Venus Williams struggled in her fourth round match against the Australian Jarmila Groth but prevailed in straight sets 6-4 7-6. Groth served for the second set twice but she got tight and couldn’t close out the match.
Venus will face Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals she upset Marion Bartoli of France 6-4 6-4.
The number three seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark crashed out of Wimbledon. Petra Kvitoka destroyed Wozniacki 6-2 6-0. Wozniacki is a solid player but she just doesn’t have the weapons to beat the power players in the grand slams.
Kaia Kanepi of Estonia continues her strong form she defeated Klara Zakopalova 6-2 6-4. Kanepi upset Samantha Stosur in the first round of Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, Serena defeated former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets 7-6 6-4. Sharapova had three set points in the first set but she crumbled under the pressure making errors and double faults. In the second set, Serena broke Sharapova’s serve at 2-1 and cruised through the set winning it 6-4.
Sharapova has no plan B she needs to develop more strategy. I am disappointed that Sharapova does not know how to volley. Where are the slices, drop shots, lobs, angles? Maria Sharapova needs more variety in her game, if she wants to return to the top of women’s tennis.
Serena will face Li Na of China in the quarterfinals. Na easily defeated Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-2 6-3. Li won a grass court event in Birmingham England eariler this month.
In the battle of the Belgian tennis stars, Kim Clijsters has proven she’s in firm control of her rivalry against countrywoman Justine Henin. Henin said she wants to win Wimbledon, but she won’t win until she improves her serve. Clijsters beat Henin 2-6 6-2 6-3 and she advances to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. I feel Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova are regressing, they are not improving. Sharapova and Henin both won minor events this year but they have failed to beat the top players.
Sharapova is only twenty three, she has time on her side to improve her game. However, Justine Henin should be very concerned about her lack of progress this year. Henin started 2010 with solid results reaching the finals of Brisbane and the Australian Open finals. During the clay court season, Henin lost to Samantha Stosur in a shocking upset in the fourth round of the French Open. I feel Henin and Sharapova are lacking the self confidence. because of their serves.
Women’s tennis has changed since the 1980s and 1990s, a woman must hold serve consistently and hit aces in order to win grand slam events. Henin and Sharapova need to work on their serves and their volleys if they want to win grand slams again. Will Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin ever reach the top of women’s tennis again?