It turned out to be one and done for Maria Sharapova’s reign at the top of the WTA rankings. Entering her first tournament after regaining the world #1 ranking, Masha was knocked out of Wimbledon 2012 in the round of 16 by big serving, big smiling Sabine Lisicki, 6-4 6-3. Because of her early exit, Sharapova will lose the world #1 ranking at the end of the tournament to either Victoria Azarenka or Agnieszka Radwanska. Lisicki seems to come alive at Wimbledon, and just hit Masha off the court. Sabine even mixed in a few drop shots. The German star has the game to win Wimbledon. Will she hold her nerves going forward? For Masha, losses happen. The Olympics are coming up and the US Open at the end of summer. I would not be surprised to see her back at #1 before the year ends.
As badly as Masha feels about her match against Sabine, two of my other favorites were completely steamrolled as Kim Clijsters fell to Angelique Kerber, 6-1 6-1, and Ana Ivanovic was bounced by Victoria Azarenka, 6-1 6-0. That’s the Vika I remember from earlier this year. Maybe she has her mojo back. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of Ana. As for my top fave, Clijsters, what can you say? Angelique just dismantled her. I dislike it when players don’t give the opponent full credit for beating them, but that’s not Kimmie. She is a stand-up person and will admit when somebody just outgunned her on a given day. From the beginning of her career to now as it’s winding down, she has conducted herself with class.
Singles – Fourth Round
(15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 64 63
(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (14) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 61 60
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Camila Giorgi (ITA) 62 63
(4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (24) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 46 75 61
(6) Serena Williams (USA) d. (WC) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 61 26 75
(8) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Kim Clijsters (BEL) 61 61
(17) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (30) Peng Shuai (CHN) 61 67(6) 63
Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. (21) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 62