Germans Washed Away at Wimbledon

26
July
2012

Posted by Salman Mitha

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July 6 – Luck ran out for the German contingent at the All England Club.

All the Germans are finally sent packing at Wimbledon, as the last face of German tennis
8th seed Angelique Kerber crashes out in the semi-finals against Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets.

Kerber had won a titanic quarter-final battle against fellow countrywoman Sabine Lisicki.  However, it appeared that the whole mystic and aura of the biggest competition in tennis was far too much for her to handle, and from the first game of the first set it showed.  The rhythm of her previous displays wasn’t there.


Her opponent Radwanska had no such problems and looked like a seasoned grand slam challenger, despite being her first semi-final of her career.  The Polish star and world number 3 showed real confidence and composure to take advantage of the first set and soon broke the Kerber serve on two occasions to walk away with the set 6-3.

From the start of the second set it was clear that there was only going to be one winner, even though the fans wanted to see a fight back from the 8th seed but it wasn’t to be.  Kerber did show the fans a few glimpses magic to show the onlookers why she had reached this stage of the event. Eventually Radwanska got the break of serve and had the chance to close out the match to reach her first Wimbledon final and this opportunity was not going to be wasted, as she took the match two sets to love, 6-3, 6-4.

In the second semi-final of the day, Serena Williams powered past the 2nd seed Victoria Azarenka in what would be considered two comfortable sets. The first set was dominated by the 6th seed American and she took the set 6-3. In the second set the challenger from Belarus tried in vain to push Williams deep into the back of the court but Serena seemed to have answers for everything. The set eventually went to a tie break and at (6-6) it looked like they wouldn’t be separated. Then Williams gained the all important break, the set was won 7-6 (8-6) and will now line up for her 7th final against Radwanska.

Having successfully defeated Richard Gasquet in round 4, 31st ranked Florian Mayer then faced world number 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic, who has not lost in 12 matches since winning the title at the All England club last year and who many consider the favourite to retain his title.

The first set was tight, however, not in the respects that Mayer had a chance to win but more a case of he wasn’t able to gain a commanding position.  The world number 1 soon took the set 6-4 producing some majestic winners.

From this moment, Mayer seemed a little bit like a fish out of water and the awkward style which had helped him reach this stage of a grand slam suddenly became a hindrance and more and more unforced errors crept into his performance. Three breaks from Djokovic and then the second set was over 6-1.

It was time for Mayer to show some mental strength and some fight in the third set, whatever the outcome maybe. Fortunately for the fans, the German started to find some rhythm and at three games each Mayer got what could be considered, the all important break. However, as you would expect from a world number 1, Djokovic broke back immediately and then replicated the feat to win the set and the match 6-4 6-1 6-4.

Now all that stands in Djokovic’s way is his arch rival Roger Federer in the second semi-final.

The end of the road for Philipp Kohlschreiber as flamboyant Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins in four sets.  Kohlschreiber who had brushed aside American Brian Baker only 24 hours earlier wasn’t able to produce the same masterful performance against Tsonga. The German was leading the aces chart with 88 came out onto court with plenty of confidence following his 4th round performance and both men started the 1st set impressively.

Tsonga, is one of those players like a chameleon, you never quite know which player will turn up. When the flamboyant entertainer turns up you quickly realise that his opponent is going to be in a tedious and frustrating match. Eventually the first set would reach the tie break, who would take the momentum?

This scenario was slightly different because Tsonga won the set 7-6 (7-5) but Kohlschreiber had the momentum. Could he take advantage of this chance? Yes, he showed more consistency and took advantage of a solid break of serve to take the 2nd set 6-4.  One set each and the momentum was with Kohlschreiber who had the momentum and chance to dominate this encounter. However, Tsonga quickly established himself in this match and the third set would climax with the second tie breaker of the match.  Kolschreiber was forced into making unforced errors and lost the set 7-6 (7-3).

Moving into the fourth set there was only going to be one winner.  Tsonga quickly obtained multiple breaks to take the set in record time winning 6-2 and taking the match 3-1, setting up a semi-final match against the home favourite and 4 seed Andy Murray.


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