Top seed Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 7-6(9) 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. The 16th-seeded Russian came back from an early break of serve but wasted three set points in the first set tiebreak. One break of serve was enough for Williams to take the second set and hence the match. The defending champion’s serve is still in a rocking form and Sharapova confirms it: “She served extremely well, the best she’s ever served against me, and that was the difference.”
In another highly-anticipated fourth round encounter Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin were playing to uneven their 12-12 head-to-head record and Clijsters is now in the lead, having defeated Henin 2-6 6-2 6-3. The eighth-seeded Clijsters lost the first set in 29 minutes after 13 unforced errors and a first-serve percentage of just 53. Clijsters grew into the match as of the second set, but seed No.17 Henin, who fell and hurt her arm in the first set, couldn’t rise to the challenge and in the eighth game of the decider dropped a crucial serve to lose the match.
Third seed Caroline Wozniacki fell to unseeded Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-0 in just 46 minutes! Unfortunately, fourth seed Jelena Jankovic retired from her fourth round match while trailing Vera Zvonareva 6-1 3-0. The reason was a back injury. Five-time champion and second seed Venus Williams battled past Australian Jarmila Groth 6-4 7-6 (5).
Here are the quarterfinal pairs: Serena Williams vs. Li Na, Petra Kvitova vs. Kaia Kanepi, Kim Clijsters vs. Vera Zvonareva and Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Venus Williams. (photo by Richard)