Thursday, 18 May 2017

Kerber falls to qualifier Kontaveit

Women's world number one Angie Kerber followed her male equivalent Andy Murray out of the Italian Open in her first match, losing to qualifier Anett Kontaveit from Estonia.
It wasn't just a loss, but a thrashing 6-4 6-0.  Kerber has an unflattering win loss record this year of 19/12 and Kontaveit has a more impressive 25/8.
With no titles to her name in 2017, Angie at number one is looking a rather lame top seed for the upcoming grand slam in Paris.

Another top five player to exit Rome immediately was Dominika Cibulkova, but her performance was much more acceptable - a three set loss to Ekaterina Makarova, with the Russian displaying form reminiscent of her top ten days of 2015.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova won easily but compatriot Barbora Strycova was the third seed to fall, Timea Bacsinszky doing the damage.

That was yesterday - today Anett Kontaveit has continued to knock out more favoured players, 16th seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni feeling the heat of a 6-1 6-1 belting.
Kontaveit is into the quarter finals where she will face Simona Halep, who just defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets, the decider a 6-0 wipeout.

7th seed Sveta Kuznetsova bowed out to Dasha Gavrilova after dropping the first set.
Gavrilova forgot to enter this tournament, and so had to reach the main draw via qualifying.  She has made the final eight, eliminating Madison Keys and Kuznetsova in a fine run.
Either Kiki Bertens or Ekaterina Makarova will be the quarter final opponent for Gavrilova.

Fabio Fognini beat Andy Murray in the highlight of the tournament, but he couldn't follow up that performance with anything special.  Big serving German Sascha Zverev put him away in straight sets.

Raonic and Cilic were merciless in dismissing Berdych and Goffin respectively, in third round matches.
Raonic plays Zverev in one quarter final, while Cilic awaits the winner of Wawrinka v Isner.  

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