Primer on 10 unknowns alive at Wimbledon
Monday, July 1, 2013
LONDON — Of the 32 men and women set to play in Wimbledon’s fourth round today, 10 will be trying to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time.
So who are these players? How old are they, where are they from — and how did they get here?
A quick primer:
• Kenny de Schepper, 26, France, ranked 80th. ... Before last week, he was 1-4 in Grand Slam matches. ... Before beating 22nd-seeded Juan Monaco in the third round, he was 2-10 against opponents ranked in the top 100. ... His second-round opponent, 10th-seeded Marin Cilic, withdrew with a knee injury. ... Today, de Schepper plays 54th-ranked Fernando Verdasco.
• Ivan Dodig, 28, Croatia, ranked 49th. ... Before this tournament, he was 7-13 in Grand Slam matches, only once making it to the third round. ... The men he faced in the first round (16th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber) and third round (Igor Sijsling) at Wimbledon both quit because of illness while trailing. ... Dodig is tied for the tournament lead with 49 aces. ... Today, Dodig plays No. 4 David Ferrer, the French Open runner-up.
• Jerzy Janowicz, 22, Poland, seeded 24th. ... This is only his fifth Grand Slam tournament. ... His second-round opponent, Radek Stepanek, stopped in the second set because of a left leg injury. ... Janowicz has been wearing neon-colored strips of tape around his right elbow. ... He hit the fastest serve of the tournament, 140 mph. ... Tonday, Janowicz plays 37th-ranked Jurgen Melzer.
• Lukasz Kubot, 31, Poland, ranked 130th. ... His career record is 90-106, a .459 winning percentage. ... He didn’t need to play a point in the second round because of the withdrawal of Steve Darcis, who stunned Rafael Nadal on Day 1, but then pulled out on Day 3, citing a right shoulder injury. ... Kubot and Janowicz are trying to become the first Polish man in 33 years to reach a major quarterfinal. ... Today, Kubot plays 111th-ranked Adrian Mannarino.
• Adrian Mannarino, 25, France, ranked 111th. ... His Grand Slam record was 3-13 before last week, including a six-match losing streak. ... His second-round opponent, 18th-seeded John Isner of the U.S., stopped because of a knee injury in the third game, making it the second-shortest Wimbledon match in the 45-year Open era. ... Today, Mannarino plays 130th-ranked Lukasz Kubot.
• Andreas Seppi, 29, Italy, seeded 23rd. ... He is 28-33 in Grand Slam matches. ... If he reaches the round of eight in his 34th major, it would equal the third-most Slam appearances for a first-time quarterfinalist in the Open era. ... His second-round opponent, Michael Llodra, retired after the first set, citing a hamstring injury, then went out and won a doubles match later the same day. ... Seppi’s victories in the first and second rounds both came via five-setters, giving Seppi seven consecutive wins in matches that went the distance. ... Today, Seppi plays No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion.
• Kirsten Flipkens, 27, Belgium, seeded 20th. ... She was 15-18 in Grand Slam play before Wimbledon. ... Never made it past the third round at a major tournament until losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open in January. ... Trains with retired four-time major champion Kim Clijsters. ... Won junior titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2003. ... Today, Flipkens plays 166th-ranked Flavia Pennetta, a former top-10 player and three-time major quarterfinalist sidelined last year by wrist surgery.
• Karin Knapp, 26, Italy, ranked 104th. ... She entered last week with an 0-2 main-draw record at Wimbledon, plus a loss in qualifying in 2009. ... Never before past the third round at a major tournament; hadn’t even made it that far since the 2008 French Open. ... Leads women with 33 aces at Wimbledon. ... In the third round, beat Michelle Larcher de Brito, the 131st-ranked qualifier who eliminated Maria Sharapova in the second round. ... Knapp plays 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli, the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up, today.
• Monica Puig, 19, Puerto Rico, ranked 65th. ... Made Grand Slam debut at this year’s French Open, reaching third round, 5-1 so far at major tournaments. ... Wimbledon is her first grass-court tournament as a professional. ... Defeated 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani in the first round. ... Reached two junior Grand Slam finals in 2011. ... Today, Puig plays 17th-seeded Sloane Stephens, a 20-year-old American who was an Australian Open semifinalist in January.
• Laura Robson, 19, Britain, ranked 38th. ... Already in her 11th career Grand Slam tournament, she was 7-10 before last week. ... Beat 10th-seeded Maria Kirilenko in the first round, then got to play women ranked 117th and 71st next. ... First British woman in 15 years to reach Wimbledon’s fourth round; the last to get to the quarterfinals was Jo Durie in 1984. ... Already assured of moving into top 30 in WTA rankings after Wimbledon, first British woman that high since Durie in April 1987. ... Today, plays 46th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, a four-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, including at Wimbledon in 2010.
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