Tuesday’s Set Points, WTA Montreal: Another stellar serving day for Goerges, Konta’s best win of 2018

Tuesday was a busy day in Montreal with 16 first round matches and 3 second round matches on the schedule. The weather behaved and everything is on course for what should be another exciting day of WTA action on Wednesday. The standard of matches that I watched on Tuesday improved as the day wore on! Read on for 9 stories in Tuesday’s Set Points from Montreal.

Konta’s best win of 2018

Johanna Konta scored her best win of the year by ranking with a come-from-behind victory over the world number 11, Jelena Ostapenko, 6-7(1) 6-1 6-2. This certainly wasn’t a classic. I was impressed though with Konta’s commitment and focus after losing a tight opener where she had led *3-0 with the double break. Ostapenko didn’t really seem up for the battle and lacked patience, going out in a blaze of unforced errors.

Barty toughs out win over Begu

Ash Barty won four of the last five games to beat Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-3 1-6 7-5. Begu required two medical time-outs in the decider including one at 5-5 for a toe injury. This was an absolute shocker of a match and probably the poorest performance i’ve seen from Barty all year. The Aussie was so tight on the break points, managing to go 0/11 (!) through a period of play between the second and third sets. Barty was surprisingly passive for large chunks of the match, almost sitting back and waiting for errors from Begu. I could feel Barty’s nerves when she had match points at 5-4. A win is a win I guess! I hope Ash is OK and can improve in her next match against Alison Van Uytvanck.

Kvitova makes an impressive start

In her first match since Wimbledon, Petra Kvitova recorded a first ever straight sets win over Anett Kontaveit, 6-3 6-4. I was in and out of this match but what I saw was impressive from Petra. Early signs are that the break has done her good. Funny moment of the match was one of the most baffling line calls i’ve ever seen… and with no overrule! Both Petra and Anett were laughing.

Goerges d. Safarova in a high quality second rounder

For the second day in a row, Julia Goerges battled back from a set down with a stellar serving display as she defeated Lucie Safarova, 2-6 6-4 6-3. Goerges is up to 31 aces for the week and was absolutely brilliant behind her first serve through the final two sets, dropping just two points behind it. Key to the win was Goerges’s service game at *4-3 where she dug herself out of a *0-40 hole with a string of unreturnable first serves and then sealed the game with a second serve kicked out wide.

My tolerance was pretty low after the first two matches but this was a high quality affair and I thought both played well. This was an encouraging week for Lucie as she played four matches in as many days. Her body held up physically and she just came up against an in-form opponent. It really felt like Goerges stepped it up at the end.

Cornet holds off Maria

I watched the final set of the rematch between Alizรฉ Cornet and Tatjana Maria – just in case you forgot, this happened when they last met in singles. I was totally watching for any drama ๐Ÿ˜‚. Cornet hit a volley at Maria in the third set which prompted a stare from Maria. Cornet walked backed to her baseline shaking her head. The handshake was solid, yet notably swift!

It was Cornet who prevailed in a very entertaining match, 4-6 6-1 6-3. Most of the points involved at least one of them up at the net. Maria’s ventures forward towards the end of the match were less effective. After a string of breaks, Cornet served out the match with aplomb. The Frenchwoman was delighted at the end as she signed autographs, took selfies and talked to members of the crowd. Cornet gets a shot at the Wimby champ, Angelique Kerber in the second round.

While I was sleeping…

One of the matches of the day came on court as Daria Kasatkina beat San Jose finalist, Maria Sakkari in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-1. Great match point from Dasha and a lovely embrace between the pair at the end. Kasatkina now faces Maria Sharapova for the first time. Excited about that one!

Muguruza out of Montreal

Garbiรฑe Muguruza has pulled out of Montreal with the arm injury that bothered her in San Jose. Not a huge surprise as she said on Sunday in her press conference that she’d only just made it back to the practice courts. Monica Puig will take her place in the draw to play Anastasija Sevastova in the second round on Wednesday.

Cincy wild cards

A decent line-up of wild cards, including Victoria Azarenka already announced, are heading to Cincy next week.

Wednesday’s OOP

So many great match-ups to look forward to on Day 3 of main draw action in Montreal. My top five (three isn’t enough!) are as follows. I’ll try and put up some thoughts on matches on the separate page during my lunch break.

Daria Kasatkina vs. Maria Sharapova

Elina Svitolina vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu

Victoria Azarenka vs. Johanna Konta

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Aryna Sabalenka

Ash Barty vs. Alison Van Uytvanck

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9 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Set Points, WTA Montreal: Another stellar serving day for Goerges, Konta’s best win of 2018

  1. Dear Moo, my name is Charlie, I live in London and am a huge WTA fan… only just found your blog last week, soooh entertaining, you pick up on so much detail on and I feel I am there…. can’t wait for WTA to sort themselves out re an old-fashioned TV channel… have been following the chaps in Toronto but it keeps raining…. keep up the good work and many thanks, Charlie x

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    • Thanks for the comment, Charlie. Appreciate the kind words. The WTA matches are covered by BT Sport here in the UK. I don’t have BT Sport (so expensive!) so subscribe to WTA TV (less expensive!) for events like Montreal.

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  2. Doc Buz terrible injury
    After 8 years off with injuries, and then coming back at 30 y/o, breaking into the top 20 rankings and winning her first tournament last week, now she is reinjured.
    From the way the doctor was treating her ankle. putting on what appeared to be a cast, this looks like a very serious injury.
    I liked the way Svitolina immediately went over to Buz and stayed with her the entire time she was being treated.
    I turned tennis off for the rest of the day.

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    • I agree totally. The incident reflects extremely well on Svitolina, but it’s awful news for Buzarnescu if the injury turns out to be serious (as it looks like it is at the moment).

      In other news, Alize Cornet continued her recent good run with her win over Angie Kerber. I think she’ll have a tough time overcoming Ash Barty in the next round though.

      Petra vs Kiki Bertens (again) – that should be a good match. Jo Konta’s now opened up a commanding lead over Vika Azarenka (Jo has admitted that she’s an admirer of Vika’s tennis and both had the same coach, Wim Fissette). Could this be the start of better things for Jo?

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      • I feel like Konta plays an awful lot like Vika, she just lacks the consistency that Azarenka had at her best.

        Really upset to see Buzarnescu injured. Not surprised by Svitolina’s sportsmanlike conduct, although it’s a shame that she got the win that way because I feel like she was in control of the match at that point.

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      • I think I know what you mean although I would say both have different strengths – Azarenka is much more comfortable coming forward, while Konta’s serve is generally more reliable.

        I wasn’t surprised by Svitolina’s reaction too. I’ve really warmed to her over the past few years and she’s clearly a nice person. I agree that Svitolina seemed to be in control when Buzarnescu did her ankle in. To be honest i’d written Svitolina off at 0-3 in the third set. Svitolina was pretty steady for the whole match and Buzarnescu came down from her very high level.

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      • It does seem that Jo is picking up her form again. I think Jo was playing better during the grass court season. This isn’t entirely reflected in the results as she had some tough draws.

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      • Yeah I like Jo’s game a lot. It’s funny though because when she’s playing well, she hits such high percentage, low risk shots that you wonder how she could lose. And then it all seems to fall to pieces when she has a bad day. Much like Muguruza, really.

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