Rome Crisis Center, May 18

by: Peter Bodo | May 18, 2012

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PicMornin'. So just how close was that Seppi v. Wawrinka match? I confess I didn't see a ball struck, but the scoreline sure looks intriguing. And those vibrations you feel through your feet and that rumbling sound you hear - that would be the sound of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, coming on. Yesterday he bumped off Juan Martin del Potro; today Tsonga meets top seed and ATP no. 1 Novak Djokovic. Anyone else smell a possible upset?

On the WTA side, I guess we'll see if Venus Williams can manhandle Maria Sharapova in a manner similar to the way Serena does it, but I'm guessing that it's more likely that Sharapova will use this match to get a little Williams payback and a face-saving opportunity  - even if she's not exactly thinking that way herself.

While Cibulkova v. Li is apt to be a long and entertaining match, no. 4 seed and defending Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova finally seems to be getting a little traction (it's about time). But a loss to rapidly improving Angelique Kerber of Germany could undo a lot of that progress. It's not that Kerber is less than a quality player, it's more that Kvitova needs to get back in the habit of winning. 

Enjoy the tennis! 

-- Pete

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