Set Points, Rio Olympics Day 3: A Peak Petra sighting, Serena survives set points against Cornet

Set PointsPeak Petra! Crunching away 43 winners, Kvitova played a fine match to beat Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2 6-4 in the first match on Centre Court. The only negative point was that Kvitova needed two attempts to serve it out but all in all, a super win.

Kvitova plays Ekaterina Makarova in the third round, who battled back from a set down for the second straight day to get past Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 3-6 6-4 6-3. Makarova has won both of their 2016 clashes in straight sets in Miami (6-4 6-4) and Wimbledon (7-5 7-6). Kvitova will be bidding to win three matches at the same tournament since Stuttgart in April…

Fast forward to the first of the night matches where Serena Williams saved two set points in a wild opener against Alizé Cornet, eventually prevailing for a first win over the Frenchwoman since 2013, 7-6(5) 6-2. Serena let go of a *3-0 double break lead in the first set but rallied from two set points down at *4-5 *15-40 to come back and win the set on the tiebreak.

In the second match up on Centre, Angelique Kerber snapped a three match losing streak against Eugenie Bouchard with a superb 6-4 6-2 victory, winning 11 of the last 13 games. Bouchard made a strong start, going up 4-1, but when Kerber tidied up her game and cut out the errors, Bouchard couldn’t match her and began to look unsteady. Kerber hit some wonderful passing shots and demonstrated her thriving confidence. While Bouchard had won their last three matches, Kerber is now 2-0 in the head-to-head on hard courts.

Kerber plays Sam Stosur in the third round who continued her 100% record against Misaki Doi with a 6-3 6-4 win.

In an absolute nailbiter, Madison Keys fought back from 3-5 down in the third set tiebreak to edge Kristina Mladenovic, 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(5) in three hours and 14 minutes. By all accounts, it was a superb match. I couldn’t find a stream – BBC were playing both Brits at the time. I’m loving the Olympics (especially the Table Tennis!) but not so much for the tennis as i’m too used to the wonders of TennisTV.

One of the highlights of Tuesday’s schedule of play will be a first time match-up between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Johanna Konta (Preview HERE). Kuznetsova advanced via a walkover, while Konta defeated a struggling, Caroline Garcia, 6-2 6-3. The Frenchwoman appeared to sustain an arm injury in the first set.

Is there anyone revelling in the joy of the Olympics more than Monica Puig? The Puerto Rican eased past the number 14 seed, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-3 6-2 to set up an intriguing third round encounter with Garbiñe Muguruza. Pavs was the only seed to go out on day 3 in Rio.

Solid and steady, Daria Kasatkina continues to impress. The Russian player was on the verge of defeat in the first round but survived and then took out Radwanska-slayer, Zheng Saisai in straight sets in the second round, 6-1 6-4. Kasatkina next faces Sara Errani in the third round.

Elina Svitolina had another three set win, beating Heather Watson, 6-3 1-6 6-3. As she stepped up to serve for the match at *5-3, I was convinced the match had legs still. Svitolina though served it out convincingly including a drop shot winner on match point. Next up… Serena!

Ohhhh Lucie! The Czech player was forced to retire after losing the first set of her second round match against Kirsten Flipkens. The news on Twitter was a stomach problem.

And it was the first match in five years where Lucie had retired midway through. Fingers crossed she’ll be OK for the doubles with Strycova on Tuesday.

All eight women’s third rounders are up on the schedule for Tuesday…

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3 thoughts on “Set Points, Rio Olympics Day 3: A Peak Petra sighting, Serena survives set points against Cornet

  1. I think Makarova has more than a chance against Petra if she is up for it. Not only does she have a good h2h against Kvitova but the surface and conditions here are arguably more favourable to Kate.

    I’m rooting for Kuznetsova, Puig, Kasatkina and Serena but nervous that at least one won’t get through.

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    • Agree, it’s hard to know which Petra will show up. Just when she looks like stringing decent results together she produces a disappointing display. Makarova has been solid in their previous encounters this year but if Kvitova can play to the level she produced against Wozniacki then i’d fancy that she wins.

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      • Kvitova’s biggest weapons, her lefty groundstrokes, are nullified against Makarova. I think that’s why their head to head has been so even on all surfaces.

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