Muguruza Sent Off, Swiatek Storms Into Week 2 At Wimbledon; Barty, Gauff Sat.
by Staff | July 2nd, 2021, 3:55 pm
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The Wimbledon women’s draw is down to just one former champion and the first week is still not completed. Today, Garbine Muguruza was the latest big name to exit as the 2017 champion fell to Ons Jabeur in a crazy 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win.

In a breakpoint-filled affair, Jabeur ran off 5 straight points from 0-40 down to take the second. And in the third, she won the first 11 points of the set to lead 2-0 before Muguruza got back on the board.

Jabeur, though, kept fighting battling for break chanes and after vomiting, she closed it out on her first match match to make her first Wimbledon fourth round.

“It is [the best day of my tennis career],” Jabeur told the crowd. “I’m not saying this so you guys come cheer for me in the next round but this is my favourite Centre Court in the world. I’m telling the truth, I swear. The energy is amazing. I’m so, so, so happy.”

“She plays unbelievable on grass, everybody knows that. I lost against her last time so this was kind of my revenge here, in a nice way.”

Jabeur finised 5-for-29 on break chances, 2-for-12 in the decider.

“I had so many opportunities in this match that it’s a little disappointing from my side because I couldn’t convert them,” said Muguruza. “Especially in the second set I felt like I should have dominated more in these moments and take the advantage, and I couldn’t.

“I think grass helps her game. I feel like she’s very comfy. I saw she won a tournament two weeks ago. She’s a very talented player. She needs to be confident to be able to play her game, and right now she is.”

The Tunisian will now face the red-hot Iga Swiatek who blitzed Irina Begu in under an hour 6-1, 6-0. The 2018 junior winner hasn’t dropped a set in three matches.

No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka rolled past qualifier Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-0, 6-3. The Belarussian is just two sets from a first Slam quarterfinal. And she’ll be favored against the big-hitting Elena Rybakina who eased past Shelby Rogers.

“I feel like Wimbledon, it’s a special place. It’s a special surface. I don’t know. It’s special atmosphere out here. I don’t know. I enjoy it like… nowhere else,” Sabalenka said.

“Every match, it’s a new match. You never know what’s going to happen. You just need to bring your level on the court and fight for every point. This is what I’m doing on the court.

“I’m happy with these matches which I won, but it’s already in the past. I want to focus, stay in the moment. I’m trying to focus on my game and just fight for every point, every opportunity I have.”

Karolina Pliskova moved into another Wimbledon fourth round breezing past countrywoman Tereza Martincova 6-3, 6-3. She’ll face the streaking Liudmilla Samsonova who upended Sloane Stephens 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

“I think she was really playing well,” Pliskova said. “I thought I did well at the important moments. I was holding my serve. Any time it was a close situation, I think I played really good shots.

“Overall, I think all the matches which I played here, I think I did quite a good job. Super solid, serving well, and playing quite the game I want to play, actually.”

Samsonova, who just turned 22, has won her last 10 matches and has been the women’s breakout stars this grass season.

In the evening, Madison Keys returned to the fourth round with a solid 7-5, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens. She’ll now face Viktorija Golubic who ousted American Madison Brengle 6-2, 6-1.

Tomorrow, week one wraps with Coco Gauff back on Centre Court to clash with Kaja Juvan. Ash Barty is also on Centre to face Czech doubles champion Katerina Siniakova. Also in action is the last former champion Angelique Kerber, French winner Barbora Krejcikova and former semifinalist Jelena Ostapenko.


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3 Comments for Muguruza Sent Off, Swiatek Storms Into Week 2 At Wimbledon; Barty, Gauff Sat.

Fast Forehand Says:

I wonder if Swiatek can follow up her French 2020 win with a Slam victory at Wimbledon.


chrisford1 Says:

(Note: I know a little about her because I think
the ladies side is getting more interesting with
the fading of of the Williams/Azerakena/Sharapova
‘shriek and smash’ brute force tennis that made
sport much less enjoyable to watch for me. Time to
return to taking an interest on the woman’s side,
probably meet new fans because no one I know
follows the woman’s side that much at present. And
Iga Swiatek was an easy choice for me. I think
I’ll like tennis with the fading of the Big 3 and
Andy more if the woman’s game can pick up people’s
interest.)
Swiatek has a lot of upside. Like she suddenly arrived on the radar in the buildup to last year’s French Open, then her play there and the bright optics about her clearly made Swiatek a badly needed nice thing that happened in Covid tennis in 2020.
While she isn’t tennis’s “It Girl!” [Naomi Osaka has that burden] and Swiatek has a team that won’t allow the powers that be to exploit her – there is an awful lot to like. Everyone wants a young star to emerge, and having a nice personality and having uniqueness as well as nerd beauty is a plus. After some thought, Rolex made her of of their rare young tennis endorsers from outside Switzerland, and Rolex tends to do this for stars of the future, who they have a good record selecting. But most of Iga’s same age peers my be more in awe of her being the 1st female tennis star or Pole to score a Red Bull endorser deal.
She truly is a lot like Rafa in her style of play, a lot of charisma matched with desire and ability to win. Fast, strong, most RPMs, fastest backhand in the WTA, it seems.
I’m enjoying the woman’s game also getting good natured snarky, and getting the guys drawn in on some things. Swiatek
Andy Murray
@andy_murray
·
Jun 7, 2021
Love watching @iga_swiatek ❤️
Iga Świątek
@iga_swiatek
Thank you Sir Andy! Are you by any chance up for a practice? I really need to improve my skills on grass.
(Little weasel Swiatek omitted she was Wimbledon Jr Champ a few years back)


Django Says:

I believe Iga is a Fed fan.

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