Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium pulled off the latest upset at Wimbledon. And, at this point, why not? A year ago, Flipkens was ranked 262, due to injury lay-offs. She’s back at #20, but she withstood the #8 ranked, (7-inches taller and favored) Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Sloane Stephens, the 20-year-old US hopeful, lost to Marion Bartoli of France, 6-4, 7-5. Stephens made a match of it, but Bartoli is seasoned and crafty. A controversial moment came when the Frenchwomen insisted on stopping play at 4-5, deuce, on the American’s serve, citing the rain and condition of the court. When play resumed, she won the next two points, and the set. Ultimately, Bartoli prevailed in the second, keeping her on track for her second Wimbledon final. (She lost to Venus Williams in 2007.)
Sabine Lisicki, who yesterday bumped Serena Williams from The Championships, got through her match v. Kaia Kanepi in impressive fashion, 6-3, 6-3.
In another tightly contested match, Li Na was down a set and a break to Agnieszka Radwanska in the second, but fought back to take the second, though it was all Radwanska in the third: 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.