Take a bow, Monica Puig! The 22-year-old Puerto Rican thrashed the number three seed and French Open champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, 6-1 6-1 in just 65 minutes. It’s yet another great WTA storyline in 2016 and this one still has legs…
Monica has spoken about her joy for the Olympics and this was captured wonderfully in the piece linked below by Lindsay Gibbs.
Monica Puig will play Laura Siegemund in the quarter-finals, guaranteeing that one of them will be in a medal match. I’ll let that one sink in for you…
And my take on it? Awesome! Both Puig and Siegemund have had fantastic years and while it’s not the quarter-final that anyone expected, it will be no doubt be fiercely contested. I’m fascinated to see who grabs this opportunity.
Puig’s win over Muguruza was not the biggest upset of the day as Elina Svitolina stunned the world number one, Serena Williams, 6-4 6-3. I went to bed with Svitolina leading by a set and a break, but I still expected Serena to come through. Eight double faults and 37 unforced errors didn’t help Serena’s cause, but many congrats to Elina for securing the win having failed to beat Kerber in Montreal from a winning position.
From a set and a break down, Petra Kvitova battled back to book her place in the Olympic quarter-finals with a superb 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory over Ekaterina Makarova…. Happy Petra is everything 🙂
Not only was it the first time that Kvitova had won three matches in a row since Stuttgart but also the first time she had fought back from a set down since her win over Monica Niculescu. Kvitova plays Svitolina in Wednesday’s night match on Centre Court.
We now know that one of Svitolina, Kvitova, Puig or Siegemund will win at least a silver medal… wow!
In an enthralling contest on court 1, Johanna Konta outlasted Svetlana Kuznetsova, 3-6 7-5 7-5 in three hours and nine minutes. This was one of the best matches of the week so far! Kuznetsova had her chances to put this match to bed in two sets but Konta produced some stunning tennis with her back against the wall down break point. In the end, Konta’s bold shotmaking won through Kuznetsova’s tenacious defence. A hold from *0-40 at 5-5 in the third set was huge for Konta.
Konta plays Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals after the German player defeated Sam Stosur, 6-0 7-5. Things weren’t going great for Sam…
But Stosur improved and prolonged the match, breaking Kerber when serving for the match with a peak game. She couldn’t consolidate with a hold though as Kerber finished off the last two games. A full match preview for Kerber-Konta can be found HERE).
Madison Keys is winning a lot of tennis matches. The American won her 33rd match of the year, hanging tough in the decider to beat Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-3 3-6 6-3. Keys is now 11-3 in three set matches in 2016 and moves forward to play Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals.
Kasatkina defeated Sara Errani in the third round, 7-5 6-2. In a wild first set, Kasatkina let a 3-0 lead slip as Errani served for the first set at *5-4. Kasatkina broke back immediately and then won the big points at the end, prevailing in two deuce games. There were six breaks of serve in the second set but it was Kasatkina who had the two vital holds to book her place in the quarters.
So Keys v Kasatkina… count me in! This should be a fun clash of styles and i’m honestly happy whoever makes it to the semi-finals and therefore a medal match. The edge for me with Keys.
In doubles, it was a great day for the Czechs as Safarova-Strycova and Hlavackova-Hradecka both won through to quarter-finals. After the disappointment of having to retire from her singles, i’m thrilled to see Lucie was able to play her her doubles with Bara and win!
And finally, the mixed doubles draw was announced on Tuesday. I love how the Olympic Tennis account was announcing the partnerships one by one. My favourite pairing has to be Nadal and Muguruza! Venus is also in action with Rajeev Ram. It’s a shame that some super pairs (Ivanovic-Zimonjic and Murray-Watson top two alternates) couldn’t even make it into the draw. For the full draw click HERE. Mixed doubles action begins on Wednesday…