World No.1 Ana Ivanovic became the second shock of this year’s Wimbledon when she was upset in the third round by Zheng Jie, ranked 133rd.
In her previous match Ivanovic was on the verge of defeat but luck was on her side and she reached the third round. However, the Serb couldn’t pass another test and superb Zheng demolished her 6-1 6-4.
Ivanovic lost her second service game in the first set (with a double fault), and despite having chances to stay in the set she wasted some opportunities and solid Zheng, who missed the whole of the 2007 season due to an ankle injury, won it decisively. Top-seeded Ivanovic was let down by her serve and her backhand. Ivanovic’s game was inconsistent and Zheng, on the other hand, didn’t give many opportunities and easy points. The second set was a bit less frustrating for Ivanovic, but was overall the same story.
The Chinese player didn’t expect such a stunning victory: “It was a surprise. She has a big serve and a big forehand but I tried to go for her backhand.”
However, even though Ivanovic was not at her best (to me it looked like her top seed status was imposing pressure), no one can deny that Zheng was spectacular.