Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova Advance In First Round Of Wimbledon 2012

Victoria Azarenka

For this post, I’m going to take a trip down memory lane. It will be easy, because it wasn’t that long ago. With all the pundits and prognosticators picking Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams to win Wimbledon 2012, it seems Victoria Azarenka has been lost amongst the handful of players seen capable of winning the ladies singles title. Remember…oh, say…3 months ago when Vika was unbeaten and ranked a solid #1? Seems like forever ago. In fact she was still #1 until Maria advanced to the final of Roland Garros 2012. But Vika seems to be not the same player right now. I think the big loss was to Masha at Stuttgart. Yes, Marion Bartoli handed Vika her first loss in Miami and Serena torched her Madrid. But I think the Masha loss stung the most. You can write off the Marion loss as a fluke and Serena is…well, Serena. Vika had almost reached a point where she owned Masha. For Sharapova to emphatically beat her that day might have been a turning point for both players. Of course, Azarenka can remind everybody just why she was #1 earlier this year with a run to the Wimbledon title. That campaign began with a routine 6-1 6-4 win over Irina Falconi.

Petra Kvitova

Let’s take a trip back a little farther to the end of 2011. Petra Kvitova was the newly crowned 2011 Player of the Year. Although not ranked #1, she had done what then-#1 Caroline Wozniacki has yet to do, win a Major…and Wimbledon at that…followed at the end of the year by winning the WTA Tour Championship. She looked ready to be the next world #1, and one that would reign a long time. Well…there have been 2 more #1s since Caroline, and neither of them have been Petra. She is the defending champion at Wimbledon this year, but her tighter than necessary 6-4 6-4 win against Akgul Amanmuradova doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in a repeat run to the title. Petra has all of the tools. You just never know which Petra will show up. Also, the Maria Sharapova that Petra beat in last year’s Wimbledon final is better now than she was then. Add in Vika and Serena, not to mention maybe 3 or 4 more who could win (Stosur, Li Na, Clijsters if she’s healthy) and Petra will have to look more like she did at the end of last year rather than she has so far this year.

Singles – First Round
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Irina Falconi (USA) 61 64
(4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 64 64
(6) Serena Williams (USA) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 62 64
(9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 64
(12) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 26 76(3) 64
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. (19) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 60
(21) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (WC) Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 62 64
(24) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (WC) Laura Robson (GBR) 26 64 64
(25) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 46 64 63
(26) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 36 61 62
(28) Christina McHale (USA) d. (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 67(4) 62 108
(31) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 61 62
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (32) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 63
Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 64
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 62 63
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 75
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 64 62
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 63 63
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 76(3) 64
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. Karin Knapp (ITA) 46 64 60
(Q) Melinda Czink (HUN) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 60 62
(Q) Mirjana Lucic (CRO) d. Alexandra Panova (RUS) 46 63 64
(Q) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 62 62
(Q) Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (Q) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 63 36 61
(WC) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 76(5) 76(5)

Suspended due to rain
(7) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) is tied with Tamira Paszek (AUT) 22
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) leads (Q) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 61 53
(22) Julia Goerges (GER) leads Shahar Peer (ISR) 62 21
Alizé Cornet (FRA) leads Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 60 55
Mandy Minella (LUX) is tied with Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 33

VICTORIA AZARENKA

PETRA KVITOVA

SERENA WILLIAMS

MARION BARTOLI

VERA ZVONAREVA

KIKI BERTENS

CHRISTINA MCHALE

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