Wednesday was an absolutely bonkers day of tennis – first and second round matches were on the schedule after the rain on Tuesday. I can’t even come close to covering all the results having been out on Wednesday and most of the second round matches starting while I was asleep – therefore, this is the snappiest of Set Points post for the matches I was able to watch!
Before I went out, I caught some of the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium where Evgeniya Rodina beat Eugenie Bouchard, 7-6(2) 6-1. It was an absolute shocker from Bouchard who committed a ton of errors in the first set tiebreak and went away fast in the second set. I still can’t get over the court placement for this match. A good win for Rodina, just her fifth at the WTA main draw level in 2017, and she will play on Ashe for a second straight day when she takes on Elina Svitolina on Thursday!
The number eight seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova survived the cull of top seeds, beating Marketa Vondrousova, 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) out on Grandstand. I love Vondrousova’s groundstrokes – however she was clearly struggling at the end, holding her leg, and offered up a stream of unforced errors in the deciding set tiebreak.
I was back in time for the final match of the day session on Ashe with Maria Sharapova up against Timea Babos. I expected a bit of a mess and although it matched my expectations in part, it was entertaining and kept me awake longer than I had planned! Babos twice failed to serve out the opener, but got it done on the tiebreak, showing a lot of heart against a not-so-sharp, Sharapova.
Sharapova didn’t look all that comfortable – while mistiming many of her strokes, her spirit on court never ceases to shine. The Russian player held her ground, saving two break points in a five deuce game at 2-3 down in the second set. Sharapova would go onto win 10 of the last 12 games to book her place in the third round with a 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 win. In the third round, Sharapova will play another wildcard in the American, Sofia Kenin.
The number 10 seed, Agnieszka Radwanska enjoyed a decent win over Petra Martic, 6-4 7-6(3). The Croatian player rallied in both sets from deficits, yet Radwanska came through in the end, producing a magnificent passing shot winner on match point.
I watched the final game of CoCo Vandeweghe’s 2-6 6-3 6-4 win over Alison Riske. Dare I say that I have warmed a smidgen to Vandeweghe in the last few months. Her celebration though was typically CoCo, but a nice hug at the net with Alison. All in all, a solid win from a set down. CoCo plays Ons Jabeur in the second round in the night match on Ashe on Thursday which could be a flashy one!
My body clock is a hoot at the moment so I naturally woke up at 4:30am 😂. I couldn’t help check the scores and pull up a stream for the conclusion of the second round match between Caroline Wozniacki and Ekaterina Makarova. Snapping a seven match losing streak against the Dane, Makarova produced an outstanding level in the decider to win, 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1. Makarova had previously failed to serve out the second set but it didn’t matter – her level at the end was sky high and Wozniacki had no answers whatsoever. One to watch in this form. Next up is Carla Suárez Navarro.
Both were on unstreamed courts and both lost their opening sets – i’m thrilled that Lucie and Dasha won in three! Safarova beat the number 26 seed, Anett Kontaveit, 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4 and Kasatkina defeated Wang Qiang, 6-7(9) 6-2 6-3.
This made me laugh, mainly because Taylor was laughing! The American went out in three sets to Ana Bogdan.
And finally, the third round matches for the bottom half are set. A lot of upsets so far with only seven of the 16 seeds remaining but plenty of intrigue in all of these matches.
Ekaterina Makarova vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
Maria Sakkari vs. (9) Venus Williams
(13) Petra Kvitova vs. (18) Caroline Garcia
(31) Magdalena Rybarikova vs. (3) Garbiñe Muguruza
Aleksandra Krunic vs. (30) Julia Goerges
Ash Barty vs. Sloane Stephens
(16) Anastasija Sevastova vs. Donna Vekic
Sofia Kenin vs. Maria Sharapova
My top three in order of interest – Barty-Stephens, Kvitova-Garcia and Goerges-Krunic. All to enjoy on Friday when the week will finally be over.