Wimbledon 2019: Thursday’s report from No.2 Court

This post is about my day at Wimbledon on Thursday where I was on No.2 Court. A big thank you to my brother for taking me as he was lucky enough to get a pair of tickets in the public ballot. I’ll be doing one of my guide posts for Wimbledon at the weekend so stay tuned for that. Read on for a review of my day and highlights from around the grounds on day 4 at the 2019 Championships.

Matches watched on No.2 Court 🎾

Ash Barty d. Alison Van Uytvanck, 6-1 6-3 (R2)

This was an absolute clinic from Ash Barty. I think she’s delightful to watch on a grass court as she sauntered into the third round in under an hour. The slice was so effective as she hit it consistently with depth, mostly into the Van Uytvanck backhand and forcing many errors. Barty’s first serve percentage was a tad low but her second serve was rock solid.

I thought that Van Uytvanck tried to be more aggressive in the second set. It was the right tactic IMO but wasn’t entirely successful! The Belgian player came forward to the net and even tried some serve and volleys. Barty was accurate with the passes and produced a handful of majestic lobs. Barty was broken serving for the match, playing a poor game, but it was just delaying the inevitable as she broke for the win.

Only two matches in and still a long way to go but Barty was brilliant today.

Lauren Davis d. Angelique Kerber, 2-6 6-2 6-1 (R2)

I did not see this result coming at all! Even more so midway through the first set when Lauren Davis seemed to tweak her already heavily-taped left leg. Davis played a fantastic match to come from a set down to oust the defending champion, Angelique Kerber.

It was a rough day for Kerber. Even in the first set, she didn’t play well at all and it was mostly down to Davis dealing with her leg injury which she had a medical time-out for at the end of the first set. I thought Kerber was very passive for much of the match and just couldn’t do anything with the ball. I know a few other players have said about Court No.2 being slow and it definitely felt like that. Kerber’s energy dropped towards the ends of the second and third sets, and she became increasingly lacklustre on serve. Davis zoned on the backhand in the second set and then was just teeing off in the third set on all of Kerber’s strokes landing short, particularly on return.

All the credit to Davis who played a great match, hitting 45 winners to Kerber’s 13. From the middle of the third set, the writing was on the wall to be honest. Davis fully deserved the win and hopefully that leg will hold up for the next round!

Dan Evans d. Nikoloz Basiliashvili, 6-3 6-2 7-6(2) (R2)

Heyyy I actually watched some men’s tennis! Dan Evans got a bit tight closing out the match but ultimately eased to a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili. I’ll admit my ATP knowledge is pretty poor now but I was shocked to find out that Basilashvili is ranked at number 16 in the world?! He was woeful for much of this match and seemed afraid of coming forward. I thought it was going to be close at the start but Evans drew away from 3-3 first set. The Brit served well but more noteworthy was his use of the backhand slice, particularly hitting it short and drawing Basilashivili in who did not know what to do with the ball at the net.

Basilashivili had a brief surge at the end when Evans clearly got a bit tight and his slice was sitting up. Basilashvili actually managed to come forward and volley a few away for winners. Evans reset to get into the tiebreak where Basilashvili fell apart. Twice he got caught looking so awkward at the net as he made some poor misjudgments.

While i’m not a fan at all of Dan Evans, I enjoyed the atmosphere and being in a passionate crowd who were really pulling for Evans at the end. I did notice Evans was taking AGES between points at the end and the players did exchange words at one point. Funniest moment I remember was when Evans went to challenge towards the end of the third set and shouted out “Oh i’ve got no challenges left” 😂.

Matches watched on the outside courts 🎾

Maga Linette d. Amanda Anisimova, 6-4 7-5 (R2)

We sat in the big stand of Court 12 to watch the second set of this match where Magda Linette scored a big win over Amanda Anisimova. Linette, who had a lot of support in the crowd, made a few less errors against a hit-or-miss, Anisimova. The young American had a surge as she broke Linette when she served for the match and then got ahead in her next service game. She couldn’t sustain it though as a focused, Linette served out the match at the second time of asking. A big reaction on match point from Magda!

Belinda Bencic d. Kaia Kanepi, 6-3 6-1  Score (R2)

Belinda Bencic looked in fine form as she rather handily dispatched of seed-slayer, Kaia Kanepi in straights. I love watching from the Court 18 roof and we caught the second set of this match which went by rather quickly. Kanepi won just 17% of points behind on second serve as Bencic was ultra aggressive on return. BB looked super happy at the end and gets Alison Riske in the third round. It’s a tough draw for BB but she’s a dark horse in this draw IMO.

Handshakes and hugs 🤗

A nice moment at the net between Ash Barty and Alison Van Uytvanck.

Press moment 📰

Angelique Kerber in press after her second round loss to Davis.

Around the grounds 👟

My brother and I are always on the look-out for FPAs (famous person alerts) and there were quite a few today! My favourite was seeing Agnieszka Radwanska outside the gates this morning, chatting loudly with her husband. I later spotted her watching fellow compatriot, Magda Linette play her second round match. Other things we saw around the grounds:

  • Thomas Fabbiano just outside the entrance of Wimbledon
  • Ai Sugiyama taking a selfie with someone outside Centre Court
  • The journalist, David Law, who is very, very tall 😂
  • Brad Gilbert walked past us by Court 18
  • Clare Balding watching Evans’s match on Court No.2 and nodding her head towards Evans when he was winning points.

We watched Kristina Mladenovic practising with her team on Court 9 this morning. We tried to get down the practice courts around Aorangi but the queue was huge in the morning. We’ll try again tomorrow afternoon.

I was happy to get see Amanda Anisimova live for the first time and also caught Anastasia Potapova too! Potapova was playing doubles with Dayana Yastremska against Alison Riske and Jennifer Brady. It was a nice end to our day as we watched an enjoyable first set. Potapova and Yastremska both got tagged at the net! I like their energy and they are a nice pair. You may remember their famous moment at the end of their juniors final years ago when Potapova twice thought she’d won the match against Yastremska, only for Hawkeye to intervene!

The new No.1 Court looks absolutely stunning. They’ve done a great job with it and i’m looking forward to being on that court tomorrow! Love the living wall next to the big screen!

I like what they’ve done with the seating on Court 12 this year but again, I found it a mostly unpleasant experience. We went high up in the big stand later on in the day and the row we chose with empty seats was littered with rubbish. I really can’t fathom how human beings can be so damn lazy not to take their rubbish with them. While we are on other human beings, I was disappointed by general spectator etiquette on Court No.2. Two different people around me took phone calls DURING actual play. I just couldn’t believe it.

It took us until about 5pm before we got a Pimms as the new Southern Village area around Court No.2 got very busy at the ends of matches. We need to rectify that situation tomorrow!

Favourite snaps 📸

An album of photos from my day at Wimbledon can be found on the Moo’s Tennis Blog Facebook page at the link below.

Friday’s polls 🤔

Thoughts about Friday’s matches are up on the blog on the separate page. Polls for my favourite matches are linked below. Excited to watch Pliskova-Hsieh live!

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