Caroline Wozniacki Wimbledon
June 26, 2011 by staff
Caroline Wozniacki Wimbledon, Jarka good start here on center court. She goes for her shots (have to) and she held her first service with some ease. Now you may have some background, as we flew directly to this. It is the sixth day and the last two Australians in action at the All England Club. One is Jarmila Gajdosova (Jarka), and the other is Bernard Tomic, but more on him later.
Let’s focus on Jarka as her first on Centre Court, after the traditional first Saturday welcomed a group of sports stars as Australia’s own champion Ashley Cooper 1958. The welcome for armed forces personnel who volunteer their time to help address these championships is very uplifting.
After the formalities it’s time to return to the tennis courts. Wozniacki 3-2 to serve in the first set. No hiccups by either player at this point and we played 13 minutes.
A set of serving the poor, although a fundamental break Wozniacki hands to serve 11 minutes later and at 5-3 that can be used for the first set. A couple of missed first serves, some of misplacement in the second and scored a reversal can be costly, and probably will.
The Australian is not far, but at 30, all in the next game, which is in control of the next point, but a beautiful new lands jelly, hand on the baseline and Wozniacki set it to the next point. At this level, profit margins are very narrow, and it will be hard here against the top seed.
Jarka then plays her best game of the tournament so far, begins to dictate the game with groudstrokes deep strokes, moving the probe Dane around the opening. Now you might break? The answer is not everything, but it’s getting closer.
Then problems as a reverse Wozniacki follows a setback in the network only catch of the line for love-30. A bad beat forehand flies long and 15-40 and two break points. Two enjoyable webs download save both.
But then another unforced error on the back of the hands of a breakpoint to the third Dane, and her incredible defense finally forced the error Jarka and is a set and break down the central track.
A backhand cross section leads to a turning point for Jarka, but she has a chance and Wozniacki hits back with a forehand winner. It’s 3-1. Now, a wide backhand Jarka put under immense pressure at 00-30 but with the awesome service and groundstrokes that digs its way out.
She is finding her range and some good angles, but you can find the consistency to break the Dane? The reverse is still the problem. Too many errors and too many dead spots for Wozniacki.
We played an hour and are almost over for the Australian. 2.4. Wozniacki incredible defense makes it difficult to sustain a game, a forehand Caroline delivery lost a break point seconds.
A setback (you guessed it!) Is going out and that’s 5-2 and a set in one hour and two, that’s all.
A few minutes later and it really is. She had to be at her best to beat Caroline, but unfortunately she was not at the level necessary and we are one day. Not a bad effort, but just before you need to beat the really top players. Not down or up, only half actually part of the course.
You have to say to Bernard Tomic to the position of Australia last is an achievement in itself for 18 years of age, no matter what happens in court number one this afternoon. To Jarka, she has to play more consistently against the players who give absolutely nothing to do with Caroline, who had only five unforced errors for the match. Gajdosova was 12, and most importantly, only 53% of her first serves against 70% for the Dane.
Let’s move on.
It’s the Davis Cup in a couple of weeks, in fact, a little less, and the new captain Pat Rafter just has a word with some of us here. Hewitt is looking for a likely starter for the tie in China, which is pretty amazing and with Tomic and act in a rather peculiar, perhaps Australia could be halfway to getting a competitive team back together. Is not competitive but in the sense of winning the thing, not what they can do that this year anyway.
All this reminds me that last night, Tennis Australia launched a bit of a party for John Newcombe to celebrate the anniversary of the last of her singles wins here in 1971.
Most of the hierarchy of tennis is in London at this time of year, so it was a very busy “Australia” home last night that celebrates all things Newcombe, a barbecue and a couple of beers. Inside, of course, because it has been raining all week, but was very busy and so it should be.
In addition it also appears that captaincy Rafter Davis Cup team has thawed relations between Australia’s top two men. Do not thaw until the point of talking too much or arm around the guy back the thaw, but thawing less. If so that can only redound to the benefit of all. And men’s tennis in Australia needs a boost.
Excellent starting point for Tomic. Soderling has broken 15 with a mixture of great defense, good performance and excellent passing shots. Also dealt with comfort and leads 3-0. What’s more breaks to love this time and is 4-0. Now it’s 5-0 and we played 12 minutes. I’m pretty sure this is happening so I pinch myself just to test drive … yes, it’s real. What a start for 18 years of age. Soderling has no idea what is going on.
Belatedly, he wins a point. But he is stunned. Recent winner of the hand back Tomic. However, Soderling is a game. 14 minutes in. The next game to love and Tomic will have the set in 17 minutes 6-1. Absurd. A couple more of those and we will do within the hour.
Two break points saved by Tomic in the second game of the second set. It could be fundamental. Great grab by the Australian, the segment on the backhand is definitely the shot Soderling is enjoying less.
The coach is then on to the Swede who feels dizzy on the court and has had a stomachache for a couple of days. He says he has been taking Voltarin. They give you something else and we do, but do not look very good. But again if you were not hit by Tomic.
Two more break points to Tomic both saved by the Swede 2-2. Now. The court again causes the error with his feet Soderling all over the place and 3-2.
It seems that once again lead an Australian Soderling in straight sets to zero here this year.
But now Tomic is getting involved in some big hits and the fans is Swedish. A serve and volley to finish and do it for 4-2. And after one hour and seven minutes on the pitch are two sets to 6-1, 6-4. What is the script from here?
In 3.4, we are two of the most beautiful I want to see if you like the back cut. Both points are more than 10 exchanges in the network for very little simple, with the spoils shared by every player. However, the game itself is on the way Tomic.
Soderling Service is under increasing pressure from new, but has his nerve and leads 5-4. Now the pressure is Tomic. This is where everything changed for Thursday Hewitt. But Tomic holds with ease and is 5 for all. Perhaps this story ends with a tiebreak?
Xavier Malisse is being Jurgen Melzer in the game and looking the likely opponent for Monday Tomic. A backhand down the line a 30-all with Soderling’s serve and Soderling then nets a forehand and turning point for the Australian.
He keeps an ace on a challenge. Dramatic material. Sprayed a forehand and another chance to break. This time the Swede goes out to the right and Tomic is on the brink.
But suddenly, Tomic has hardened and the errors are – sprayed a forehand that gives two break points. He saves one with an ace.
Then Soderling is 16 of an inch wide with a forehand. It’s Deuce, which would have been a tiebreak. Then the Swede is just the time with his trademark forehand and is a party. The Australian shot, with his first opportunity with a great service to the width and the time of the fourth round of Tomic. 1 hour 52 minutes. That is a significant victory for him and for tennis in Australia.
Then Tomic cannot contain his joy at the victory and Soderling is grumpy and short on praise for the 18 years of age. But no matter who goes home and Tomic Malisse played on Monday.
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