Thursday, 6 July 2017

Kvitova gone - major upset

So much for my prediction of an all Czech women's final at Wimbledon this year.
Petra Kvitova was taken out of the tournament in the second round by American Madison Brengle, ranked 95 in the world and having won only 7 matches from 18 attempts before this achievement.

After winning the second set 6-1 to level the match Kvitova seemed set to run away with things.  Instead it was Brengle who steadied and took advantage of the Czech errors in the final set.
For the match Kvitova paid the price of a poor percentage of points won at the net and and an overall total of unforced mistakes.

Brengle returned better and kept her game much tidier, fully deserving the win.

Another American, Madison Keys, seeded 17, was not as fortunate, losing to Italian unseeded Camila Giorgi in three sets.
This Madison won a thrilling tie break second set 12-10 to force a decider, but Giorgi blitzed it 6-1.

In possibly the match of the year on the women's circuit, 6th seed Johanna Konta had to pull out all stops to slide past Donna Vekic 10-8 in the third.
Vekic had break point to lead 9-8 and serve for the match but Konta saved it and then broke Vekic and won the three hour plus battle.  The pair hit 97 winners between them.
Vekic had upset Konta in the Nottingham final so this was sweet revenge for Konta as she reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.

While Murray, Cilic, Halep, Tsonga, Cibulkova and Nadal easily won their second round matches, other seeds encountered more trouble.  
Lucas Pouille (14) exited thanks to Jerzy Janowicz in four sets.

More carnage in the women's draw -
Anastasija Sevastova (18) lost to in form Heather Watson, the locals having another Brit to cheer.
Returning as a mum, Vika Azarenka defeated Elena Vesnina (15) in straight sets.

Barbora Strycova (22) was another high profile Czech player to fall, joining Kristyna Pliskova and Petra Kvitova, losing to Naomi Osaka after winning the second set 6-0.

Carla Suarez Navarro (25) was thrashed by Shuai Peng 6-2 6-2.

Federer and Djokovic will be the highlights of the fourth day, but Karolina Pliskova, Gael Monfils, Juan Martin del Potro, Caroline Wozniacki and others will offer excitement in their matches too.

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