Germans Continue to Rain on Grass
July 3 – Bad weather continues to plague Wimbledon but the Germans are shining into the later rounds. Sport Eagle’s Craig White recaps the action from Tuesday.
Angelique Kerber eventually comes through a titanic battle against German compatriot
Sabine Lisicki to book a place in the semi-finals for the first time at Wimbledon.
The 8th seed from Bremen won the 1st set at a canter and Lisicki had no answers.
Lisicki, who had reached last year’s semi-final was unable to cope with the power and variety shots displayed by the left-hander and lost the set 6-3.
In the second set, Kerber had the chance to take control of the match and get her first victory against her Cologne rival but failed to take advantage of five match points. However, Kerber continued to play, it was Lisicki who eventually stepped up her own performance to take the second set to a tie break. Kerber took the early advantage but eventually some strong returns of serve from Lisicki brought her back into the breaker which she eventually took 7-5.
It was going to a third set, everything needed to be put on the line by both players. Would Kerber be able to cope with the mental aspect of closing out a match, something she is well known to struggle with, or would Lisicki have the momentum following her second set success? It would be Kerber, not that she dominated, but she did enough to take the set 7-5 and win the match 2-1 sets booking herself a semi-final spot against third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.
A strong performance by Florian Mayer sets up his first Wimbledon quarter final match against the much fancied world number 1, Novak Djokovic from Serbia.
Mayer brushed aside Richard Gasquet from France in four relatively straight-forward sets. Having won the first two sets, the Bavarian took his foot off the pedal allowing Gasquet to temporarily regain some momentum taking the third set, however it wouldn’t be long until Florian served for the match winning 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
The quarter-finals may be a hurdle too much for Florian who has to play again tomorrow. Djorkovic who is clearly favourite has already had a day longer than Mayer to recover having beaten having beaten his fellow compatriot and Serb number #3 Victor Troicki in less than 90 minutes 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The world number one who recently failed in his bid to win the grand slam of tennis will want to make another attempt at success, and although this may be the reason Mayer’s championship will finish prematurely, he will be able to walk away with his head held high.
Whoever the eventual winner of this match should expect to reach the final, as the top half of the draw isn’t as deep, especially with the recent news of Roger Federer struggling with back spasms.
Philipp Kohlschreiber makes it a one two for Germany in the men’s singles as the world number 30 eases past the unseeded American Brian Baker in three quick and easy sets, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Kohlschreiber who has turned his season around since taking the BMW Open title, must now fancy his chances of progressing to the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time in his career and should consider how fabulous it is to have won this 4th round match in straight sets, especially when Wimbledon is considered the ultimate event. Kohlschreiber has a chance to recover for his next match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who needed four sets to beat Mardy Fish 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4.
Kohlschreiber and Tsonga have played each other six times, with the Frenchman winning five times. This is a great chance for Kohlschreiber to progress into the semi-finals, it comes down to mental strength but his opportunity is now.