Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams reached the semifinals of Wimbledon with a 7-5 6-3 win over ninth seed Li Na, while her sister Venus, five-time Wimbledon champion and last year’s runner-up, crashed out to world No.82 Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarters.
Li didn’t break Serena’s serve until 5-2 in the second set and Serena then immediately broke back to advance to the semifinal meeting with world No.62 Petra Kvitova, who had never won a match at Wimbledon before this year. To reach the semifinals, Czech Kvitova defeated Kaia Kanepi after saving five match points and coming from 5-2 down in the deciding set (final score: 4-6 7-6(8) 8-6).
Second seed Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets 6-2 6-3 and Pironkova has thus become the first Bulgarian to reach semifinals of a Grand Slam in the Open Era. Prior to Wimbledon 2010, world No.82 Pironkova had recorded just one victory at the tournament.
Pironkova’s opponent in the semifinals will be seed No.21 Vera Zvonareva who upset eighth seed Kim Clijsters 3-6 6-4 6-2 even though the Belgian entered the match with a perfect 5-0 record against the Russian. Clijsters’ game was worsening as the match progressed and Zvonareva reached her second Grand Slam semifinal.
The 2010 Wimbledon semifinals are yet again proving how unpredictable women’s tennis is nowadays. Who would have thought that semifinal pairs would be Serena Williams vs. Petra Kvitova and Vera Zvonareva vs. Tsvetana Pironkova. I’m sure absolutely no one was even close! At present, world No.1 Serena is the only WTA player you can count on. (photo: sr_cranks)