The Manic Monday at Wimbledon proved to be exactly that in the women’s side of the draw as the Williams sisters and the top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of the tournament in their respective fourth round matches.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-final with four set wins over their lesser fancied opponents, while Novak Djokovic wasted no time in getting to the last eight stage as well.
Bulgarian girl, Tsvetana Pironkova conquered Venus Williams with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win over the American, while her sister Serena was usurped by Marion Bartoli in a hard-fought match – 6-3, 7-6. Bartoli missed out on closing out the match on her serve despite having two match-points but on her fifth match-point, won in the tie-breaker.
Wozniacki had a good start to her match with a 6-1 win in the first set against Dominika Cibulkova, but went on to lose the next two sets in a close encounter. She lost 7-6, 7-5 in the last two sets to continue with her run of having not won a single Grand Slam ever. This was her best performance at Wimbledon, having equalled her fourth-round showing in the previous two years as well.
Nadal was involved in a superb see-sawing battle with Juan Martin Del Potro, in which he needed two tie-breaks to go through. Nadal clinched the first set 7-6 before going down in the second, 3-6. Another tie-breaker followed which was won by Nadal before he closed out the match in the fourth set, 6-4.
Federer lost the first set in a tie-breaker, to Mikhail Youzhny, before prevailing 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to enter the last four stage.
There were no such problems for the likes of second seeded Djokovic and the fourth seeded Andy Murray. Djokovic blew Michael Llodra off with a straight set, 6-3, 6-3 6-3 win over his opposition. Murray needed a tie-breaker in the first set but won the remaining two rather easily over Richard Gasquet, with whom he has been involved in many a five-setters in the past.
Nadal will now take on Mardy Fish in the quarter-finals while Murray plays Feliciano Lopez. Federer’s next opponent is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Djokovic plays Australian wild-card entrant Bernard Tomic.
In the ladies section of the draw, the highest remaining seeds are Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova, who has had had it easy so far, will play Cibulkova, while Azarenka faces Tamira Paszek. In the other two quarter-finals, Sabine Lisicki will play Bartoli while Petra Kvitova takes on Pitonkova.