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Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon Ending 77 Year British Drought

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(July 7, 2013) Andy Murray ended 77 years of male British futility at Wimbledon on Sunday when the Scot defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 for his first Wimbledon title. The last man from Great Britain to win The Championships was Fred Perry from 1934-36.

The 15,000 fans on Centre Court and more on the grounds made their presence known with their loud vocal support.

“The atmosphere today was different to what I’ve experienced in the past,” Murray said.  “It was different to last year’s final, for sure.  And then, yeah, the end of the match, that was incredibly loud, very noisy.

“I’ve been saying it all week, but it does make a difference.  It really helps when the crowd’s like that, the atmosphere is like that.”

Last year when Murray lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, the Scot said it was one of the toughest moments in his career.

After taking first set 6-4, Murray had to overcome breaks in the second and third sets, losing 4 straight games in the third set to go down 2-4. Murray regained control and won the next three games to make it 5-4.

Serving for the match was a mini-marathon in itself. Murray held three match points and then Djokovic came back to get three break points which he could not convert. Murray finally closed out the match when Djokovic hit a backhand in to the net.

The match which lasted over three hours saw so many long physical points. Djokovic committed almost twice as many errors as Murray 40-21.

“I don’t know how I managed to come through that final game, it was unbelievable, three match points,” Murray said after the match. “I’m just so glad to finally do it.”

“Winning Wimbledon I think is the pinnacle of tennis,” Murray said.  “I think, yeah, I mean, the last game almost increased that feeling.  You know, if I had closed it out at 40‑Love ‑‑ I worked so hard in that last game.  It’s the hardest few points I’ve had to play in my life.”

“It was a very long match for three sets,” Djokovic said of the over three-hour much which saw long physical points.  “The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments.  Both second and third sets, I was 4‑2 up and dropped the serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason.”

“He played fantastic tennis, no question about it,” Djokovic said.  “He deserved to win.”

“I didn’t always think it was going to happen,” Murray said of winning Wimbledon.  “I didn’t doubt myself so much after last year’s final.  It was the best I’d recovered from a Grand Slam loss.”

Murray now holds an 8-11 record against Djokovic and  2-1 in Grand Slam finals, the Scot also stopping the Serb to win the 2012 U.S. Open.

For his efforts, Murray netted 2.4 million dollars for capturing the title. He is on a 12-match winning streak.

Murray who missed the French Open due to a back injury has now won four tournaments in 2013 including events at Brisbane, Miami and London’s Queen’s Club.

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Wimbledon Dream Comes True for Marion Bartoli as she Captures 2013 Title

 

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(July 6, 2013) Back when she was a 6-year-old girl, Marion Bartoli pretended to play match point on the Wimbledon Centre court. She dreamed of winning what she deemed the most coveted Grand Slam trophy. As Don Quixote had a quest and dreamed the impossible dream, Bartoli’s impossible dream came true on Saturday at Centre Court at Wimbledon when as the 15th seed she defeated No. 23 Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 to capture the title, her first Grand Slam crown.

“(Wimbledon) has been my dream,” Bartoli said.  “I wanted that so badly.  I felt the achievement of my career was to win a Grand Slam.  Every time I was just saying my goal was to win a Grand Slam.

 

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“It was like, yeah, dare to dream.  I kept dreaming.  I kept my head up.  I kept working hard, and it just happened.”

It wasn’t a match filled with precision and accuracy, it was mostly error-ridden, with a total of 39 unforced errors combined, but the Frenchwoman will take it.

 

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“I was there in 2007 and I missed it,” said Bartoli, who lost in the final of Wimbledon that year to Venus Williams. “I know how it feels, Sabine, and I’m sure you will be there one more time. I have no doubt about it.”

Bartoli led off the match having her serve broken, but then stormed back winning the next six in succession and 11 of the next 12, which took her to a 6-1, 5-1 lead.

Bartoli had three match points on Lisicki’s serve at 5-1, but the German rallied to hold and win the next two games, forcing Bartoli to serve for the match a second time. Bartoli took the game at love, clinching the title with an ace.

After falling to her knees in exultation, Bartoli, after shaking hands with her opponent climbed into the “Friend’s Box” and hugged 2006 Wimbledon champion and France’s Fed Cup Captain and sometimes coach Amelie Mauresmo, her father, friends and supporters.

“I’ve been practicing my serve for so long,” Bartoli said of closing the match with an ace. “At least I saved it for the best moment.”

Bartoli gets $2.4 million for winning The Championships, her biggest-ever paycheck and her first title of any sort since 2011.

“It will not change me as a person because I will always remain the same: very humble, very low‑key and easygoing, down‑to‑earth,” Bartoli said in regard to winning Wimbledon.

”But just hearing ‘Wimbledon champion,’ that kind of sounds good to me,” she said with a smile.

And so Bartoli has reached what was an unreachable star.

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At a Topsy-Turvy Wimbledon, Order is Restored with a Novak Djokovic – Andy Murray Final

 

 

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(July 5, 2013) During a Wimbledon fortnight which saw the upsets of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the first and second rounds, respectively, chaos has come full circle to become order as No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face No. 2 Andy Murray for The Championships on Sunday.

Djokovic was pushed to five sets to best Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (8), 6-3 in a semifinal record 4 hours and 43 minutes.

Del Potro saved two match points in the fourth set tiebreak to extend the match to a fifth set.

“I’ve had some epic matches in my career and some long five‑setters,” said Djokovic.  “Especially the one that stands out is the finals Nadal Australian Open a few years ago.  It went for six hours.”

“But was a really high‑level match during four hours,” Del Potro said.  “He hit so hard the ball.  I think was unbelievable to watch, but, of course, I’m sad because I lost and I was close to beat him.”

“But credit to him,” Djokovic continued, “because he show his fighting spirit.  He came up with from back of the court some amazing flat backhands and forehands that you cannot say anything but congratulate him on that and move on.

“But I managed to hang in there, stay tough, and really glad to win.”

For Djokovic it will be his 11th major final. Djokovic holds 6 majors – 1 Wimbledon, 4 Australian Opens and a U.S. Open title.

Andy Murray was pushed by No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to earn his second straight Wimbledon final.  Murray is trying to become the first man from Great Britain to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry did in back in 1936.

Murray rallied from a 1-4 down in the third set to win the next five games in a row to take the set 6-4. After the third set ended, after 8:30 p.m. the Wimbledon roof was closed. Murray complained to officials about the decision due to the oncoming darkness. Play resumed about 30 minutes after.

Murray quickly jumped on Janowicz’s serve and broke to take a lead in the fourth set which he would not relinquish.

“Such a shame I didn’t play my best tennis today,” Janowicz said.  “I was struggling a little bit with my serve.  Everything basically collapsed after this one point when was 30‑All, third set, 4‑1 for me.  He did the tape.  The ball just roll over.

“But I’m still deep down really happy.  This was my first semifinal in Grand Slam, so tomorrow I’m going to be okay.”

“I think there is some similarities there in terms of if you look at stats and stuff,” Murray said in caparing his game to Djokovic’s.  “I mean, both of us return well.  That’s probably the strongest part of our games.  Both play predominantly from the baseline.

“We both move well, but a different sort of movement.  You know, he’s extremely flexible and he slides into shots ‑ even on the courts here.  He slides more.  He’s quite a bit lighter than me.

“So I’d say I probably move with more power and he’s much more flexible than me.

Murray and Djokovic take Centre Court on Sunday, Djokovic has a 11-7 record against Murray.

 

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 5, 2013

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR FRIDAY 5 JULY

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] 64

2 Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] 88 vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 128

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [7] 33 vs

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [12] 56

2 Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 10 vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Shuai Peng (CHN) [8] 32

3 Bruno Soares (BRA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) [1] 1 vs Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) 19

4 Greg Rusedski (GBR) / Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs Richard Krajicek (NED) / Mark Petchey (GBR) (RR)

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Kyle Edmund (GBR) [5] 33 vs Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [6] 49 (BS)

2 Jana Novotna (CZE) / Barbara Schett (AUT) vs Martina Navratilova (USA) / Pam Shriver (USA) (SL)

3 Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48 vs

Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [8] 49

4 Conchita Martinez (ESP) / Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) vs Tracy Austin (USA) / Helena Sukova (CZE) (SL)

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jacco Eltingh (NED) / Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs Thomas Enqvist (SWE) / Mark Philippoussis (AUS) (RR)

2 Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6 vs Maximilian Marterer (GER) 27 (BS)

3 Domenica Gonzalez (ECU) / Carol Zhao (CAN) [4] 9 vs Ioana Ducu (ROU) / Nina Stojanovic (SRB) [5] 16 (GD)

4 Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) [1] 1 vs

Clement Geens (BEL) / Noah Rubin (USA) [6] 8 (BD)

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [1] 1 vs Louisa Chirico (USA) [15] 24 (GS)

2 Taylor Townsend (USA) [5] 33 vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) [2] 64 (GS)

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) / Jorge Brian Panta (PER) [5] 17 vs

3Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 21 (BD)

4 Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 26 vs

Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Petra Uberalova (SVK) [2] 32 (GD)

 

COURT 5 – 11.30 AM START

1Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [1] 1 vs

Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA) / Sara Tomic (AUS) 5 (GD)

2 Jay Andrijic (AUS) / Bradley Mousley (AUS) 12 vs Enzo Couacaud (FRA) / Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 15 (BD)

3 Johannes Haerteis (GER) / Hannes Wagner (GER) 25 vs Filippo Baldi (ITA) / Matteo Donati (ITA) 30 (BD)

4 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) / Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) [8] 17 vs

Elise Mertens (BEL) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) [3] 24 (GD)

 

COURT 14 – 11.30 AM START

1 Yui Kamiji (JPN) / Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 3 vs Marjolein Buis (NED) / Lucy Shuker (GBR) [2] 4 (DW)

2 Jiske Griffioen (NED) / Aniek Van Koot (NED) [1] 1 vs

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) / Sharon Walraven (NED) 2 (DW)

 

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

Not Before 4.30 pm

Pat Cash (AUS) / Mark Woodforde (AUS) vs Andrew Castle (GBR) / Guy Forget (FRA) (OD)

Not Before 5.00 pm

Jeremy Bates (GBR) / Anders Jarryd (SWE) vs Peter McNamara (AUS) / Paul McNamee (AUS) (OD)

 

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Wimbledon, Great Britain
June 24-July 7, 2013
Grand Slam
Grass/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ladies’ Singles – Semifinals
(23) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 64 26 97
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (20) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 61 62

Gentlemen’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [14] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 67(4) 64 63 57 63
[12] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) 36 64 61 36 63

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Lisicki Fights Off Radwanska while Bartoli Dominates Flipkens to Reach Wimbledon Final

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(July 4, 2013) Germany’s Sabine Lisicki has made her first Wimbledon final with a hard-fought match win over No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. For Lisicki who had the upset of women’s draw when she beat No. 1 Serena Williams in the round of 16, will play France’s Marion Bartoli next for the title. Bartoli beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-2 reaching her second Wimbledon final. The Frenchwoman lost to Venus Williams in 2007 in straight sets.

Saturday’s final will be only the second women’s major final in the Open era to feature two women who have never claimed a Grand Slam title.

Lisicki’s game demonstrates power and aggression, on both her serve and her groundstrokes. Lisicki fortunes turned in the second set as her service games were not as dominant and Radwanska’s game of retrieval and variety pushed past the German 6-2.

Radwanska zoomed to a 3-0 lead in the third set, the Lisicki rallied to equal the set three-all. Both women held serve until the ninth game when the Pole was broken. Lisicki, serving for the match at 5-4 could not complete the task with Radwanska breaking for 5-5. A break by Lisicki in the 15th game followed by a hold gave Lisicki game, set, match and her first crack at a chance to win a Wimbledon crown.

“I’m just so happy,” Lisicki said.  “Couldn’t be any better, and couldn’t be any better place to play the first Grand Slam final.”

“Fought out there.”

Lisicki admitted that her win over Serena Williams helped her make it through her match today.

“I thought, `I’ve done it against Serena so you can do it today as well, just hang in there,’” Lisicki said. “It gave me so much confidence and I’m just so, so happy I was able to finish it.”

Lisicki who has come back from many an injury talked about those who gave her inspiration:

“Hermann Maier.  You know, I read his book while I was injured.  You know, almost losing his leg and then to come back and be the world champion in his sport, I think was an unbelievable story.

“Also Drew Brees, an American football player, quarterback.  Nobody believed he could come back after almost his shoulder ‑‑ he has torn everything there was in the shoulder, and he still came back and was one of the best, so… “

Bartoli’s semifinal was not very dramatic – from start to finish she crushed her shots and pushed her opponent all over the court in 62 minutes.

“I played great. I executed very well. I hit lobs, passing shots, winners, returns, everything worked out perfectly,” said Bartoli. “When I fell on the grass after match point, it was just so emotional. I dreamed about that moment, about returning to the Wimbledon final.”

Bartoli reflected reaching the final this year versus back in 2007.

“The last time I was so young, in a way,” said the 28-year-old Bartoli.  “I was every time the underdog coming out on the court, which this time it was totally the opposite.  I was this time the highest ranked player and I needed to put out a great performance in order to go through.”

“I think I’ve been able to deal with the pressure really well and keep improving throughout the Championships and keep playing better.  Especially I think today I think I played a great match.”

Going into Saturday’s final the 23-year-old Lisicki holds a career 3-1 lead over Bartoli.

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 4, 2013

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR THURSDAY 4 JULY

 

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] 81 vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20] 120

2 Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] 9 vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] 33

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] 1 vs Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [14] 24

2 Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [8] 49 vs Horia Tecau (ROU) / Sania Mirza (IND) [2] 64

Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) 19

or David Marrero (ESP) / Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) [14] 24 vs

Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jie Zheng (CHN) [7] 32

 

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [11] 40 vs

Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48

2 Leander Paes (IND) / Radek Stepanek (CZE) [4] 48 vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [12] 56

3 Bruno Soares (BRA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) [1] 1 vs John Peers (AUS) / Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 12

4 Pat Cash (AUS) / Mark Woodforde (AUS) vs Joakim Nystrom (SWE) / Mikael Pernfors (SWE) (OD)

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jacco Eltingh (NED) / Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs Barry Cowan (GBR) / Cedric Pioline (FRA) (RR)

2 Kyle Edmund (GBR) [5] 33 vs Stefan Kozlov (USA) 43 (BS)

3 Iva Majoli (CRO) / Natasha Zvereva (BLR) vs Martina Navratilova (USA) / Pam Shriver (USA) (SL)

4 Lucie Ahl (GBR) / Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs Jana Novotna (CZE) / Barbara Schett (AUT) (SL)

5 Lindsay Davenport (USA) / Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Rennae Stubbs (AUS) / Andrea Temesvari (HUN) (SL)

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [1] 1 vs Jamie Loeb (USA) 12 (GS)

2 Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [6] 49 vs Nikola Milojevic (SRB) [2] 64 (BS)

3 Sandra Samir (EGY) / Shilin Xu (CHN) 30 vs Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Petra Uberalova (SVK) [2] 32 (GD)

4 Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) [1] 1 vs

Maximilian Marterer (GER) / Lucas Miedler (AUT) 4 (BD)

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) [12] 56 vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) [2] 64 (GS)

2 Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6 vs Borna Coric (CRO) [8] 16 (BS)

3 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) / Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) [8] 17 vs

Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) / Szabina Szlavikovics (HUN) 19 (GD)

4Stefan Kozlov (USA) / Spencer Papa (USA) 13 or Julian Cash (GBR) / Joshua Sapwell (GBR) 14 vs

Enzo Couacaud (FRA) / Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 15

or Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) / Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [7] 16 (BD)

 

COURT 5 – 11.00 AM START

1 Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 26 vs

Kamonwan Buayam (THA) / Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) 28 (GD)

2 Laslo Djere (SRB) [4] 17 vs Maximilian Marterer (GER) 27 (BS)

3 Luca Corinteli (USA) / Lucas Gomez (MEX) 5 vs Clement Geens (BEL) / Noah Rubin (USA) [6] 8 (BD)

4 Johannes Haerteis (GER) / Hannes Wagner (GER) 25 vs Jamie Malik (GBR) / Robbie Ridout (GBR) 27

or Laslo Djere (SRB) / Martin Redlicki (USA) 28 (BD)

 

COURT 8 – 11.00 AM START

1 Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) / Quentin Halys (FRA) 10 vs Jay Andrijic (AUS) / Bradley Mousley (AUS) 12 (BD)

2 Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) / Jorge Brian Panta (PER) [5] 17 vs

Maxime Janvier (FRA) / Kamil Majchrzak (POL) 19 (BD)

3 Viktoriya Lushkova (UKR) / Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) 14 vs

 Ioana Ducu (ROU) / Nina Stojanovic (SRB) [5] 16 (GD)

4 Jamie Loeb (USA) / Ayaka Okuno (JPN) 22 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) [3] 24 (GD)

5 Borna Coric (CRO) / Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 29 or Filippo Baldi (ITA) / Matteo Donati (ITA) 30 vs

Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 31

or Maxime Hamou (FRA) / Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) [2] 32 (BD)

 

COURT 14 – 11.30 AM START

1 Louisa Chirico (USA) [15] 24 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) [6] 32 (GS)

2 Taylor Townsend (USA) [5] 33 vs Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) [4] 48 (GS)

3 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 21 vs Hugo Di Feo (CAN) / Mazen Osama (EGY) 23 (BD)

4 Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [1] 1 vs Giulia Pairone (ITA) / Alina Silich (RUS) 3

or Alice Matteucci (ITA) / Gabriela Pantuckova (CZE) 4 (GD)

 

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

Not Before 3.30 pm

Richard Krajicek (NED) / Mark Petchey (GBR) vs Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) / Todd Woodbridge (AUS) (RR)

Not Before 4.00 pm                                                                                                        

Jeremy Bates (GBR) / Anders Jarryd (SWE) vs John McEnroe (USA) / Patrick McEnroe (USA) (OD

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Round 4 Shock for Serena Williams at Wimbledon– Round up of the Centre Court Action

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By Ros Satar

 

(July 1, 2013) WIMBLEDON – As if last Wednesday was not enough fun for the tennis gods, they toyed with the seemingly natural order of things just a little more on Round 4 Monday.

Possibly one of the best days usually on the tennis schedule, Wimbledon looks to put all their Round 4 matches on the same day, men and women.

It gives people who are still doing the queue a chance to see some action on the outside courts, if they miss out on those coveted bands for the show courts.

 

Sabine Lisicki [23] def. Serena Williams [1] 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Let’s just make it competitive – that was probably the wish if every neutral observer watching the first match of the day on Centre Court.
I think I could be safe in saying that not many saw the first set coming – Serena Williams seemingly just content to put the ball in play – in fact with Lisicki being dragged to deuce in each service game, surely it was just Serena playing cat to Lisicki’s mouse.

It was just that the mouse was capable of thundering down booming serves that, had the opponent been anyone but Serena Williams, they would have been countless aces.

After taking the first set 6-2 it was almost as if Lisicki realised what she’d done, and to whom.
Certainly Williams turned the screw after he first game, winning the next nine on the trot, locking into her returns and many up in the lofty (and drafty) gods nodded their heads sagely and reckoned they had time for a quick burst of strawberries before Murray.

The second set and to be honest quite a lot of the third scooted past Lisicki as Williams reeled off nine games in a row.

But let’s face it, if you are going to break the world No. 1, you may as well wait until your back is against the wall.

Somewhat inconceivably, after a bunch of traded breaks Lisicki found herself ahead for the first time since the start of the second set.

Was it a nervy service game? – Well yes, of course it was, weaving from match point, to break point, to match point again, the crowds were oohing and aahing like it was a firework show.

The final rally was one to savour and the forehand winner saw Williams AND Lisicki sprawling – for different reasons, Williams at full stretch to get on the end of the eventual winner and Lisicki on realising she had put out the defending champion, and world no. 1.

Take absolutely nothing away from Lisicki, she has a superb game for grass, and she took those opportunities when they presented themselves.

Lisicki has reached the quarterfinals twice (2009, 2012) and the semifinals once (2011).

She faces Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi for the first time in Tuesday’s quarter-final.

 

Andy Murray [2] def. Mikhail Youzhny [20] 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1

Murray has looked in good form, and many expected this to be a straight sets victory, but that was really only half the story.

From the outset, it was a more passive Murray that took to the court, content to build up points and push Youzhny to the error, and getting an early break to edge out the first set made it seem a formality.

There was always a feeling that if Youzhny suddenly dialled in, Murray could be in big trouble as the second set seemed to be counter-puncher heaven (or hell, depending on your point of view).

Each seemed to want to out-wait-for-the-error with Youzhny inducing a fair share from the Murray racquet.

More by luck than judgement, Murray took the tiebreak with the tightness of margins.

Even though Murray looks to be in discomfort for much of the second set, it was Youzhny that took the medical time out before the start of the third set.

Finally in the third set, Murray started to shorten the points and introduced a little more serve and volley – his reward being two breaks enough to seal the match.

He was sensible enough in press to acknowledge that this Wimbledon has seen a lot of shocks (to put it mildly).

Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-final, and somehow made getting through another round without dropping a set seem like really hard work.

Nokak Djokovic [1] def. Tommy Haas [13] 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)
If the match before felt like a five-setter, Djokovic was on hand to remind us what a straight sets win actually looks like, at least in the first set,

That was little more than a rout but Haas seemed to get better as the match went in, as opposed to disheartened.

By the time he had forced a tiebreak in the third set, Haas was swinging free as Djokovic was slipping and sliding and one could only imagine the winces of the groundsmen as he slid this way and that (and yes, took the obligatory tumble).

Haas is nothing, if not a fighter, and as the light was beginning to fade, there was a very real chance this might have to be finished under the lights, had Haas forced a fourth set.

But there seem to be no chinks in Djokovic’s armour today – his returning, and movement is going to make him quite a formidable barrier for the remainder of the week.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. Follow her tournament updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her personal twitter at @rfsatar.

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ESPN, ESPN2 to Switch Roles Tuesday for “Cross Court Coverage”

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ESPN to Show Court One with Lisicki vs. Kanepi, USA’s Stephens vs. 2007 Finalist Bartoli

 

(July 1, 2013) ESPN and ESPN2 will switch roles for “Cross Court Coverage” from Wimbledon tomorrow, Tuesday, July 2, with ESPN focusing on the two Ladies’ Quarterfinals matches on Court One:  No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany vs. Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, followed by the last remaining American in singles competition, No. 17 seed Sloane Stephens vs. 2007 finalist Marion Bartoli of France, the No. 15 seed.  ESPN will still go on the air at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT.  The big-serving Lisicki ousted No. 1 seed and heavily favored Serena Williams in Monday’s play.

 

ESPN2 will now focus on Centre Court, starting at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT – last year’s runner-up, No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland vs. No. 20 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

 

The action in London will culminate with the semifinals July 4-5, the Ladies’ Championship on Saturday, July 6, and the Gentlemen’s on Sunday, July 7.

 

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Tue, July 2 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

Centre Court

ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

Court One

ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Wed, July 3 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

Court One

ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

Centre Court

ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Thur, July 4 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Fri, July 5 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Sat, July 6 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Final ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Final ABC Tape
Sun, July 7 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ABC Tape

* – ESPN3 will start at 6:30 a.m. ET each day July 1 – 5

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 1, 2013

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR MONDAY 1 JULY

 

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Serena Williams (USA) [1] 1 vs Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] 9

2 Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [20] 120 vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 128

3 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Tommy Haas (GER) [13] 16

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Laura Robson (GBR) 18 vs Kaia Kanepi (EST) 29

2 Andreas Seppi (ITA) [23] 56 vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] 64

3 Bernard Tomic (AUS) 23 vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] 32

 

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 David Ferrer (ESP) [4] 33 vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) 47

2 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] 33 vs Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 42

3 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] 1 vs Treat Huey (PHI) / Dominic Inglot (GBR) [16] 8

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] 97 vs Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [19] 105

2 Roberta Vinci (ITA) [11] 49 vs Na Li (CHN) [6] 64

3 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 101 vs Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 109

4 Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) 19 vs Jamie Murray (GBR) / Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 20

T/F 6/7(2) 6/3 5/3 0-0*

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] 88 vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 90

2 Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] 81 vs Karin Knapp (ITA) 92

3 Michael Llodra (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [13] 57 vs James Blake (USA) / Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 59

4 Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 5 vs Frederik Nielsen (DEN) / Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 6

5 James Blake (USA) / Donna Vekic (CRO) 45 vs Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20] 120 vs Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 126

2 Monica Puig (PUR) 66 vs Sloane Stephens (USA) [17] 73

3 Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Horia Tecau (ROU) [7] 49 vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [12] 56

 

COURT 4 – 11.00 AM START

1 Shilin Xu (CHN) 27 vs Pippa Horn (GBR) 28 (GS)

2 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [1] 1 vs Evan Hoyt (GBR) 2 (BS)

3 Jamie Malik (GBR) 63 vs Nikola Milojevic (SRB) [2] 64 (BS)

4 Billy Harris (GBR) 11 vs Jaime Ignacio Galleguillos (CHI) 12 (BS)

5 Gabriella Taylor (GBR) 47 vs Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) [4] 48 (GS

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COURT 5 – 11.30 AM START

1 Vania King (USA) / Jie Zheng (CHN) [13] 41 vs Nadia Petrova (RUS) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48

2Aisam Qureshi (PAK) / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [5] 33 vs

Julien Benneteau (FRA) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [11] 40

3 Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA) 31 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) [6] 32 (GS)

4 Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) 53 vs Thomas Colautti (GBR) 54 (BS)

 

COURT 6 – 11.30 AM START

1 Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soares (BRA) [3] 17 vs

Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [14] 24

2 Jesse Levine (CAN) / Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 12 vs Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) / Julian Knowle (AUT) [8] 16

3 Robert Farah (COL) / Darija Jurak (CRO) 30 vs Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jie Zheng (CHN) [7] 32

4 Frantisek Cermak (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [12] 25 vs

Johan Brunstrom (SWE) / Katalin Marosi (HUN) 28

5 Treat Huey (PHI) / Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) [9] 9 vs John Peers (AUS) / Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 12

 

COURT 7 – 11.30 AM START

1 Colin Fleming (GBR) / Jonathan Marray (GBR) [9] 25 vs Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Daniel Nestor (CAN) [6] 32

2 Jay Andrijic (AUS) 35 vs Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 36 (BS)

3 Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) [15] 57 vs Enzo Couacaud (FRA) 58 (BS)

4 Elias Ymer (SWE) 47 vs Alexander Zverev (GER) [3] 48 (BS)

 

COURT 8 – 11.00 AM START

1 Jana Fett (CRO) 19 vs Victoria Rodriguez (MEX) 20 (GS)

2 Hugo Di Feo (CAN) 7 vs Clement Geens (BEL) [13] 8 (BS)

3 Anastasiya Komardina (RUS) 51 vs Johnnise Renaud (USA) 52 (GS)

4 Sandra Samir (EGY) 35 vs Deborah Chiesa (ITA) 36 (GS)

5 Mazen Osama (EGY) 39 vs Pedro Cachin (ARG) [11] 40 (BS)

 

COURT 9 – 11.00 AM START

1 Carol Zhao (CAN) [9] 25 vs Ayaka Okuno (JPN) 26 (GS)

2 Ipek Soylu (TUR) [16] 41 vs Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 42 (GS)

3 Nina Stojanovic (SRB) [14] 57 vs Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 58 (GS)

4 Dasha Ivanova (USA) 45 vs Kyoka Okamura (JPN) 46 (GS)

5 Guillermo Nunez (CHI) [14] 41 vs Lucas Gomez (MEX) 42 (BS)

 

COURT 10 – 11.30 AM START

1 Darija Jurak (CRO) / Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 27 vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Shuai Peng (CHN) [8] 32

2 Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [7] 33 vs

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) / Petra Martic (CRO) 38

3 Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL) [15] 41 vs

Leander Paes (IND) / Radek Stepanek (CZE) [4] 48

4 Alexander Peya (AUT) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [5] 33 vs

Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Natalie Grandin (RSA) 36

5 Andy Ram (ISR) / Abigail Spears (USA) 37 vs Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [11] 40

 

COURT 14 – 11.30 AM START

1 Lukasz Kubot (POL) 67 vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 76

2 Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 10 vs Liezel Huber (USA) / Sania Mirza (IND) [6] 16

3Jonathan Marray (GBR) / Heather Watson (GBR) 22 vs

David Marrero (ESP) / Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) [14] 24

4 Colin Fleming (GBR) / Laura Robson (GBR) 3 vs Filip Polasek (SVK) / Janette Husarova (SVK) 4

 

COURT 15 – 11.00 AM START

1 Daniel Windahl (SWE) 21 vs Peter Ashley (GBR) 22 (BS)

2 Maia Lumsden (GBR) 21 vs Petra Uberalova (SVK) 22 (GS)

3 Johannes Haerteis (GER) 51 vs Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 52 (BS)

4 Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) 39 vs Karin Kennel (SUI) [11] 40 (GS)

5 Harry Bourchier (AUS) 45 vs Julian Cash (GBR) 46 (BS)

 

COURT 17 – 11.30 AM START

1 Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA) [5] 49 vs

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [12] 56

2 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [4] 17 vs

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) / Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 23

3 Scott Lipsky (USA) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [13] 41 vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) / Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 43

4 Mark Knowles (BAH) / Sabine Lisicki (GER) 54 vs Aisam Qureshi (PAK) / Cara Black (ZIM) [10] 56

 

COURT 19 – 11.00 AM START

1 Kyle Edmund (GBR) [5] 33 vs Young Seok Kim (KOR) 34 (BS)

2 Harriet Dart (GBR) 61 vs Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 62 (GS)

3 Taylor Townsend (USA) [5] 33 vs Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) 34 (GS)

4 Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 37 vs Maxime Janvier (FRA) 38 (BS)

5 Stefan Kozlov (USA) 43 vs Joshua Sapwell (GBR) 44 (BS)

 

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

Not Before 5.00 pm

Martin Emmrich (GER) / Julia Goerges (GER) 61 vs Horia Tecau (ROU) / Sania Mirza (IND) [2] 64

Rajeev Ram (USA) / Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 13 vs Marcelo Melo (BRA) / Liezel Huber (USA) [6] 16

Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [8] 49 vs Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Johanna Konta (GBR) 51

Not Before 5.30 pm

Greetje Minnen (BEL) 3 vs Mami Adachi (JPN) 4 (GS)

Belinda Bencic (SUI) [1] 1 vs Freya Christie (GBR) 2 (GS)

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Top Seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Ease into Wimbledon Round of 16

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(June 29, 2013) Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams showed their dominance on the Centre Court of Wimbledon on Saturday, each with straight set victories to advance to the round of 16.

Williams won 600th career match by demolishing 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 6-0 under the lights of the closed roof of Centre Court.  Williams has become the 15th WTA player 600 career tour match wins. Date-Krumm is the oldest woman to make the third round of The Championships.

Williams was utterly dominant against her Japanese opponent hitting 28 winners. Williams hit 8 aces and broke serve 5 times.

“I honestly never thought I would play until my 30s, to be honest,” said the 31-year-old Williams.  “I don’t see my stopping any time soon.

“However, I don’t see myself playing into my 40s.  That’s why I have so much respect for Kimiko Date.  She’s playing so well and she’s so fit and she’s so good.”

SWilliams will play 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round on Monday.  Lisicki defeated 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, the 14th seed 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic blew his opponent off court, beating Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

“It was a fantastic match,” said the world No. 1.  “I felt great from the start till the end.  I had that super focus, you know, and tried to, you know, be out there every point and not allow him to come back to the match or to have any chance.

“I saw the stats that I won 100% of first serves and I served over 80% of serves in in the whole match.  That was incredible for me.  I enjoyed every moment of it, especially at the end.  I managed to read his serve.  Everything went well.  So when you play that well, obviously you feel great, you feel confident.

“This kind of performance came in the right time for me.”

Djokovic was almost perfect as he committed only three unforced errors, winning 93% of first serve points.

Djokovic will play Tommy Haas in the fourth. The 35-year-old 13th seed Haas stopped Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.

“I’m looking at my next opponent, that I’m playing Djokovic again, which I’m really looking forward to,” Haas said.

No. 4 David Ferrer survived a five-set clash with Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 6 seed Li Na escaped Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 6-0, 8-6.  Zakopalova actually served for the match at 6-5 in the third set, only to see Li win the next three games.

“Is pretty tough match,” said Li.  “I mean, she has to serve for the match.

“But I was really happy I didn’t give up.  Still hang in there, yeah.  Fight like crazy, but still at least I will be in the second week of Wimbledon”

Bernard Tomic who made history back in 2011 by becoming the youngest quarterfinalist  at 18 since Boris Becker in 1985 defeated 9th seed Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the third round.

Tomic’s father and coach John is prohibited from attending The Championships and other tennis tournaments. John Tomic is accused of assaulting his son’s practice partner during the Madrid Open.

Despite his father’s absence from being courtside, Tomic is still getting advice from his father.

“When I leave the site, I’m with my dad.  He’s helping me at this tournament.  We’re doing the right things.

“This is why the results are showing off now.  I’m not doing it on my own.  My dad is still involved.  That’s why I’ve gotten to where I am in this tournament and the results have shown.”

Tomic will face Tomas Berdych in the round of 16. The former Wimbledon finalist defeated 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

No. 8 seed Juan Martin Del Potro survived a fall on the court to beat Grega Zemlja 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-0.

“I was going for the dropshot and I twist my ankle,” Del Potro said describing his fall.  “I did like hyperextended my knee, as well.  It was really painful.  I was a little scared at that moment.

“I finish the match very quick.  Now I start to feel something in my knee and my ankle, as well.  I will check with the doctor very soon.”

Del Potro will take on Andreas Seppi who defeated 12th seeded Kei Nishikori 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-4.

 

No. 4 seed and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, withstood  the challenge from promising American teenager Madison Keys to win 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Keys fired 15 aces in the loss. “I was kind of impressed with my serving today,” Keys said with a smile.

“I think (the momentum changed) in the third set when she broke me, that really just kind of, you know, changed the momentum up a little bit,” Keys commented.

“She was really playing great tennis,” Radwanska said.  “Especially she was serving unbelievable.  Even when I have some breakpoints and couple times couldn’t do anything.”

2011 champion Petra Kvitova came back from a break down in the final set to stop Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in a resumption of a match halted by darkness on Friday with Makarova up 2-1 in the third set.

“It was another day for me,” Kvitova said.  “Yesterday when we start to play was quite close every game, and we were keeping our serves with 3‑All.  Then after suspended, I play so well, I came back to the court.  I was really on fire.”

“I should go for every point and play my game, Kvitova said.  “So I played quite aggressively.  That was the key.”

Laura Robson made the home folks happy for the second day in a row when the Briton came back from a set and a break down to erase Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Robson broke Erakovic’s serve as the New Zealander was serving for the match in the second set.

A controversial call came in the second set when Robson challenged a call which was called out and overturned. The point was replayed and Erakovic double faulted to give Robson the set 7-5.

Robson explained the turnaround to press: “In the beginning she was just playing really, really well.  And, you know, her serve was firing, so I wasn’t getting a chance on her service games.

“Then, you know, wasn’t quite, uhm, hitting the ball well enough in my service games as well.  So she was just on top of things.

Y”eah, that’s the way it goes sometimes.  But you just have to hang in and wait for them to start making a few errors.”

With the win Robson becomes the first British woman since 1991 to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon. She will also be the first woman to reach the WTA top 30 since 1987.

“It’s now my second time in the second week of a Slam, so that’s pretty cool. Except at the U.S. Open, I played on the Sunday, so it didn’t quite feel like a `second week,’” Robson said to media, “and my brother said it didn’t count.”

Sloane Stephens the 17th seed completed a darkness-delayed match by stopping 196th ranked qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-4.

It’s been good fortnight for the over-30 set at Wimbledon. Nine players 30-and-over have reached the round of 16 at 2013 Wimbledon -Tommy Haas, Jurgen Melzer, David Ferrer, Lukasz Kubot,  Mikhail Youzhny, Serena Williams, Li Na, Flavia Pennetta, and Roberta Vinci. It’s a record for the most combined 30-somethings into the fourth round at Wimbledon in the Open Era, equaling the feat also done in1975.

On Monday both the men and women will play in the round of 16, here are the match-ups:

Men

Novak Djokovic vs. Tommy Haas

Bernard Tomic vs. Tomas Berdych

David Ferrer vs. Ivan Dodig

Andreas Seppi  vs. Juan Martin Del Potro

Lukasz Kubot vs. Adrin Mannarino

Fernando Verdasco vs. Kenny De Schepper

Mikhail Youzhny vs. Andy Murray

 

Women

Serena Williams vs. Sabine Lisicki

Laura Robson vs. Kaia Kanepi

Agnieszka Radwanska vs.  Tsvetana Pironkova

Roberta Vinci vs Li Na

Sloane Stephens vs. Monica Puig

Marion Bartoli vs. Karin Knapp

Petra Kvitova vs. Carla Suarez Navarro

Kirsten Filpkens vs. Flavia Pennetta

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