We've made it to the final week of the 2014 Wimbledon tournament at the All England Club without too many upsets. Maybe this final stretch of matches will bring a few more unpredictable results.
Last year's tournament was notable for the shocking upsets that occurred very early in the first week. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams were all knocked out within a few rounds, leaving both the men's and women's fields wide open for Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli to take home the top spot.
This year's, both fields should showcase a much more competitive finish. We're going to see some stellar tennis over the next week, so be sure to keep up with the TV schedule I've provided below.
You don't want to miss a single serve.
*You can watch all the action online at WatchESPN.com.
|2014 Wimbledon Schedule|
|Mon., June 30||7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Round of 16||ESPN|
|8 a.m. – 4 p.m.||Round of 16, Centre Court||ESPN2|
|11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Round of 16||ESPNEWS|
|Tues., July 1||8 a.m – 1 p.m.||Women’s quarterfinals, Centre Court||ESPN2|
|8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Women’s quarterfinals, court one||ESPN|
|11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Women’s quarterfinals, court one||ESPNEWS|
|Weds., July 2||8 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Men’s quarterfinals, Centre Court||ESPN|
|8 a.m. – 4 p.m.||Men’s quarterfinals, Court one||ESPN2|
|Thurs., July 3||8 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Women’s semifinals||ESPN|
|Fri., July 4||8 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Men’s semifinals||ESPN|
|Sat., July 5||9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Women's final||ESPN|
|Sun., July 6||9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Men’s final||ESPN|
Upsets So Far
Men's: Andrey Kuznetsov defeated David Ferrer (June 25)
Ferrer, the world's No. 7 player, was in good position to advance to the next round, even before his match against Kuznetsov started. The 23-year-old Russian had never made it to the third round in a Grand Slam before, and Ferrer was the far more accomplished competitor.
That didn't stop Kuznetsov from stealing the match 6-7, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Ferrer was playing in his 47th consecutive Grand Slam tournament. The 32-year-old Spaniard had been attempting to reach the third round of a Slam event for the 19th time in a row but did not play a warm-up tournament in the build-up to Wimbledon because of illness. A quarter-finalist here for the last two years, Ferrer said he had fallen ill at the end of the French Open and had been unable to practise on grass until he arrived here.
For someone who generally plays in warm-up tournaments, Ferrer really hurt his chances at Wimbledon by not staying healthy and playing in one.
Wimbledon's official Twitter account provided its followers with a telling quote from Ferrer following the match:
Next time around, Ferrer will look to play a tune-up tourney before entering the rigorous field at the All England Club.
Women's: Alize Cornet defeated Serena Williams (June 28)
Williams had looked great at Wimbledon prior to her match with Cornet.
Cornet was absolutely fantastic against her, and Douglas Robson of USA Today wrote about how she had everything working: "But the emotive Frenchwoman, her belief growing with every stroke, fired away on returns and groundstokes and mixed in the occasional short ball as an agitated Williams failed to find the form that has earned her 17 Grand Slam titles."
Williams converted just 66 percent of her first serves in the match and also won just 30 percent of her second-serve points. Following a 6-1 win in the first set, Williams just looked like she was out of the match.
Cornet would take the final two sets to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The struggle has been real for Williams all year long. ESPN Stats & Info pointed out that her struggles in Grand Slams have been evident:
That's very unlike the Williams we have come to know, so it will be interesting to see if she can turn it around in the next tournaments.
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