Not a lot of matches were completed at Wimbledon today, but not even the endless rain delays could save defending women’s champion Amelie Mauresmo from losing to teen sensation Nicole Vaidisova in the round of 16 The French woman fell 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-1 as rain continued to wreak havoc at the All England Club. Nothing against Vaidisova — she’s exciting to watch– but the more I see and hear from Mauresmo the more I like her. She looks so big and intimidating looking but seems to be a humble and highly sensitive woman in interviews, something that’s great to see in the ego-charged world of professional sports.
Meanwhile, a resurgent Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, was able to complete his round of 16 match beating Janko Tipsarevic, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (5), to advance to his first Wimbledon quarterfinals. He will next face four-time defending champion Roger Federer. You may recall Ferrero upset American hottie James Blake earlier in the tournament, a great effort from the Spanish clay-court specialist.