As of Tuesday morning, the Ladies’ singles tournament at Wimbledon officially belongs to absolutely nobody.
Top seed Serena Williams was defeated in the third round, as was Na Li. Now that Maria Sharapova took a fourth-round loss to German Angelique Kerber, there is relative anarchy in the Ladies’ singles brackets.
Third seed Simona Halep has become the top contender, while sixth seed Petra Kvitova is the next highest ranked player. This is nowhere near what fans expected, as the big names and superstars have all been defeated far earlier than predicted.
Sharapova’s loss was a particularly stunning 2-3 upset, as Kerber simply outplayed the former champion in the closing moments. Sharapova completely handed the match over to Kerber after sending a routine backhand well over the baseline. Her final error capped 49 unforced errors for Sharapova, which cannot bode well for her confidence going into whatever her next appearance will be. A shot like that needed to be made and Sharapova simply messed up, tying the matchup in a bow for Kerber.
With the three strongest players in the Ladies’ singles pool going down, it’s almost impossible to come anywhere close to predicting what happens next. Some have called the defeats of Williams, Li and Sharapova “a massacre” — which is fair to say. There’s no clear favorite at this point, since everyone left was not predicted to come close to where they are now.
With Sharapova blowing a center court match and Williams losing to a 17-year-old from Siberia, who can tell what else happens from here? The only certain thing about the Ladies’ singles tourney moving forward is that nothing is certain, and the entire field is riddled with unpredictability.