Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters Roll In First Round Of Wimbledon 2012; Elena Vesnina Ousts 5-Time Champion Venus Williams

Maria Sharapova

Four of my favorite players started their Wimbledon 2012 campaigns on the first day of play; Kim Clijsters, Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams. Two survived. Two did not. Of course, it was guaranteed that one would fall, as Clijsters and JJ played each other. But first, I’ll start with the current world #1, Maria Sharapova, who handled the mercurial Anastasia Rodionova, 6-2 6-3. It could actually have been worse as Masha built huge leads in both sets and let Anastasia make a dent before closing them out. Rodionova isn’t a bad player, but she just doesn’t have the big weapon or power to bother Masha. Case in point. Rodionova’s average first serve speed in the match, 91 mph, was slower than Masha’s average second serve speed, 93 mph.

Kim Clijsters

Unfortunately, for me as a fan, my top two favorite players played each other as Kim Clijsters defeated Jelena Jankovic, 6-2 6-4, in a battle of former world #1s. I am little worried about the 6 double faults by 4-time Major winner Kimmie, but as always her return of serve makes up for shaky serving at times. What worries me more is her health. Once again, in her last event in preparation for Wimbledon, Kim pulled out yet again with another injury. So even if she keeps winning, I feel like I’m going to check in on the tournament and hear Kimmie has either pulled out or lost to somebody she shouldn’t lose to because she wasn’t healthy. But I hope for the best. If she can stay healthy, she can be dangerous here.

Elena Vesnina

The news of the day was Elena Vesnina ousting 5-time champion Venus Williams, 6-1 6-3. I am not surprised Venus will not win Wimbledon 2012. I think a lot of people who said she had a chance before the tournament started either are still swayed by accomplishments several years removed or lump her in with Serena Williams, which is a mistake. Venus hasn’t won Wimbledon since 2008, four years ago. She hasn’t won a Major other than Wimbledon since the 2001 US Open, almost 11 years ago. She is not Serena. However, to see her not only lose in the first round of Wimbledon, and in emphatic fashion, by Vesnina is a shock. Vesnina a few years ago was an up and coming player. She can play. But nobody saw this coming. I dare say the match wasn’t even as close as the scoreline. Could part of this be the Sjogren’s Syndrome. Possibly. However, I’ve said this over and over about Venus and Serena. They pick and choose when they want to play. They are not always match tough coming into Majors (Slams). As they get older, they will pay for that with upset losses. And they have. It’s been a while since Serena has won a Major, as well. Yes, she was out with injury and an illness. But she has played the last 4 Majors and not won any of them.

Singles – First Round
(1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 62 63
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 63
(5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 61 63
(8) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 61
(11) Li Na (CHN) d. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 63 61
(15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 64 62
(Q) Carmila Giorgi (ITA) d. (16) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 63
(17) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 63 61
Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (18) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 62 64
(20) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 60 62
(23) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. Vania King (USA) 64 62
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (27) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 76(1)
Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d. (29) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 36 63
(30) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Sandra Zaniewska (POL) 62 67(3) 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (Q) Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 57 60 75
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 62 36 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 61
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 62 62
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 64
Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 46 64 108
Timea Babos (HUN) d. (WC) Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 46 63
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. (WC) Naomi Broady (GBR) 64 76(4)
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. (LL) Misaki Doi (JPN) 75 63
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 64 62
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Venus Williams (USA) 61 63
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 36 60 63
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 64 63
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 61 62
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 62 61
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 57 63 20 ret. (left hip injury)














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