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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fish and Azarenka on fire

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Fish on fire

Mardy Fish overcame Janko Tipsarevic, the Serbian number two, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a match lasting two hours and 29 minutes.

Fish won an incredible 77% of points on his first serve and converted six break points to Tipsarevic’s three. His good form continues from Queen’s where he reached the quarter-finals. The American has equalled his best run at Wimbledon but if he is to reach the fourth round he will need to complete a Serbian double as he next faces Novak Djokovic, the country’s number one.

Victoria Azarenka joins Marion Bartoli in the double bagel club at this year’s Championships. Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania, her unfortunate opponent, was knocked out of the 6-0, 6-0 in a 65-minute masterclass by Azarenka.

Six breaks of serve sealed the win as Azarenka won 60 points to the Romanian’s 28. The Belarusian is going strong here at SW19 and is many people’s pick for the title in one of the most open women’s draw in a long while.

Seventh seed Vera Zvonareva made light work of Swedish-born French lady Mathilde Johansson, winning 6-1, 6-3 on Court 18. The players are separated by 79 places in the WTA Tour rankings and the class of Zvonareva showed as she broke her opponent five times during the match and made just eight unforced errors to Johansson’s 33.

After a shaky start by Marion Bartoli, the 2007 Wimbledon finalist, the Frenchwoman managed to find her rhythm against Timea Bacsinszky just in the nick of time before the first set went to the lottery of a tiebreak, edging ahead with her second break of the match to take the set 7-5.

With a spring in her step after rescuing the opening set in the 50th minute, Bartoli cruised to the finishing post, winning six out of the next seven games against a deflated-looking Swiss. Bartoli served immaculately, only being broken once and hitting home five aces.

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