We’re into the second week of Wimbledon and it hasn’t been short of upsets and drama. Much like the French Open, the top seeds in the women’s game have been dropping like flies, as the top 4 prove why they are still a force to be reckon with.
Biggest Talking Point
Another Grand Slam, another early round loss for Serena Williams. No.25 seed Alize Cornet beat the 5-time champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the 3rd round. 2014 hasn’t been the best year for Serena in terms of the Majors. She hasn’t gotten past the 4th round in any of Grand Slams – losing to Ivanovic (4th round) in Australia and Muguruza (2nd round) in Paris. The Wimbledon loss was Serena’s earliest since 2005, when she was beaten by fellow American Jill Craybas – also in the 3rd round.
After the early loss at Roland Garros, many tennis commentators thought Serena would steamroll her way to a 6th Wimbledon title. Now the question on everybody’s lips is, where does Serena go from here?
The top four seeds in the men’s draw all look in good form and people are rubbing their hands at the prospect of all four being in the semi-finals. Andy Murray and Roger Federer in particular have been excellent, making short work of their opponents. Novak Djokovic was pushed by Radek Stepanek in the 2nd round. An on-court tumble caused some concern but the Serb has brushed it off in the same way he brushes off opponents. The only one that looked a little rusty was Rafael Nadal, who was taken to four sets in all his matches so far.
The Kids Are Alright
Christened “The Little 3” by Jim Courier, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov have all made the second week at Wimbledon. Raonic and Nishikori will play each other for a place in the quarter-finals, which would be a first for both players. They have met twice before, on clay and hard-court, with Nishikori winning both – but they have never met at a Grand Slam.
Queens champion Dimitrov is into his 2nd Major quarter-final of the year but has to get through Andy Murray to reach the next round. A tough ask, but the Bulgarian does have the game to bother Murray and, maybe, pick up the win.
On the women’s side, 20 year-old Eugenie Bouchard continues to impress at the Majors, reaching her 3rd quarter-final of the year. A junior champion at the tournament 2 years ago, Bouchard could face Sharapova in the quarter-finals. Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan has had some excellent wins over established players such as Carla Suarez Navarro and Vera Zvonareva but she’ll find it tough today against French Open runner-up Simona Halep.
Best Women’s Match?
2 former Wimbledon champions battled it out for nearly 3 hours in the 3rd round. In the end, Petra Kvitova beat Venus Williams 5-7, 7-6, 7-5. It was a dramatic, intense affair, with the Czech just squeaking out the win. Venus showed flashes of the brilliance that brought her 5 Wimbledon titles but it just wasn’t enough. Hopefully, this is not the last we have seen of the elder Williams sister.
Eilís Brennan – Pundit Arena.