On the eve of the Fourth of July, Serena Williams stood alone as the last American in singles at Wimbledon. Her 6-3, 7-5 victory over Petra Kvitova ended the Czech's reign as champion under the Centre Court roof as glowering skies and sporadic rain made it another miserable day for players and spectators alike.
But there was nothing Mardy Fish or Brian Baker could do to prevent a European takeover of the men's quarterfinals. Fish, one set up against athletic Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overnight, played well but not well enough to prevent a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat. Baker was simply outhit by Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and lost 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.
So with David Ferrer ousting Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro with surprising ease (6-3, 6-2, 6-3), the tournament's final eight are comprised of players from Serbia, Switzerland, Britain, Spain, France, Russia and two from Germany. Fish was not surprised. "It's the way the circuit is. It's a European-dominated sport right now."