Three young rising stars in women’s tennis took divergent roads on day 5 at Wimbledon. 19-year old Laura Robson continued to keep alive the possibility of being the first British player to win the ladies singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977. The 2012 WTA Newcomer of the Year ousted Mariana Duque-Marino, 6-4 6-1, in a 2nd round match. Her game is solid all-around. Her weakness is the same as a lot of young players, inconsistency. Her serve is very good…when it goes in. She will need to up her first serve percentage if she wants to go deep into the second week. Eugenie Bouchard, a 19-year old Canadian, had her singles draw end with a loss to 19th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, 7-5 6-2, in a 3rd round match. Genie’s time is probably a year or two away, even though she’s the same age as Robson. Bouchard was the junior champion at Wimbledon last year. Maybe in the future she will be a ladies champion. Unfortunately, for 20-year old American Sloane Stephens, her match with Petra Cetkovska was suspended with each player winning a set; Stephens taking the first 7-6 (3) and Cetkovska taking the second 6-0. Actually, on second thought, after Petra laid a bagel on Sloane, maybe it’s a good break for Sloane to resume the match tomorrow.
Marion Bartoli (15) vs. Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5 final
Kirsten Flipkens (20) vs. Vesna Dolonts 6-4, 6-2 final
Alize Cornet (29) vs. Flavia Pennetta 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 2-6 final
Karin Knapp vs. Michelle Larcher de Brito 7-5, 6-2 final
Monica Puig vs. Eva Birnerova 4-6, 1-2 suspended
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