Day 6 Wimbledon
Cornet Stuns Serena; Sharapova, Halep Win; Nadal, Federer, Raonic into Round of 16s
June 28, 2014 ITS Staff Wimbledon, England – Alize Cornet rocked Day 6 of the Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday with a stunning 1-6 6-3 6-4 upset of World No.1 and top-seed Serena Williams.
The Court No.1 match was halted at 1-1 apiece in an afternoon of persistent rain. When play resumed, Serena reeled off five games in row to secure the first set 6-1. But Cornet, who refused to give in knowing she had beaten Williams earlier this year, took the second set then stormed to a 5-2 third set lead.
Serena fought back to close the gap at 5-4 but the No.25 seed held her serve, and nerves, clinching the match with a drop shot which Williams returned into the net. In a court-side interview, Cornet said, "I just can’t believe it. After the break because of the rain I couldn't move my legs I was so slow. After 6-1 in 15 minutes I was like this will be tough but I made it through."
Reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova won 11 consecutive games after falling behind 1-3 in the opening set to defeat American No.44 ranked Alison Riske. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, sets up a fourth round clash against Germany’s No.9 seed Angelique Kerber who rallied past Belgium’s No.24 seed Kirsten Flipkens 3-6 6-3 6-2.
Federer Cruises Past Giraldo in Three Sets; Nadal Powers to 16s Despite 1st Set Loss
June 28, 2014 ITS Staff Wimbledon, England – Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer came out strong again on Day 6 in his third round match against Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 played under the Centre Court roof.
Bidding for his unprecedented eighth tile, the Swiss Maestro served eight aces, broke the Colombian five times, and only faced two breakpoints on his serve in the one hour and 21 minute match.
In an interview by the BBC the 32-year old father of two twins said. “It's really about maintaining a good level of play. Physically I'm in good shape. I've got to keep playing aggressively and serving well. You've got to do that on this surface, and keep the points short."
Federer lost in the second round last year to Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky. He now faces another 32-year old No.23 seed Tommy Robredo of Spain who ended the run of No.15 seed Jerzy Janowicz, last year’s semi-finalist, 6-2 6-4 6-7(5) 4-6 6-3.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, the No.2 seed of the tournament, powered his way to the fourth round on Saturday despite conceding the first set to Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
Nadal also survived first set losses in his first two rounds to Martin Klizan and Lukas Rosol respectively. The reigning nine-time French Open champion is bidding to win his third “Roland Garros/Wimbledon Double” following his 2008 and 2010 feat.
Nadal will next face Australia’s rising young star Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16. Kyrgios, who upset No.13 seed Richard Gasquet on Thursday, defeated another rising star Jiri Vesely 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in a rain-soaked match on Saturday.
Wimbledon Men's Singles Third Round Saturday June 28
2-Rafael Nadal beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 6-1
4-Roger Federer beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-1 6-3
8-Milos Raonic beat Lukasz Kubot 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 6-2
23-Tommy Robredo beat 15-Jerzy Janowicz 6-2 6-4 6-7(5) 4-6 6-3
Nick Kyrgios beat Jiri Vesely 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-2
5-Stan Wawrinka vs. Denis Istomin susp. darkness
10-Kei Nishikori vs. Simone Bolelli 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) 3-3 susp. dark.
19-Feliciano Lopez vs 9-John Isner susp. rain
Wimbledon Women's Singles Third Round Saturday June 28
25-Alize Cornet beat 1-Serena Williams 1-6 6-3 6-4
3-Simona Halep beat Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-1
5-Maria Sharapova beat Alison Riske 6-3 6-0
9-Angelique Kerber beat 24-Kirsten Flipkens 3-6 6-3 6-2
13-Eugenie Bouchard beat 20-Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4