Another Radwanska makes a Semi

Urszula Radwanska, younger sister of the no. 7 ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, defeated Pironkova, the last seed in the draw, to make the semifinals in Istanbul. It was a quick start for Radwanska taking the first set 6-2. Pironkova came back to take the second set 6-3. The third set was topsy turvy with Pironkova leading 5-1, but Radwanska came back and leveled it sending the match to a third set tiebreak. Radwanska raced to a quick lead in the tiebreak with the score at 5-1 on the change of ends. She then went up 6-1, but lost the next four points. After a long rally she won with the winning shot being a net chord winner. It took some luck, but she made it though. Radwanska will play Magdalena Rybarikova.

The other semifinal will be contested by Lesia Tsurenko and Kirsten Flipkens.

Laura Robson Wins First Match in Granby

Laura Robson won the first match of her comeback in Granby, QC. She won 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 against Naomi Osaka. She was down a break in the first but came back to win 7-5 in the tiebreak. She was then down a break again in the second set and was able to tie it up to take it to a tiebreak, but lost 7-5. She then traded breaks with Osaka in the third set until she went up a break and held to close it out 6-3 in the third. Robson plays Ellie Halbauer (USA) not before noon tomorrow.

Coming Up: The Summer Clay Court Season Continues and the Hard Court Returns

On the WTA tour this week we have tournaments in Istanbul and Bad Gastein. The big name in Istanbul this week is Venus Williams, who is the number 1 seed. The defending champion, Caroline Wozniacki, has decided not to participate this year, opting to start her hard court season in Stanford. We see Sara Errani back in action in Bad Gastein after a finals run in Bucharest.

The ATP tour is packed this week with three tournaments. Bastad will transition from the women to the men, as the beautiful city sees professional tennis for a second week in a row. Umag, Croatia will play host to a variety off talent, including the entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils. Lastly, the men will have their first hard court tournament of the summer in Bogata.

I will keep you posted on the events of these tournaments.

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.