Maria Sharapova advanced to the final of Wimbledon for the first time since the year she won the title in 2004 as a 17-year-old, and Petra Kvitova made her first Grand Slam final, while her best Grand Slam result until today were the semis of Wimbledon last year.
The first semifinal was the one between Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova. Before you knew it Kvitova took the first set 6-1 and in the last game of that set she hit three aces. In the second set the momentum switched, and Azarenka built on her initial 3-0 lead to win the set 6-3. Interestingly, in that set she won, Azarenka scored only one winner! Kvitova’s unforced errors made all the difference. In the final set, the eighth-ranked Kvirova broke Azarenka’s serve in the beginning, for a 2-0 lead, and in the final game again to win 6-1 3-6 6-2.
The second semifinal featured Nick Bollettieri’s students, Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki. The match started with Lisicki’s dominance, as she stormed to a 3-0 lead, but that was pretty much all we got to see from the German wildcard, as from that score until Sharapova’s 3-0 lead in the second set, the 62nd-ranked Lisicki won just one game. Final score: 6-4 6-3.
Kvitova is not a quitter! Well done Petra. Good luck for the finals!
Two weeks ago, comment #13 at https://womenstennisblog.com/2011/06/17/bethanie-mattek-sands-reveals-the-lady-gaga-tennis-ball-dress/#comments, I said that we would have a Sharapova – Kvitova final.
I should have played lotto that day!!! lol Anything else in my predictions went pretty wrong, just in case you think that I have a crystal ball.
Soooo glad for Maria! She played really great, if you forget about that 0:3 start and 13 double faults. On the baseline, she was unstoppable. As for Lisicki, she had terrific tournament, and showed these days some pretty unusual attitude for Grand Slam semifinal- she was smiling all the time,what was that all about? :)The match between Azarenka and Kvitiva promised, but…They both had great shots,they both had some awful errors, and they both failed to show constant focus and mental stability, more,of course,Azarenka, who really has a big,big problem with things in her head. Anyway, I’ll be cheering for Maria on Saturday and hope she’ll get her 4th Grand Slam title! 😀
please that maria does not make double faults!! They can work out very expensive for her against kvitova! She’s not sabine!!!
Maria world n3 !!
So excited to see the final! I really think Maria can win this.
Should be an interesting match.
I wish it was Vika vs Maria but at least the commentators wont spend 3/4 of their comments on how loud the grunting is.
I think Maria will win. I thought Vika would get to the final but her head was not on the right place in that match. She spoiled so many good chances,duh!
Petra was superb…what a talent.She saved Wimbledon and tennis…will the media make pova favorite for USA OPEN even Lyndsay is joining in this stupidity of predicting pova as the favorite.I was tired of hearing about pova so called mental strength,obviously she couldnt master her faux mental strength in the final and Petra schooled the hype.It was good to her agent watch her lose …Cliff Drysdale and MARY jo ARE in suicide watch…lol
it’s great tennis game, now I saw replay for this game on my TV channel.
great game for Petra.