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….
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!