Thursday, July 1, 2010

Four Top-Ranked Tennis Players All Fall in Wimbledon Before Semifinals

Well this article is turning out slightly different than I imagined it would at this stage of Wimbledon 2010. The No. 1 ranked male and No. 2 ranked female both fell within a day of each other to competitors not even ranked in the top 10. Venus Williams (2) fell to No. 82 Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-3. To add insult to injury, Venus along with her doubles partner and twin sister Serena lost their doubles match to Russians Elana Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. With this loss, Venus is completely out of the tournament, while Serena (1) moves onto the semifinals.

As if that wasn't enough shock for the tennis world, Roger Federer (1) lost to Tomas Berdych (12) of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Federer cited his health as a reason for losing, but in my personal opinion he's just throwing excuses around. I'm over him, and I think he's on his way out. But I'm sorely disappointed that my favorite tennis player, No. 5 Andy Roddick also lost in his match to an unranked player. Roddick was stunned by Taiwanese player Yen-Hsun Lu in a fourth-round match that lasted over four and a half hours. Lu hadn't won a match at Wimbledon in the last four years. No. 2 Rafael Nadal won his quarterfinal match against No. 6 Robin Soderling and is moving onto the semifinals.

The way this is panning out, the women's final game may include two unranked players, while the men's semifinals could still be all top-5 players with the exception of Berdych. Wimbledon ends this weekend on the 4th of July.

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