Monday, July 02, 2012

2012 Wimbledon Day 8: Magical Day Marred By Rain

The second Monday at Wimbledon is widely regarded as the best day in tennis all year long. All 32 players left in the draw at this halfway point in the tournament are scheduled to play their 4th round matches on this day, 8 men's matches and 8 women's matches. The winners are rewarded with quarterfinal berths at the most prestigious tournament in the world.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate to allow all the matches to be completed today. Happily, all the women's matches were able to be completed, with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka(2), Aggie Radwanska(3), Petra Kvitova(4), Angelique Kerber(8) and Maria Kirilenko(17) to win as expected. However, the #1 seed and 2011 Wimbledon finalist Maria Sharapova(1) was upset by Sabine Lisicki(15).

On the men's side only 3 matches were able to be completed, in the top half of the draw: Novak Djokovic(1) dismissed countryman Victor Troicki, Roger Federer(3) was able to survive an injury scare to extend his winning streak over Xavier Malisse to 10 in a row to reach his 33rd consecutive major quarterfinal. Federer's opponent will be Mikhail Youzhny(26) who survived a 5-set showdown with Dennis Istomin of Uzebkistan to reach his first Wimbledon quarterfinal after losing 6 4th round encounters.

Match of the Day: S. Lisicki GER (15) d. M. Sharapova RUS (1) 6-4 6-3.

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