Set Points, Wimbledon Day 9: Vesnina reaches first Slam semi-final, a great day for Serena & Venus

The damp and dreary first week feels so long ago and Wimbledon 2016 is back on track with the women’s semi-finals all set! Quarter-finals day didn’t quite live up to the lofty heights of 2015 where three of the matches went the distance. This year’s slate of quarter-finals were all decided in straight sets but produced some nice storylines. Read on for Tuesday’s Set Points from Wimbledon…

Set Points

Take a bow, Elena Vesnina. Stepping up to serve for her first Slam semi-final at 6-2 *5-2 against Dominika Cibulkova, she served out the match to love and IN STYLE.

And she was understandably happy about it.

Unlike the BBC who decided it was appropriate to cut away from Elena’s interview to go to the warm-up of a men’s doubles match, i’m giving Elena centre stage as she rightfully deserves. Her interview, which I managed to watch by quickly pulling up a stream online, was fantastic. She’s so thoughtful and giving.

It was a tough one for Cibulkova who came out flat after yesterday’s epic win against Agnieszka Radwanska.

Here are highlights of Elena Vesnina’s press conference.

And Vesnina also teamed up with Ekaterina Makarova to finish off her second round doubles match against Annika Beck and Yanina Wickmayer, winning, 4-6 6-3 6-1.

The first quarter-final on Centre Court was probably the best of the day as Angelique Kerber booked her place in a second Wimbledon semi-final with a 7-5 7-6(2) victory over Simona Halep.

A common misconception is that breaks of serve = poor quality. Kerber and Halep struggled on serve with 13 breaks in 24 games but they were brilliant on return. Personally, i’d prefer to watch a match with lots of long rallies rather than one that is defined by service winners.

Here are highlights of the Kerber-Halep quarter-final.

Here are highlights of Halep’s press conference… I really liked how she took the positives out of the loss and was smiling and joking. Reaching the second week of both the French Open and Wimbledon was a solid month for Simona.

Tuesday was a super day for the Williams sisters as they not only won their singles matches, but also their doubles! Venus was first on court and reached her first Wimbledon semi-final since 2009 with a hard fought, 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova. There was a nice handshake at the net.

Serena won her singles match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-4 6-4. This was a high quality match although somewhat low-key in pivotal moments. Serena broke once in each set, both times at 4-4. She served out the match with an ace, her 11th of the match and 50th of the tournament.

Serena and Venus joined forces on court 3 in doubles to take on Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in a rematch of the Wimbledon and Olympic doubles final from 2012. It was such a fun match with the Williams sisters edging a tight two setter, 6-4 6-3. The scoreline hides how close the match was – it was just one break in each set and H+H also had six break points. Not much beats watching evening doubles at Wimbledon 🙂

This was AMAZING!

The final fourth round match from the men’s draw saw Tomas Berdych book his place in the quarter-finals where he will play Lucas Pouille. Berdych needed a total of eight (!) match points (five on Monday and three on Tuesday) to finally close out Vesely.

Sam Groth :-O

Dasha squared are officially the best! I am GUTTED they lost in their third round doubles match today to Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears.

Here’s a fun video with the stars of the WTA undertaking a British quiz… from Aga’s grins to Petra’s giggles and Roberta being generally awesome, it’s all good!

Stepping back a day, this is yet another superb piece by Matt Zemek focusing on four winners from the women’s fourth rounders. Just one of them though progressed to the semi-finals…

And finally, here’s a nice highlights reels of the best shots from the first week of Wimbledon.

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9 thoughts on “Set Points, Wimbledon Day 9: Vesnina reaches first Slam semi-final, a great day for Serena & Venus

  1. I thought that the interview with Elena was one of the best that I have heard from a tennis player after completing a match. The BBC should be ashamed of their lack of respect for her by not showing it live.

    I totally agree with your comment that breaks of serve does not mean poor quality and I’d also much prefer to watch a match with lots of long rallies rather than one that is defined by service winners.

    I watched the doubles match with the two Dasha’s and they may be good together in time if they continue as a doubles team but their opponents were much too experienced and canny for them on this occasion. Kasatkina played the best tennis of the two ( I like Gavrilova a lot and she is great fun to watch etc but she is never going to be a world beater ) and I am starting to believe that she can do really well on grass in the future even though she may be at her best on clay. She nearly beat Venus earlier on in this tournament and look where Venus is now.

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    • Don’t even embarrassed yourself by even mentioning Dasha and Venus;s name in the same sentence. What do you mean by look at where Venus is at now? Venus won Wimbledon 5 times, so don’t act inept.

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  2. Halep and Kerber match was terrible. And everybody knows 6-3 6-4 is one break of serve. If any one of those other singles people who was in the quarters had played Halep or Kerber they would have send them home. Pav would have smoked Halep or Kerber of the court.

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