Saturday, June 28, 2014

2014 WIMBLEDON: Serena Upset By Alize Cornet In 3rd Round; Venus Lost Thriller To Kvitova

World #1 Serena Williams  was upset by Alize Cornet of France in the 3rd round of Wimbledon, 1-6 6-3 6-4. Cornet becomes the first player since Nadia Petrova to win two consecutive meetings with Serena, having beaten her earlier this year in the semifinals of Dubai. This is Serena's earliest exist at the all-England Club where she is a 5-time champion since way back in 2005 (although she has lost in the 4th Round to 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in 2011 and Sabine Lisicki in 2013). More importantly, after winning 17 majors, Serena has now not reached the quarterfinals in 4 of the last 5 tournaments she has played, a troubling dry spell for the current World #1. This year she lost in the 4th round to Ana Ivanovic in Melbourne and to Garbine Muguruza in the 2nd Round of the French Open.

Her sister Venus Williams lost her 3rd round match also, in one of the best matches on the women's tour all year, 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitovabeat the other 5-time Wimbledon champion named Williams  5-7 7-6(2) 7-5. The Williams sisters are still playing doubles but I doubt that will continue as neither are in the singles draw any longer.

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