It was another shocking upset in offshore betting Wimbledon odds. Just a day earlier it was Andy Roddick losing as a big favorite.
Online bookmaker odds now heavily favor Serena Williams to cruise to the Wimbledon title. She is the only top seed remaining in the semifinals. It will not be a rematch between the Williams’ sisters in the Wimbledon final because Venus couldn’t get the job done in the quarterfinals. Venus had reached the Wimbledon final in eight of the past ten years and she was not expected to have any trouble with Pironkova. Venus played very poorly though and was never really in the match. In the other quarterfinal on that side of the bracket it was 21st seed Vera Zvonareva upsetting Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-4, and 6-2.
The loss by Venus Williams to the 22-year-old Pironkova was a huge shock in offshore betting. Pironkova was the lowest-ranked player left in the women's draw. She had never even made it past the second round in 18 previous Grand Slams. Williams really handed her the match though with 29 unforced errors and five double-faults. It will now be Pironkova vs. Zvonareva in the semifinal with the winner likely getting Serena Williams in the final. Zvonareva lost the first set against Clijsters in the quarterfinals but then rallied to win. Clijsters played poorly as she finished with 36 unforced errors in a disappointing performance.
Defending champion Serena Williams was able to win her quarterfinal match against Li Na 7-5, 6-3. She had 11 aces, 21 winners and just six unforced errors. The match was tied at 5-5 in the first set and Na had a 40-love lead which would have put her up 6-5 but she blew the game and then it was all Serena the rest of the way. Serena will be heavily favored in her semifinal match against either Petra Kvitova or Kaia Kanepi who is both unseeded.
The men’s quarterfinals will be played on Wednesday with both of the top seeds, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal still on track to meet in the final yet again.