Wimbledon 2014: Sabine, Martina and Belinda in Main Draw
- 18 June 2014
Hot off the heels of Roland Garros, the stage shifts from the clay courts of France to the grass courts of England. It’s time for the much-anticipated Wimbledon, and YONEX’s players are already outside on the All England Club’s grass courts delivering good performances. In round 1 of the ladies’ singles qualifies, Japanese YONEX players Ayumi Morita (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR SPIN) and Mayo Hibi (EZONE Xi 98, POLYTOUR SPIN) advanced to the next round. In round 2 of the men’s singles qualifying rounds, Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, AERON SUPER 850 CROSS) defeated Daniel Kosakowski with a score of 6-1 6-3. Ricardas Berankis (EZONE Ai 98, POLYTOUR SPIN, SHT-PRO) defeated Andrea Arnaboldi 6-4 6-3, advancing to the next round. If these two make it past round 3, they will have a place in the main draw. We’re eagerly anticipating their results!
Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97, POLYTOUR SPIN) is also back in London for this year’s tournament. Her specialty is grass courts, and it shows—she was last year’s ladies’ finalist, and 2011’s ladies’ doubles finalist. Sabine had a great tournament last year. As the 23rd seed, she overtook two intimating players on her way to the final. In the third round she went up against 2011 US Open winner and 14th seeded Samatha Stosur, and then faced defending champion Serena Williams. Her defeat of Serena marked her fourth time beating the tournament’s defending champion.
Sabine is known for her aggressive play style, and her VCORE Tour 97 complements it perfectly. Offering intense levels of spin and superior levels of control, the VCORE series is perfect for players who want to come down on their opponents hard. With YONEX’s MICRO CORE material embedded into the frame, the racquet offers more stiffness for a high level of offensive play. Last year’s girls’ singles champion, Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100), will also be back at the All England Club, and promises another fine performance.
Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR PRO 125, SHT-PRO) will be making a big return to Wimbledon after seven years. Boasting several Grand Slam titles, this veteran player made a comeback last year. In March she teamed up with Sabine, and won her first title since 2007. She’s a former Wimbledon champion, and holds promise for this year.
*Photos of Sabine and Ricardas from Wimbledon 2013