The 2012 Wimbledon Championships continues to serve up an absolute feast of tennis for spectators across the world and in the truest spirit of competition one by one the top seeds are beginning to fall... until there are really only a handful of them left in the draw. We are now in, literally, the final few days of the tournament and this is, most definitely, the time when the big guns... the big names... should be trotting out their A-games!
Reputations and high-ranking entries aside, the thrill of competitive sport is in its inherent unpredictability! It is in the knowledge that at any given time anybody, no matter how low his or her rank, can come out and, in the words of three-time former champion Boris Becker, and "play the match of his life at any moment". Just ask world number two Rafael Nadal and women's world number one Maria Sharapova that! The pair, both winners of multiple Grand Slams and both among the best in the modern game, were outclassed by the Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol and Germany's Sabine Lisicki. The exit of Nadal and Sharapova was then swiftly followed by that of the women's defending champion and fourth seed Petra Kvitova. The fourth seed couldn't find a way past sixth seeded American Serena Williams - the former champion and world number one ran out a comfortable 6-3, 7-5 winner, to book her place in the final four.
In any case, we're at that stage, finally! There are only four players left in the ladies' and men's draws. This is "do or die" time for top seeds like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and, of course, local hopeful Andy Murray, bidding to become the first man from the United Kingdom to win the Championships since Fred Perry in the late 30s. Meanwhile, over on the women's side, the line-up is complete and it is intriguing!
Eighth seeded German Angelique Kerber will face third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the first semi final, while Kvitova's vanquisher, the powerful Serena Williams will face the highest remaining seed in the tournament - Belarus' Victoria Azarenka, the second seed - in the other match. It promises to be an enthralling spectacle!
Meanwhile, as a sneak peek into Day Eleven, the men's semi final lines up like this... and this, we promise you, makes for some truly mouth-watering tennis! The final four is made up of four of the top five men's seeds in the tournament, all of whom are in exception form and have played confidently so far.
- Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Roger Federer (SUI)
- Andy Murray (GRB) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
- Angelique Kerber (GER) vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) - Ladies' singles semi final on Centre Court at 1 pm BST
- Serena Williams (USA0 vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) - Ladies' singles semi final is the second match on Centre Court
Where to Watch Live
You can follow all the action live, from 12.30 pm to 3.25 pm BST and from 5.50 pm to 8 pm BST, on BBC Two. Live action will also be available from 1.45 pm to 6 pm BST on BBC 1. For country specific and broadcasting details and times, check out the BBC television programming Web site. You can also follow the matches live on Wimbledon's official Web site. Catch the highlights of Day Ten from 8 pm to 9 pm BST on BBC 2.