In stark contrast to Friday’s order of play when only one women’s match opened up proceedings at 11:30am, this morning there were three! I’ve been double streaming all week and began my main focus on Court No.2 where Garbiñe Muguruza was taking on Sorana Cirstea. The pair last met at the Australian Open where Muguruza won in straights, 6-2 6-3.
In a very similar scoreline, dropping one game less, Muguruza produced a superb display to beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-2 6-2. The scoreline was a tad harsh on Cirstea and it was actually a very entertaining match with some fab rallies. Muguruza has rather gone under the radar this week, but was in brilliant form and is one to watch in the second week.
Muguruza built the points behind her serve (78% of first serve points won) and found the right time to step up, be aggressive and come forward – Muguruza won 11 of 14 points up at the net. Cirstea hit a handful of flashy winners, but wasn’t consistent enough and often missed the final shot or didn’t choose the right shot at the right time.
On my second stream I had Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Polona Hercog, which was out on Court 12. Hercog was competing well at the start of the match, but from 4-3, Kuznetsova rolled through nine straight games, finally sealing the win on her fifth match point. Kuznetsova won, 6-4 6-0 and has now reached the second week at all three Slams this year.
I was wary for Magdalena Rybarikova in backing up her stunning upset win of Karolina Pliskova on Centre Court on Thursday. I didn’t need to be as Rybarikova delivered another fantastic display, beating Lesia Tsurenko, 6-2 6-1 in just 66 minutes. Surprisingly, this is the first time that Rybarikova has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon. With her game, it’s a shocker it has taken this long. Furthermore, this is the first time that Rybarikova has reached the last 16 at ANY Slam!
Rybarikova next gets Petra Martic which is a HUGE opportunity for both players to reach a first ever Wimbledon quarter-final. As i’ve written many times over the past few weeks, Rybarikova and Martic are both on the comeback this year and have combined for a whopping 60 match wins in 2017!
Martic is having an extraordinary run having reached the last 16 at Roland Garros, also as a qualifier. Like Rybarikova, this is her best ever performance at Wimbledon! The 26-year-old saved three set points in the first set and defeated Zarina Diyas in straight sets, 7-6(6) 6-1.
Agnieszka Radwanska secured her best win by ranking since the second week of the year in Sydney, fighting back from a set down to defeat a fading, Timea Bacsinszky, 3-6 6-4 6-1 in two hours and nine minutes. The Swiss player took a medical time-out at the end of the second set to have her thigh strapped. Take nothing away from Radwanska who played one of her best matches of the year. Directing more balls to Bacsinszky’s forehand and playing more aggressively, Radwanska eventually wore her opponent down in the final two sets.
Timea was the last of my three faves so i’m sad! Timea is awesome and i’m looking forward to following her progress for the rest of the year.
CoCo Vandeweghe posted another straight sets win, beating Alison Riske, 6-2 6-4. It was Vandeweghe’s first win over Riske since 2012. Vandeweghe had been rolling at 6-2 4-0 and even had break points for a 5-0 lead in the second set. Rather inexplicably, Vandeweghe lost her way with Riske doing what she does best and competing superbly. Vandeweghe threw in two double faults in a terrible game to get broken back to 4-4. CoCo refocused to win the last two games and reach the last 16 of Wimbledon for the third consecutive year.
The start of CoCo’s press conference 😂😂😂
In the most anticipated match of the day, Caroline Wozniacki battled back from the brink to beat Anett Kontaveit, 3-6 7-6(3) 6-2. It was a bit of a heartbreaker for Kontaveit who served for the match at *5-4 and *6-5 in the second set. Kontaveit had delivered another bruising baseline display, in particular going to town on the Wozniacki second serve. However, she did tighten up with the finish line in sight and Wozniacki stepped it up and took advantage of her opportunity.
The final set was one-sided but I liked that Kontaveit kept battling at the end. There was also a nice handshake at the end. This was a classic Caro comeback and for Anett, I hope she will use this as a learning experience and come back stronger during the US summer hard court season.
This was pretty awesome from Anett to win the point!
And finally from the women’s third round matches, the world number one survived a wild battle with Shelby Rogers. Break point down at 4-6 *2-4 *30-40, Kerber was staring down another early exit at a Slam. In the end, Kerber showed impressive resolve to win, 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4. Kerber was passive at times, but played a superb second tiebreak and utilised the drop shot to great effect in the third set.
Both into the second week…
In the women’s doubles, the number two seeds, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina are into the third round after beating Oceane Dodin and Tatjana Maria on Friday. Loveddd the point linked below!
Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua are into the third round after two three setters and having saved a match point in their second round win against Chuang Chia-Jung and Misaki Doi.
At the time of writing, there were no major shocks in the women’s doubles results from Saturday with the likes of Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova, Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova, Julia Goerges and Barbora Strycova, and Sania Mirza and Kirsten Flipkens all winning through to the third round.
Bethanie posted on Twitter last night.
Sorana and Sania visited Beth in the hospital 🙂
Beth went on Facebook Live to give an update on her condition. It was pretty emotional although Beth did manage some laughter! The prognosis doesn’t sound great with surgery required. My guess would be at least a year for her recovery but we’ll wait and see. Again, all the best to Beth and wishing her a very speedy recovery.
Manic Monday is all set and i’m so excited. This is a SENSATIONAL line-up of fourth round matches! I think it’s been another fantastic Slam for the women so far and hoping that it will continue into the second week.
Two preview posts are already up on the blog including the first full match preview of the tournament for Simona Halep vs. Victoria Azarenka. Snap previews are up for the three remaining matches from the bottom half of the women’s draw. Previews for the 4th round matches from the top half should be up tomorrow morning and then i’m taking the day off!