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.

Justine wins on the grass

20 06 2010

At the only dutch female tournament on the WTA tour, Justine Henin was the best of the field. The Belgian beat German Andrea Petkovic in an exciting finale. 6-3 3-6 6-4. The tournament in Rosmalen is one of only 4 tournaments on grass and a great preparation for Wimbledon.It is close to the Belgian border so most people watching were Belgians. The Netherlands had to play their second match at the World cup so most people were somewhere else. In Eastbourne Russian qualifier Makarova was the surprising finalist with wins over Pennetta, Petrova, Kuznetsova, Stosur and Azarenka in the final. A sign that on grass anything can happen. Tomorrow Wimbledon starts and I just had a look at the draw. My predictions for the round of 16 will be Serena Williams- Maria Sharapova, Na Li- A Radwanska, Wozniacki- Azarenka, Penetta(Rezai)- Stosur, Clijsters-Henin!!!, Wickmayer-Jankovic, Bartoli-Schiavone, Ivanovic-Venus Williams. I bet many will be wrong because that is the thrill of Wimbledon.