Wimbledon 2021 just keeps on giving. What a day! Saturday was a pre-cursor to Manic Monday as there were six women’s third round matches on court at the same time. I understand why they spread them out across all the courts due to the iffy weather forecast but it’s a real shame. I’m pleased that this will be last year that there is no scheduled play on Middle Sunday because Manic Monday is just bonkers with so many great matches all clashing with each other and not all getting the attention that they deserve. Enough moaning… for now (😂)… let’s look back at another great day in Saturday’s diary from Wimby.
Day 6️⃣ Highlights
(19) Karolina Muchova d. (16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-5 6-3
Karolina Muchova made it back-to-back second week showings at Wimbledon as she defeated the French Open finalist, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straights.
There’s no sugar coating the first set, that was a mess! There was a stoppage for rain after four games which can’t have helped either player. There were a lot of unforced errors, especially from Pavs. Both struggled on serve although both were returning each other’s second serves with real punch. Muchova needed two bites at the cherry to serve it out and did it the second time from *0-30, awaking from her somewhat passive slumber with two aggressive forays into the net.
Muchova drew away at the end, winning five of the last six games and increasingly using her variety with some gorgeous drop shots. It’s been a tough draw for Muchova and she’s managed the situation so well with such calmness. We haven’t seen Muchova’s best level yet but she’s into the second week and that’s all that matters.
On a sidenote, John Inverdale’s commentary on BBC for this match was unbearable. He didn’t let poor Sam Smith get a word in edgeways. He decided to start talking about men’s doubles during points at 4-4. Oh and apparently people don’t go to watch WTA players because very few of them have the x Factor. I had to mute after the first set 😂. Fingers crossed he won’t be on any more women’s matches because it’s tiresome. He’s a joke.
Emma Raducanu d. Sorana Cirstea, 6-3 7-5
Oh. My. Goodness. Just thinking about the crowd reaction and noise at the end is giving me goosebumps. Raducanu produced another inspired display out on No.1 Court. The 18-year-old British wild card is playing her first Slam main draw and had never won a match at WTA level before this week! Now she’s into the second week.
Raducanu was absolutely peaking during periods of this match. The backhand is dreamy. I think the most impressive aspect was mentally because this wasn’t a walk in the park. Raducanu had to rally from 1-3 down in the first set. After losing three straight games in the second set, she had a great reset game at 3-3 to stay in the lead. And after missing five break points in a gripping game at 4-4, Raducanu just kept on chipping away with two convincing service holds. Even when Cirstea changed up her tactics and targetted the Raducanu forehand, it held up and then some.
The final point is one of most exciting match points i’ve seen in a while! What a match. What a moment. This tournament!
(14) Barbora Krejcikova d. Anastasija Sevastova, 7-6(1) 3-6 7-5
15 wins and counting. Krejcikova’s awesome run just keeps on going. I think the Rolly G champ was definitely there for the taking in this match as she had the doctor and physio out in the first set and seemed to be dealing with a stomach complaint. Sevastova lacked the decisiveness in the crux moments to capitalise.
The first set was pretty dire. Sevastova twice failed to serve out the set as Krejcikova eased through on the tiebreak. Sevastova held it together in the second and then the pair combined for a decent decider. Krejcikova was serving first and just had the mental edge, surely buoyed by all those wins in Paris. Krejcikova played smart, intelligent tennis in the third set, didn’t face a break point and was a perfect 14 out of 14 at the net.
Seriously, what an effort from Krejcikova. Second week of Wimby in her first main draw outing. Next up is the ultimate test against the world number one…
(1) Ash Barty d. Katerina Siniakova, 6-3 7-5
This was Barty’s best display of the tournament so far. Certainly not A-game but an improvement on round two. It was a tricky close with Barty needing two shots at serving out, just about fendng off a late surge from Siniakova. Barty finished justttt as England started!
Barty served well, especially the second serve, which is a good sign for the hip. The backhand slice was more effective and I just adore the slider! And Barty was winning many of the forehand-forehand exchanges. I’m still not entirely convinced by Ash. She’s working her way into the tournament and it’s whether she has enough time to hit top form.
Best of the rest 🎾
Ajla Tomljanovic reached the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in her career, rallying from a set and a break down to beat Jelena Ostapenko, 4-6 6-4 6-2. Pleasantly surprised at this result. There was some dramaaaa in the third set. Read on later for what happened…
The number 30 seed, Paula Badosa has made it back-to-back fourth rounds at the Slams! Badosa won five of the last six games to beat Magda Linette, 5-7 6-2 6-4. Super batting from Badosa although Linette did fold a tad when up 3-0 in the decider.
The number 20 seed, Coco Gauff is yet to drop a set, beating Kaja Juvan, 6-3 6-3
The number 25 seed, Angelique Kerber came from a set down in a lopsided three setter to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 2-6 6-0 6-1.
Best point 🎾
That match point!!!
Snap of the day 📸
Great final shot of Raducanu winning from Jimmie48.
Recommended media 📺
DRAMA ALERT! ⚠ Thanks to @tennis_gifs on Twitter for sharing the moment. Down 0-4 in the third set, Ostapenko took an off-court medical time-out for an abdominal injury. Tomljanovic was furious and claimed she was lying. The pair shared some heated words at the handshake. Omg the drama 😂.
Press highlights 📰
Neither Ostapenko and Tomljanovic backed down in press.
Day 7 watchlist 📺
Thoughts about Manic Monday matches will go up on the separate page here.
(20) Coco Gauff vs. (25) Angelique Kerber
(7) Iga Swiatek vs. (21) Ons Jabeur
(1) Ash Barty vs. (14) Barbora Krejcikova