With little fanfare, 2-time champion Petra Kvitova was bundled out of Wimbledon today by giant killer Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 7-6 in the second round.
The match was scheduled for Thursday but didn’t finish until late Saturday, a circumstance that didn’t help the Czech.
“I just think that in the important points, she didn’t really miss, and I felt that I have to really go for it, which I tried to do it,” Kvitova said. “Unfortunately sometimes it didn’t happen. It was a solid match, but that was same from her side. It was just about one or two points today.”
And in the backdrop of the Novak Djokovic shocker and all the rain, it was hardly mentioned during coverage today.
Meanwhile, Simona Halep rolled past French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-3. She’ll now face the red-hot Madison Keys. The 21-year-old won her 9th straight match beating Alize Cornet 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to set up a Monday showdown with the Romanian.
Dominika Cibulkova dashed the hopes of former finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-3 and 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska rolled Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-1. Former semifinalists Angelique Kerber and Lucie Safarova also were winners.
“I definitely was a bit emotional out there,” Bouchard said. “It’s frustrating to feel like you’re not playing your best tennis at Wimbledon. You know, sometimes when I get it out, I can turn it around and play a bit better. It didn’t really happen this time, though.”
That bottom half is really anyone’s to win!
To matches to watch tomorrow includes 6-time champion Serena Williams meeting German Annika Beck and Sloane Stephens, who saved a matchpoint in a win over Mandy Minella, faces Svetlana Kuznetsova.
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