The 2014 edition of the Wimbledon Championships from The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has lived up to the lofty expectations for a Grand Slam, and the results from Day 8 continued the streak of entertaining action.
With top stars such as No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka advancing to the round of 16 and other big names such as No. 16 seed Caroline Wozniacki eliminated early from the tournament, the anticipation surrounding the culmination of the major has tennis fans genuinely excited.
Here is a quick review of the top scores from Day 8 and a focus on the most disappointing performance on Monday.
|Player 1||Player 2||Score|
|Stan Wawrinka||Defeated||Denis Istomin||6-3 6-3 6-4|
|Kei Nishikori||Defeated||Simone Bolelli||3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4|
|Feliciano Lopez||Defeated||John Isner||6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5|
|Player 1||Player 2||Score|
|Yaroslava Shvedova||Defeated||Madison Keys||7-6(7) 6-6 Ret.|
|Barbora Zahlavova Strycova||Defeated||Caroline Wozniacki||6-2 7-5|
|Lucie Safarova||Defeated||Tereza Smitkova||6-0 6-2|
|Eugenie Bouchard||Defeated||Alize Cornet||7-6(5) 7-5|
|Sabine Lisicki||Defeated||Ana Ivanovic||6-4 3-6 6-1|
|Petra Kvitova||Defeated||Shuai Peng||6-3 6-2|
Biggest Loser of the Day: No. 16 Seed Caroline Wozniacki
The rain at Wimbledon cooled the excitement surrounding the action on Day 8, and one player who was never able to recover from the off day on Sunday and the weather delay on Monday was No. 16 seed Caroline Wozniacki.
Wozniacki lost in the fourth round of the Grand Slam to Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, 6-2, 7-5.
After running through her first three matchups without dropping a set—she defeated Shahar Peer, Naomi Broady and Ana Konjuh en route to Round 4—Wozniacki folded against Strycova, who was carrying serious momentum into the match.
Not only did Strycova beat No. 32 seed Elena Vesnina in the second round, but she also beat No. 2 seed Li Na in the third and Wozniacki in the fourth. The player from the Czech Republic is living up to the hype.
Wozniacki is not.
After the tough loss, the Danish star spoke to Linda Pearce of The Sydney Morning Herald about her feelings surrounding the elimination and what exactly went wrong:
I mean, you're a little disappointed sitting here. Obviously I would have loved to have been further. Fourth round has been the furthest I've gotten here, where I feel like I should have gone further some years. But I guess sometimes that happens. You just have to get yourself back up and keep working and come back next time.
It was a tough one. She's a little bit of a different player to play. There was no rhythm out there. I didn't serve as well as I have earlier on in the tournament. That kind of makes it harder on grass. Even when I had some opportunities I made some stupid mistakes or didn't play the balls properly. It was kind of, I guess, one of those matches.
While Wozniacki is only 23 years old (24 in July), many tennis fans have expected so much more from her since she reached the finals of the 2009 U.S. Open. She has found some success since then but has not reached a quarterfinal or better since the 2012 Australian Open.
That’s 10 straight Grand Slam championships Wozniacki has lost in the fourth round or earlier.
Will Caroline Wozniacki ever win a Grand Slam?
Whether it’s a mental block or something in her game that a coaching staff should be able to pick up on, it is clear that Wozniacki needs a major change in her approach to the sport and her mindset in order to once again find success on tour.
Instead of being a defensive player and getting overpowered by her foes, Wozniacki should go back to the drawing board and become a more aggressive player. Using her speed to cover ground and her tenacity to keep points alive, she could easily return to elite form.
Maybe an early loss at Wimbledon will force Wozniacki to make the necessary changes.
Stats via Wimbledon.com.