Monday’s Set Points, Birmingham: Watson, Ostapenko and Keys into the second round

Monday was a very quiet day as the Great British summer was in full swing! Three main draw matches did finish in Birmingham, which was probably a decent showing after play was delayed for many hours due to RAIN. Tuesday’s weather forecast looks dicey again (as does Wednesday and Thursday) but hopefully play won’t be affected too much because the schedule is fantastic. For previews of the first matches due on court on Tuesday, click HERE for Kvitova-Safarova and HERE for Pliskova-Strycova. Read on for Monday’s Set Points….

Set Points

Did anyone notice noooo handshake between Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova?! Ostapenko fought back from 3-5 down in the first set to come through rather comfortably in the end, 7-6(2) 6-1 out on court 1. Pavs served for the first set at *5-4 but played a very poor game. I was only watching from midway in the first set but I saw nothing to explain the lack of the handshake from Pavlyuchenkova who went straight to the umpire and then the chair. Ostapenko, whose depth caused Pavs all kinds of problems, was grinning in her chair at the end of the match.

Heather Watson had a super win over Camila Giorgi, 6-4 7-5. Watson hit 11 (!) aces in the match and even hit three in a row at one point during the first set. It was a huge improvement from her first match in Nottingham last week where she lost in three sets to Magdalena Rybarikova.

Madison Keys got off to a winning start, edging Timea Babos in two tight sets, 7-6(3) 6-4 in one hour and 26 minutes. Keys missed two set points trying to serve out the first set at *5-4 and then recovered from 0-3 down in the tiebreak to score a virtual TB bagel!

Qualifying concluded on Monday with Tamira Paszek, Tsvetana Pironkova, Katerina Siniakova and Christina McHale all reaching the main draw… watch out for Pironkova!

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The rain in Queens was even more disruptive. This GIF tells you all you need to know about the result of the only main draw match to be completed between Richard Gasquet and Steve Johnson… that’s not a good idea on grass, Reeshard!

This is pretty neat… the clip below is from an exhibition match in Halle featuring Angelique Kerber/Nicolas Kiefer vs. Sabine Lisicki/Michael Stich and was filmed directly on the center court. German tennis legend Michael Stich held the 360° camera in one hand, and his racquet in the other. You can click on the video to move the view around the court.

*Note – the video isn’t working in all browsers so you can see it HERE directly on Facebook*


And finally, this is great from Serena haha!

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9 thoughts on “Monday’s Set Points, Birmingham: Watson, Ostapenko and Keys into the second round

  1. A shame for Babos that she feels to be lacking some of the belief we saw from her earlier in the year and it cost her this match. I still think grass is her ideal surface. I adore her serve and her forehand slices are spot on when she’s confident.

    Meanwhile in Mallorca, Caroline Garcia had a very good win against Wittoeft. She threw in half a dozen double faults but served twice as many aces and was hitting well (and with clever margins) for most of the match. Though she was not at all happy with how noisy the space around the court was and I’ll admit it was terribly distracting.


    • Yes, Timea Babos played Serena at Wimbledon last year and from what I recall pushed her quite hard in the first set with serves approaching 120 mph, but wasn’t really able to do so in the second.

      Glad someone else mentioned Mallorca, which is a first time WTA tournament and looks like a nice one. Quite a good line up of players too.


      • I think Mallorca has the better, more interesting lineup actually. Muguruza, Ivanovic, Jankovic, Bouchard, Garcia, Puig, Lisicki, Mladenovic. A really strong mix of veterans and up and comers.


      • Only place getting tennis right now, wouldn’t be surprised if there was no more tennis in Birmingham today with this forecast. Nice draw in Mallorca for sure!


      • Who is your pick for Mallorca win James? I’m sort of leaning towards Garcia if she gets through the next round. She seems to be confident and calm at the same time.


      • If Ana gets to play Garcia, I think we may get an all Serbian final. Muguruza going out early opens up the top half to anyone with grit. I know I don’t often give Ana a chance these days, but I’m in a good mood today and the draw is winnable.

        Why isn’t there a masters tournament on grass?


      • You’d fancy Ivanovic over Garcia then? She’s lost their last few meetings quite miserably and I’d say that grass is a better surface for Caroline than Ana since she has the bigger, more reliable serve.

        Why is Jankovic seeded higher than Ana? I wasnt aware she was ranked higher of late…


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