Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Wawrinka out on Day One

The biggest news on Day One of  Wimbledon 2017 was certainly the exit of fifth seed Stan Wawrinka.  The reigning US Open champ started slowly, losing the opening set to tall Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Although Stan drew level at a set all, the world number 49 has too much in store and stormed home 6-4 6-1.  

Of course Medvedev had not been playing average tennis.  It took Novak Djokovic to oust him from the. Eastbourne semi finals just s few days ago.  Now the draw opens up for Daniil and it could be a long stay based on his opening showing.

Not many other upsets, but some close matches for top seeds.
Elina Svitolina found Ash Barty hard work.  The fourth seed prevailed in straight sets, long ones at that.  7-5  7-6 tie break 10 points to 8.
Barty converted 3 break points from 11 chances, Svitolina 4 from 6, and Barty hit 40 winners to 26.  Svitolina probably survived her most difficult match of the first week.

Another fortunate seed was Dominika Cibulkova, the eighth seed who had lost her past four matches.  Cibulkova won her first set against Andrea Petkovic but the German, ranked 90 levelled the match and pushed Dominika to 16 games in the decider before allowing the Slovakian to proceed to the second round.

Comeback wins were celebrated by 1. Petra Kvitova, who after a three double fault opening service game gave plenty of evidence that she can win her third Wimbledon, and 2. Vika Azarenka, who won a three set battle with teenager Cici Bellis.

Rafa Nadal had no worries of previous years where he lost in early rounds (2012, 2013, 2015) and destroyed Aussie John Millman.
Andy Murray eliminated memories of recent bad results by taking Russian Alexander Bublik to the cleaners, surrendering just seven games over three sets.

Seeds to fall in addition to Wawrinka were Nick Kyrgios (20), retiring with his hip injury, Ivo Karlovic (21), in a five setter to Aljaz Bedene (4 tie breakers)  and Fernando Verdasco (31) in four sets to Kevin Anderson.

Seeds in the ladies draw gone on Day One are Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (26), losing 8-6 in the decider (as fellow Croatian Karlovic did in the fifth), and Roberta Vinci (31) who exited thanks to Kristyna Pliskova.

Simona Halep (2) and Johanna Konta (6) were impressive in their straight sets victories, as was Venus Williams.

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