Number 1 seed Angelique Kerber (GER) faced a tough challenge if she was to progress into the quarters past 14th seed and former finalist Garbine Muguruza (ESP). Muguruza, who is being guided by former champion and legend Conchita Martinez, has found form in this tournament. The pair served up a spectacular show of bruising ralleys, Muguruza hitting what would have been winners against most players. Continue reading “The 7th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Draw”
Number 1 seed Angelique Kerber (GER) had to dig deep to get past Shelby Rogers (USA) after the American took the first set 6-4. She fought hard to get the second set to a tie break and showed great composure to take it 7-2. The German made a poor start to the third set but came back to win it 6-4. She’ll face 14th seed and former finalist Garbine Muguruza (ESP) who is in imperious form, not yet dropping a set, beating Sorana Cristea (ROU) 6-2 6-2. Continue reading “The 6th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Singles Draw”
2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) got over an early lapse in concentration to beat Ernests Gulbis (LAT) in straight sets 6-4 6-1 7-6. At the beginning of the match Djokovic felt aggrieved after being denied a challenge by the chair, and the very next point he needed the challenge again, this time getting it, and it going his way. He remonstrated with the chair umpire about line calls and challenges, ironically telling the umpire to “focus” before losing all focus himself, dropping his serve immediately after. Continue reading “The 6th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”
Number 1 seed Andy Murray (GBR) faced 28th seed Fabio Fognini (ITA), both of whom are known to have the occasional outburst on court. Murray raced to a 1 set lead 6-2 only for the momentum to swing the Italian’s way in the second, taking it 6-4. Murray seemed to be back on track as he took the third set 6-1 but yet again the Italian came back. Continue reading “The 5th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”
Again the ladies showed the gentlemen how to put on a show. Home talent Heather Watson (GBR) and returning former semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka (BLR) left it all on court in a 3 set battle of highs and lows. Watson stormed the first set 6-3, and in a closer fought second set than the score suggested, Azarenka took it 6-1. The final set was always going to be difficult for Watson with her relative inexperience at this stage. Continue reading “The 5th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Singles Draw”
2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) breezed past Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 6-2 6-2 6-1 without breaking a sweat and will be surprised to see that his next opponent is not Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG). The 29th seed crashed out of the tournament in straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-6 to world number 589 Ernests Gulbis (LAT) who is also coming back from injury. Continue reading “The 4th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”
In the best match of the day, world number 87 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) pulled off a remarkable win over this year’s number 1 player and my favourite to win Karolina Pliskova (CZE). The 3rd seed played well in the first set and everything seemed regulation. Continue reading “The 4th Day at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Singles Draw”
In the day’s controversial match, Next Gen star Daniil Medvedev (RUS) who knocked out 5th seed Wawrinka in the first round, lost his cool in a tense 5 set contest on the non-Hawk-Eye outer courts. His opponent, world number 124 Ruben Bemelmans (BEL), was the benefactor of 5 chair umpire overrules in quick succession, leaving Medvedev questioning the integrity of the chair and calling for her replacement. Continue reading “The 3rd Day at Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Draw”
In the match of the day, 6th seed Johanna Konta (GBR) faced Donna Vekic (CRO) who beat her to the Nottingham Aegon Championship just 2 weeks previous. In a thrilling first set, Vekic broke Konta late in the set but Konta broke straight back forcing the pair into a tie-break, which Konta won 7-4. The effort of winning the first set showed as Konta served first in the second set and was immediately broken. Vekic maintained the break to the end of the high quality second set, taking it 6-4. The quality of the serving from both players made for a nerve wracking final set. Continue reading “The 3rd Day at Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Draw”
Number 1 seed Andy Murray (GBR) kicked off his Wimbledon campaign in style, beating charismatic 20 year old Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-1 6-4 6-2.
2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) only had to win one set before Martin Klizan (SVK) retired. Final score 6-3 2-2.