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2010 Wimbledon Coverage

Day Ten Thoughts


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I recently talked about triage when it comes to the activities in one's life in my weekly column over at Informative Sports. I guess that's the best way I can explain not writing about what happened today at Wimbledon until 10:52 pm local time on the Pacific coast. As Ferris Bueller once said, "Life can move pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

So here I am, watching all the highlights of what I didn't get to see before I left for work. But honestly, most of the action that mattered most had already been decided. It almost looked like we were going to get our first true fairy-tale action in a long time in a major when Tsvetana Pironkova took the first set in a half hour from #21 Vera Zvonareva in the first match of the day on Centre Court. The women were battling for a spot in the final, and the unseeded underdog Bulgarian was taking the fight to the equally-improbable semifinalist opposite her on the main stage. Getting the break point to go up 4-2, Pironkova was serving well and painting the edges of the court to draw her Russian counterpart to submission in the opening frame.

But Zvonareva calmed down, earned a break herself at the exact same point in the second set, and served out the set to tie things back up at one apiece. It would all come down to the final, one set to send one woman to the Wimbledon final. Zvonareva took the initiative, getting a break right away to go up 1-0 in the set. She would earn her second break of the set and third of the match to advance up 4-1. It was all a matter of maintaining composure from there, and the Russian held serve through to the end to claim her first shot at a Grand Slam title.


The woman she will be facing is no stranger to Grand Slams. #1 Serena Williams fended off the challenge of unseeded Czech Petra Kvitova in the following match on Centre Court. Kvitova would actually go up first in the match, breaking and then consolidating on her next serve to go up 4-2. But Serena, no stranger to pressure, coolly held her serve from there and broke back to make things 4-4. The two women would go to a tiebreak, the American finally taking her first real lead in the set with a 7-5 tiebreak that would be all Serena needed for a wake-up call.

From there, Kvitova just imploded, knowing her chance to upset the top dog was gone. Unlike Tomas Berdych, Kvitova had no answer for this one seed in the tournament.  Serena broke at 2-2 and then 4-2 to serve out the 6-2 victory in the second and final of the straight-set victory. Unlike the first set, which took two minutes shy of an hour, Serena needed nearly half as much time to close out the battle once she was back in the picture.


As her big sister and she learned yesterday, though, you can't trust any scenario, any high seeding, in a tournament where you are undoubtedly the one for whom everyone is taking aim and unloading. Venus and Serena were knocked out by Elena Vesnina and... Vera Zvonareva. This will be the opportunity on Saturday for a grudge match of sorts. Either Serena will avenge the lost attempt at another Wimbledon doubles crown with Venus by claiming yet another Wimbledon win for herself, or she will implode against a player who has sent many a gal packing this spring and into summer. Keep your eyes open at all times -- or as much as possible -- as we're heading tight onto Championship Weekend at the All-England Club...


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