Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska Advance On Day 4 Of Wimbledon 2013

Li Na (click to enlarge)

After a day of carnage on the first Wednesday of Wimbledon 2013, things settled down on a rainy Thursday. There were a few upsets…Peng Shuai and Mona Barthel, for example…but nothing really huge. Also, the Mona Barthel “upset” was by Madison Keys, who is similar to Eugenie Bouchard and Laura Robson in that she is a possible rising future star. Two players that could still make noise also won on Thursday, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska. Aga was a finalist at Wimbledon last year, pushing Serena to 3 sets in the championship match. Radwanska is somewhat like David Ferrer. She hovers just outside the big 3 (Serena, Vika, Masha), having yet to cash in on a Major title. Like Ferrer, Aga doesn’t have that one weapon to blow you off the court. She’s just solid in all aspects. Rarely will she beat herself. Li Na, on the other hand, can occasionally beat herself by being overly aggressive. However, that’s her game. High risk, high reward. When she has it all working, it’s beautiful. And it led to a Major championship at Roland Garros 2011. If she won Wimbledon…wow, her popularity would skyrocket back home. She became the world’s 2nd highest paid athlete off of her win in Paris, once the endorsement money came pouring in. A win in London and she might challenge Maria Sharapova for the top income spot in female sports. One last thing…a big congratulations to Kimiko Date-Krumm, who became, at 42, the oldest woman to advance to the 3rd round of Wimbledon in the Open era, and the 2nd oldest (to 45 year old Renee Richards) to reach the 3rd round of any Major in the Open era. Unfortunately, her reward is a match up against Serena Williams. Hmmm…dare I think Kimiko could shock the world?

Background on this next one. Andy Murray was challenged by his Twitter followers to take on Serena Williams. Serena knows better. This is not over the hill Bobby Riggs vs in her prime Billie Jean King. Plus, Serena references a match she played in Australia back in 1998. At that time, Venus and Serena said they could beat any male player ranked outside the top 200. Karsten Braasch, who was ranked 203 at the time, took them up on the challenge. He beat Serena 6-1 and Venus 6-2. Serena’s quote back then: “I didn’t know it would be that hard. I hit shots that would have been winners on the women’s tour and he got to them easily.” Even though Serena is a better player now than in 1998, taking on world #2 Andy Murray would not be advisable, except maybe just for fun.

Second Round
Serena Williams (1) vs. Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 final
Na Li (6) vs. Simona Halep 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 final
Samantha Stosur (14) vs. Olga Puchkova 6-2, 6-2 final
Agnieszka Radwanska (4) vs. Mathilde Johansson 6-1, 6-3 final
Kimiko Date-Krumm vs. Alexandra Cadantu 6-4, 7-5 final

Shuai Peng (24) vs. Marina Erakovic 6-7 (6-8), 2-6 final
Mona Barthel (30) vs. Madison Keys 4-6, 2-6 final
Roberta Vinci (11) vs. Jana Cepelova 6-1, 4-6, 9-7 final
Laura Robson vs. Mariana Duque Marino postponed
Petra Martic vs. Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 final

Angelique Kerber (7) vs. Kaia Kanepi postponed
Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-5, 6-3 final
Klara Zakopalova (32) vs. Annika Beck 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 final
Dominika Cibulkova (18) vs. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-0, 6-1 final
Sabine Lisicki (23) vs. Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1 final

Urszula Radwanska vs. Alison Riske postponed

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LI NA

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SABINE LISICKI

ELENA VESNINA

SAMANTHA STOSUR

KIMIKO DATE-KRUMM

MADISON KEYS

KLARA ZAKOPALOVA

PETRA MARTIC

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