Germans Surprise at Wimbledon
July 3 – It was only a couple of month’s ago we asked when the next tennis ace would show up from Germany?
We only had to wait till the summer. Four Germans pushing for fairytale endings at the biggest tennis major of the year as they combine to knock out women’s current number one and former Wimbledon winners.
15th seed Sabine Lisicki from the Cologne area knocked out current French Open champion and world number one Maria Sharapova in straight sets to progress to round five.
The 22-year-old who has been plagued by injuries throughout her career, has come the farthest in the tournament than any German since one of the most successful women’s tennis star of all time, Stefi Graff.
Lisicki brushed the Russian 6-4, 6-3 to progress to the next round where she will take on fellow countrywoman, Angelique Kerber.
The 8th seed Kerber demolished fan favourite Kim Clijsters from Belgium, in what will be remembered as the last match of her successful career. The match ended in straight sets, 6-1 6-1 as Kerber won in no less than 49 minutes. The luck of the draw will have the 24-year-old from Bremen take on Lisicki and end the run of one of the Germans.
Kerber joined up with Bayreuth’s Philipp Petzschner in the Mixed Double’s and suffered the same fate as the German football team in the Euros, losing to Italian’s Roberta Vinci and Daniele Bracciali 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Augsburg’s own Philipp Kolschrieber continued with his recent good form shown when he won the BMW open earlier in the season as he progressed through to the 4th round in a highly charged game against the man who had already eliminated Rafael Nadal. Lukas Rosol from the Czech Republic was unable to reproduce the scintillating form that had already dispossessed of world number two from Spain. However, his opponent Kolschrieber showed too much shot making ability as he won the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 and 7-6.
Kolschrieber faces Brian Baker in the next round, while fellow Bavarian Florian Mayer went the distance against Jerzy Janowicz from Poland, coming back winning 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Mayer, like Petzschner hails from Bayreuth, earns the right to take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet. The winner of this one may be in line to make further history, as he will take world number one Novak Djokovic.