Maria Sharapova ant Petra Kvitova emerged victorious on Wednesday on the Centre Court in Wimbledon, advancing their way to the finals. Sharapova who went in as a fifth seed had won her first three Grand Slam tournaments at the All England Club in 2004.
She overcame 13 double faults to defeat Sabine Lisicki, committing two double faults in the opening service before adding two more while trailing 3-0 before managing to save a break point and winning 12 of 16 last games.
“I felt like I was just rushing things, my first serve. She is someone that has big swings and likes to take charge and hit the ball,” she said. “I did not really want to give her too many looks on second serves. I think maybe I overthought it too much.”
Sharapova got her entry when Lisicki’s drop shot went into the net and placing the score deuce and allowing Sharapova to regain her footing. She stumbled in her first serve, but her subsequent forehands and backhands started to earn her more points.
“She played really well and I did quite the opposite,” Sharapova said. “It was tough. I just had to stay focused. I got back on track and just remained focused throughout the rest of the match.”
Kvitova had an easier experience on her way to the final. She rode the first serve into the final hitting three aces in a row in the final game. This was her major semifinal, and she dominated the entire match, recording 40-winner s and 14 unforced errors while opponent Viktoria Azarenka recorded nine winner and 7 unforced errors.
“She started serving, and she really played very well on her service game. Was a little bit of a bad luck, I think,” Azarenka quipped. “She was just going for every single shot today. When my balls were going a little bit out like this, her balls were going into the line.”
Kvitova only missed one point in the opening game of the third set before breaking out for a 2-0 lead. She had two break points, saved them and went on to record a 4-1. The victory makes Kvitova the first left-handed women to reach a Wimbledon final since Martina Navratilova.