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#3 Agnieszka Radwanska
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Wimbledon:

#6 Serena Williams
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Wimbledon:

5th Wimbledon Title
14th Grand Slam Title

Virginia Wade was the most recent British woman to win Wimbledon, in 1977... Virginia also won the first US Open in 1968           On Saturday at Wimbledon, in the final of The Championships, the 4 time Wimbledon titleist (and 2012 champ at Charleston & Madrid), 30 year old 6th seeded #6 (and former #1) Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, won a 5th time, defeating this year's champion at Dubai, Miami and Brussels, 23 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #3) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 (photos shown).

    Serena struck 58 winners (17 aces) with 36 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 15 break points she reached against Agnieszka and totaling 99 points in the match. Agnieszka hit 13 winners (2 aces) with 14 errors (5 DFs) while converting both of the 2 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 80 points. match stats

    Serena totaled 102 aces for the entire tournament, an all-time record. BBC game-by-game

    Serena's prize is £1,150,000 (about $1,789,315), Agnieszka's prize is £575,000 (about $894,658).

    At the award ceremony, Serena said: "I can't even describe it. I almost didn't make it. [Two] years ago I was in the hospital, and now I'm here again. It's so worth it, and I'm so happy...
    "Agi played so well. That's why she has had such a great career, and so young. You guys should give her another round of applause because she's amazing, and she did an amazing job today." AP story

    Serena now leads Agnieszka 3-0 in career matches. Their had not met since 2008, when, on the same grass in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, Serena defeated Agnieszka 6-4, 6-0.

    14 time Grand Slam singles champion Serena is now 42-15 in WTA singles finals, and 5-2 in Wimbledon finals. Serena won the 2010 Australian Open and Wimbledon titles, then stepped on broken glass at a restaurant after Wimbledon and was sidelined for about 11 months, during which she also suffered from a pulmonary embolism. Upon returning to play last year she won the Stanford and Toronto titles; this year she also won at Charleston and Madrid.
    Serena has a 34-3 singles match record in 2012. Her three losses were to Virginie Razzano (in the 1st round of of the French Open, Caroline Wozniacki (in the quarterfinals at Miami), and Ekaterina Makarova (in the 4th round of the Australian Open).

    Agnieszka is now 10-3 in WTA singles finals. She had won her last six finals in a row. This was her first Grand Slam singles final. Aga has a 44-10 singles match record this season. Six of her other losses were to Victoria Azarenka, the rest to Petra Cetkovska, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Tsvetana Pironkova.

    Victoria Azarenka will be #1 in Monday's WTA singles rankings; Agnieszka Radwanska will be at a career high #2.

    Sunday Men's Final: s3 Roger Federer SUI d s4 Andy Murray GBR 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4


 
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  2012 Major Skirmishes, Top Half italics=advanced by upset

4th Round:
#15 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER d #1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 6-3
#3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #145 q Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-3
#8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER d #53 Kim Clijsters BEL 6-1, 6-1
#19 s17 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #32 s30 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 6(6)-7, 6-3

Quarterfinals:
#3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #19 s17 Maria Kirilenko RUS 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
#8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER d #15 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 6(7)-7, 7-5

Semifinal:
n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 6-4

  2012 Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half italics=advanced by upset

4th Round:
#2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #14 s14 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-1, 6-0
#4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d #26 s24 Francesca Schiavone ITA 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
#6 s6 Serena Williams USA d #65 wc Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
#59 Tamira Paszek AUT d #23 s21 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-2

Quarterfinals:
#2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #59 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 7-6(4)
#6 s6 Serena Williams USA d #4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 7-5

Semifinal:
n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 7-6(6)

WTA SCOREBOARD: The Championships at Wimbledon
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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    The Championships at Wimbledon have 32 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 8 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Thursday. Early round play begins at noon local time, QFs & SFs at 1pm, and the Final at 2pm on Saturday.
 

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2012: On Thursday, June 21 at Kensington Roof Gardens in London, young ladies looking good at the WTA player party included 2002, '03, '09 & 2010 Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, the BBC's Sonali Shah with 2004 Wimby (and 2012 French Open) champ Maria Sharapova (Sonali is standing on a box, but that's a secret), Brit #1 Anne Keothavong, Ana Ivanovic, 2000, '01, '05 '07 & '08 SW19 champ Venus Williams...
row 2: Sorana Cirstea, Li Na, 2012 tourney champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Elena Vesnina...

While practicing on Saturday, June 23, top seed Maria Sharapova frowned while doing the medicine ball thing, frowned while
doing the pull cord thing, hit some serves, hit some drives, displayed nice baggage, and smiled while listening to some good tunes...
Wimbledon, 1st Round Mon-Tue Jun 25-26 11:30am Tue WTA story
loser's prize: £14,500 = US $22,561; points: 5
Tuesday: rain stopped play at 8:15pm
n1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n133 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-2, 6-3 Mon

     
Maria serving, Anastasia and Maria driving forehands, and Maria after match point

    Maria struck 23 winners (2 aces) with only 14 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 9 break points she reached against Anastasia and totaling 65 points in the match. Anastasia hit 7 winners (no aces) with 11 errors (2 DFs) while converting 2 of the 3 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 41 points. Maria averaged 103mph on 1st serves and a quick 93mph on 2nd serves; Anastasia averaged 91mph on 1st serves and 84mph on 2nd serves. match stats

    Maria said: "The first one's always tricky, and I had a few letdowns towards the end of both sets, but overall I'm pretty happy with the way I performed.
    "It's always a very nice feeling for me to be back on Centre Court here at Wimbledon... it's such a special place for me." WTA story

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n78 Irina Falconi USA 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Vika launching a backhand on the run

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n121 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Aga driving a forehand

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n96 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-4, 6-4 Tue

Petra driving a backhand

    Petra struck 24 winners (6 aces) with 20 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 3 of the 4 break points she reached against Akgul and totaling 70 points in the match. Akgul hit 11 winners (6 aces) with 6 errors (0 DFs) while converting 1 of the 6 break points she reached against Petra and totaling 58 points.
    Petra averaged 99mph on 1st serves and 89mph on 2nd serves; Akgul averaged 103mph on 1st serves and 88mph on 2nd serves. match stats

    Petra fell behind 0-4 at the start of the match. Petra said: "I was nervous. It was my first time being defending champion of a Grand Slam. Of course I would like to make everyone happy, but it wasn't that easy, but I'm happy I stayed calm and didn't panic in important moments. It was a huge honor to play on Centre Court today."

n5 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS d n38 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-1, 6-3 Mon

Samantha's forehand drive

n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n61 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-2, 6-4 Tue

   
Serena driving a forehand, Barbora running one down, and Serena driving a backhand

    Serena struck 24 winners (3 aces) with only 12 unforced errors (1 double fault) while scoring on 6 of the 12 break points she reached against Barbora and totaling 64 points in the match. Barbora hit 17 winners (1 ace) with only 13 errors (3 DFs) while converting 3 of the 6 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 43 points. Serena averaged 104mph on 1st serves and 81mph on 2nd serves; Barbora averaged 99mph on 1st serves and 87mph on 2nd serves. match stats

    Both players went to net 26 times, with Serena scoring on 13 of her trips forward, and Barbora scoring on 14 advances. Serena said: ""It was a different role today. I don't think I was a counterpuncher by any means, but [Barbora] was being really aggressive and hitting lots of drop shots and coming to the net. It was good. If I ever play anyone else like that in the tournament, this was a good opportunity to get practice."

    Barbora tweeted: "I had a really good match against @serenawilliams today. I enjoyed it and had fun." Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at Twitter

n59 Tamira Paszek AUT d n7 s7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue-rain-Wed

   
Tamira driving a forehand, Caro driving a backhand, and Tamira after match point

    Caroline said: "It's all about doing the right things at the right time... after having two match points and not taking them, it's not a nice feeling. It was a good match and good tennis, but that doesn't really help me. I still lost in the first round today. No one will remember how great a match it was, they'll remember who won." WTA story

    About her new coach, former ATP player Andrei Pavel, 2012 Eastbourne champ Tamira said: "We couldn't start working until before the French Open, then we worked continuously for four weeks... t's been great, and it's definitely a long term process."

n8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER d n68 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Angelique driving a backhand

n9 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA d n105 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Marion's 2-handed forehand

n10 s10 Sara Errani ITA d n132 q Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-1, 6-3 Tue-rain-Wed
n11 s11 Na Li CHN d n39 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Na's backhand drive

n12 s12 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n37 Mona Barthel GER 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 Mon-dark-Tue

Vera, back in action after a right shoulder injury, driving a forehand

*n36 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n13 s13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 6-1 ppd-Wed

   
Domi and Klara driving backhands

n14 s14 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n49 Martínez Sanchez ESP 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 ppd-Wed

Ana's backhand drive

n15 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER d n42 Petra Martic CRO 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Sabine following a backhand

*n145 q Camila Giorgi ITA d n17 s16 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-4, 6-3 Mon

Camila driving a backhand

n19 s17 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n84 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Maria driving a backhand

*n53 Kim Clijsters BEL d n20 s18 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-2, 6-4 Mon

   
Jelena and Kim driving forehand and backhand

*n86 Kiki Bertens NED d n21 s19 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 6-0 Tue

Kiki's forehand drive

n22 s20 Nadia Petrova RUS d n188 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-0, 6-2 Mon

Nadia's backhand drive

n23 s21 Roberta Vinci ITA d n255 wc Ashleigh Barty AUS 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n24 s22 Julia Goerges GER d n47 Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 6-2 Tue-rain-Wed c6 m2
n25 s23 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n60 Vania King USA 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Petra driving a backhand

n26 s24 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n111 wc Laura Robson GBR 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tue

   
Francesca and Laura driving forehands

n27 s25 Jie Zheng CHN d n123 Stephanie Dubois CAN 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Tue

Jie's forehand drive

n28 s26 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n41 Simona Halep ROU 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n99 Jamie Hampton USA d n29 s27 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 7-6(1) Mon
n30 s28 Christina McHale USA d n217 wc Johanna Konta GBR 6(4)-7, 6-2, 10-8 Mon-dark-Tue

Christina after match point

*n75 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA d n31 s29 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Mon
n32 s30 Shuai Peng CHN d n160 q Sandra Zaniewska POL 6-2, 6(3)-7, 6-3 Mon
n33 s31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n46 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n35 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n34 s32 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n40 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d q n205 Vesna Dolonc SRB 5-7, 6-0, 7-5 Mon
*n65 wc Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n43 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 7-6(5), 7-6(5) Tue
*n148 q Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n44 Polona Hercog SLO 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n45 Marina Erakovic NZL d n64 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n48 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n112 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Mon
n50 Sorana Cîrstea ROU d n70 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n51 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n93 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*n110 Heather Watson GBR d n52 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Heather watching her backhand fly

    The match was played on Centre Court. No British woman had won a match on Centre since Jo Durie won one in 1985.

    Heather said: "I'm so pleased to have got through that—it was tough not knowing when we were on and waiting the whole day, but it worked out pretty well for me. This is my first singles win at Wimbledon, including juniors, so I'm so pleased... I was lost in the moment, the crowd was amazing and I had the adrenaline going. I was having fun." BBC story

n54 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n106 Greta Arn HUN 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n83 Elena Vesnina RUS d n55 Venus Williams USA 6-1, 6-3 Mon

   
Venus and Elena driving forehand and backhand, and Elena after match point

    Elena struck 17 winners (2 aces) with only 12 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 8 break points she reached against Venus and totaling 61 points in the match. Venus hit 18 winners (3 aces) with only 13 errors (2 DFs) while converting 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Elena and totaling 44 points. Elena averaged 103mph on 1st serves and a very zippy 93mph on 2nd serves; Venus averaged 106mph on 1st serves and 81mph on 2nd serves. match stats

    Elena said: "I think that's the biggest win in my career. To beat Venus at Wimbledon is something amazing. I really wanted to play against her because I have so much respect for both Serena and Venus. They're great champions.
    "I know she didn't have that many matches under her belt, so I thought I'd have a little bit of an advantage with that. I don't know what to say... Maybe for her it was not one of her best days, but for me it was one of the best days." WTA story

    Venus said: "I didn't have the best start. I don't think that helped. But [Elena has] been on the tour a while, and players like her with so much experience know how to hold onto a game and how to hold serve. I have to give all credit to her. She played very well today.

    Venus took several months off at the start of this season because she has Sjögren's Syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain. Venus said: "It's just a couple of months into getting back. Life is challenging, but I'm always up for a challenge. The Tour will be around for a few more months this year, and I will just continue to try to improve my game."

n56 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n94 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-2, 7-5 Tue
n57 Sloane Stephens USA d 118 q Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Sloane's backhand drive

n58 Alizé Cornet FRA d n90 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-0, 7-6(1) Tue-rain-Wed

Alizé following a backhand

n62 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n91 wc Virginie Razzano FRA 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*n87 Romina Oprandi SUI d n63 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 7-6(3), 6-4 Tue
n66 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP d n104 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 Mon
n67 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n81 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 5-7, 3-6, 6-3 ppd-Wed
n69 Timea Babos HUN d n122 wc Melanie Oudin USA 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Mon
n71 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n227 wc Naomi Broady GBR 6-4, 7-6(4) Mon
n72 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n114 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-4, 6-2 Mon
n73 Arantxa Rus NED d n102 LL Misaki Doi JPN 7-5, 6-3 Mon
*n129 q Mirjana Lucic CRO d n74 Alexandra Panova RUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n85 Ayumi Morita JPN d n76 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-4, 6-3 Mon

Ayumi volleying a forehand

n77 Anne Keothavong GBR d n100 Laura Pous-Tio ESP 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Anne after match point

n80 Mathilde Johansson FRA d n98 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 Mon
*n107 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR d n82 Mandy Minella LUX 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue-rain-Wed
"n116 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n88 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 5-7, 6-3, 2-0 retired Mon
n89 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n108 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*n97 Melinda Czink HUN d n92 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-0, 6-2 Tue
n95 Olga Govortsova BLR d n169 Annika Beck GER 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 ppd-Wed
n101 Elena Baltacha GBR d n109 Karin Knapp ITA 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 Tue

Elena following a forehand

*n177 q Jana Cepelova SVK d n157 q Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Tue

Wimbledon, 2nd Round Wed-Thu Jun 27-28 11:30am Wed WTA story
loser's prize: £23,125 = US $35,981; points: 100
Wednesday: play resumed after rain delay
n1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n40 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-6(3), 6(3)-7, 6-0 Wed-dark-Thu

   
Tsvetana and Maria driving forehand and backhand on Wednesday, and Maria after match point on Thursday

    Maria said: ""Today I wanted to start off really well because I knew I was up a break, but it didn't go according to plan. I really served sloppy," Sharapova said. "In the third I changed it around. There wasn't anything specific I did - we were playing with the same balls, I played with the same racquet - I just told myself to do better.
    "If [Tsvetana] played on grass 365 days a year she'd be top 5. It doesn't work that way, but she has the perfect game for it. She always does really well against top players. She really rises for the occasion. I haven't seen too many of her other matches but every time I play against her and every time I see her face a tough opponent, especially here, she plays extremely well." WTA story

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n87 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-2, 6-0 Thu

Vika following a forehand

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n83 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Agnieszka driving a forehand

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n101 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-0, 6-4 Thu

Petra driving a backhand

*n73 Arantxa Rus NED d n5 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 Wed

   
Samantha and Arantxa driving forehands, and Arantxa after match point

    Because Arantxa went AWOL in the 2nd set, Sam won the stats. Arantxa struck 11 winners (2 aces) with 20 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 8 break points she reached against Samantha and totaling 77 points in the match. Samantha hit 20 winners (1 ace) with 24 errors (4 DFs) while converting 6 of the 16 break points she reached against Arantxa and totaling 86 points. match stats

    Arantxa said: "Before the match I knew Sam wasn't a great grass court player—but I wasn't either. In the 2nd set she broke me in the first game, and with these great players if you don't keep the score even, they will just play better amd better. In the 3rd set it was important to win the first game."

    Samantha said: "Today things went my way, her way, my way, her way. It was very, very quick. After you win a set 6-0 you think you definitely have momentum, then all of a sudden you're quickly down in the third. That's how it goes.
    "When I was serving at 4-5 in the 3rd set I had 40-15. I hit a good serve down the T; she hit a great return back; I missed a slice into the top of the tape the next point to go to deuce, and then there's pressure again.
    "It was tough. I didn't do the wrong things to lose that service game, but then again, four points went by very quickly, and then the match was just finished."

n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n97 Melinda Czink HUN 6-1, 6-4 Thu

   
Melinda launching a forehand on the run, and Serena reaching for one

    Serena said: "As the tournament goes on, you tend to play a little better. It was great to be back on Centre Court. It's amazing and I served really well. Serving wise it was definitely better, more consistent. So it's something to be happy about." BBC story

n8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER d n48 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7-5, 6-3 ppd-Thu

Angelique driving a forehand

*n129 q Mirjana Lucic CRO d n9 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-3 Thu

   
Mirjana and Marion driving forehand and backhand, and Mirjana after winning a point

    Mirjana struck 33 winners (9 aces) with only 11 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 3 of the 6 break points she reached against Marion and totaling 70 points in the match. Marion hit 10 winners (1 ace) with 14 errors (10 DFs) while converting 1 of the 7 break points she reached against Mirjana and totaling 58 points. match stats

    After reaching the 1999 Wimbledon semis, Mirjana's career faltered, and she did not play in a WTA main draw from 2004 to 2009.

    Mirjana said: "I served well and played really good tennis today. I'm thrilled to beat Bartoli and be in the third round of Wimbledon again. It's a huge win for my confidence as well. I've been working really hard for so long and it's really fun to see all the hard work come to fruition." WTA story

n10 s10 Sara Errani ITA v n77 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-1, 6-1 Thu

   
Sara driving a forehand, and Anne following one

*n50 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n11 s11 Na Li CHN 6-3, 6-4 Wed

   
Na about to swat a forehand, Sorana driving a backhand, and after match point

    Sorana struck 17 winners (1 ace) with 16 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 11 break points she reached against Na and totaling 86 points in the match. Na hit 26 winners (no aces) with 24 errors (2 DFs) while converting only 2 of the 12 break points she reached against Sorana and totaling 73 points. match stats

n12 s12 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n66 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 Wed

Vera following a backhand

n14 s14 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n67 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 7-6(2) Thu

Ana following a forehand

    Ana struck 25 winners (4 aces) with 14 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 4 of the 10 break points she reached against Kateryna and totaling 85 points in the match. Kateryna hit 20 winners (2 aces) with 16 errors (8 DFs) while converting 3 of the 6 break points she reached against Ana and totaling 70 points. match stats

n15 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER d n116 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 Wed

Sabine checking to see that the ball is indeed a Slazenger before giving it a light tap

n19 s17 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n71 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP 6-1, 6-2 Wed

Maria about to swat a forehand

n22 s20 Nadia Petrova RUS d n69 Timea Babos HUN 6-4, 6(3)-7, 9-7 Wed-dark-Thu
n23 s21 Roberta Vinci ITA d n45 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n24 s22 Julia Goerges GER d n107 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 7-6(3), 6-2 Thu

Julia's backhand drive

*n57 Sloane Stephens USA d n25 s23 Petra Cetkovska CZE 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 Wed

Sloane driving a backhand

n26 s24 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n148 q Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Thu

Francesca ready to swat a forehand

n27 s25 Jie Zheng CHN d n56 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-2 Thu

   
Aleksandra ready to slice a backhand, and Jie ready to drive one

*n177 q Jana Cepelova SVK d n28 s26 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6(7)-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 Thu-dark-Fri
n30 s28 Christina McHale USA d n80 Mathilde Johansson FRA 7-5, 7-5 ppd-Thu

Christina's backhand drive

    Christina said: "I am still not finding my best tennis consistently over the two matches I have played. I was just staying in there, taking advantage when [Mathilde] does make some unforced errors and then just staying with it when she is playing really well. I still feel I can be a lot more offensive."
    About playing Angelique Kerber in the 3rd round, Christina said: "I'm going to have to return her lefty serve well, try and take advantage when I can, and not let her be dictating."

n32 s30 Shuai Peng CHN d n85 Ayumi Morita JPN 7-6(4), 6-3 Wed
*n51 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n33 s31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-6(4), 6-4 Thu
n35 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n54 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 4-6, 6-3, 8-6 Thu
n36 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n95 Olga Govortsova BLR 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 Thu
n53 Kim Clijsters BEL d n89 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Wed

   
Andrea about to serve, and Kim driving a backhand

*n59 Tamira Paszek AUT d n58 Alizé Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-1 Thu

Tamira's backhand drive

n62 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n75 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA 6-4, 6-1 Wed

   
Stephanie and Su-Wei driving backhands

n65 wc Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n86 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 6-4 Thu
*n145 q Camila Giorgi ITA d n72 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-3, 6-1 Wed
n110 Heather Watson GBR d n99 Jamie Hampton USA 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Heather stalking the elusive forehand

    The win made Heather the first British woman to reach the 2nd round at Wimbledon in 10 years. Heather said: "I've been told about five times already! I just focus on myself and my next match... As soon as the last point was over for me it was kind of like an explosion of happiness, relief of the match, all the tension's kind of gone, and it's setting in."

Wimbledon, 3rd Round Fri-Sat Jun 29-30 11:30am Fri WTA story - Fri 2 - Sat WTA story - Sat 2
loser's prize: £38,875 = US $60,487; points: 160
Friday: rain delayed start of play
n1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n62 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-1, 6-4 Fri

   
Maria and Su-Wei driving 1 and 2 handed forehands

    Maria struck 17 winners (3 aces) with 12 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 9 break points she reached against Su-Wei and totaling 65 points in the match. Su-Wei hit 7 winners (no aces) with 8 errors (2 DFs) while converting 2 of the 5 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 45 points. match stats

    Maria said: "I faced [Su-Wei] many times in the juniors, and she used to be a nightmare for me because she used to slice and drop shot on clay. I was like, 'Where did she learn how to play tennis like that? Uses both hands, switches racquets.' We had real battles in the juniors. I hadn't played her since then, but I knew her game really well. I don't think she had time to do all of that today on grass. If I'm hitting a hard shot, I don't think she has time to create, which is something she really likes to do."

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n177 q Jana Cepelova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Sat

   
Jana driving a forehand, and Vika ready to slice a backhand

    Vika struck 19 winners (1 ace) with 19 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 12 break points she reached against Jana and totaling 69 points in the match. Jana hit 15 winners (1 ace) with 16 errors (2 DFs) while converting 2 of the 5 break points she reached against Vika and totaling 54 points. match stats

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n110 Heather Watson GBR 6-0, 6-2 Fri

   
Aga and Hev driving forehand and backhand

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n51 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-1, 6-0 Sat

   
Varvara and Petra driving backhand and forehand

    Petra said: "I remembered what I had to do when I played [Varvara] at Roland Garros, so I knew I just had to play my game again and hold my serve well. The score looked easy, but some rallies were good."

n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n27 s25 Jie Zheng CHN 6(5)-7, 6-2, 9-7 Sat

     
Serena ready to serve, Jie ready to lightly tap a forehand, Serena driving a backhand, and after match point

    Serena struck 54 winners (23 aces) with 24 unforced errors (1 double fault) while scoring on 3 of the 5 break points she reached against Jie and totaling 112 points in the match. Jie hit 21 winners (1 ace) with 17 errors (3 DFs) while converting none of the 6 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 91 points. match stats

    Serena said: "I definitely had to dig pretty deep. [Jie] was playing really well, and I had to go out there and do what I could... I think she played an unbelievable match today... My serve definitely helped me out today, because I wasn't doing my best on my return... It's good to know I can rely on my serve."

    Jie said: "I really wanted to win this match, because this was my third time against [Serena] at Wimbledon on Centre Court. It was a long, tough match. She has a big serve. It's difficult to play against her on a grass court. But I played well, and I had some chances in the final set. At 7-all I didn't have such a good service game. But it was still a great match for me.
    "After we finished the match, she just told me, 'You are crazy. You are crazy. This was an unbelievable match.' I really hope she can win this year."

n8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER d n30 s28 Christina McHale USA 6-2, 6-3 Fri

   
Angelique ready to swat a forehand, and Christina serving

*n65 wc Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n10 s10 Sara Errani ITA 6-0, 6-4 Sat

Yaroslava after match point

    Yaroslava made news on Saturday by recording a "golden set" while defeating Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4. Slava did not lose a point in the 1st set (24-0). It was the first time in the Open era that any woman has achieved a shutout set.

    Yaroslava said: "I only realized after the match in the gym when my coach told me. I didn't believe him. I thought it must be a mistake. I wasn't concentrating on the statistics during the match, I was just playing point by point. I was just thinking that I played a good set. I'm the first woman to make a golden egg!"

*n53 Kim Clijsters BEL d n12 s12 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-3, 4-3 retired—respiratory illness Fri

   
Vera and Kim driving forehand and backhand, and the physio giving Vera a lung check

    Vera said: ""It was very difficult for me to breathe and continue the match. I've had it for four days, but it was getting worse and worse every day, and today it was pretty bad. I'm disappointed I couldn't continue the match. You never want to retire during a Grand Slam, and especially in a great match when you're playing against a good player. It never feels good to do that."

    Kim said: "It was tough to have a good feeling out there today.The wind made it really tough for both of us, and Vera hits a flat, low ball over the net, which is hard.
    "But I did what I had to do out there. To say I'm coming off the court with a good feeling, I don't think so. But I have two days to practice and get that feeling."

n14 s14 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n24 s22 Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Sat

   
Julia and Ana driving forehands

n15 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER d n57 Sloane Stephens USA 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-2 Fri

   
Sloane serving, Sabine driving a forehand, and after match point

    About her 4th round opponent, Maria Sharapova, who defeated Sabine in straight sets in the semifinals last year at Wimbledon, Sabine said: "Maria is a great competitor and fights for every point. She obviously has a lot of confidence, coming off the French Open now. She hits it flat and hard and she's a champion... It's nice to play her again. I like challenges, and I'm looking forward to the big match again."

n19 s17 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n50 Sorana Cîrstea ROU 6-3, 6-1 Fri

Maria after match point

*n145 q Camila Giorgi ITA d n22 s20 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 7-6(6) Fri

Camila driving a backhand

    Camila struck 25 winners (no aces) with 10 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 3 of the 11 break points she reached against Nadia and totaling 81 points in the match. Nadia hit 12 winners (no aces) with 12 errors (1 DF) while converting 2 of the 8 break points she reached against Camila and totaling 72 points. match stats

    It was Camila's second big win this week. After going through qualifying, Camila defeated her compatriot, 16th seeded Flavia Pennetta in the 1st round, 6-4, 6-3. Camila also defeated Nadia earlier this year in the 1st round at Memphis, 6-4, 6-2. By reaching the 4th round Camila will earn at least £75,000 (about $116,694 US); her career earnings prior to this week were $121,788.

n23 s21 Roberta Vinci ITA d n129 q Mirjana Lucic CRO 7-6(4), 7-6(3) Sat

Roberta after match point

n26 s24 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n36 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-0, 6-4 Sat

   
Klara and Francesca driving forehands

    Francesca said: "I think today was a fantastic performance from me, particularly in the first set and then at the end of the second set. I'm happy to be here now and hope to keep going next week."

n32 s30 Shuai Peng CHN d n73 Arantxa Rus NED 6-1, 6-2 Fri

   
Arantxa and Shuai driving backhands, and Shuai after match point

*n59 Tamira Paszek AUT d n35 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 Sat

   
Yanina and Tamira about to launch backhands

Wimbledon, 4th Round, Mon Jul 2 11:30am WTA story 1 - WTA story 2
loser's prize: £75,000 = US $116,694; points: 280
Monday: rain delays
*n15 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER d n1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 6-3

   
Sabine and Maria driving forehand and backhand, and Sabine after match point

    Sabine struck 18 winners (6 aces) with 13 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 4 of the 6 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 65 points in the match. Maria hit 15 winners (5 aces) with 15 errors (4 DFs) while converting 2 of the 3 break points she reached against Sabine and totaling 53 points. match stats

    It was the third time in four years that Sabine has defeated the reigning French Open champion at Wimbledon: Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2009, Li Na last year, and now Maria.

    Sabine had lost all three of her previous encounters with Maria. Sabine said: "I had a good practice yesterday evening and felt good this morning. As soon as I stepped on the court I felt like I was playing very well. Even though I lost the first game and missed a couple of points here and there, I just felt very good and confident overall. I was feeling very confident."

    Due to the loss, on Monday Maria will lose the #1 WTA singles ranking to either Victoria Azarenka or Agnieszka Radwanska.

    Maria said: "I certainly had my chances, and didn't take them, but a lot of the credit goes to [Sabine]. She played extremely well today, and did many things better than I did on this given day. You just have to hand it to her."

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n14 s14 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-1, 6-0

   
Ana reaching for forehand, Victoria driving a backhand, and after match point

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n145 q Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-3

   
Camila and Agnieszka driving forehands

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n26 s24 Francesca Schiavone ITA 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

   
Francesca and Petra driving forehands

    Petra said: "From the beginning of the match I didn't have nice feelings. It wasn't fun for me in that moment. That's why I didn't play so well. When I made the break early in the second set after one hour, or however long we were playing, it was better for me. I knew I could play with her today and break her more. Tomorrow is a different day, so I hope it will be better tomorrow."

n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n65 wc Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-1, 2-6, 7-5

     
Serena serving, Yaroslava and Serena driving backhands, and Serena after match point

    Serena said: "[Yaroslava] played really well today. I definitely felt like I let her back into the match. She's a great player and she's been doing really well, but I felt a little sluggish out there and I had to pull myself together mentally. I feel like I can do a lot better, which is very comforting."

n8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER d n53 Kim Clijsters BEL 6-1, 6-1

   
Kim and Angelique driving forehands, and Angelique after match point

    Angelique struck 19 winners (no aces) with only 5 unforced errors (1 double fault) while scoring on 5 of the 9 break points she reached against Kim and totaling 58 points in the match. Kim hit 10 winners (no aces) with 13 errors (4 DFs) while never reaching a break point against Angelique and totaling 30 points. match stats

    Angelique said: "I just knew I had to play very well to beat [Kim]. I think I did a good job today, and I'm very happy to be in the quarters right now."

    Kim, who will retire again this summer, was playing her last match at Wimbledon. Kim said: "I just had the feeling there was absolutely nothing I could have done today to have won that match. I just felt my opponent was better on every level. That's all I was thinking about during the match."

n19 s17 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n32 s30 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 6(6)-7, 6-3

     
Maria serving, Shuai and Maria about to swat forehands, and Maria after match point

n59 Tamira Paszek AUT d n23 s21 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-2

   
Roberta following a forehand, Tamira driving one, and after match point

Wimbledon, QFs, Tue Jul 3 1pm
loser's prize: £145,000 = US $225,609; points: 500
n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n59 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 7-6(4) career matches: Vika leads 3-0

     
Victoria and Tamira driving forehand and backhand, Vika driving a backhand, and after match point

    Victoria struck 33 winners (7 aces) with 18 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 3 of the 9 break points she reached against Tamira and totaling 85 points in the match. Tamira hit 25 winners (4 aces) with 22 errors (5 DFs) while converting 2 of the 4 break points she reached against Victoria and totaling 66 points. match stats

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n19 s17 Maria Kirilenko RUS 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 career matches: Aga leads 6-2 (incl last 5)

     
Agnieszka driving a forehand, Maria volleying one, Agnieszka driving a backhand, and after match point

    Agnieszka struck 36 winners (5 aces) with 22 unforced errors (no double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 18 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 115 points in the match. Maria hit 52 winners (9 aces) with 30 errors (1 DF) while converting 5 of the 12 break points she reached against and totaling 109 points. match stats

    The match began on Court 1, but was completed on Centre Court late on Tuesday due to rain. Agnieszka said: "The day for me was like 40 hours. I was waiting in the locker room almost the whole day. It was raining and windy outside, then at the end we played under the roof too, so I'm so happy I could finally close it out in three sets after almost three hours. It's much better to finish it in the same day than to wait another day."

*n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 7-5 career matches: Serena leads 3-0

     
Serena serving, Petra reaching for a backhand, Serena driving one, and after match point

    Serena struck 27 winners (13 aces) with 10 unforced errors (no double faults) while scoring on 2 of the 4 break points she reached against Petra and totaling 72 points in the match. Petra hit 21 winners (3 aces) with 14 errors (2 DFs) while failing to convert the 1 break point she reached against Serena and totaling 56 points. match stats

    Serena said: "It feels like a good win... It's not easy to defend your first Grand Slam title, either. I think when I defended my first one I didn't win. But [Petra] did great. She held herself in ultimate class and played her heart out. I don't think I've seen her play that well." WTA story

    Petra said: "I think it was a great match from both of us, and I think [Serena] served much better than I did. I don't think I played badly, I think she just served very well. In the last game it looked like she did almost four aces."

n8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER d n15 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 6(7)-7, 7-5 career matches: Angelique leads 5-0

     
Angelique and Sabine driving backhands, Angelique launching another backhand, and after match point

    Angelique struck 19 winners (2 aces) with 13 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 8 of the 19 break points she reached against Sabine and totaling 125 points in the match. Sabine hit 57 winners (10 aces) with 50 errors (5 DFs) while converting 5 of the 8 break points she reached against Angelique and totaling 108 points. match stats

    Angelique said: "Sabine saved the match points in the second set, and was playing unbelievable in the third set. The final from Eastbourne was in my mind, where I lost with match points also. It was a very tough, tough and important match for me. I think everybody saw it was a very tough fight from both of us. I had no chance in some games because she served so well. She made the points and I had no plan. But I knew I just needed to play until the last point." WTA story

Wimbledon, SFs, Thu Jul 5 1pm
loser's prize: £287,500 = US $447,329; points: 900
*n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 7-6(6)

     
Serena serving, Victoria and Serena driving forehand and backhand, and Serena after match point

    Serena struck 45 winners (24 aces) with 14 unforced errors (no double faults) while scoring on 2 of the 4 break points she reached against Victoria and totaling 77 points in the match. Victoria hit 14 winners (1 ace) with 9 errors (4 DFs) while converting 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 63 points. match stats

    Serena said: "Victoria's a great player and has been playing really well. I got a little tight in the second set. I think I was looking too far into the future and getting too excited about it. So I'm really happy I got through that second set tie-break." WTA story

    Victoria said: "It was really close, but it wasn’t my day today... [Serena] played great. I just have to give her all the credit because she did her job." postmatch interview

    About the final, Serena said: "[Agnieszka is] doing unbelievable on the tour this year. I know she'll be getting every ball back. It'll be a tough match, regardless."

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n8 s8 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 6-4

     
Agnieszka about to swat a forehand, Angelique and Agnieszka driving backhands, and Agnieszka after match point

    Agnieszka struck 20 winners (3 aces) with 6 unforced errors (no double faults) while scoring on all 3 break points she reached against Angelique and totaling 60 points in the match. Angelique hit 26 winners (2 aces) with 14 errors (1 DF) while converting 1 of the 3 break points she reached against Agnieszka and totaling 49 points. match stats

    Agnieszka said: "I really played great today. I had a tough quarterfinal match, and it's always tough against Angie, so it's good I had a day off yesterday. Of course this was the semifinals of a Grand Slam, and I was nervous at the beginning. You try your best but sometimes you do too much, and your hands are shaking a little bit, but after a couple of games I loosened up out there.
    "This is what I've been dreaming of since I was a kid. Everybody wants to play the final of a Grand Slam. These are the best two weeks of my career." WTA story

    Angelique said: "I lost today against a very good player. My plan was to play aggressive tennis and make the points, but she moved very well and doesn't make so many mistakes, so it was tough. But I was fighting until the last point."

Wimbledon, Final, Sat Jul 7 2pm
loser's prize: £575,000 = US $894,658; points: 1400
winner's prize: £1,150,000 = US $1,789,315; points: 2000
*n6 s6 Serena Williams USA d n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

     
     
Agnieszka serving, Serena reaching for a forehand, Aga and Serena driving backhands
Serena serving, Agnieszka running down a forehand, Serena driving a backhand, and after match point

Wimbledon, Doubles Final, Sat Jul 7
losers' prize: £130,000 = US $202,270
winners' prize: £260,000 = US $404,541
*Serena Williams USA & Venus Williams USA d s6 Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE 7-5, 6-4

Serena and Venus after match point


Wimbledon, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun Jul 8
losers' prize: £46,000 = US $71,573
winners' prize: £92,000 = US $143,145
s2 Lisa Raymond & Mike Bryan v s4 Elena Vesnina & Leander Paes 6-3, 5-7, 6-4


Wimbledon, Girls' Singles Final, Sat Jul 7
s5 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d s3 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-2

Genie holding the hardware


Wimbledon, Girls' Doubles Final, Sun Jul 8
s1 Eugenie Bouchard CAN & Taylor Townsend USA d s7 Belinda Bencic SUI & Ana Konjuh CRO 6-4, 6-3


Wimbledon, Invitation Doubles Final, Sun Jul 8
losers' prize: £16,000 = US $24,895
winners' prize: £19,000 = US $29,563
Martina Hingis & Lindsay Davenport d Martina Navratilova & Jana Novotna 6-3, 6-2


Wimbledon, Qualifying Finals at Roehampton, Thu Jun 21 11am
Q1st loser's prize: £2,125 = US $3,306; 2 points
Q2nd loser's prize: £4250 = US $6,613; 15 points
Qfinal loser's prize: £8500 = US $13,225; 25 points
Thursday: rain delays
n97 Melinda Czink HUN d n214 Marta Sirotkina RUS 6-3, 6-2
*n157 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n102 Misaki Doi JPN 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
*n160 Sandra Zaniewska POL d n115 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
n118 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n206 Yurika Sema JPN 6-4, 6-1
*n132 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n125 Lara Arruabarrena Vecino ESP 6-2 6-7(2) 7-5
n129 Mirjana Lucic CRO d n146 Bibiane Schoofs NED 7-5, 6-4
*n188 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d n130 Claire Aurelle Feuerstein FRA 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
*n205 Vesna Dolonc SRB d n131 Valeria Savinykh RUS 6-2, 6-2
n145 Camila Giorgi ITA d n154 Alexa Glatch USA 7-6(5), 6-2
n148 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n152 Irena Pavlovic FRA 6-3, 6-2
n177 Jana Cepelova SVK d n178 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-2, 6-3
n169 Annika Beck GER d n186 Petra Rampre SLO 6-3, 6-4

Wimbledon, Withdrawals/Non-entries
n16 Kaia Kanepi EST foot injury
n18 Andrea Petkovic GER torn right ankle ligaments
n79 Michaella Krajicek NED illness
n138 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU surgery on both knees
n193 Jelena Dokic AUS wrist injury
n559 sr 24 Alisa Kleybanova RUS recovering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma
nNR sr44 Agnes Szavay HUN back injury

   

The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
TOP HALF
s1 Liezel Huber USA & Lisa Raymond USA SF
Alexandra Cadantu ROU & Saisai Zheng CHN r1
Sorana Cirstea ROU & Ayumi Morita JPN r1
Casey Dellacqua AUS & Samantha Stosur AUS r2
Mirjana Lucic CRO & Valeria Savinykh RUS r2
Tara Moore GBR & Melanie South GBR r1
Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Petra Martic CRO r3
s16 Chia-Jung Chuang TPE & Vera Dushevina RUS r1
s12 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP r1
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik POL & Alicja Rosolska POL r2
Shuai Peng CHN & Jie Zheng CHN r1
Marina Erakovic NZL & Tamarine Tanasugarn THA r3
Darija Jurak CRO & Katalin Marosi HUN r2
Renata Voracova CZE & Klara Zakopalova CZE r1
Eleni Daniilidou GRE & Arantxa Rus NED r1
s5 Ekaterina Makarova RUS & Elena Vesnina RUS QF
s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS & Nadia Petrova RUS r2
Timea Babos HUN & Alberta Brianti ITA r1
Vesna Dolonc SRB & Olga Savchuk UKR r1

Serena Williams USA & Venus Williams USA
Jelena Jankovic SRB & Virginie Razzano FRA r1
Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA & Kristina Mladenovic FRA r2
Alla Kudryavtseva RUS & Sloane Stephens USA r1
s13 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Sania Mirza IND r3
s10 Raquel Kops-Jones USA & Abigail Spears USA QF
Nina Bratchikova RUS & Anna Tatishvili GEO r1
Liga Dekmeijere LAT & Varvara Lepchenko USA r2
Sofia Arvidsson SWE & Johanna Larsson SWE r1
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB & Kateryna Bondarenko UKR r1
Kristina Barrois GER & Vitalia Diatchenko RUS r2
Simona Halep ROU & Aleksandra Wozniak CAN r1
s7 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ & Galina Voskoboeva KAZ r3

  BOTTOM HALF
s8 Iveta Benesova CZE & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE r2
Vania King USA & Yasmin Schnack USA r1
Janette Husarova SVK & Ksenia Pervak KAZ r1
Olga Govortsova BLR & Mandy Minella LUX r3
Andreja Klepac SLO & Anastasia Rodionova AUS r2
Jill Craybas USA & Julia Goerges GER r1
Hao-Ching Chan TPE & Yung-Jan Chan TPE r1
s9 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP QF
s15 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU & Monica Niculescu ROU r2
Elena Baltacha GBR & Anne Keothavong GBR r1
Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Sabine Lisicki GER r3 w/o
Laura Robson GBR & Heather Watson GBR r1
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS & Lucie Safarova CZE r1
Flavia Pennetta ITA & Francesca Schiavone ITA SF
Naomi Broady GBR & Johanna Konta GBR r1
s3 Kveta Peschke CZE & Katarina Srebotnik SLO r2
s6 Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE F
Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN & Rika Fujiwara JPN r1
Mona Barthel GER & Angelique Kerber GER r1
Dominika Cibulkova SVK & Daniela Hantuchova SVK r2
Lindsay Lee-Waters USA & Megan Moulton-Levy USA r1
Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP & Carla Suarez Navarro ESP r2
Alexandra Panova RUS & Shuai Zhang CHN r1
s11 Natalie Grandin RSA & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE r3
s14 Gisela Dulko ARG & Paola Suarez ARG r1
Irina Falconi USA & Chanelle Scheepers RSA r2
Shahar Peer ISR & Yanina Wickmayer BEL r1
Agnieszka Radwanska POL & Urszula Radwanska POL r3 w/o
Christina McHale USA & Tamira Paszek AUT r2
Alize Cornet FRA & Pauline Parmentier FRA r1
Eva Birnerova CZE & Petra Cetkovska CZE r1
s2 Sara Errani ITA & Roberta Vinci ITA QF


1884 Wimbledon ladies draw       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.

    The article on equal pay for women in pro tennis, the Slims Tour, and the formation of the WTA, formerly reproduced here, is permanently archived on the Wimbledon 2007 page.

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