Thursday was a frustrating day as I had to go back to my day job. I used a lot of my leave during my Australia trip so I knew I would have to make up for it at Wimbledon. Still, I got to see plenty of great tennis and there were more upsets! I’m back in work tomorrow morning but have the afternoon off. Read on for 11 stories from Wimbledon.
Barty vs. Bouchard (Wimbledon, R2)
Ash Barty recovered from 2-5 down in the second set and saved a set point to defeat Eugenie Bouchard, 6-4 7-5. This was a brilliant match and one of the best i’ve watched at Wimbledon so far this year. I haven’t seen Bouchard play with this much confidence in a long, long time. Barty did well to stay with Bouchard in the second set and force her to come down from her level. Winning the last five games with improved serving and super slicing, Barty booked her place in the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.
Barty will play Daria Kasatkina in the third round. I’m disappointed they meet so early because they are two of my favourite players. I can’t really put into words how excited I am about seeing this match-up on tour for the first time! 😍😍😍.
While I was working…
Angelique Kerber came from a set down to beat the very promising American, Claire Liu, 3-6 6-2 6-4. Kerber gets Naomi Osaka in the third round. Fingers crossed for a classic!
Katerina Siniakova saved a match point to beat Ons Jabeur, 5-7 6-4 9-7 in two hours and 27 minutes. This was the second time this week that Siniakova had fought back from a 2-5 third set deficit.
Belinda Bencic saved four match points (!) to beat Alison Riske, 1-6 7-6(10) 6-2. I was really gutted to miss this match as I like both players and particularly on grass. What a great week for BB.
Team Bucie won their first doubles match together in a year, beating Lyudmila Kichenok and Alla Kudryavtseva in straight sets, 7-6(6) 7-5.
Konta vs. Cibulkova (Wimbledon, R2)
I got home from work in time to see Dominika Cibulkova complete the upset win over Johanna Konta on Centre Court, 6-3 6-4. Konta saved four match points in her final service game with some brilliantly bold play. Cibulkova has been known to wobble before when serving for sets and matches. Not on this occasion as she emphatically served out the match to claim back-to-back wins on grass for the first time this year. Next up for Cibulkova is Elise Mertens – intrigued by this match!
Kontaveit vs. Brady (Wimbledon, R2)
Anett Kontaveit twice came from a double break down in the second set to beat Jennifer Brady 6-2 7-6(4). I was worried about Kontaveit pre-tournament after splitting with her coach and losing three matches on the trot. The Estonian player has shown a return to form at Wimbledon and did well to win this one in straights.
Ostapenko vs. Flipkens (Wimbledon, R2)
Jelena Ostapenko produced a lethal display to beat the in-form, Kirsten Flipkens, 6-1 6-3 in just 55 minutes! Flipkens arrived at Wimbledon on the back of a final showing in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and a title run at the ITF $100k in Southsea. I’d tagged this as an upset alert 😂. Ostapenko was just crushing the ball and unlike most of her recent matches, making very few errors. Flipkens tried to change it up in the second set with some serve and volleys. They were kind of successful, but the Belgian player just couldn’t get Ostapenko out of her rhythm in the baseline rallies.
Muguruza vs. Van Uytvanck (Wimbledon, R2)
Take a bow, Alison Van Uytvanck. Scoring her first ever top ten win, Van Uytvanck toppled the defending champ, Garbiñe Muguruza with a 5-7 6-2 6-1 triumph. This was a superb match and wonderful evening entertainment. Van Uytvanck played well in the opener but seemed to lose her focus and throw in an error or two at an important moment. Muguruza was not entirely convincing, yet the intensity and drive was definitely present.
I expected Muguruza to run away with the second set and the match. Nope. Van Uytvanck refocused to storm through the second set with some gorgeous hitting. Van Uytvanck has such a pleasing game and she was really going after her shots with bundles of belief. Muguruza had a nasty slip in the decider but seemed OK. The Spaniard didn’t win another game after that and became increasingly frustrated as Van Uytvanck’s game and nerve held firm.
Exodus of the seeds
It’s been a while since we’ve seen so many shocks at a Slam. Here is the status of the top eight seeds after the first two rounds 😲.
Simona Halep ✔
Caroline Wozniacki ❌
Garbiñe Muguruza ❌
Sloane Stephens ❌
Elina Svitolina ❌
Caroline Garcia ❌
Karolina Pliskova ✔
Petra Kvitova ❌
The second quarter of the draw
I don’t think i’ve ever felt so much love for one section of a Slam draw.
Kvitova Press Conference
Petra’s press conference from Tuesday is up on the Wimby YouTube page and she’s a delight as always. I admire how she can still smile and has perspective on the situation so quickly.
No preview for Friday as i’m playing catch-up on the blog. Polls up for my three favourite matches of the day.
Disappointed by the schedule with all the women’s matches up early. I don’t really understand it as there is no need to get them done quickly with all winners getting two days of rest. I’ve got the afternoon off work so hoping to be back for the second set of Lucie’s match!