WTA June 25-July 8 2007The Championships Wimbledon, GBR
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# 1 J Henin, # 2 M Sharapova
# 3 J Jankovic, # 4 A Mauresmo
On Saturday in London, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2000, '01 & '05 champion, 27 year old 23rd seeded # 31 Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida weathered a close 1st set, and defeated 22 year old 18th seeded # 20 Marion Bartoli of France (residence: Geneva, Switzerland), 6-4, 6-1 (photos shown).|
Venus broke Marion's serve on a double fault in the 2nd game of the 1st set, and held to take a 3-0 lead. When Venus held a break point to go up 4-0 in the next game, a rout appeared possible. But Marion held, and then broke Venus and held again to tie the score at 3-3. Both players then held until Marion, serving to stay in the 1st set at 4-5, double faulted again giving Venus 2 set points; Venus took the set on the second opportunity. AELTC match report
The second set was nearly all Venus. It was Venus's 4th Wimbledon singles title, coming in her sixth All England Tennis Club final in the last eight years. The payoff is the largest ever at Wimbledon: $1,395,871. ESPN video: Venus Tops Marion
Venus said: "This win, it's so much different from the others, because the other ones I felt like I was playing in championship form from minute one. Here I really had to focus on my game, you know, overcome a lot of challenges, including obviously being seeded low, those kinds of things...
"This is quite obviously a great surface for me. I think I know how to play this surface also. I feel like I know when to play it high or when to play it low. I know pretty much how the ball's going to bounce." postmatch interview
interview video: watch now - download & save - ESPN video: Chat with Venus
Venus put 70% of her 1st serves in the box, averaging 113 mph (peak 125 mph), and won 77% of her 1st serve points (Marion: 63%, 97 mph avg, 104 mph peak, 60%). Venus's 2nd serves averaged only 84 mph, and she won 47% of her 2nd serve points,up from 20% in the semis (Marion: also 84 mph on 2nd serves; 39%). Venus hit 29 winners with only 12 unforced errors; Marion hit 7 winners, with 9 unforced errors. match stats
Marion said: "Venus play some unbelievable tennis. She reached some balls like I never see one person reach some ball like that on a tennis court, and she would even hit it harder back to me.
"She served 120 miles on first serve. Sometimes was hurting my wrist so bad because the ball was coming so fast to me. So I really try my best I think, and I play a great match, but at the end she was just too good.
"I can't say a player can beat her when she play like this on grass. I mean, it's not possible to beat her. She's just too good, you know."
postmatch interview - interview video: watch now - download & save
Venus and Marion had never before met on the field of combat.
Venus Williams is now 35-20 in WTA singles finals; her 34th title came at Memphis earlier this year. Venus has a 51-7 record on the chlorophyll courts at the All England Tennis Club. She is now 6-6 in Grand Slam tourney finals. Former # 1 Venus will rise back to # 17 in the WTA singles rankings on Monday.
Marion Bartoli is now 3-3 in WTA singles finals. Marion had never before been beyond the 3rd round at Wimbledon; her best prior performance in a Grand Slam tourney was reaching the 4th round at Roland Garros last month. Marion's record at Wimbledon is now 10-5; she will add $580,031 to her $1,560,063 career earnings prior to The Championships. Despite losing the final, Marion's ranking on Monday will be a career high # 11.
On Sunday at Wimbledon 2nd seeded Cara Black & Liezel Huber defeated 4th seeded Ai Sugiyama & Katarina Srebotnik in the ladies' doubles final, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The girls' singles final, usually played on Saturday, was also played on Sunday, as were the girls' doubles final, and the mixed doubles final, due to the rain delays.
Men's singles final: s1 Roger Federer d s2 Rafael Nadal 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-2
Rain, which delayed play on opening Monday, and also stopped play at Wimbledon on Wednesday, stopped play with a brief downpour on Friday, but play resumed fairly quickly. On middle Saturday, however, rain delayed the start of play until almost 3pm--and ended play less than 2 hours later.
Rain delayed play on every day of week two until Friday. Tuesday is normally ladies' quarterfinals day, but due to rain had only 4th round matches scheduled. Quarterfinals were postponed to Wednesday and Thursday, and the semis postponed to Friday.
Major Skirmishes, Top Half4th Round:
# 1 Justine Henin d # 15 Patty Schnyder 6-2, 6-2
# 20 Marion Bartoli d # 3 Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
# 7 Serena Williams d # 10 Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6(2)-7, 6-2
# 33 Michaella Krajicek d # 75 Laura Granville 6-3, 6-4
# 1 Justine Henin d # 7 Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
# 20 Marion Bartoli d # 33 Michaella Krajicek 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
*# 20 Marion Bartoli d # 1 Justine Henin 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half4th Round:
*# 31 Venus Williams d # 2 Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3
*# 14 Nicole Vaidisova d # 4 Amelie Mauresmo 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-1
# 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova d # 54 Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-2
# 6 Ana Ivanovic d # 11 Nadia Petrova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
*# 31 Venus Williams d # 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4
# 6 Ana Ivanovic d # 14 Nicole Vaidisova 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
*# 31 Venus Williams d # 6 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-4
WTA SCOREBOARD: The Championships at Wimbledon
On Tuesday, Zi Yan presented a racquet to one of the execs for the new, enlarged, China Open tourney
Svetlana Kuznetsova is shown on Mar 16, 2007 at Indian Wells, on Jun 3, '07 at Roland Garros, and on Jul 3, '07 at Wimbledon.
How does this work? How does a mild-mannered WTA player grow about 2 feet of hair (accounting for braids) in less than 4 months?
Hair tonic? Beer shampoo? Stealing from Anna Chakvetadze's lunchbox? Only Sveta knows for sure (and old bald guys want to know).
Wimbledon, 1st Round Mon-Tue Jun 25-26 noon
loser's prize: £10,000 = US $19,941 (2006: $14,589); points: 2
rain delayed play on Monday
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #119 q Jorgelina Cravero ARG 6-3, 6-0 Mon
#2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d #50 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-1, 7-5 Tue
#3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #179 wc Anne Keothavong GBR 6-2, 6-0 ppd-Tue
#4 s4 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #156 Jamea Jackson USA 6-1, 6-3 Tue
#5 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #42 Julia Vakulenko UKR 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Tue
#6 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #137 Melinda Czink HUN 6-0, 7-6(3) ppd-Wed
#7 s7 Serena Williams USA d #57 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 7-5, 6-0 Mon
#8 s8 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #84 Angelique Kerber GER 7-5, 6-3 ppd-Tue
#9 s9 Martina Hingis SUI d #233 wc Naomi Cavaday GBR 6(1)-7, 7-5, 6-0 Mon
#10 s10 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #310 wc Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-0, 6-1 ppd-Tue
#11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS d #72 Vania King USA 6-0, 6-1 Tue
#12 s12 Elena Dementieva RUS d #48 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-2, 7-6(7) ppd-Wed
#13 s13 Dinara Safina RUS d #39 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-5, 7-6(7) ppd-Wed
#14 s14 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #65 Karin Knapp ITA 7-6(6), 6-2 ppd-Wed
#15 s15 Patty Schnyder SUI d #76 Camille Pin FRA 6-1, 4-6, 8-6 Mon
#16 s16 Shahar Peer ISR d #55 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 7-5, 6-2 Mon
#17 s17 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #127 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 5-7, 6-3, 8-6 ppd-Wed
#20 s18 Marion Bartoli FRA d #73 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-1 Mon
#21 s19 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #412 wc Elena Baltacha GBR 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-2 ppd-Tue
#22 s20 Sybille Bammer AUT d #102 Varvara Lepchenko UZB 6-2, 6-2 Mon
#23 s21 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #192 q Zi Yan CHN 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 ppd-Wed
*#97 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #24 s22 A Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 ppd-Wed
#25 s24 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #61 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-2 ppd-Tue
#26 s25 Lucie Safarova CZE d #122 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 7-5, 6-2 Mon
#27 s26 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #204 wc Melanie South GBR 6-3, 6-2 Tue
#28 s27 Samantha Stosur AUS d #206 q Kristina Brandi PUR 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Tue
#29 s28 Mara Santangelo ITA d #174 q Ayumi Morita JPN 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 ppd-Wed
#30 s29 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #120 Anne Kremer LUX 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 ppd-Wed
#31 s23 Venus Williams USA d #59 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Tue
*#68 Elena Vesnina RUS d #32 s30 Olga Poutchkova RUS 6-1, 6-3 ppd-Tue
#33 s31 Michaella Krajicek NED d #81 Tzipora Obziler ISR 6-2, 6(6)-7, 6-1 Mon-Tue
#34 s32 Martina Muller GER d #166 Anna Smashnova ISR 6-0, 6-0 ppd-Wed
*#44 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #35 Gisela Dulko ARG 5-7, 6-3, 8-6 Mon-Tue
*#105 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK d #36 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-2, 6-4 ppd-Tue
#37 Severine Bremond FRA d #95 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-4, 6-4 Tue-dark-Wed
#38 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #110 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 6-1 ppd-Wed
#40 Nicole Pratt AUS d #113 q Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-3, 6-4 ppd-Wed
#41 Meilen Tu USA d #71 Edina Gallovits ROU 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Wed
*#140 LL Alize Cornet FRA d #43 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#45 Emilie Loit FRA d #108 Tiantian Sun CHN 6-3, 6-1 ppd-Tue
#46 Sania Mirza IND d #80 Yaroslava Shvedova RUS 6-0, 6-3 Tue
*#169 q Hana Sromova CZE d #47 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#49 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #67 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 ppd-Tue
*#101 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d #51 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-4, 7-5 Tue
#52 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #86 Jelena Kostanic Tosic CRO 6-3, 6-1 ppd-Wed
#53 Roberta Vinci ITA d #77 Ashley Harkleroad USA 6-2, 6-1 Mon
#54 Tamira Paszek AUT d #145 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-4, 7-6(3) ppd-Wed
#56 Milagros Sequera VEN d #114 Julia Schruff GER 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Tue
#58 Kaia Kanepi EST d #94 Tatjana Malek GER 6-1, 6-4 Mon
#60 Aravane Rezai FRA d #82 Shenay Perry USA 6-2, 7-6(4) ppd-Wed
#62 Akiko Morigami JPN d #103 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-4, 6-0 ppd-Wed
*#118 Bethanie Mattek USA d #64 Vasilisa Bardina RUS 6-1, 6-0 Tue
*#74 Alicia Molik AUS d #69 Anastasia Rodionova RUS 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#70 q Agnes Szavay HUN d #98 Eva Birnerova CZE 6-4, 6-1 ppd-Tue
#75 Laura Granville USA d #92 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 7-6(4), 6-3 Mon
#78 Vera Dushevina RUS d #89 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-4, 7-5 Mon
#85 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #134 Martina Sucha SVK 7-5, 6-2 Mon
#88 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #159 wc Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 6-4, 6-2 ppd-Tue
*#96 Iveta Benesova CZE d #93 Catalina Castano COL 6-0, 7-5 ppd-Wed
*#154 q Olga Govortsova BLR d #99 Greta Arn GER 6(5)-7 7-6(4) 6-1 Mon-Tue
#104 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #132 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 7-5, 6-2 ppd-Wed
*#188 wc Katie O'Brien GBR d #106 Sandra Kloesel GER 6-3, 7-5 Mon-Tue
*#189 q Nika Ozegovic CRO d #109 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Tue
*#202 q Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #131 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-3, 6-3 ppd-Wed
Wimbledon, 2nd Round Wed Jun 27 noon Thu Jun 28 11am
loser's prize: £16,325 = US $32,554 (2006: $23,832); points: 60
rain delayed play on Wednesday
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #78 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-0, 6-4 Wed
#2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d #37 Severine Bremond FRA 6-0, 6-3 Thu
Maria fielding a backhand, and after match point
#3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #105 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK 6-1, 6-1 Wed
#4 s4 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #101 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 6-2 Thu
#5 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #118 Bethanie Mattek USA 7-6(2), 6-4 Thu
#6 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #41 Meilen Tu USA 6-4, 6-3 Thu
#7 s7 Serena Williams USA d #74 Alicia Molik AUS 7-6(4), 6-3 Wed
#8 s8 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #88 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-2, 6-1 ppd-Thu
#9 s9 Martina Hingis SUI d #85 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-1, 6-2 Wed
#10 s10 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #49 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 7-5, 7-6(3) ppd-Thu
#11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS d #46 Sania Mirza IND 6-2, 6-2 Thu
#12 s12 Elena Dementieva RUS d #96 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Thu
*#62 Akiko Morigami JPN d #13 s13 Dinara Safina RUS 6-4, 7-5 Thu
#14 s14 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #40 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-3, 6-2 Thu
#15 s15 Patty Schnyder SUI d #53 Roberta Vinci ITA 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Thu
#16 s16 Shahar Peer ISR d #58 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-4, 7-5 Wed
*#54 Tamira Paszek AUT d #17 s17 Tatiana Golovin FRA 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 Thu
#20 s18 Marion Bartoli FRA d #154 q Olga Govortsova BLR 7-5, 6-2 Wed
#21 s19 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #189 q Nika Ozegovic CRO 6-1, 6-1 ppd-Thu
*#75 Laura Granville USA d #22 s20 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-1, 6-4 Wed
*#52 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #23 s21 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-1, 6-3 Thu
#25 s24 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #70 q Agnes Szavay HUN 6-2, 6-3 ppd-Thu
#26 s25 Lucie Safarova CZE d #44 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Wed-rain-Thu
#27 s26 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #140 LL Alize Cornet FRA 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 Thu
*#56 Milagros Sequera VEN d #28 s27 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 Wed
#29 s28 Mara Santangelo ITA d #104 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-0, 7-6(4) Thu
*#60 Aravane Rezai FRA d #30 s29 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Thu
#31 s23 Venus Williams USA d #169 q Hana Sromova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Thu
#33 s31 Michaella Krajicek NED d #188 wc Katie O'Brien GBR 6-0, 6-1 ppd-Thu
*#38 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #34 s32 Martina Muller GER 6-1, 4-0 retired Thu
*#68 Elena Vesnina RUS d #45 Emilie Loit FRA 6-1, 6-2 Wed
#97 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #202 q Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 7-5, 6-2 Thu
Wimbledon, 3rd Round Fri-Sat Jun 29-30 11am
loser's prize: £27,050 = US $53,940 (2006: $39,368); points: 90
Friday: rain delayed play Saturday: less than 2hrs play due to rain
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #68 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-1, 6-3 Fri
#2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d #27 s26 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-3, 6-3 Sat
#3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #26 s25 Lucie Safarova CZE 5-7, 6(4)-7, 6-2 Fri
and Jelena in front of the Hawkeye replay display after winning a call challenge
#4 s4 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #29 s28 Mara Santangelo ITA 6-1, 6-2 Sat
#5 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #38 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-3 Sat-rain-Mon
#6 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #60 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-3, 6-2 Sat-rain-Mon
#7 s7 Serena Williams USA d #56 Milagros Sequera VEN 6-1, 6-0 Fri
*#33 s31 Michaella Krajicek NED d #8 s8 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 7-6(8), 6(5)-7, 6-2 Fri
*#75 Laura Granville USA d #9 s9 Martina Hingis SUI 6-4, 6-2 Fri
#10 s10 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #21 s19 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Fri
#11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS d #97 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-3, 7-6(3) Sat-rain-Mon
*#54 Tamira Paszek AUT d #12 s12 Elena Dementieva RUS 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Sat-rain-Mon
#14 s14 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #52 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-4, 6-2 Sat-rain-Mon
#15 s15 Patty Schnyder SUI d #25 s24 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 Fri
*#20 s18 Marion Bartoli FRA d #16 s16 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-2 Fri
#31 s23 Venus Williams USA d #62 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 Sat-rain-Mon
Wimbledon, 4th Round, Mon-Tue Jul 2-3 11am all courts due to rain
loser's prize: £47,250 = US $94,221 (2006: $72,332); points: 140
rain delayed play on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #15 s15 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*#31 s23 Venus Williams USA d #2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue-rain-Wed
*#20 s18 Marion Bartoli FRA d #3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 ppd-Tue
and Jelena congratulating Marion after match point
*#14 s14 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #4 s4 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-1 Tue
#5 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #54 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 6-2 Tue
#6 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 Tue
#7 s7 Serena Williams USA d #10 s10 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 6(2)-7, 6-2 Mon
Serena running down a forehand, and after match point
#33 s31 Michaella Krajicek NED v #75 Laura Granville USA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
Wimbledon, QFs, ppd-Wed Jul 4 & Thu Jul 5 11am & noon
loser's prize: £88,550 = US $176,578 (2006: $142,270); points: 250
Wednesday: rain delayed play
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #7 s7 Serena Williams USA 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Wed
*#31 s23 Venus Williams USA d #5 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3 6-4 Thu
#6 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #14 s14 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Thu
Nicole driving a forehand, Ana belting a backhand, and Nicole congratulating Ana after match point
#20 s18 Marion Bartoli FRA d #33 s31 Michaella Krajicek NED 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed
Wimbledon, SFs, ppd-Fri Jul 6 11am
loser's prize: £175,000 = US $348,968 (2006: $281,199); points: 450
*#20 s18 Marion Bartoli FRA d #1 s1 Justine Henin BEL 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
Marion following a backhand drive, after match point, and Justine congratulating Marion
*#31 s23 Venus Williams USA d #6 s6 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-2, 6-4
Ana also driving one on the run, Venus following another forehand, after match point, and Ana congratulating Venus
Wimbledon, Final, Sat Jul 7 2pm
loser's prize: £350,000 = US $697,936 (2006: $580,031); points: 700
winner's prize: £700,000 = US $1,395,871 (2006: $1,160,063); points: 1000
#31 s23 Venus Williams USA d #20 s18 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-1
Venus tossing the ball to serve, Marion's forehand drive, Venus driving a backhand, and after match point
Wimbledon, Doubles Final, Sun Jul 8 noon AELTC story|
losers' prize: £111,440 = US $222,222 (2006: $190,529)
winners' prize: £222,900 = US $444,485 (2006: $381,020)
cdr5 s2 Cara Black ZIM & Liezel Huber RSA d cdr23 s4 Ai Sugiyama & Katarina Srebotnik 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Wimbledon, Mixed Doubles Final, Sat Jul 7 AELTC story - postmatch interview
losers' prize: £45,000 = US $89,734 (2006: $83,525)
winners' prize: £90,000 = US $179,469 (2006: $167,049)
Jelena Jankovic & Jamie Murray d s5 Alicia Molik & Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Wimbledon, Girls' Singles Final, Sun Jul 8
s6 Urszula Radwanska POL d s8 Madison Brengle USA 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 AELTC story
Wimbledon, Girls' Doubles Final, Sun Jul 8 AELTC story
s1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS & Urszula Radwanska POL d Misaki Doi JPN & Kurumi Nara JPN 6-4, 2-6, (10-7)
Wimbledon, Invitation (over 35) Doubles Final, Sun Jul 8
Jana Novotna & Helena Sukova d Ilana Kloss & Rosalyn Nideffer 6-3, 6-3 AELTC story
Wimbledon, Qualifying Finals Thu Jun 21
Q1st loser's prize: £1,575 = US $3,141 (2006: $2,896); 2 points
Q2nd loser's prize: £3,150 = US $6,281 (2006: $5,791); 15 points
Qfinal loser's prize: £6,300 = US $12,563 (2006: $9,262); 25 points
#70 Agnes Szavay HUN d #143 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-1, 6-3
*#119 Jorgelina Cravero ARG d #91 Klara Zakopalova CZE 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
#113 Casey Dellacqua AUS d #168 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
*#127 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d #116 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
*#192 Zi Yan CHN d #121 Ahsha Rolle USA 7-6(7), 6-1
*#189 Nika Ozegovic CRO d #138 Andreja Klepac SLO 6-3 4-6 6-4
*#154 Olga Govortsova BLR d #140 Alize Cornet FRA 7-6(12), 3-6, 6-4
*#202 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #141 Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-2, 6-4
#145 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #180 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
*#174 Ayumi Morita JPN d #163 Paola Suarez ARG 7-5, 7-5
#169 Hana Sromova CZE d #173 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-4, 6-4
#206 Kristina Brandi PUR d #222 Anda Perianu ROU 6-1, 6-3
#18 s18 Na Li CHN rib injury
#19 Vera Zvonareva RUS left wrist
#63 Jie Zheng CHN left ankle
#79 (former # 2) Anastasia Myskina RUS left big toe pain & inflammation
#124 Romina Oprandi ITA right arm
|The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:|
s1 Lisa Raymond USA & Samantha Stosur AUS SF
Lucie Hradecka CZE & Renata Voracova CZE R1
Elena Baltacha GBR & Naomi Cavaday GBR R1
Stephanie Foretz FRA & Selima Sfar TUN R2
Agnes Szavay HUN & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE R2
Iveta Benesova CZE & Galina Voskoboeva RUS R1
Sofia Arvidsson SWE & Lilia Osterloh USA R1
s16 Sania Mirza IND & Shahar Peer ISR R3
s11 Maria Elena Camerin ITA & Gisela Dulko ARG R1
Michaella Krajicek NED & Agnieszka Radwanska POL R3
Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Sandra Kloesel GER R2
Klaudia Jans POL & Alicja Rosolska POL R1
Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP R2
Petra Cetkovska CZE & Lucie Safarova CZE R1
Chunmei Ji CHN & Shengnan Sun CHN R1
s5 Kveta Peschke CZE & Rennae Stubbs AUS QF
s4 Katarina Srebotnik SLO & Ai Sugiyama JPN F
Andreea Ehritt-Vanc ROU & Anastasia Rodionova RUS R1
Emilie Loit FRA & Nicole Pratt AUS R2
Yuliana Fedak UKR & Kaia Kanepi EST R1
Sarah Borwell GBR & Jade Curtis GBR R1
Marion Bartoli FRA & Meilen Tu USA R3 w/o
Nicole Vaidisova CZE & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE R2
s14 Vera Dushevina RUS & Tatiana Perebiynis UKR R1
s10 Elena Likhovtseva RUS & Tiantian Sun CHN QF
Olga Poutchkova RUS & Milagros Sequera VEN R1
Anna Fitzpatrick GBR & Emily Webley-Smith GBR R1
Aiko Nakamura JPN & Tamarine Tanasugarn THA R2
Claire Curran GBR & Anne Keothavong GBR R1
Serena Williams USA & Venus Williams USA R2 w/o
Natalie Grandin RSA & Camille Pin FRA R1
s8 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP R3
s6 Alicia Molik AUS & Mara Santangelo ITA SF
Corina Morariu USA & Patty Schnyder SUI R1
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA & Virginie Razzano FRA R1
Alona Bondarenko UKR & Kateryna Bondarenko UKR R2
Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Alla Kudryavtseva RUS R1
Victoria Azarenka BLR & Anna Chakvetadze RUS R2
Aravane Rezai FRA & Julia Vakulenko UKR R1
s12 Maria Kirilenko RUS & Elena Vesnina RUS R3
s13 Dinara Safina RUS & Roberta Vinci ITA R1
Eleni Daniilidou GRE & Jasmin Woehr GER R2
Ashley Harkleroad USA & Tzipora Obziler ISR R1 QF
Shuai Peng CHN & Zi Yan CHN
Julie Ditty USA & Raquel Kops-Jones USA R1
Emma Laine FIN & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP R2
Daniela Hantuchova SVK & Ana Ivanovic SRB R1
s3 Yung-Jan Chan TPE & Chia-Jung Chuang TPE R3
s7 Janette Husarova SVK & Meghann Shaughnessy USA R3
Karen Paterson GBR & Melanie South GBR R1
Jarmila Gajdosova SVK & Akiko Morigami JPN R2
Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI & Francesca Schiavone ITA R1
Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Tatjana Malek GER R2
Hana Sromova CZE & Klara Zakopalova CZE R1
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS & Nadia Petrova RUS QF
s9 Tathiana Garbin ITA & Paola Suarez ARG R1
s15 Vania King USA & Jelena Kostanic Tosic CRO R1
Jill Craybas USA & Laura Granville USA R3
Elena Dementieva RUS & Flavia Pennetta ITA R2
Sybille Bammer AUT & Tamira Paszek AUT R1
Bethanie Mattek USA & Bryanne Stewart AUS R2
Martina Muller GER & Gabriela Navratilova CZE R1
Severine Bremond FRA & Nathalie Dechy FRA R1
s2 Cara Black ZIM & Liezel Huber RSA
Vasilisa Bardina & Tatiana Poutchek withdrew and were replaced by Hana Sromova & Klara Zakopalova
"All players who qualify by ranking for acceptance into the Main Draw of a Grand Slam Tournament will be entered automatically.
"The ranking points earned by any player who qualifies for acceptance in the Main Draw of a Grand Slam Tournament must count on a player's ranking as one her best of seventeen (17) Tournament results.
"Any player who is orginally accepted into the main draw, or becomes a direct acceptance and subsequently withdraws and therefore fails to play a Grand Slam Tournament, will automatically receive "0" points for the Tournament and it will count on the player's ranking as one of her best 17 Tournament results."
(Jun 29, 2007 revised) Patty Schnyder has a new axe. At the French Open Patty was still swinging the Head Flexpoint Prestige, which took her some time to get used to when she started with it last year. At Wimbledon this week she appeared with a bat from Head's new "MicroGEL" line, which looks like the same racquet Amelie Mauresmo, a convert from Dunlop, is wielding.
The racquet appears to be the MicroGEL Radical (standard, not "Pro," which is black above the bridge; Tamira Paszek is swinging the MicroGEL Radical Pro). The Radical is quite different from the Prestige line Patty has been chopping with for years, lighter (11oz vs 12.2 oz) and more evenly balanced (2 vs 7 pts head light). I could be wrong; Patty's new bat might be a prototype for the MicroGEL Prestige, which according to rumor will become available for purchase late this year or early next. Or Patty has decided she now likes a lighter bat (and possibly was eager to switch--the "Flexpoint" concept was hokey anyway).
Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Daniela Hantuchova have been swinging prototype bats from Wilson and Prince for months now, without the articles becoming available for sale (Daniela's racquet, placed on sale in July, is the new Prince Ozone Seven, also now used by Jelena Jankovic). Martina Hingis also has a new stick, which looks much like her old Yonex RQS 11, except it is almost all white; it probably has similar specs (the RQS 11 specs are almost identical to her previous racquet, the RQ 7).
It is hard to figure how racquet makers get an advantage from product endorsements when they do not keep the public informed about what the players are using.
(Jun 22, 2007) The main draws for The Championships at Wimbledon were held on Friday, June 22, at 10:00am London time. The links are above, and the matchups are below.
The 32 seeds for the main draw, based on the player's June 18 rankings, were announced on Wednesday, June 20. After the seeds were announced, # 18 Na li withdrew due to a rib injury, and the seeds were renumbered accordingly. Venus Williams, who has reached the final 5 times in the last 7 years, is seeded 23rd, 7 places above her current rank.
Alize Cornet of France, who lost in her qualifying final, was added to the draw as "Lucky Loser" to replace Na Li.
(Jun 18, 2007) # 19 Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to the same left wrist injury which has been troubling her for months.
2004 French Open champion and former WTA # 2 Anastasia Myskina (left big toe), Jie Zheng (left ankle), and Romina Oprandi (right arm) withdrew earlier.
Vera's withdrawal means that # 33 Michaella Krajicek will likely be the 32nd (last) seed in the 128 player main draw.
(Jun 18, 2007) 2000 & 2002 Wimbledon ladies doubles champions Venus & Serena Williams have accepted a wild card entry into the 2007 Wimbledon ladies doubles draw. Venus and Serena have played very little doubles since they began incurring injuries a few years ago, and have not played a match as a team since the 2003 Wimbledon. They have won a total of 6 Grand Slam tourney doubles titles.
(Jun 11, 2007) 2004 French Open champion and former WTA # 2 Anastasia Myskina has withdrawn from Eastbourne and Wimbledon due to continued pain and swelling of the big toe of her left foot, which has still not recovered after surgery in January. Anastasia was defeated by Justine Henin, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5), in the Eastbourne final in 2006.
Jie Zheng (left ankle) and Romina Oprandi (right arm) have also withdrawn from Wimbledon, making room in the main draw for Catalina Castano, Melinda Czink & Anna Smashnova.
(May 30, 2007) 2004 French Open champion # 39 (and former # 2) Anastasia Myskina returned to action at Roland Garros on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Anastasia was still troubled by her injured left foot in her 1st round match, losing to # 66 Meghann Shaughnessy 1-6, 0-6.
'Nastia began suffering from left big toe pain and inflammation last summer, and had not played since January. Since then she has been hosting Russian sports TV shows, having surgery on her injured toe in Germany (January 15, near Stuttgart), recovering, and practicing. Her longtime coach Jens Gerlach has taken a job with the British LTA, and Anastasia is now working with Larisa Savchenko, a "second mother" to her.
Anastasia said: "I knew that I'm not going to win, but I just wanted to see how my foot was going to feel during the matches... [now the foot is] swollen again.. One hour, it's good, but then I have pain... I can't push, you know, from my foot, from the left foot like I used to run, I can't run...
"I had a great life these five months in Moscow, so I know how it's going to be after tennis. And it's fine with me. I just want to try again if I can do it... I will do my best. And then I will see." interview - interview video
(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
(Feb 26, 2007 revised March 17) On March 16, it was announced that equal prize money will be paid this year for the French Open at Roland Garros, the last Grand Slam tourney to do so. On February 22, the All England Tennis Club announced that henceforth they would pay equal prize money to men and women who play in The Championships at Wimbledon. The US Open has paid both genders equally since 1973; the Australian Open has for quite some time as well. The differential at Wimbledon and Roland Garros in recent years was only about 5%, so it was very strange that they did not make the move earlier.|
Some background on equal pay:
Wimbledon & US Open Prize Money: (most data from New York Times articles)
At the 1970 Italian Open in Rome, women's singles champ Billie Jean King won $600, while men's champ Ille Nastase received $3,500. King and other women on the pro tour had been getting irate about the difference in pay since the open era began 2 years earlier. At the 1970 US Open women pros protested their lower prize money at a press conference, threatening to boycott the upcoming Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles (run by Jack Kramer), where the men would receive ten times as much prize money as the women.
Gladys Heldman, World Tennis magazine founder and mother of pro player Julie Heldman, offered to promote a women-only alternative tourney in Houston, offering $5,000 in prize money, with the winner receiving $1,500.
Three days before the Houston women's event, the USLTA declared that it would not sanction the tourney, and that they might ban the players from Grand Slam tourneys.
Heldman then hired the nine players committed to the event as employees, with "personal service" contracts for one dollar each. They would still play for the prize money, but if the USLTA suspended the players, they could file an antitrust case for restraint-of-trade.
Heldman also asked Joseph Cullman, head of Philip Morris and a tennis supporter, to have the tobacco company sponsor the Houston tourney. Cullman agreed. A tournament featuring outspoken women fighting for equal pay was a good advertising match for his company's recently introduced Virginia Slims cigarettes.
Cullman raised tourney prize money to $7,500, and the Houston tourney became the first Virginia Slims Women's Pro Tournament. The nine-player draw consisted of world # 2 Bille Jean King, # 4 Nancy Richey, # 5 Julie Heldman, # 6 Rosie Casals, # 10 Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, and Val Ziegenfuss (all Americans), and world # 3 Judy Tegart Dalton and # 7 Kerry Melville (both Australians).
The following day the US players were notified by telegram that they were suspended from the USLTA. They could be locked out of the Grand Slam events of 1971, and they would no longer be eligible for national rankings.
But they played anyway, and the Houston Virginia Slims was a success. On September, 24, 1970, after the 1st round had been played in Houston, UPI reported that the women planned to form their own tennis tour. Heldman arranged two more tourneys in San Francisco and in Richmond, Virginia.
The Virginia Slims events were very successful and generated much media attention. Heldman and Philip Morris expanded to an "official" circuit of eight tourneys for early 1971, each one offering at least $10,000 in prize money. The schedule did not conflict with the Grand Slam tourneys, so the players could compete if not banned.
On February 12, 1971, the USLTA, while holding its annual meeting in Florida, lifted the suspension on the US players. By this time there were 19 women on the Virginia Slims tour.
Margaret Smith Court had not yet joined the Virginia Slims tour (she would later), but Françoise Durr and Ann Haydon Jones had. Slims tour events, with 16 player draws, paid $300 to 1st round losers, and were using yellow tennis balls in tourney play for the first time.
In 1972, unsuccessful talks were held with the intention of merging the Slims tour back into USLTA sanctioned tourneys. On October 3, 1972, the 22 Virginia Slims Tour players (which by this time included Margaret Smith Court) formed a new organization called the Women's International Tennis Federation. Gladys Heldman was made director of the WITF. A schedule of 13 tourneys for winter-spring 1973 was announced (one more spring event was added later). The WITF paid no sanction fees to the USLTA or the ILTF.
While the Women's International Tennis Federation conducted the Virginia Slims-sponsored women's pro tour of 14 events, the USLTA organized a completely separate tour of 8 events. The WITF-Virginia Slims tour featured Billie Jean King, Margaret Smith Court, and Rosie Casals. The USLTA women's tour featured Chris Evert, Evonne Goolagong, and Virginia Wade.
On September 9, 1972, Billie Jean King, after defeating Kerry Melville at Forest Hills to win the US Open and $10,000, said she would not return in 1973 unless the women were paid the same as the men. The 1972 men's champion, Ille Nastase, won $25,000. Since 1973, women and men have received equal pay at the US Open.
In April, 1973, USLTA and WITF officials met in Boston. An agreement was finally drafted in New York in the last week of April, 1973, and approved by the WITF-Virginia Slims players at Sea Pines, South Carolina on April 30. The USLTA agreed to sanction the remainder of the 1973 Virginia Slims tour, and to incorporate the Slims tour within the USLTA schedule in 1974. Gladys Heldman's tenure as director of the Slims tour came to an end.
The end of the WITF led to the formation of the Women's Tennis Association as a player's union at Wimbledon in June, 1973. WTA president Billie Jean King worked with Edy McGoldrick of the USLTA to organize the new women's tour for 1974, still under Virginia Slims sponsorship. Because the WTA was a player's union, and did not run the women's tennis tour, its formation received little press coverage.
To formalize a new structure for running the women's pro tennis tour, another group was formed: the Women's International Professional Tennis Council. This group consisted of representatives from 3 constituencies: 1) the Grand Slam tourneys (who had the largest voice in the ILTF as well as the USLTA and other national associations); 2) the tour sponsors (Virginia Slims-Philip Morris to begin with); and 3) the WTA (the players).
Later, the Women's Tennis Association name was transferred from the player's union to a new, non-profit corporation created to actually run the women's tour, and that organization is the WTA Tour of today.
(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.
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."
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 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 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...
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