In the Roland Garros 2012 final, Sara Errani finished the tournament on the wrong side of history, as she was the opponent when Maria Sharapova recorded her career Grand Slam. I would say she would prefer that to the history she was on the wrong side of in the third round of Wimbledon 2012. The 10th-seeded Errani suffered a golden set at the hands of the fast rising Yaroslava Shvedova in losing, 6-0 6-4. For those that don’t know, a 6-0 set is referred to as a bagel. But even when a player loses every game in a set, they manage to win some points. For the first time in the Open Era a female player, Yaroslava Shvedova, was able to win a set without losing even 1 point. That’s 24 points to 0 in a 15 minute first set that saw Shvedova hit 14 winners and 0 unforced errors. Errani actually only had 1 error herself in the first set, but Yaroslava was just at an unbelievable level. Next up for Yaroslava is Serena Williams in what could be a very interesting match considering that Zheng Jie took Serena to the edge of defeat in the third round but just had no answer for her serve. If she did, it might be Zheng playing on Monday instead of Serena.
With all eyes on Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams…and maybe a few cast towards Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka…let’s not forget who the defending champion is. Although she has had an up and down year, it appears Petra Kvitova is beginning to warm up, vaporizing American Olympian Varvara Lepchenko, 6-1 6-0. The talent to be a dominant #1 is there for Petra. The question with her remains the same as it has been for some time, which Petra is going to show up from match to match. Next up is Francesca Schiavone. If the best Petra shows up, she will defeat Francesca. If the error-prone Petra shows up, look for Schiavone to advance.
Singles – Third Round
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (Q) Jana Cepelova (SVK) 63 63
(4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 61 60
(6) Serena Williams (USA) d. (25) Zheng Jie (CHN) 67(5) 62 97
(WC) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (10) Sara Errani (ITA) 60 64
(14) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (22) Julia Goerges (GER) 36 63 64
(21) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (Q) Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 76(4) 76(3)
(24) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 60 64
Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 26 76(4) 75