Wimbledon 2014: Sabine, Martina and Belinda in Main Draw

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 highly anticipated Wimbledon tournament, and YONEX players are already delivering great performances at the All England Club.  In round 1 of the ladies’ singles qualifiers, Japanese YONEX players Ayumi Morita (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR SPIN) and Mayo Hibi (EZONE Xi 98POLYTOUR SPIN) advanced to the next round. In round 2 of the men’s singles qualifying rounds, YONEX player Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G) defeated Daniel Kosakowski by a score of 6-1 6-3. YONEX player 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 and we’re eagerly anticipating their results!

YONEX player Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97, POLYTOUR SPIN) is also back in London for this year’s tournament. It is clear that her specialty is grass courts—she was last year’s ladies’ finalist, and 2011’s ladies’ doubles finalist. Sabine had a great tournament last year as the 23rd,  seed, defeating two intimidating 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 win against Serena marked her fourth time beating the tournament’s defending champion.

Sabine is known for playing aggressively, and her VCORE Tour 97 complements her style perfectly. The VCORE series offers intense levels of spin with superior levels of control, and is perfect for players who want to provide fierce competition to their opponents. With YONEX’s MICRO CORE material embedded into the frame, the racquet offers more stiffness for a high level of offensive play.

Another YONEX player 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 is a former Wimbledon champion, and holds promise for this year.

Last year’s girls’ singles champion, YONEX player Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100), will also be back at the All England Club, and will surely deliver another fine performance.

*Photos of Sabine and Ricardas from Wimbledon 2013