Five-time champion and 10th seed Venus Williams (USA) was representing the Williams family at Wimbledon this year and was doing a fine job. That’s until she came up against 14th seed and former finalist Garbine Muguruza (ESP) who was beaten in the 2015 final by Serena Williams, the champion predicting that the Spaniard would be holding the trophy one day soon. Continue reading “The Final of Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Draw”
With Andy Murray leaving the tournament, all British hopes were with 6th seed Johanna Konta (GBR) as she battled fellow big server 10th seed Venus Williams (USA). In the serving statistics there was little to separate the two, but the returning of the five time Wimbledon champion was stronger, putting Konta’s serve under pressure. Continue reading “The Semi-finals at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Draw”
The match of the day saw 2nd seed Simona Halep (ROU) take on 6th seed and home crowd favourite Johanna Konta (GBR). The two had met on the tour a number of times, notably in this year’s Miami Open quarter final which Konta won, and made Halep’s coach walk away from the Romanian. This was the tightest match of the tournament with each game hotly contested and the scoreboard was reflective of that.
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”
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”
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 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”
The number 1 seed Angelique Kerber (GER) made simple work of her first round match against the world number 247 Irina Falconi (USA), despatching her in straight sets 6-4 6-4 in just under 90 minutes.
2nd seed, and a favourite to win, Simona Halep (ROU) cruised through to the second round beating Marina Erakovic (NZL) 6-4 6-1.