2012 Wimbledon: Full Recap of Manic Monday and Preview of Day 8
Unfortunately, London's rain made "Manic Monday" not all so manic this year.
Of the 16 singles matches that were scheduled to take place, only 11 were completed, with another three started.
Here's a quick run-down of the action from Monday and what to expect from Tuesday.
Fed hurt, keeps streak alive
Roger Federer pulled up in the first set of his fourth round match against Xavier Malisse.
It's a shame that the X-Man couldn't put up more of a fight in the match as it was a great opportunity for a historic victory.
Instead, Federer rolled on to his 31st straight quarterfinal appearance at grand slams.
Djoker on crash course with Federer
Djokovic had an incredibly simple fourth round match, taking down countryman Viktor Troicki while dropping seven games.
We are now just one match away from a Federer vs. Djokovic semifinal.
German women with straight set upsets
Coming into Monday, many were watching to see how top seed Maria Sharapova and four-time major champion Kim Clijsters would play ahead at their quarterfinal matchup.
Instead, neither will be in the quarters as they both lost to Germans in straight sets.
For Sharapova, it was a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 15th seeded Sabine Lisicki who had fallen to Sharapova twice in the past four majors.
It was even worse for Clijsters as she lost 6-1, 6-1 to eighth seed Angelique Kerber in what may be the Belgian's final Wimbledon.
Another Serena win that goes the distance
After defeating Jie Zheng 9-7 in the third set of their third round match, it was hard to know what to expect from Serena Williams in her fourth round match with Yaroslava Shvedova.
After rolling 6-1 through the first set, Serena suddenly fell off in the second set, dropping it 6-2.
In the end, it was yet another tight third set that Serena pulled out, this time 7-5.
With the quarterfinals tomorrow for the women, will the four-time Wimbledon champion have enough in the tank?
Day 8 Previews
Five men's fourth round matches are still to be completed tomorrow. They are:
- (7) David Ferrer vs. (9) Juan Martin Del Potro
- (4) Andy Murray leads (13) Marin Cilic 7-5, 3-1
- (10) Mardy Fish leads (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 1-1
- (31) Florian Mayer leads (18) Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-1
- (27) Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Brian Baker
For comprehensive previews on those matches, see my article previewing Manic Monday.
Now for the women's quarterfinals:
(4) Petra Kvitova vs. (6) Serena Williams
With both Sharapova and Clijsters going out, the winner of this match should be the overwhelming favorite to take the tournament.
After all, the rest of the six players have one grand slam and no Wimbledon titles between them.
Even with dropping the first set of her fourth round match with Schiavone, defending champion Kvitova has had a fairly easy road to the quarters.
On the other hand, Serena has had a much tougher route, playing about four and half hours of singles over the past three days and two sets of doubles.
It should be a tough match, but I'll go for Kvitova to serve her way to the victory.
(8) Angelique Kerber vs. (15) Sabine Lisicki
It's a quarterfinal matchup we certainly were not expecting, but this should be a good one.
The lower seed has been here before, as Lisicki was in the semis in last year's Wimbledon. For Kerber, this is the furthest she has been.
However, Kerber has won the only two matchups between these two. To be fair, both were on hard courts and Lisicki had to retire from one.
Kerber has looked very good so far, especially Monday against Clijsters, while Lisicki is coming off what seemed to be an emotional victory over Sharapova.
I'll go for the German.
But seriously, I'll go for Kerber in three.
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (17) Maria Kirilenko
Third seed Radwanska has rolled so far.
Meanwhile, Kirilenko had a tough match with Peng Shuai on Monday.
Kirilenko hasn't gotten past Radwanska in a match since 2009.
Expect Radwanska to easily progress to the semis.
(2) Victoria Azarenka vs. Tamira Paszek
The only unseeded player left in the draw, Paszek has reached her second consecutive Wimbledon quarter.
Meanwhile, Azarenka has had no trouble in any match yet, dropping an average of 3.5 games per match through her first four rounds.
Last year, both these women had similar trips to the quarters before Azarenka blew Paszek away 6-3, 6-1.
In fact, Paszek has never beaten Azarenka.
Expect the second seed to get to her second consecutive semi.
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