By Luís Santos

Wimbledon 2010 will mark the first time since the Australian Open’s 1999th edition that Elena won’t be taking part of the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. It puts an end to an impressive streak of 46 consecutive main draw appearances, the longest among active players.

Despite struggling with this injury since the second round of Roland Garros she still managed to reach the semifinals, giving Francesca Schiavone a tight first set before finally being forced to retire. Owing to that, her grass season was cut short and eventually her SW19 ticket.

Elena was a semifinalist last year, her best performance at The Championships where she lost 8-6 to Serena Williams. Here’s hoping she comes back strong for the hardcourt season and peaks in time for the US Open where she has little to defend from last year.

Get well soon Elena!


Despite her early loss in Madrid our photographer managed to snap a few shots of a leggy Maria Sharapova. And when I say leggy I seriously mean leggy. The short skirt is a huge improvement over the dress she wore at the Australian Open I have to say.

This is what she had to say about her early exit:

“It’s a struggle trying to find the rhythm,” Sharapova said. “I thought she played really solid, good tennis and did everything she needed to win the match. More solid than me anyway.”

I talked to Marija from Womens Tennis Blog and she reworded Sharapova’s comment about her playing on clay just fine:

I always remember Sharapova’s statement that she’s like a cow on ice when playing on clay.

I don’t think she will Roland Garros any time soon.

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