Wednesday’s Set Points, Birmingham: Vandeweghe maintains grass court winning streak

The weather in the UK is pretty wild at the moment and that’s set to continue on Thursday. For the second day in a row, Birmingham didn’t do too badly in getting matches finished considering the forecasts. They were close to finishing all the first round matches but two are still yet to be completed. Once again the forecast for Thursday doesn’t look good and annoyingly stop-start. I don’t think my tennis club night will be on! For a preview of the first match up on Centre Court at 11.30am between Petra Kvitova and Jelena Ostapenko, click HERE. Read on for Wednesday’s Set Points…

Set PointsThe number one seed one is out of the Aegon Classic… CoCo Vandeweghe stretched her winning streak to six on grass this year, taking out Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-5 4-6 6-3. CoCo had never won a set off Aga before in four previous matches.

Radwanska will definitely want more matches after this one. While she was secure up at the net, she often didn’t look ready for her groundstrokes as she struggled to contend with Vandeweghe’s pace and depth. The American missed quite a few opportunities, notably a pass at 4-4 30-30 in the second set, but was pretty comfortable in the decider despite getting broken serving for the match. Vandeweghe is looking good for a seeding at Wimbledon and thank goodness because she’d be a very dangerous floater. Radwanska heads to Eastbourne where the forecast is at least looking a bit more encouraging!

I enjoyed CoCo’s post-match interview. She’s quite a character on the court… I heard her shout at herself “f****ing pansy” during the match!

The latest WTA Insider podcast featured CoCo after her victory in Rosmalen and is well worth a listen. CoCo’s a fun character and there is never a dull moment! Her honesty in this podcast was very refreshing.

The number four seed, Belinda Bencic is also out after she retired with a right hip injury following an early slip on the grass. Irina-Camelia Begu was leading, 6-4 *4-3. The Romanian player didn’t drop a point on her first serve in the first set and will play Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.

Another seed who teetered on the brink of defeat was Carla Suárez Navarro, but she survived, rolling off the last four games to defeat Elina Svitolina, 7-5 4-6 7-5 in two hours and 31 minutes. Svitolina served for the match at *5-3. The Spaniard faces Andrea Petkovic in an intriguing second rounder.

In other completed matches, the qualifiers, Tamira Paszek and Christina McHale both reached the second round with come-from-behind victories. Daria Gavrilova also followed that trend by defeating Naomi Broady, 4-6 6-2 6-3.

The final two first round matches featuring Caroline Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer, and Johanna Konta and Misaki Doi didn’t get finished… well barely started! Thankfully the winners of the matches will play each other, but it’s still a rough deal for both as they’ll have to play twice on Thursday, assuming the weather allows them too. Furthermore, the two matches are both second on after second round matches…  I do not get this! On a positive note, it looked like the ground staff did a fantastic job to keep the courts as functional as possible despite the deluge of rain.

A heads up to Paul (@GameSetMatchWTA on Twitter) who is in Birmingham and has written some awesome recaps from the Aegon Classic… well worth checking out!

The first batch of Wimbledon wildcards was announced today and generally, I was nodding along to all of them. The only one that raised an eyebrow was Marina Melnikova, who won the $50k ITF in Surbiton last week. Barty and Robson sounds like a fun doubles pair! Watson and Broady should be good too.

Loveee this!

And finally, love you DelPo.

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9 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Set Points, Birmingham: Vandeweghe maintains grass court winning streak

  1. James!! Just realised its been more than two years since I first came acroos your blog and my first read was the 2014 Madrid preview! Been a faithful follower ever since!! Thumbs up!!! Keep it up!!

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  2. Radwanska’s performance was sub par, Coco was hitting the lines that’s true, but surely Radwanska could have played better.

    It’s still too early to say how Coco will be at Wimbledon, I dont see her as dangerous at Wimbledon!

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    • Seeing as how missing out on an Olympic Rio place hurt her, I’m guessing a good way to release is to go on a mangling streak. Ricoh ‘s-Hertogenbosch has always been good to her and she’s carrying off that momentum, so whiles others have an eye on Rio, she can focus on the grass and make some hay whiles the sun shines(or not as in English weather). She can make herself very dangerous. She has the weapons. I think she should/would.

      BTW, is Jo Konta losing her form or is she coasting, saving something for Rio. Lately her run of games have been questionable.

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      • Good question about Konta, I thought she was going to ace this grass court season. It sounds like Wickmayer played a blinder today.

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  3. @andrewmarkpt, it seems your better favourite did the job this time, although Ana did play good, a well contested fight won by Caroline Garcia given their respective circumstances. Ana double faulted more times than Caroline and Caroline likewise did better with her second serve. Can’t ask too much of Ana with her poor second serve service, that can only be solved if she really gets a a game plan b crafted, and that will be never.

    So an all Serb final is now out of the question, but still hoping Jelena Jankovic finds her way out of the bottom half.

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    • I really like Garcia in this tournament. Flipkens on grass is a very different kind of opponent though and I’m unsure how she’ll fare. I had expected her to be facing Puig or Muguruza when I predicted her for the title. I feel like she’s having a breakthrough moment though (finally).

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  4. Caroline Garcia in her first grass finals. I hope she doesn’t land Serena or Aga in the first round of Wimbledon. I’ve been rooting for her to become a top player for years now and all she needs is a slice of luck and a good run at a Slam I feel and her confidence will soar.

    Also Madison Keys is now top ten! And Babz is ranked #13 on the Road to Singapore!

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