Wimbledon Wrap-Up, Part 2: Ladies Edition

This year’s Wimbledon featured many upsets, especially on the ladies side. Top 10 seeds Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard were both knocked out in the first round. It was not as surprising as one might expect for Bouchard. She had come in to Wimbledon with an 8-13 record, including a 1-3 record on grass. I expected her to go out early, and was not surprised that she lost in the first round. Halep was a little different. She has also been known to be struggling in the later part of tournaments but she still is winning matches. It was not so at wimbledon this year.

The defending champion, Petra Kvitova, seemed to be having an easy draw through to the semi-finals where it was projected she would meet Halep. After breezing by the first and second rounds, she was defeated in a 3-set comeback win by Jelena Jankovic. Kvitova seemed to lose control of her shots near the end of that match and it cost her the opportunity to defend her Wimbledon title.

In the same section of the draw as Kvitova, there was the crafty Aga Radwanska, who had been having a less than stellar year with her worst loss coming in the first round of the French Open. Her win-loss record was 15-13 after that defeat. She played two warm-up tournaments, and wimbledon bringing her grass court record to 12-3. Her resurgence on grass put her back in the top 10 after an abysmal clay court season.

The surprise of the Championships was the rise of Garbiñe Mururuza, the 21-year-old Spaniard. She made her first Wimbledon or grass court final, defeating the likes of Kerber, Wozniacki and Radwanska en route. Muguruza previously stated her dislike of grass, but has really come into her own on it.

Other players with success were Victoria Azarenka, making it to the quarter-finals, losing in three sets to Serena. Maria Sharapova also made a semi-final, also losing to Serena. Madison Keys is another rising star who made the quarter finals, losing in a thrilling 3-set match to Radwanska. Overall, the new top 10 has Aga back in it, and Muguruza as a new face. It was a successful Championships.

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