Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Top 3 seeds out of Queens R1

Following last week's grass court tournaments in the Netherlands, Germany and London, further events this week are being held in Halle, Queens Club, Mallorca and Birmingham.

Winners last week were Gilles Muller who beat Ivo Karlovic in two tie break sets in s-Hertogenbosch.  Also in s-Hertogenbosch, Anett Kontaveit secured her first WTA title, winning in straight sets over Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

In Nottingham, Johanna Konta was upset by unseeded Croatian Donna Vekic, after winning the first set.  It was the first grass court title for the 20 year old and only her second title overall, her first coming in Malaysia in 2014.

Stuttgart was the scene for fourth seed Lucas Pouille to pull off victory in the final against Feliciano Lopez after dropping the opening set.

Upsets have been the order in Queens Club, London where the top three seeds have exited in the first round.
Aussies Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis have taken care of top seed Andy Murray and third seed Milos Raonic respectively, while Feliciano Lopez has continued his fine form by knocking of second seed Stan Wawrinka.
All these were in straight sets.

Different story in Halle, with Federer, Thiem, Nishikori and Zverev all safely through to the second round.

Birmingham has seen Dominika Cibulkova's run of bad form continue, the third seed losing another first round encounter, this time to a dangerous opponent Lucie Safarova.
Other first round losers of note were last week's Nottingham champ Donna Vekic and Ricoh Open finalist Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
Good to see Petra Kvitova playing and winning.
Big names such as Svitolina and Muguruza are first round winners.

In Mallorca a great sign was the return of Vika Azarenka to competitive tennis following the birth of her baby.
Currently Vika is a set all against Japan's Risa Ozaki but will be in better shape come Wimbledon.

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