Upsets continued in Day 8’s Ladies’ Singles action, with No. 21 Vera Zvonareva upsetting No. 8 Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to make her first Wimbledon semifinal.
It was a classic Clijsters-style loss, as the Belgian seemed to rush more and more as her chances went downhill. Zvonareva, hardly a picture of mental toughness, was able to stay steady as Clijsters allowed her to dictate most points.
Clijsters had won all five of the pair’s previous meetings, including twice on grass, though the two have not played since 2006 (in large part due to Clijsters’ retirement).
It’s Zvonareva’s second career grand slam semifinal, having previously made the final four at the 2009 Australian Open.
Zvonareva will be favored against Pironkova in the semifinal, but only slightly. She should have an easier time generating pace against Pironkova’s junkballs than Venus did, but Pironkova, despite her inexperience, should be considered the more mentally tough of the two.
Should be an interesting (if somewhat surreal) match to watch.