanie's former place in the draw as "Lucky Loser."
22nd-seeded #23 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez also withdrew on Saturday due to a knee injury. #35 Kateryna Bondarenko was made 34th seed, and takes Maria Jose's place in the draw. #128 Anastasia Pivovarova has taken Kateryna's former place as a "Lucky Loser," and will play #17 Maria Sharapova in the 1st round. tourney story
The first Ladies Championships at Wimbledon were held in 1884; the drawsheet is at left (photo from Virginia Wade's indispensable book Ladies of the Court).|
The "silver flower basket" valued at 20 guineas awarded to champion Maud Watson is now used as the championship trophy at Birmingham, and is known as the Maude Watson Trophy. The 20 guinea valuation seems too high; the cup is not very large, and 20 guineas then would be well over $2000 US today.
The entry fee of 10 shillings and a sixpence equaled about $2.52 US at the time-- which, adjusted for inflation, would be around $56.60 today.
The other "Miss Watson" whom Maude defeated in the final, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, was her older sister Lillian. Maude would win the title again in 1885, defeating 1884 semifinalist Blanche Bingley.
Blanche, later Mrs. George Hillyard, would win the title six times, a feat matched only by Dorothea K. Douglass Lambert Chambers (7 titles), Suzanne Lenglen (6), Helen Wills (8), Billie Jean King (6), Martina Navratilova (9), and Steffi Graf (7).
from Ladies of the Court by Michael Mewshaw, (pages 122-123):|
Years ago the Competitor's Lounge at Wimbledon had, in theory, been the sacrosanct preserve of players and their guests. But, in practice, it had always been a throbbing hive of hustlers, racquet dealers, clothing reps, agents, tournament directors, assorted groupies, gofers, and camp followers. Now journalists had access to this sanctuary. Flashing a special forty-five minute permit, I passed the guard at the door and, during yet another rain delay, climbed the stairs to the third floor and stopped at the Prize Money Office, where a woman cheerfully explained her job.
Once a player lost, he or she popped in here to pick up a check. A player's agent or manager could collect prize money, but only with written permission. "Even though we know, for example, that Ion Tiriac is Boris Becker's manager, we have to have it in writing before we'll hand over Becker's money," the woman said.
"What if the players want cash?" I asked.
"Then they carry the check to the bank here on the grounds."
"Do you deduct U.K. taxes?"
Indeed she did. Foreigners paid a flat 25% on their winnings, but they received a £150 per diem exclusion before British taxes bit into their purse. The Prize Money Office also deducted WTA dues and fines for code violations. Although it sounded complicated, she assured me that "because of computers, we can get a player in and out in thirty or forty seconds. That's a lot different from the old days." She smiled sweetly. "Now I'm afraid I can't say anything else."
"Do you ever get any strange requests?"
The smile never faltered. "Lots, but I'm not allowed to tell you."
from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 306):|
Wimbledon's qualifying tournament is not played at Wimbledon, it is played at the Bank of England tennis club, at Roehampton, about eight miles from the All England Club.
Everyone who has played there--and almost everyone has at some point--will tell you that the toughest tennis tournament in the world is the one at Roehampton. "There is nothing in the world farther from Wimbledon than Roehampton," John McEnroe once said. "You survive there, you're a hell of a tennis player."
...There are sixteen courts at Roehampton. Unlike the pampered, protected courts at Wimbledon, they are in constant use--and it shows. There are brown patches everywhere--or, to be accurate, green patches on the brown--and after it rains, players would be well advised to show up wearing cleats rather than sneakers.
...When the players arrive at Roehampton, they report to the referee's tent to sign in; then they await court assignments. Waiting for their matches to be called, most kill the time sitting on a large, grassy knoll that serves as both the players' and the umpires' lounge. The P.A. system is the focal point of all life at Roehampton. Announcements calling players and umpires to their courts, paging people to the telephone, seeking drivers to take players back to hotels, or updating schedules can be heard around the grounds all day long.
The P.A. is just one of a number of distractions players must deal with while they are playing. Admission to Roehampton is free; there are no ushers and no security...
...the atmosphere is not the kind tennis players are accustomed to--people talking and laughing while strolling past the courts... if one wants to qualify for Wimbledon, one has to earn it.
Roehampton is both a launching pad and a graveyard...
from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 306):|
Nothing in tennis can match the tension of day one at Wimbledon.
Everyone is tight, nervous, and ready to explode with pent-up energy. The other Grand Slams are very important; Wimbledon is history... Only at Wimbledon does Centre Court stay empty from the day of the final until the Saturday before the tournament begins the next year.
Only at Wimbledon do you walk underneath the huge sign over the door leading to Centre Court, which quotes Rudyard Kipling: "If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters the same."...
...The weather in England is almost always rotten. Rain cuts practice time, as does a lack of practice courts. At Wimbledon, practice time on the sixteen outside courts is limited to thirty minutes at a time--unless two seeded players are practicing together. Then, they can get an hour. The adjacent practice courts at Aorangi Park (so named because the land was once owned by the government of New Zealand) are not as tight, but still tough to come by. By the time the tournament begins, people are a little tired, a little homesick, frequently frustrated, and very, very nervous.
from Lawn Tennis for Ladies (1910) by 7-time Wimbledon champion Dorothea K. Douglass Lambert Chambers, p.111-112|
I once overheard a lady who was watching a match in the centre court at Wimbledon remark, "There, that's the very first time that man has hit the net with the ball, and he has had hundreds of tries!..."
Another lady at Eastbourne, whom I had noticed because she never left her seat, bringing her lunch with her so as not to lose a moment's play, asked me at the end of the week, while watching a double, whether the partners were side by side or opposite, as in bridge!
(May 23, 2007) The AELTC has installed Hawkeye instant replay gear on Centre Court and Court 1. At Wimbledon in 2007, players on these courts will be allowed three incorrect challenge-video replays in each set, after which they can no longer challenge calls in that set. The US and Australian Opens both utilize the Hawkeye instant replay system on show courts, and allow players to challenge calls and request replays until they lose two challenges in each set. Roland Garros does not yet have any form of instant replay gear installed for French Open call challenges--of course, on clay courts, ball marks are generally used to judge questionable calls. AP story
(Jan 6, 2004 revised) Wimbledon will have a new retractable roof for Centre Court in place in 2009, officials announced. Construction will begin after The Championships in July, 2006. The 2007 Championships will be played with no roof at all (the current partial roof removed), a new fixed partial roof will be in place in 2008, and the retractable roof completed in 2009. The roof will take 10 minutes to deploy, so Centre Court rain delays of up to 30 minutes will still be possible, but the roof is being installed to assure TV networks of almost continuous coverage, even if it rains. The arena's capacity will also be increased from 13,800 to 15,000. AELTC Long-Term Plan - original BBC story.
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