Wimbledon 2011 Results: 5 Biggest Disappointments Thus Far

Adam LazarusSenior Analyst IJune 30, 2011

Wimbledon 2011 Results: 5 Biggest Disappointments Thus Far

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    Wimbledon is close to wrapping up and while most people are looking ahead to the intriguing semi finals (Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray; Maria Sharapova vs. Sabine Lisicki) and potentially epic finals showdowns like Nadal vs. Djokovic, let's take a look back at what's already happened.

    There have been some really surprising collapses and so-so efforts from supposedly great players.

    Sure we can chalk up some of those loses to inspired play from determined veterans or young, emerging superstars.

    But we still have a right to be disappointed by the play of a few of the game's brightest stars. Here are five who let us down this year in London.

No. 5: Serena Williams

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    Defeated In: Fourth Round

    Lost To: Marion Bartoli

    Normally the two-time defending champion failing to reach even the quarters would warrant the top spot on this list.

    But Serena gets a bit of a pass since she's been injured for basically a full calendar year and was making her first appearance in a Grand Slam tourney since last July.

    Still, most thought she was capable of at least getting to the quarters. And had she lost to one of the "better players" (Venus, Caroline Wozniacki, Sharapova, Zvonareva, or even Li Na) I don't think anyone would have said much. But since she lost to the ninth-ranked player in the world, that wasn't quite as easy to accept.

No. 4: Venus Williams

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    Defeated In: Fourth Round

    Lost To: Tsvetana Pironkova

    Much like her little sister, we have to give Venus a bit of a pass since she too has been injured and missed the end of the Australian Open and all of the French.

    But at least she's played some competitive, championship tennis in 2011. And unlike Serena, she lost to a player who is not ranked in the Top 30.

    So for her to lose prior to the quarters for the first time since 2006 was a bit of a letdown.

No. 3: Andy Roddick

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    Defeated In: Third Round

    Lost To: Feliciano Lopez

    Roddick's disappointing performance was because of a combination of things.

    For one, Lopez isn't exactly a superstar—but since he's not a journeyman either, that's not enough to put Roddick into the bronze medal position here.

    Of all the majors since his 2003 US Open win, Roddick has come close at Wimbledon more than any other venue: three finals appearances, each a loss to Roger Federer. So, anything short of a loss to one of those superstars was going to be a disappointment.

    Couple those two facts with Roddick's advancing age (he'll be 29 soon) and this might have been his last best shot at that elusive second Grand Slam.

No. 2: Roger Federer

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    Defeated In: Quarters

    Lost To: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Although Tsonga isn't a classic Federer nemesis like Nadal or even Roddick, or the (basically) undefeated Novak Djokovic, that's not what makes his performance this year the most disappointing on the men's side of the 2011 Wimbledon championships.

    Federer is supposed to own Wimbledon, having won there six times from 2003-09, with the only failure coming in the 2008 finals against Nadal. But he's lost in the quarters the last two times and this year's was such a—it's hard to use this word with a 16-time Grand Slam champ—choke.

    It's less about the loss and more about how he lost: after being up two sets!?

No. 1: Caroline Wozniacki

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    Defeated In: Fourth Round

    Lost To: Dominika Cibulková

    It's not that the world's top ranked woman failed to win her first Grand Slam or that she lost to a player ranked 23rd in the world.

    It's that she lost without even advancing to the quarters and after being up a set.

    I know she's still young, but to be truly deserving of a top-five spot—let alone the top spot in the rankings, you've got to at least reach the quarters once in your five trips as a pro.