Took a little blog break after the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Was going to wait until Wimbledon started to start posting again, but my Caroline Wozniacki fandom compelled me to come back early. I remain a believer in Caroline. Although getting to the 3rd round of the 2013 AEGON International seems underwhelming considering Wozniacki is a former world #1, I do think it’s a nice step forward. Laura Robson is a dangerous opponent. Getting by her 6-4 6-4 is a nice win for Caro. Even better would be if she can get by her next opponent, the similarly formidable Ekaterina Makarova. Usually, I would say the AEGON International isn’t really all that important to win for top players. I’d recommend getting a few grass court rounds in and then rest up for the real jewel next week, Wimbledon.
That’s why I look at Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Samantha Stosur being upset with little alarm. I am not saying they were trying to tank the matches. 2011 Wimbledon champion Kvitova took Yanina Wickmayer to a 5-7 3rd set before bowing out, so I don’t think she was trying to lose. That said, I think it’s better for players who could contend to get some matches in on grass and then rest up for the fortnight.
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