A week of Wimbledon shocks and losses

July 8, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Wimbledon has served up some fantastic battles, shock early exits and ferocious fights so far during the 2012 Championships, which have left many bewildered, surprised and fascinated by the turn of events at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.  Many have exited earlier than expected such as Nadal, Berdych, Wozniacki and Sharapova to name but a few and there have also been a few close calls early on for Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

Lukas Rosol defeated Rafael Nadal in the second round – Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal lost in the second round to Lukas Rosol. Prior to the start of Wimbledon the world No.100 Rosol had played only one tour-level match on grass at Queen’s Club yet during the second round evening match on Centre Court many were flabbergasted at his strength, speed and ferocity behind his shots as he won the match of his life after knocking out the French Open champion in five sets.

Ernests Gulbis defeated Tomas Berdych – Tomas Berdych was the highest ranked player to crash out on the opening day after the No.6 seed lost in straight sets to Ernests Gulbis.  Prior to Wimbledon the world No.87, had not won a match during a Grand Slam since the US Open in 2011, but with inspired plays and 30 aces unleashed he won 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 during three nail-biting sets.

Alejandro Falla defeated John Isner – Another seed to lose early was big serving American John Isner, who was beaten by Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, despite serving 31 aces during the match. The No.11 seed’s defeat was a shock as the quick surface was more suitable to the American’s game and big serve, but not during the first round as his usual heavy armory did not prevail during that match.

Sabine Lisicki defeated Maria Sharapova – French Open champion and world No.1 Maria Sharapova was beaten in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 by 15th seed Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Sharapova had come into the tournament brimming with confidence and looked the lady to beat during the tournament but it was Lisicki who was the conqueror after sealing the match on her third match point.  The moment was so special for the German that she sunk to her knees as if she had won the tournament itself.

Jarkko Nieminen defeated Feliciano Lopez – The serve and volley Spaniard has a game ideal for grass and he is a three-time quarter-finalist at Wimbledon but was knocked out in four sets by world No.44 Jarkko Nieminen.  During the first set neither player could break each other’s serve, but the Finn eventually wrapped up the match 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in a closely fought battle.

Tamira Paszek defeated Caroline Wozniacki – Caroline Wozniacki’s quest for a first Grand Slam title continues after she lost a superb first-round match 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 to Tamira Paszek. The defeat for the world No.7 was her worst performance at a major since going out in the second round of the French Open in 2007 – her first appearance at a slam. The Dane looked naturally disappointed after the match but will continue to train hard in preparation for the rest of the season.

Elena Vesnina defeated Venus Williams – Venus Williams lost 6-1, 6-3 during the first round of Wimbledon for the first time in 15 years. She has won five titles at the All England Club and during the peak of her career, it was a tournament she once heavily dominated and the place where she established herself as one of the greatest grass-court players in tennis.  It was sad to see the 32-year-old crash out so early at the tournament and to witness the disappointment on the face of a great champion.  Hopefully she will have a better run during the rest of the season.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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