July 4 Saturday: Third Round
Title Holder Kvitova Upset by Jankovic; Federer, Murray, Berdych into 2nd Week
July 4 2015 ITS Staff: London, England – Defending champion Petra Kvitova crashed out of the Wimbledon championships Saturday after suffering a stunning defeat in the third round by former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Center Court at the All-England Tennis Club.
After posting convincing straight set wins in the first two rounds, the second seed Kvitova looked to continue her dominant ways taking the first set and a break up in the second with a 4-2 lead against the 30-year old Serbian veteran.
With experience and determination, Jankovic battled back winning five out of the next 6 games to extend the match. Both players held serves in the decider but Jankovic found her groove breaking the Czech World No.2 in the ninth game before closing out the match.
After the match an elated Jankovic said, "I am overwhelmed and so excited, I have played so poorly the last couple of years and playing on Centre Court against the defending champion was unbelievable. The crowd was really great.” Jankovic, who has not gotten past the fourth round in Wimbledon, will face Poland's 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska who beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-1 6-4.
In men’s singles, 7-time winner Roger Federer sailed through to the second week of Wimbledon securing his spot in the round of 16 after surviving big-serving Aussie Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 on Centre Court Saturday.
The Swiss father of two twins did not face a single breakpoint through the match but was mini-broken in the third set tie-breaker which Groth took advantage on in extending the contest. Federer, though, won't be deneid as the Swiss Maestro broke Groth twice early racing to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set then held on to secure the match after two hours and 16 minutes.
Federer will be against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut who was too steady and rock solid against World No. 153 and qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili making just eight unforced errors in winning 7-6(4), 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and 36 minutes.
Tomas Berdych was also made to work extra time by another Spanish talent Pablo Andujar battling for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory. He will face either 12th seed Gilles Simon or 18th seed Gael Monfils next for a place in the quarterfinals.
In similar four set fashion, local hero Andy Murray had to sweat a little while longer than expected defeating Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1 to reach the fourth round. The 2013 Wimbledon champion was two sets up and cruising to an easy three-setter when Seppi called for an injury time-out at 2-1 on serve in the third set.
Resuming play, the Italian broke Murray in the ensuing game reeling off five consecutive games to close out the set 6-1 and a break in the fourth. A stunned Center Court crowd egged on Murray who responded with by breaking Seppi three times to claim his place in the second week where the Scot will go up against Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic who blasted 41 aces in edging No.13-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(9).
Wimbledon Men's Singles Third Round Saturday July 4
2-Roger Federer beat Samuel Groth 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2
3-Andy Murray beat 25-Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1
6-Tomas Berdych beat Pablo Andujar 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-6(3)
9-Marin Cilic beat 17-John Isner 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 6-4 6-7(4) 12-10
12-Gilles Simon beat 18-Gael Monfils 3-6 6-3 7-6(6) 2-6 6-2
23-Ivo Karlovic beat 13-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(9)
22-Viktor Troicki beat Dustin Brown 6-4 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3
20-Roberto Bautista beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6(4) 6-0 6-1
Vasek Pospisil beat James Ward 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 8-6
Wimbledon Women's Singles Third Round Saturday July 4
28-Jelena Jankovic beat 2-Petra Kvitova 3-6 7-5 6-4
5-Caroline Wozniacki beat 31-Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-2
20-Garbine Muguruza Blanco beat 10-Angelique Kerber 7-6(12) 1-6 6-2
15-Timea Bacsinszky beat 18-Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-2
21-Madison Keys beat Tatjana Maria 6-4 6-4
13-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Casey Dellacqua 6-1 6-4
Olga Govortsova beat Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6(4) 6-3
Monica Niculescu beat Kristyna Pliskova 6-3 7-5
July 3 Friday: Third Round
Serena Avoids Upset; Djokovic Tops Tomic; Kyrgios Ousts Raonic; Gasquet d. Dimitrov
July 3, 2015 ITS Staff: London, England - Serena Williams' bid for a calendar Grand Slam stayed on course after the 20-time major winner battled back from the jaws of defeat to sneak past British No.1 Heather Watson 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in a third round thriller on Center Court on Friday.
Serena looked solid blitzing through the opening set in just 25 minutes. But Watson steadied her game in the second stanza with consistent ground game that rattled Williams to even out the match at 1-set apiece. With momentum on her side, Watson raced to a 3-0 lead with two chances to make it 4-0.
Serena, though, battled back to 3-all then turned the match holding her serve for a 4-3 lead. Watson would hold to level at 4-all before clawing through to break Serena’s serve for a 5-4 lead. With the Center Court crowd now sensing a historic upset, Watson served for the match twice getting to deuce – two points from victory – but the 5-time Wimbledon champion would not be denied breaking Watson’s serve before reeling in the next two games to close out the match blasting a backhand winner to seal the victory. (Watch full highlights below)
In the round of 16s, Serena will face her sister Venus, the 16th seed, who defeated Aleksandra Krunic in 71 minutes 6-3, 6-2. Serena leads Venus in their head-to-head 14-11 including a 3-2 edge at Wimbledon. The Williams sisters have 27 singles Grand Slam titles between them including 10 Wimbledon with Serena winning in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012; Venus in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008.
In men’s singles action, defending champion Novak Djokovic stayed on course in his quest for a third Wimbledon title cruising easily past Australian Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday.
The Serbian icon, who saved all three breakpoints he faced, hit 38 winners and 15 aces in the 92 minute match. “I managed to get a lot of returns back in play. I think I executed tactically everything I intended before the match to move him around the court, mix up the pace, not really give him the same look. I think overall I played a really, really good match,” said the 8-time Grand Slam champion.
For the seven consecutive year, the top-seed has advanced to the fourth round at the All England Club where he will next face No. 14 seed Kevin Anderson, a 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-3 winner over No. 24 seed Leonardo Mayer.
Young Australian Nick Kyrgios barged into the fourth round after returning the favor back to his quarterfinal conqueror last year Milos Raonic winning in four hard-fought sets 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(3) 6-3. It was a quality match the lasted two hours and 43 minutes with both players blasting a total 123 winners – No.27 seed Kyrgios hitting 61 to No.7 seed Raonic’s 62. (Watch highlights below)
"I feel as if physically I have improved. I wasn't struggling at all. If it was to go into a fifth, I would have still felt confident. I lost to him twice at Grand Slams. I thought it was a good day and I played some really good tennis," said the Canberra-born 20-year old after the match.
Kyrgios next meets No.21 seed Richard Gasquet who upset last year’s quarterfinalist No.11 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Gasquet, a semifinalist here in 2007, broke once in each set capitalizing with solid ground strokes that forced the Bulgarian into committing 24 unforced errors in the one-hour and 48 minutes match.
Wimbledon Men's Singles Third Round Friday July 3
1-Novak Djokovic beat 27-Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-3 6-3
4-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 6-4
21-Richard Gasquet beat 11-Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-4 6-4
14-Kevin Anderson beat 24-Leonardo Mayer 6-4 7-6(6) 6-3
16-David Goffin beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4 6-2
26-Nick Kyrgios beat 7-Milos Raonic 5-7 7-5 7-6(3) 6-3
Denis Kudla beat Santiago Giraldo 6-2 6-7(3) 2-6 6-1 6-3
Wimbledon Women's Singles Third Round Friday July 3
1-Serena Williams beat Heather Watson 6-2 4-6 7-5
4-Maria Sharapova beat 29-Irina Begu 6-4 6-3
6-Lucie Safarova beat Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-3 6-1
16-Venus Williams beat Aleksandra Krunic 6-3 6-2
Zarina Diyas beat 14-Andrea Petkovic 7-5 6-4
23-Victoria Azarenka beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-4
30-Belinda Bencic beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-5 7-5
CoCo Vandeweghe beat 22-Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-0