Wimbledon day 3

24 06 2010

With the ladies it was not as spectacular as with the men yesterday. Clijsters, Henin and Venus all won their second round matches in straight sets. Henin played my favorite Kristina Barrois who played pretty decent and won 8 games. Henin at times was superb, except for that little off-period in the end. Venus beat Eastbourne champ Makarova 6-0 6-4. Very routine. Jelena Jankovic had a tougher task but beat Aleksandra Wozniack 4-6 6-2 6-4. Only seeded players losing were 13th Shahar Peer against Germany’s Kerber and 30th seed Shvedova lost against Kulikova. Kim looked good and I hope she can play all her matches at a similar level.

Jelena Jankovic beats Williams sisters back to back

8 05 2010

At the clay court tournament in Rome, Jelena Jankovic did something quite special. Beating both Venus and Serena Williams back-to-back in a tournament is not something a lot of players can brag about, only 7 in the history of tennis. Sanchez Vicario, Hingis, Graf, Davenport, Henin and Clijsters(she even did it twice) Jankovic had a small form crisis for about a year but seems to be back this spring. First a final in Berlin and now here in Rome. Venus was an easy target in the quarter-finals with 0 and 1, with hard-fighting Serena it was a third set tiebreak. In the finals she will play to fabulous Martinez Sanchez from Spain. That girl plays so amazing; charging the net on clay, lots of dropshots and spin. A feast for the eyes.

Clijsters beats Henin in epic battle

10 01 2010

If the first big finale of the year 2010 is any sign for the rest of the season, we will get a great tennis year. And how happy should we be as tennis fans that both belgian girls are back on tour. They have often had interesting match-ups(the last in 2006) with lots of drama with Clijsters being the best in the beginning of their career and Henin in the end, Henin leading 12-11 now. This match was of a very high level with Clijsters winning the first set easy with 6-3 and leading 4-1 in the second. After playing superb until then, Clijsters suddenly started making more errors and Henin showed her strong mental strength winning 8 games in a row. The phenomenal backhand was back and fired winner after winner. Clijsters clawed back to 3-3 but Henin had 2 matchpoints at 5-4  in the final set. Clijsters came back and the match ended in a deserved tiebreak. Clijsters missed 3 matchpoints(or Henin won them) at 6-3 but Clijsters showed her increased mental toughness winning the tiebreak 8-6. I think winning this was very important for Clijsters, if she would have lost the chances of her winning the future against Henin might have been small.