Friday, 23 June 2017

Barty comeback on track

Quarter finals have been reached in the latest tournaments on the ATP and WTA tours.

Queens Club has lost Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and is left with just three seeds in the final eight.  Of those remaining neither of the Australians is included.  After outstanding wins over Murray and Raonic, Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis were both unable to repeat their efforts, losing to Sam Querrey and Daniil Medvedev respectively.

Querrey will meet Gilles Muller in one quarter final. 
The others are:
Marin Cilic (4) v Donald Young
Grigor Dimitrov (6) v Daniil Medvedev 
Tomas Berdych (7) v Feliciano Lopez

Halle has been a gold mine for Roger Federer over the years, winning the tournament eight times from ten final appearances.
He has made the quarter finals this year, putting his Stuttgart disappointment behind him, and will play dangerous German Florian Mayer with a German crowd sympathetic to Federer but supporting their home country player.

The other matches in the last eight are:
Karen Khachanov v Andrey Rublev 
Roberto Bautista Agut (7) v Alexander Zverev (4)
Richard Gasquet v Robin Haase

Surprise exits were made by Dominic Thiem (2), Albert Ramos-Vinolas (5) and Lucas Pouille (6).  Kei Nishikori (3) was unlucky to lose through injury and Gael Monfils (4) was beaten by countryman Gasquet, always a tough contest.

In Birmingham, injured top seed Angie Kerber pulled out before the event began and the next three seeds lost either in the opening or second round.
Elina Svitolina (2) bowed out to unseeded Italian Camilla Giorgi in a three set second round struggle, Dominika Cibulkova (3) had already disappeared in her first match against Lucie Safarova, and British hope Johanna Konta (4) was comprehensively thrashed by American Coco Vandeweghe in round two.

Quarter finals as a result will see:
Lucie Safarova v Daria Gavrilova (9)
Kristina Mladenovic (5) v Petra Kvitova (7)
Garbine Muguruza (6) v Coco Vandeweghe 
Ashleigh Barty v Camila Giorgi 

Barty dismissed eighth seed Barbora Strycova in three sets and is playing some fine tennis on all surfaces in her comeback to tennis.  Her ranking should be top fifty before too long with this progression.

Vika Azarenka's return to tennis lasted just the two matches in Mallorca after teenage Croatian Ana Konjuh continued her good grass court form, winning in straight sets.
This created a quarter final match up with second seed Anastasija Sevastova after the Latvian prevailed over Varvara Lepchenko in a three set contest.

Other matches in the final eight:
Julia Goerges v Sabine Lisicki (all German encounter)
Catherine Bellis v Kristyna Pliskova 
Roberta Vinci v the winner of Jana Cepelova v Caroline Garcia (3)

Cepelova and Garcia were at a set apiece and 2-2 in the decider when play was stopped due to bad light.

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