Saturday, July 08, 2017

W.6- Lists-a-Palooza!

Before the middle Sunday break, and with the Round of 16 field set, it's time for some light list reading to close out the opening week of this Wimbledon...

[by ranking]
#1 - Angelique Kerber
#2 - Simona Halep
#5 - Elina Svitolina
#6 - Caroline Wozniacki
#7 - Johanna Konta
#8 - Svetlana Kuznetsova
#10 - Aga Radwanska
#11 - Venus Williams
#13 - Jelena Ostapenko
#15 - Garbine Muguruza
#22 - Caroline Garcia
#25 - CoCo Vandeweghe
#29 - Ana Konjuh
#87 - Magdalena Rybarikova
#135 - Petra Martic
#683 - Victoria Azarenka (PR)
[by age]
37...Venus Williams
32...Svetlana Kuznetsova
29...Angelique Kerber
28...Magdalena Rybarikova
28...Aga Radwanska
27...Victoria Azarenka
26...Caroline Wozniacki
26...Petra Martic
26...Johanna Konta
25...Simona Halep
25...CoCo Vandeweghe
23...Garbine Muguruza
23...Caroline Garcia
22...Elina Svitolina
20...Jelena Ostapenko
19...Ana Konjuh
[by nation - 14 different]
2...Croatia (Konjuh,Martic)
2...United States (Vandeweghe,V.Williams)
1...Belarus (Azarenka)
1...Denmark (Wozniacki)
1...France (Garcia)
1...Germany (Kerber)
1...Great Britain (Konta)
1...Latvia (Ostapenko)
1...Poland (A.Radwanska)
1...Romania (Halep)
1...Russia (Kuznetsova)
1...Slovakia (Rybarikova)
1...Spain (Muguruza)
1...Ukraine (Svitolina)
[by career slam Round-of-16's]
49 - Venus Williams
32 - Svetlana Kuznetsova
27 - Aga Radwanska
23 - Victoria Azarenka
19 - Caroline Wozniacki
15 - Angelique Kerber
11 - Simona Halep
9 - Garbine Muguruza
5 - Johanna Konta
4 - Elina Svitolina
4 - CoCo Vandeweghe
3 - Petra Martic
2 - Caroline Garcia
2 - Ana Konjuh
2 - Jelena Ostapenko
1 - Magdalena Rybarikova
[w/ consecutive slam Round of 16's]
6...Venus Williams
3...Svetlana Kuznetsova
3...Garbine Muguruza
2...Caroline Garcia
2...Simona Halep
2...Petra Martic
2...Jelena Ostapenko
2...Elina Svitolina
2...Caroline Wozniacki
[by career WI Round of 16's]
15...Venus Williams
10...Aga Radwanska
6...Svetlana Kuznetsova
6...Caroline Wozniacki
5...Victoria Azarenka
4...Angelique Kerber
3...Simona Halep
3...CoCo Vandeweghe
2...Garbine Muguruza
1...Caroline Garcia
1...Ana Konjuh
1...Johanna Konta
1...Petra Martic
1...Jelena Ostapenko
1...Magdalena Rybarikova
1...Elina Svitolina
[w/ consecutive WI Round of 16's]
6...Aga Radwanska
3...CoCo Vandeweghe
3...Venus Williams
2...Simona Halep
2...Angelique Kerber
2...Svetlana Kuznetsova
[by preseason ""Grand Slam Master List" rankings]

=Tiers: Green 1-3, Blue 4-13, Pink 14-21, Orange 22-32,
Red 33-37, Purple 38-45, White 46-50, Missed List Extras (5)=
2 - Angelique Kerber
5 - Simona Halep
7 - Aga Radwanska
8 - Elina Svitolina
9 - Ana Konjuh
11 - Garbine Muguruza
12 - Venus Williams

16 - Caroline Wozniacki
17 - Johanna Konta
19 - Svetlana Kuznetsova
20 - Caroline Garcia

22 - Victoria Azarenka
31 - CoCo Vandeweghe

40 - Jelena Ostapenko
Missed List Extras - none
Unlisted - Petra Martic
Unlisted - Magdalena Rybarikova
[WTA career slam Round of 16's - active]
55...Serena Williams
36...Maria Sharapova
22...Jelena Jankovic
21...Patty Schnyder
18...Francesca Schiavone
15...Petra Kvitova
14...Ekaterina Makarova
12...Samantha Stosur
12...Carla Suarez-Navarro
[WTA slam Round of 16's since 2010 - active]
23...Serena Williams
19...Maria Sharapova
14...Ekaterina Makarova
13...Petra Kvitova
10...Jelena Jankovic
10...Samantha Stosur
10...Carla Suarez-Navarro
8...Francesca Schiavone
8...Sloane Stephens
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's - youngest]
19 - Ana Konjuh (WI)
19 - Jelena Ostapenko (RG)
20 - Jelena Ostapenko (WI)
21 - Jennifer Brady (AO)
22 - Dasha Gavrilova (AO)
22 - Elina Svitolina (RG)
22 - Elina Svitolina (WI)
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's - oldest]
37...Venus Williams (WI)
36...Venus Williams (RG)
36...Venus Williams (AO)
35...Serena Williams (AO)
34...Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (AO)
33...Samantha Stosur (RG)
32...Svetlana Kuznetsova (WI)
31...Svetlana Kuznetsova (RG)
31...Svetlana Kuznetsova (AO)
30...Barbora Strycova (AO)
29...Angelique Kerber (WI)
29...Angelique Kerber (AO)
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's - unseeded]
AO - Mona Barthel, GER (Q)
AO - Jennifer Brady, USA (Q)
AO - Sorana Cirstea, ROU
AO - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, CRO
AO - CoCo Vandeweghe, USA
RG - Veronica Cepede Royg, PAR
RG - Alize Cornet, FRA
RG - Petra Martic, CRO (Q)
RG - Jelena Ostapenko, LAT
WI - Victoria Azarenka, BLR (PR)
WI - Petra Martic, CRO (Q)
WI - Magdalena Rybarikova, SVK
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's - 1st-time GS 4th Rd.'s]
AO - Mona Barthel, GER
AO - Jennifer Brady, USA
RG - Veronica Cepede Royg, PAR
RG - Caroline Garcia, FRA
RG - Jelena Ostapenko, LAT
WI - Magdaelena Rybarikova, SVK
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's - lowest-ranked]
#683 - Victoria Azarenka, BLR (WI) (PR)
#290 - Petra Martic, CRO (RG)
#181 - Mona Barthel, GER (AO)
#135 - Petra Martic, CRO (WI)
#116 - Jennifer Brady, USA (AO)
#97 - Veronica Cepede Royg, PAR (RG)
#87 - Magdalena Rybarikova, SVK (WI)
#79 - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, CRO (AO)
#78 - Sorana Cirstea, ROU (AO)
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's]
2...Karolina Pliskova, CZE
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's - by nation]
7...USA (4/1/2)
5...RUS (3/1/1)
4...CRO (1/1/2)
4...ESP (1/2/1)
4...FRA (0/3/1)
3...CZE (2/1/0)
3...GER (2/0/1)
3...ROU (1/1/1)
2...DEN (0/1/1)
2...GBR (1/0/1)
2...LAT (0/1/1)
2...AUS (1/1/0)
2...UKR (0/1/1)
1...BLR (0/0/1)
1...PAR (0/1/0)
1...POL (0/0/1)
1...SUI (0/1/0)
1...SVK (0/0/1)
[2017 slam Rd. of 16's - by region]
13 - Eastern Europe (BLR-LAT-ROU-RUS-UKR)
7 - North America (USA)
2 - Asia/Oceania (AUS)
1 - South America (PAR)


...for most of the early hours of the day, it looked as if the last half of the women's 3rd Round wasn't going to produce a single truly competitive match. As the opening group of matches kicked off and played out to their conclusions, not a single one proved to turn out to have too much draw the attention.

Magdalena Rybarikova upped her '17 grass court record to 16-1 with a 6-2/6-1 win over Lesia Tsurenko to (finally) reach her first career slam Round of 16 a decade after she made her slam qualifying round debut at Roehampton, then her slam MD debut in Melbourne in 2008. Her next opponent, Petra Martic advanced in straight sets, as well. The Croat defeated wild card Zarina Diyas 7-6(6)/6-1 (she led 5-0 in the 2nd) to reach the Round of 16 as a qualifier at her second consecutive major. She's assured of returning to the Top 100 after this slam, so she shouldn't have to take the long route to the MD at Flushing Meadows at the end of the summer.

CoCo Vandeweghe, too, controlled the action against fellow Bannerette Alison Riske, leading 6-2/4-0 before a brief hiccup leveled the 2nd set at 4-4. No matter, she simply broke the Pittsburgh native, then held serve at love to reach her third straight SW19 Round of 16 by a 6-2/6-4 score. Also going forward is a very sneakily under-the-radar Garbine Muguruza, as the '15 finalist took out Sorana Cirstea 2 & 2. The Spaniard has held serve twenty-one straight times, and lost just sixteen total games in the tournament. Interestingly, Sam Sumyk (apparently dealing with a family matter) isn't in London with her for this slam (Conchita Martinez is), and the way she's responded to the break from that often contentious dynamic makes one wonder if maybe he should just *stay* away.

While the whole Pat Cash/CoCo Vandeweghe 30-year anniversary (1987/2017) Wimbledon final thing is interesting, how odd would it be if Venus were the Bannerette to reach the championship match, where she'd be the oldest finalist since 37-year old Martina Navratilova in 1994, and ended up playing Muguruza for the title, with Martinez in the players box twenty-three years after she defeated Navratilova to win that '94 Wimbledon title?

Shockingly, even Svetlana Kuznetsova, of all people, has yet to lose a set at this Wimbledon. Her 6-4/6-0 win over qualifier Polona Hercog means *she* has only lost *fourteen* games so far, and managed to single-handedly add another slam to one of the Hordettes' most impressive group statistics since the early 2000's Russian tennis revolution became a reality (after no other Russian had even reached the 3rd Round at this major). With Sveta reaching the Round of 16, it means at least one Hordette has reached the 4th Round at 66 of 68 slams dating back to the 2000 U.S. Open, and at all but one ('13) Wimbledon since 2001.

...but the day couldn't go by without a few three-setters, all three of which featured comebacks by veteran players.

Aga Radwanska, who barely scraped by Christina McHale in the 2nd Round, saving two MP, lost the opening set to Timea Bacsinszky today. But the Pole, who almost always finds her form at Wimbledon (she's a former junior champ, and reached the 4th Round in her slam MD debut at SW19 in 2006), gradually worked her way into the match. She took the 2nd set, after which the Swiss was treated for a thigh injury, then began to break down Bacsinszky's forehand and seized total control. She went up 5-0, and won 3-6/6-4/6-1 to each her sixth straight Wimbledon Round of 16, and her *tenth* in twelve appearances at the AELTC. She'll next face Kuznetsova, against whom she holds a 13-4 head-to-head edge.

With her #1 ranking hanging in the balance (a loss and it'd been officially gone -- for now, anyway -- handed off to either Karolina Pliskova or Simona Halep), Angelique Kerber continued her quest for the "light bulb moment" to turn around her '17 season. It sure didn't look like it was going to come today, but then something that at least maybe *resembles* such a thing did just that.

Shelby Rogers, looking to become the first U.S. woman to knock off a world #1 in the first week at Wimbledon since 1994 (Lori McNeil def. Steffi Graf), led 6-4/4-2, and was two points from a 5-2 lead, up love/30 on Kerber's serve. The answer to the question, "What's wrong with Angie?" surely didn't seem to be forthcoming on Day 6. But the German held that game then, at 30/30 one game later, scrambled around the court, racing to the net to reach a Rogers volley and stretching out to get to the ball before it could hit the turf, pushing a winner past the Bannerette to reach BP. A deep return produced a Rogers error and things were back on serve at 4-4. It was like a blast from Kerber's recent -- 2016 -- past.

Rogers got a settling hold for 5-5, and things went to a tie-break. But her unforced errors got the best of her there, as Kerber pulled out to a 6-1 lead and won it 7-2 after putting away a poor drop shot attempt from the Bannerette.

Kerber grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 3rd, but Rogers got things back on serve at 2-2. A drop shot gave her a BP at 3-2 on Kerber's serve, but the world #1 got the hold, then got the break a game later to re-take the lead. Serving at 5-4, she closed out the match to win 4-6/7-6(2)/6-4 to advance to her fourth Round of 16 in six years, since reaching her first semi at the All-England Club in 2012.

Kerber may not be "back," but she proved that she's still got some of her old magic trapped inside, scratching its fingers raw trying to get out into the world once again. She'll next face Muguruza. The Spaniard leads the head-to-head 4-3, with four straight wins.

Ah, but the most miraculous "save" was saved for last, when Caroline Wozniacki faced off with Anett Kontaveit.

For nearly two full sets, the 21-year old Estonian was taking her turn in the PDQ Generation spotlight as she played the role of Queen Ostapenko by hitting big and hitting often, and watching the scoreboard turn in her favor. Controlling the action with winners (and UE's), she led 6-3/5-3 and the Dane would have been excused if she was thinking about preparing for the U.S. Open, traditionally her best slam, while already putting Wimbledon, her worst, behind her as she prepared to re-post on social media as many of her photos from the ESPN Body Issue as she could find. But the Dane has enough experience in these sort of matches to know that it isn't necessarily over against a go-for-broke sort, as long as she could force her more inexperienced, and less consistent, Kontaveit to close things out. Then she might still have a chance.

Kontaveit isn't quite the runaway train that Ostapenko has the ability to be, or at least she's maybe a year away from truly following in her path with her own breakout slam run. While the Latvian -- who is 4-0 vs. Wozniacki, with three wins this year alone -- likely would have slammed the door shut under the same circumstances, Kontaveit failed to do it today when she had the chance. Up 2-0, she failed to convert BP for a two-break lead, but still had the chance to serve out the match at 5-4. Up 30/love, someone yelled from the stands in the middle of the next point, and Kontaveit, perhaps with her concentration broken, didn't win another point in the game. Still, she rebounded to go up love/40 on Wozniacki's serve in the following game, getting the break and a second chance to serve out the match at 6-5. But she couldn't do it then, either. Kontaveit yanked a backhand wide and she was suddenly two BP down, then a backhand into the net gave the Dane the break to send things to a TB.

Wozniacki's defense, and Kontaveit's growing error total, saw Caro take a 4-2 lead. Even with several opportunities to attack second serves during the TB, an over-hitting Kontavait failed to do so. Wozniacki won the TB 7-3, having rescued her Wimbledon after being two points from defeat and seeing her opponent twice serve for the match.

In the 3rd, it was all Wozniacki, as she settled into her best form. She broke the Estonian to start the set, then used her defense to make her hit extra shots. Rather than going in, they were usually errors, as the momentum fully turned in favor of the Dane. As Kontaveit's forehand errors hit doubles digits in the 3rd set alone (about as many as the first two combined), Wozniacki went up 5-1. Kontaveit began game #7 with a DF, but pulled herself up enough to save a MP and get the hold, then managed to save two more MP on Wozniacki's serve (both via winners, as she nearly hit 40 for the day, compared to 51 UE). Finally, on MP #4, the Dane converted after Kontaveit challenged the call of a ball that landed near the baseline. The replay showed that Wozniacki's shot was indeed in, and with that she completed her comeback with a 3-6/7-6(3)/6-2 victory to reach her sixth Wimbledon Round of 16, and her third there in four years.

So far, the Dane has yet to reach a QF at SW19, the only slam at which she hasn't. She'll have to beat Vandeweghe to complete her Career QF Slam. She's 2-0 vs. the Bannerette, but the wins came on hard courts in 2014 and '16. women's doubles, all the seeds in action on Saturday won, as well as Bellis/Vondrousova, who defeated Krunic/K.Bondarenko. And, thus, The Bracelet bids adieu to the All-England Club.

The biggest result of today: it means that next week we'll get a match-up of Y.Chan/Hingis vs. Flipkens/Mirza in the Round of 16. It'll be the fifth WD match-up, with different partners, between the three-time slam-winning doubles team since they announced the end of their partnership at last summer's Rio Olympics (they played as a duo at the '16 WTA Finals).

*MARTINA vs. SANIA, since "Santina"*
2016 Cincinnati F: Mirza/Strycova d. Hingis/Vandeweghe
2017 Indian Wells QF: Y.Chan/Hingis d. Mirza/Strycova
2017 Miami SF: Mirza/Strycova d. Y.Chan/Hingis
2017 Rome SF: Y.Chan/Hingis d. Mirza/Shvedova
2017 Wimbledon 3rd Rd.: [#3 Y.Chan/Hingis vs. #13 Flipkens/Mirza]
Tied 2-2

In mixed, the Broadys lost to Hradecka/Jebevy, while top-seeded Hingis/J.Murray advance, as did #4 Dodig/Mirza. Martina and Sania can't meet there unless they both reach the final.

...the seeds have already started to fall in the girls singles. On Saturday, #4 Elena Rybakina lost to Bannerette Ellie Douglas. The Russian reached the semis in both Melbourne and Paris this year. Another U.S. girl, Ann Li, took out the #11-seeded Serb, Olga Danilovic. Meanwhile, #7 Taylor Johnson (USA) fell to Hordette Amina Anshba.

...meanwhile, with so many comebacks and mothers on the WTA tour, are you ready for another?

In the $25K ITF challenger in Sharm El Sheikh, 32-year old former world #2 and two-time slam finalist Vera Zvonareva will be playing for a singles title on Sunday. The Russian, in her third event of '17 (she'd gone 3-2 with a retirement in two events, one in March and one in June), knocked off two seeds this week, including #1 Jacqueline Cabaj Awad of Sweden, to reach her first final of any kind since 2011. She'll play Tereza Mihalikova.

Prior to recent months, Zvonareva hadn't played a match since April '15, and gave birth to her first child last year.


If you watch it all the way through to the end -- the full 9 minutes, even through some camera adjustments -- Mattek-Sands calls Kathy Rinaldi her "spirit animal."



...and, finally, a good past couple of days has allowed the "Colt All-England Lawn Tennis Championships Cup" competition to be in pretty good shape heading into week two (especially after Kerber and Wozniacki's escapes today)...


#1 Angelique Kerber/GER vs. #14 Garbine Muguruza/ESP
#9 Aga Radwanska/POL vs. #7 Svetlana Kuznetsova/RUS
Magdalena Rybarikova/SVK vs. (Q) Petra Martic/CRO
#24 CoCo Vandeweghe/USA vs. #5 Caroline Wozniacki/DEN
#27 Ana Konjuh/CRO vs. #10 Venus Williams/USA
#13 Jelena Ostapenko/LAT vs. #7 Elina Svitolina/UKR
#6 Johanna Konta/GBR vs. #21 Caroline Garcia/FRA
Victoria Azarenka/BLR vs. #2 Simona Halep/ROU

L.Kichenok/Tsurenko (UKR/UKR) vs. Bellis/Vondrousova (USA/CZE)
#9 H.Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) vs. Haddad Maia/Konjuh (BRA/CRO)
#4 Babos/Hlavackova (HUN/CZE) vs. Kuznetsova/Mladenovic (RUS/FRA)
Ninomiya/Voracova (JPN/CZE) vs. #5 Hradecka/Siniakova (CZE/CZE)
#7 Goerges/Strycova (GER/CZE) vs. #12 Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE)
#13 Flipkens/Mirza (BEL/IND) vs. #3 Y.Chan/Hingis (TPE/SUI)
#8 Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) vs. Mertens/Schuurs (BEL/NED)
#15 Klepac/Martinez-Sanchez (SLO/ESP) vs. #2 Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS)

2007 Venus Williams, USA
2008 Tamarine Tanasugarn, THA
2009 Ana Ivanovic, SRB
2010 Vera Zvonareva, RUS
2011 Maria Sharapova, RUS
2012 Mirjana Lucic, CRO
2013 Marion Bartoli, FRA
2014 The White Shorts (of Victoria Azarenka)
2015 Aga Radwanska, POL
2016 Serena Williams/Venus Williams, USA/USA
2017 Victoria Azarenka, BLR

2008 Zheng Jie, CHN (SF)
2009 Elena Baltacha/GBR & Michelle Larcher de Brito/POR (2nd Rd.)
2010 none to 2nd Rd.
2011 Sabine Lisicki, GER (SF)
2012 Yaroslava Shvedova, KAZ (4th Rd.)
2013 Alison Riske, USA (3rd Rd.)
2014 Vera Zvonareva, RUS (3rd Rd.)
2015 Jelena Ostapenko, LAT (2nd Rd.)
2016 Tara Moore/GBR & Evgeniya Rodina/RUS (2nd Rd.)
2017 Heather Watson/GBR & Zarina Diyas/KAZ (3rd Rd.)

Severine Bremond, FRA (QF)
Olga Govortsova, BLR
Nika Ozegovic, CRO
Tatiana Perebiynis, UKR
Agnes Szavay, HUN
Hana Sromova, CZE (all 2nd Rd.)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, RUS
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, ESP
Barbora Strycova, CZE (all 3rd Rd.)
Melanie Oudin, USA (4th Rd.)
Kaia Kanepi, EST (QF)
Misaki Doi, JPN (3rd Rd.)
Camila Giorgi, ITA (4th Rd.)
Eva Birnerova, CZE
Petra Cetkovska, CZE
Michelle Larcher de Brito, POR (all 3rd Rd.)
Tereza Smitkova, CZE (4th Rd.)
Olga Govortsova, BLR (4th Rd.)
Julia Boserup, USA
Jana Cepelova, SVK
Marina Erakovic, NZL (all 3rd Rd.)
Petra Martic, CRO (in 4th Rd.)

2008 Maria Sharapova, RUS (2nd Rd.)
2009 Maria Sharapova, RUS (2nd Rd.)
2010 Francesca Schiavone, ITA & Samantha Stosur, AUS (1st; RG finalists)
2011 Jelena Jankovic, SRB (1st Rd.)
2012 Caroline Wozniacki, DEN (1st Rd.)
2013 Nadia Petrova, RUS (1st Rd.)
2014 Sloane Stephens, USA (1st Rd.)
2015 Genie Bouchard, CAN & Simona Halep, ROU (both 1st Rd.)
2016 Garbine Muguruza, ESP (RG champ; 2nd Rd.)
2017 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, RUS (1st Rd; 7 MP)

2002 Elke Clijsters & Barbora Strycova, BEL/CZE
2003 Alisa Kleybanova & Sania Mirza, RUS/IND
2004 Victoria Azarenka & Olga Govortsova, BLR/BLR
2005 Victoria Azarenka & Agnes Szavay, BLR/HUN
2006 Alisa Kleybanova & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, RUS/RUS
2007 Anastasia Pavlychenkova & Urszula Radwanska, RUS/POL
2008 Polona Hercog & Jessica Moore, SLO/AUS
2009 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn & Sally Peers, THA/AUS
2010 Timea Babos & Sloane Stephens, HUN/USA
2011 Eugenie Bouchard & Grace Min, CAN/USA
2012 Eugenie Bouchard & Taylor Townsend, CAN/USA
2013 Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova, CZE/CZE
2014 Tami Grende & Ye Qui Yu, INA/CHN
2015 Dalma Galfi & Fanni Stollar, HUN/HUN
2016 Usue Arconada & Claire Liu, USA/USA
2017 ?

Coffee Bowl: Emily Appleton/GBR
Copa Barranquilla: Maria Camila Osorio Serrano/COL
Prague: Kamilla Rakhimova/RUS
Traralgon: Iga Swiatek/POL
Australian Open: Marta Kostyuk/UKR
Mundial: Amanda Meyer/USA
Asuncion Bowl: Whitney Osuigwe/USA
Banana Bowl: Whitney Osuigwe/USA
Porto Alegre: Amanda Anisimova/USA
Yeltsin Cup: Anastasia Kharitonova/RUS
Nonthaburi: Wang Xin Yu/CHN
Sarawak Chief Minister's Cup: Zeel Desai/IND
Int'l Spring Champ: Carson Branstine/CAN
Perin Memorial: Eva Guerrero/ESP
Juan Carlos Ferrero: Olga Danilovic/SRB
Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Katerina Zavatska/UKR
Mediterranee Avenir MAR: Yasmine Mansouri/FRA
Santa Croce: Ylena In-Albon/SUI
Trofeo Bonfigilio: Elena Rybakina/RUS
Charleroi: Anhzelika Isaeva/RUS
Roland Garros: Whitney Osuigwe/USA
Offenbach: Vicky Flores/USA
Allianz Kundler: Jule Niemeir/GER
Roehampton: Claire Liu/USA
7 - USA
4 - RUS
2 - UKR
1 - CAN
1 - CHN
1 - COL
1 - ESP
1 - FRA
1 - GBR
1 - GER
1 - IND
1 - POL
1 - SRB
1 - SUI

TOP EARLY-ROUND (1r-2r): #6 Johanna Konta/GBR
TOP QUALIFYING MATCH: Q3: Petra Martic/CRO def. #1q Aleksandra Krunic/SRB 3-6/7-6/7-5
TOP EARLY-RD. MATCH (1r-2r): 2nd Rd. - #6 Johanna Konta/GBR def. Donna Vekic/CRO 7-6(4)/4-6/10-8 (3:10; nearly 100 total winners)
FIRST VICTORY: Wang Qiang/CHN (def. K.Chang/TPE)
FIRST SEED OUT: #31 Roberta Vinci/ITA (1st Rd. - lost to Kr.Pliskova/CZE)
REVELATION LADIES: GBR (two women -- Konta & Watson -- in 3rd Rd. for first time since '86; WC Boulter played well vs. McHale)
NATION OF POOR SOULS: CZE (0-6 2nd Rd., including"co-favorites" Kvitova & Ka.Pliskova w/ two other seeds; first time no Czechs in Wimb. 3r since '09, second time since '04)
LAST QUALIFIER STANDING: Petra Martic/CRO (in 4th Rd.)
LAST WILD CARDS STANDING: Heather Watson/GBR and Zarina Diyas/KAZ (3rd Rd.)
LAST BRIT STANDING: Johanna Konta (in 4th Rd.)
IT ("??"): Nominee: Konjuh ("Teen")
Ms.OPPORTUNITY: Early Nominees: Rybarikova, Martic
COMEBACK: Victoria Azarenka/BLR
CRASH & BURN: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/RUS (1st Rd. loss to Ar.Rodionova after having 7 MP, one year after Wimb. QF and "Career QF Slam" completed at this year's AO; won two titles '17)
ZOMBIE QUEEN (TBD at QF): Nominees: Ar.Rodionova (1st Rd. - saved 7 MP vs. Pavlyuchenkova; won 9-7 3rd; lost 2nd Rd.); A.Radwanska (2nd Rd. - saved 2 MP vs. McHale); Kerber (3rd Rd. - down set and 4-2, two points from 5-2, vs. Rogers; loses #1 ranking w/ loss); Barty/Dellacqua (2nd Rd. - saved MP vs. Chuang/Doi, won 10-8 3rd); Wozniacki (3rd Rd. - down 6-4/5-3 vs. Kontaveit, served for match twice)
VETERAN PLAYER (KIMIKO CUP): Nominees: V.Williams, Kuznetsova
June 26 official: Eastbourne DC Dominika Cibulkova loses opening match to WC Heather Watson; 4 LL's win MD matches (one LL vs. LL match-up); LL Tsvetana Pironkova advances to 2nd Rd. w/ 1st Rd. bye when Petra Kvitova withdraws, gets 2nd Rd. win
Day 3 observed: On "Flying Ant Day," newly-emerged insects swarm the AELTC grounds. Meanwhile, six women's seed fall, including two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
"Alternate" Rad Day (Day 4): In muggy conditions, four women's seeds (and four men's) fall, including "favorite" #3 Karolina Pliskova, as no Czech woman reach the 3rd Round for the first time in eight years. Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffers a devastating knee injury. Aga Radwanska saves two MP vs. Christina McHale to advance.

All for Day 6. More on Monday (after the middle Sunday break).


Blogger colt13 said...

Rogers is a little like Dustin Brown, better at the slams than on the regular tour.

Stat of the Day-10- Number of women out of the last 16 that have won a grass court title.

Actually one less than last year. Listed are the last title won on grass, or for those who have never won one, the most important title.

Kuznetsova 04 Eastbourne
Radwanska 08 Eastbourne
Williams 08 Wimbledon
Rybarikova 09 Birmingham
Wozniacki 09 Eastbourne
Halep 13 Den Bosch
Konjuh 15 Nottingham
Kerber 15 Birmingham
Garcia 16 Mallorca
Vandeweghe 16 Den Bosch

That leaves 6,so best results are listed, one is a surprise, one is an outlier.

Azarenka 10 Eastbourne RU/12 Olympics Bronze
Konta 17 Nottingham RU
Muguruza 15 Wimbledon RU
Ostapenko 14 Jr Champ/16 Birmingham QF
Svitolina 12 Jr RU/14 Den Bosch QF
Martic 17 Wimbledon 4th rd/ITF 13 Nottingham(beat Pliskova)

Martic is the only one without any sort of title, so she is the outlier. And the 2 women with only a QF best play each other.

Sat Jul 08, 07:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Says a lot about the importance of having experience on the grass, doesn't it? Considering there aren't that many opportunities to actually get good grass results at all during any particular season.

Sun Jul 09, 02:06:00 PM EDT  

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