Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wimbledon Day 12: Zvonareva

Curtain Call

Player: Vera Zvonareva
Nation: Russia
Age: 25
Current Ranking: 21
Notable Conquests: Yanina Wickmayer (15th seed, Belgium), Jelena Jankovic (4th, Serbia) and Kim Clijsters (8th, Belgium)
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Today's Results: loss to Serena Williams (1st, USA) in straight sets; loss to Vania King (USA)/Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) in straight sets

What a brutal way to end a fantastic tournament. Zvonareva lost both the singles final and the doubles final with partner Elena Vesnina (Russia) today. As great as her singles run was, their doubles run may even be considered more impressive: taking out four seeded teams, including the top-seeded Williams sisters (USA). I am actually glad to have missed her emotional breakdown during the doubles final, though I'm constantly amazed to think that viewers would rather see a match replayed from a prior day than a live doubles match.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Jurgen Melzer (Curtain Call, Roland Garros Day 13)
- Melzer is having quite a remarkable summer. First, he makes it to the semis at the French Open, his career-best Slam performance. Next, he makes it to the fourth round in Wimbledon, his best performance here, and goes on to win the doubles title with partner Philipp Petzschner (Germany). It is the first doubles Slam title for either player.

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