In 2009, Vera Zvonareva was on her way to becoming a major contender on the WTA Tour. She reached her first Australian Open semifinal and her career was blossoming as she reached a #5 world ranking. Now, over a year later, she entered the 2010 Wimbledon Championships ranked outside the top twenty and her mental game was in question. But, her form so far during the last nine days has been astounding. She cruised through her first four opponents without dropping a set which included the #3 player in the world Jelena Jankovic.
Today, in her quarterfinal match up with Kim Clijsters, she impressed the Wimbledon crowd with a three set victory that showed power, touch, and most of allâguts. Her backhand was overpowering Kim off the baseline and her serve was a strength throughout the match even hitting an ace in her final service game. She looked calm and controlled the entire match and never panicked though she was down a set.
She needs to keep her mental toughness as she faces Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria next round. Pironkova shocked the tennis world taking out Venus Williams this morning in straight sets. Look for Zvonareva to advance the final as she is more experienced than her opponent and is now mentally ready to shine on the bigger stage. Good luck Vera!