Konta Avoids Brexit; Kvitova On Song; Thurs. Preview at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 29th, 2016, 10:24 pm
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There were no upsets among the few matches played between the rains on Wednesday at Wimbledon, where a former champ advanced in fine form, and a seeded Brit thrilled the home crowd by finally moving into the second round.


Top 10-seeded winners and title threats No. 3 Aggie Radwanska, No. 7 Belinda Bencic, and No. 10 Petra Kvitova were all winners.

Radwanska eased past the Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-1, Bencic beat Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova with surprising ease 6-2, 6-3, and Kvitova conquered Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-4.

The No. 3-seeded Pole says the rains prove that Grand Slam events need even more roofs.

“Yes, of course, especially in the beginning of the tournament, we have so many matches, the draw is big,” she said. “So, of course, why not? I know it’s a big thing to build a roof. It’s not easy. But, of course, more roofs, would be better. I think in Australia at the moment, it’s the best.”

The two-time champ Kvitova made quick work on the cold, wet day.

“I’m glad about how I played today, how my serve worked today,” said Kvitova, who baked a bagel in the first set of her match. “I think she wasn’t a really easy opponent on the grass to play in the first round. I think for fans it was little bit cold. It wasn’t really great for them. I made it quick. So that’s good.”

Brit and No. 16 seed Johanna Konta dodged a Brexit against Puerto Rican Monica Puig, avoiding a third set with a 6-1, 7-5 win.

Konta finally finished a match delayed multiple times by rain.

“I just wanted to go out there and perform the best that I could, to really deal with the situations that were at hand, try to do myself proud, really staying calm, staying present and fighting well,” said Konta, who this time last year was ranked outside the Top 125. “We had been waiting around for quite some time, I was happy with how I was able to get myself into the match. It’s not easy when it’s not from the beginning of the match.”

She will next meet Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, who beat Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-4.

Other seeded winners Wednesday were No. 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova outlasting Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, and No. 32 Andrea Petkovic coming from a set down to defeat Japan’s Nao Hibino 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Matches to look for on Thursday at the All England Club include (16) Konta vs. Bouchard, (9) Madison Keys vs. Kirsten Flipkens, and (14) Sam Stosur vs. Sabine Lisicki.


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30 Comments for Konta Avoids Brexit; Kvitova On Song; Thurs. Preview at Wimbledon

RZ Says:

Pliskova is out, assuring that I will end up in last place in Jalep’s WTA bracket challenge.


RZ Says:

What is going on with Caroline Garcia? She is getting creamed in the 3rd set.


jalep Says:

I don’t know, RZ. I picked Karolina to the QF. And looking at the scores, my picks are losing left and right. I’ve looked at your bracket and I think we did about the same thing with the 2nd quarter.

Haven’t checked it in a couple days.

Who is Boserup that’s giving BB such a hard time?? A qualifier from California and I’ve not heard of her.


jalep Says:

Garcia …I see what you mean. I’m working and not paying too close attention but she’s playing Siniakova — that doesn’t surprise me actually. It was going to be a tough match for Caroline v Siniakova. Dang. I’m not going to be happy if Bencic gets knocked out and she lost the 1st set.


Willow Says:

Jalep, hate to tell you this but Mugaruza is a set and a break down, unless your actually watching it ? ….


jalep Says:

I just posted about it! Are you watching? I’m only following scores and it’s making me very cranky…


Willow Says:

Jalep so you did sorry, my brains a bit mushy, as i dont feel too well, have a migraine, anyway switched over the TV, and her timing i have to say if completely off ….


Willow Says:

Troicki currently having a melt down ….


RZ Says:

@Jalep – Bencic just came back from injury. Honestly, I expected her to lose to Pironkova who normally plays well at Wimbledon. I guess I should have ditched that thought after Pironkova’s great French Open run last month.


RZ Says:

Also I wasn’t as sold on Caroline Garcia as Andy Murray was, but considering her title in Mallorca and her doubles win at the French, I thought she would do better here.


Willow Says:

Thankfully Murrays cruising, nice to watch a stress free match from him ….


Willow Says:

The best of Lu, was when he beat Roddick at W in 2010, to make the semis /qrts ?, cant remember which, never seen him do anything much such since , nothing much in his game to trouble Murray ….


Willow Says:

Oh boy now Radwanskas a break down in the 3rd set sheesh ….


Van Persie Says:

Pleased to see, that the tiny Misaki is through. And Simona :)


RZ Says:

@Willow – Radwanska got it back. Let’s see if she can hold on to win. I need one of my bracket picks to win a few rounds!


BBB Says:

Oh man, Konjuh stepped on a ball and twisted her ankle! How unlucky.


Willow Says:

Although my bracket is going to pieces, im still enjoying seeing these players, taking it to the top ones, makes it interesting, looks like Agas opponent my default with an ankle injury, pretty sad as shes given everything in this match ….


jalep Says:

Is that what’s happening? Ana Konjuh has an injury? That’s too bad. A win over Aga would be big, propel her career, and give her lots of needed confidence.

Was surprised to see Aga hadn’t lost yet.

Poor Domi down 2 sets to love. On the bright side, great win for Jiri Veseley.


RZ Says:

Konta is down a break to Bouchard in the 3rd.


jalep Says:

Yeah, Konta too :(
Well RZ? Bad day for all the brackets.

It’s too bad that Konjuh injured herself but had she made it to the next round with an injury, it would be a shame for Aga. Happy for Aga!!


Willow Says:

Jalep, Konjuh had match points, but just couldnt close it out, then twisted her ankle, going for one of Agas drop shots, she actually caught her foot on the ball running for it, heatbreaking to watch ….


RZ Says:

@Jalep – Radwanska pulling through is my saving grace. Though I will still somehow end up in last place.

@Willow – that is sad for sure.


RZ Says:

Well Bouchard is a better grass court player. Until last week, Konta hadn’t done much of anything on grass. I think Tara Moore is the last British woman left in, though she plays Kuznetsova next.


Willow Says:

Typical of Genie to show up today against a Brit (sigh) ….


RZ Says:

^ Though I thought the crowd would carry Konta through.


jalep Says:

Thanks, Willow…
Yes it’s unfortunate but had she been able to close out after the injury and go through to the next round — to me, the greedy fan, it’s annoying when that happens because the injured seldom can perform — that is, if she actually sprained her ankle she wouldn’t be ready. It’s a tough loss for Konjuh. Score looked like she was the better player! Well, Aga was clearly having trouble with Konjuh – probably her serve. Konjuh’s weakness has been her movement. She’s got more power than Aga, tho. Anyway, Siniakova is waiting – another youngster with a big game: I like her.
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/5523268/title/siniakova-sinks-cornet-in-prague

Like my eyes have been on Thiem vs Veseley and at this point, I just hope Veseley wins. If Thiem should have beat Veseley by this point.


Willow Says:

Dominic Theim no comment :(( ….


Willow Says:

Jalep yeah that was my reasoning, i wanted Theim to win, but if he had done it over five sets instead of three, he probably wouldnt have had much left in the tank for the next round ….

And probably better that Aga went through, than an opponent going through with a possible injury hanging over their heads ….


Willow Says:

Heather Watson lost after having 4 MPs, whats going on ? ….


Willow Says:

I Cannot wait for Delpo v Wawa match tomorrow, although i was sensible and picked Stan, i hope its a good contest ….

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