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Four Top 20 YONEX Players Reach the Last 16

02 July 2012

The last 16 players in ladies’ singles were determined at the end of the first week in Wimbledon. Players had one day to rest on July 1st—known as the Middle Sunday—and they will play in the second week to advance to the quarterfinals on Monday.

For YONEX, two VCORE players and two EZONE Xi players advanced to the fourth round. Earning 22 winners with five aces, Angelique Kerber (VCORE 100S) defeated American Christina McHale with 6-2, 6-3. This is their second meeting in 2012, and their first at Indian Wells was very close. However, Angelique’s play was so solid that she broke her opponent’s service five times.

Smashing the tennis ball with her VCORE Tour 97 racquet, Sabine Lisicki advanced to the second week of Wimbledon for the third time in a row. Sabine faced 19-year-old Sloane Stephens who is at the tournament for the first time and defeated 23 seeded Petra Cetkovska in the second round. It seemed to be a tough match for Sabine, losing the second set after taking the first set, 7-5(5). But, with her eyes set on winning, she converted two of two break chances, closing the set by 6-2.

Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Xi 98) faced Germany’s Julia Goerges, who advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open in January. Ana controlled the ball to reduce unforced errors throughout the match, although she lost the first set by 3-6. In the second and final sets, Ana played a stable game, keeping all the service games to finish the match at 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Facing Sorana Cirstea, Maria Kirilenko (EZONE Xi 98) was so strong that her opponent couldn’t get any break-point chances throughout the match. On the other hand, Maria got four of nine break points, moving into the 4th round with 6-3 6-1.

All four players will play for the quarterfinals today. Angelique meets Kim Clijsters, Sabine meets Maria Sharapova, Ana meets Victoria Azarenka and Maria meets Shuai Peng.

Tournament Results [Day 5]
Gentlemen's Singles [3rd Round]
Viktor Troicki (SRB) def. [15]Juan Monaco (VCORE 98D)(ARG)

Ladies' Singles [3rd Round]
[8]Angelique Kerber (GER) def. [28]Christina McHale (USA) 6-2 6-3
[15]Sabine Lisicki (GER) def. Sloane Stephens (USA) 7-6(5) 1-6 6-2
[17]Maria Kirilenko (RUS) def. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-3 6-1
[1]Maria Sharapova (RUS) def. Su-Wei Hsieh (RDS 002 Tour)(TPE) 6-1 6-4

Tournament Results [Day 6]
Ladiesf Singles [3rd Round]
[14]Ana Ivanovic (SRB) def. [22]Julia Goerges (GER) 3-6 6-3 6-4
[6]Serena Williams (USA) def. [25]Zheng Jie (EZONE Xi 98)(CHN) 6-7(5) 6-2 9-7