Amazing Performances from YONEX Players in Wimbledon’s First Round
- 24 June 2014
June 23rd, 2014, day one of Wimbledon saw some exciting upsets at the hands of some of YONEX’s most talented female tennis players.
Un-seeded Maria Kirilenko (EZONE Ai 98, POLYTOUR PRO 125) defeated last year’s quarterfinalist and 18th seed Sloane Stephens. Sloane has made it to the second week of six Grand Slams in a row, but former world No.10 Maria—who just recovered from a recent injury—proved that she’s back and better than ever. Maria played boldly, confidently returning the powerful balls her opponent hit towards her, and refused to be lead around the court. Maria took the match in straight sets, 6-2 7-6 (6). Maria plays Shuai Peng of China in round 2.
Coco Vandeweghe (EZONE Ai 98) also enacted another upset, taking down Spanish 27th seed Garbine Muguruza. While Coco defeated Garbine at the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands last week, there was no doubt that Garbine would come back fired up after a loss. As expected, the match was close, but Coco gave it her all, hitting 47 winners and 15 aces against her difficult opponent, coming out victorious. The match ended at 6-3 3-6 7-5. Coco has been seeing improved performance on grass courts, winning her first WTA title on grass at the Topshelf Open. She will face the Czech Republic’s Tereza Smitkova in round 2.
On June 20th, YONEX held a tennis clinic at The Wimbledon Club. Lleyton Hewitt (VCORE Tour 97, YONEX Shoes), Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125) and Donna Vekic (VCORE Xi 100) took part, practicing with children, and pairing up with them in doubles pairs. Players also answered questions, gave autographs, and took pictures with fans. The event was a big success, with 250 participants in attendance.
Matches to look forward to on day two include 19th seed and 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97, POLYTOUR SPIN) against Julia Glushko (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR SPIN). Sabine has a great record at Wimbledon, and is a force to be reckoned with on grass, making her performance in this tournament something to look forward to. Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour G, SHT-PRO) goes against Joao Sousa, and Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) faces Francesca Schiavone.
Women’s Singles [Round 1]
Coco Vandeweghe (EZONE Ai 98)(USA) def. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-3 3-6 7-5
*Photo of Coco from Wimbledon 2012
*Photo of Maria from Wimbledon 2013