Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Li Na Upset On Third Day Of Wimbledon 2012; Kim Clijsters Moves Through

Caroline Wozniacki

The Major championship woes continue for former world #1 Caroline Wozniacki as she was upset in the first round of Wimbledon 2012 by Tamira Paszek, 5-7 7-6 (4) 6-4. To make matters worse, Caroline had 2 match points in the second set that she failed to convert. If you follow tennis, this wasn’t just an unexpected out of the blue upset. Tamira Paszek came into Wimbledon fresh off of winning the AEGON International (Eastbourne), which was the same event where Caroline lost in the first round and said it really didn’t matter. She can argue that she had 2 match points and should have beaten Tamira, but after a while she’s going to have to acknowledge that if she ever wants to win a Major, she needs some changes to her game.

Samantha Stosur

But Caroline had company in the upset column as Samantha Stosur and Li Na also crashed out of the tournament in their second round matches. In Samantha’s case, it’s really baffling. She has a huge serve, maybe the best outside of Serena Williams on tour. She has powerful ground strokes and is adept at the net as a former doubles specialist. Samantha seems to be built to play the grass courts of Wimbledon. I think even tennis experts are at a loss as to why Stosur continues to struggle at Wimbledon. Only once has she ever even made the 3rd round (2009). She has 5 first round losses. Li Na I can almost understand. She is so streaky and goes so big, it can get away quickly. But at least Li Na has a couple of quarterfinal runs at Wimbledon (2006, 2010). Samantha has never made it out of the first week. It’s odd, because Stosur has the tools to win Wimbledon. Maybe one year she’ll put it all together. I hope so. She seems like a really sweet, classy person.

Kim Clijsters

A player I hope continues to put it together as the tournament goes on is Kim Clijsters. In her final Wimbledon, she moved through the second round with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Andrea Hlavackova. If I had to choose a word to describe the win, it would be tidy. 18 winners, 10 unforced errors in 65 minutes. Kim went out and did her job and got off court. She’ll need the extra rest because next up is 12th seeded Vera Zvonareva. Now, you might remember Kim blowing out Vera in a US Open final in 2010 but Vera has a a few wins against Kim and should not be underestimated, even if there are questions about the health of both players.

Singles – Second Round
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 62 61
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. (5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 62 06 64
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (11) Li Na (CHN) 63 64
(12) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 61 36 61
(15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 36 62 86
(17) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 61 62
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (23) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 76(6) 46 63
(30) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 76(4) 63
Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 63 63
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) 64 61
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Jamie Hampton (USA) 61 64
(Q) Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 63 61

Suspended due to darkness
(1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) leads Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 76(3) 31
(2) Nadia Petrova (RUS) leads Timea Babos (HUN) 64 55

Singles – First Round
Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. (7) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 57 76(4) 64
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 61 63
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (13) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 61
(14) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 63 36 63
(22) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 62 62
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 60 76(1)
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 57 63 63
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (Q) Annika Beck (GER) 63 36 63
Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) d. Mandy Minella (LUX) 46 63 63

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

ARANTXA RUS

SORANA CIRSTEA

VERA ZVONAREVA

SABINE LISICKI

PENG SHUAI

KIM CLIJSTERS

HEATHER WATSON

MARIA SHARAPOVA

TAMIRA PASZEK

ANA IVANOVIC

LI NA

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

SAMANTHA STOSUR

3 thoughts on “Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Li Na Upset On Third Day Of Wimbledon 2012; Kim Clijsters Moves Through

  1. Pingback: Wimbledon 2012 - Page 3 - LPGA Tour Forum

  2. Great photos. How lovely to see some shots of players who are not Serena Williams or Roger Federer.

    • Thanks…my strategy with Serena is that I figure everybody else is going to talk about her so I hold off until the semis and final, if she makes it.

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