10 American players storm into the next round on Wimbledon Day 4
A recap of the action on Day 3 on Wednesday at Wimbledon 2016, including results, tweets, hot shots, photos and more.
• After rain delays, the results starting pouring in early on Thursday, as first round matches were finally completed and the draws started to fill out accordingly.
A group of Americans were the first to record winning results on Day 4, as Donald Young defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round and Sam Querrey beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2012. Querrey earned himself a meeting with No. 1 Novak Djokovic, while Young will play No. 32-seed Lucas Pouille, who beat Marius Copil 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, for a spot in round three.
No. 18-seed John Isner followed suit for the American men, turning in a winning result just after noon on Day 4, beating Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(2), 7-6(5), 6-3 to advance to the second round. He’ll next face Australian Matthew Barton, who beat Albano Olivetti 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 14-12 after three days of restarts and delays due to rain. Barton was playing in his first Wimbledon main draw match.
On the women’s side, No. 18-seed Sloane Stephens took care of business early, defeating Shuai Peng 7-6, 6-2 in her first round match that was rescheduled due to rain. No. 9-seed Madison Keys also advanced on Thursday, making the third round for the third year in a row at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 over a solid opponent in Kirsten Flipkens. Keys said she was happy with her play against Flipkens, especially given the surface and the tournament’s scheduling issues in the first few days.
“I think my confidence more has come from knowing I've put in all of the work on the practice court, in the gym, you know, just doing everything that I can so that when I step on the court I'm 100% ready. I think that's where a lot of my confidence comes from, more so than the results of a match,” she said. “I personally love grass. One, because it suits my game really well. Also because I love the tradition behind it.”
Later in the day out on Court 18, five-time Wimbledon champ and No. 8-seed Venus Williams fought off a strong effort from 21-year-old Greek qualfiier Maria Sakkari, winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round. And in one of the last matches of the day, No. 27-seed CoCo Vandeweghe rounded out a strong charge from the Americans on Day 4, defeating Timea Babos 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the third round, where she'll face No. 6-seed Roberta Vinci.
• After a fairly quiet first few days at the All England Club, seeded players started to fall on Day 4, beginning with 22-year-old Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich’s 6–3, 6–3 win over No. 31-seed Kristina Mladenovic. Ranked No. 98, the victory was Sasnovich’s first top 100 win on grass.
No. 15-seed Karolina Pliskova was also eliminated on Thursday, losing to Misaki Doi 7-6, 6-3 in the second round, and on the men’s side, No. 13-seed David Ferrer lost to Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. The Frenchman will move on to the third round, where he will face a familiar face and fellow countryman: his doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who beat Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 on Thursday.
• Other top seeds in the men's and women's draw did advance on Thursday, as No. 5-seed Simona Halep beat Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-1, No. 9-seed Marin Cilic beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 6-seed and 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist Milos Raonic topped Andreas Seppi 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the third round.
• Grigor Dimitrov got a much-needed victory on Thursday, beating an always-tricky opponent in Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the third round where he'll face American Johnson.
• Several seeds crashed out of the tournament on Thursday, but none bigger than No. 2-seed Garbine Muguruza. Qualifier Jana Cepelova beat the 2015 Wimbledon finalist and 2016 French Open champion 6-3, 6-2 in just 59 minutes, knocking her out in the second round.
“I think my energy was missing a little bit today,” Muguruza said after the match. “I think she played great, with no fear. She was trying a lot of stuff that was working. My energy was not really there. I was trying, but didn't work at all.”
After defeating Serena Williams at Roland Garros for her first major title, the 22-year-old Spainard was expected to make a deep run at Wimbledon. After the match, Muguruza said she didn’t feel pressure but there were expectations after her win in Paris.
“Honestly, for me, I just had very clear it was going to be a rough tournament for me after winning a Grand Slam and coming here. Everybody, you know, like, looking at me,” she said. Muguruza also said it was difficult for her to recover and get back to top form so quickly.
“I'm just experience a lot of things so fast,” she said. “It's my first time after doing a great result, coming to another Grand Slam. So I'm trying to discover how I'm going to feel, how do I have to go on court, how do I have to rest more.”
• Is Eugenie Bouchard feeling the magic of Centre Court from 2014? Playing on Wimbledon’s main stage for the second day in a row, Bouchard played a strong match to knock out British No. 1 and 16th-seeded Johanna Konta, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. A Wimbledon finalist in 2014, Bouchard is into the third round of a major for the first time this year, where she’ll face Dominika Cibulkova, who beat Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-2. The pair has only played each other twice in their careers and Bouchard has won both match-ups: this January in the Hobart semifinals and in an intense battle at last year’s U.S. Open.
2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber also advanced to the third round on Thursday, beating Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-4. She’ll face fellow countrywoman Carina Witthoeft next.
• Unlike his first two matches at the previous Grand Slam, Andy Murray has spent little time on court and made quick work of his opponents at Wimbledon. In the second round on Thursday, the No. 2-seed cruised, beating Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to advance.
• Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Viktor Troicki 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 on Thursday, but it wasn’t Troicki’s tennis that was shocking. 25th-seeded Troicki went on a rampage at the umpire after he thought an ace that gave Ramos-Vinolas match point was out. See Troicki’s rant play out below:
• Other notable women’s players were eliminated from the tournament later in the day on Thursday, including No. 22-seed Jelena Jankovic, who lost to Marina Erakovic, 4-6, 7-6, 8-6 and No. 7-seed Belinda Bencic was forced to retire in the second set down 6-4, 1-0 due to a wrist injury.
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was almost another Day 4 causality after dropping the first set and saving three match points in a tight match against 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh. Locked at 7-7 in the third set, Konjuh was chasing down a ball towards the net and accidently stepped on the ball, turning her right ankle. Play resumed after a medical timeout, but Radwanska was able to pull out the 2-6, 6-4, 9-7 win to advance to the third round.
• No. 8-seed Dominic Thiem was the highest men's seed to fall on Thursday, losing 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 to Jiri Vesely.
• Another loss for Great Britain: In a first round match continued from Wednesday, Heather Watson and Annika Beck returned to court after Beck won seven straight games before the match was suspended. Watson couldn’t close out the win and Beck saved three match points to win 3-6, 6-0, 12-10.
• Rio 2016 Olympics news: The provisional entries for Rio 2016 were announced on Thursday. Caroline Wozniacki won her ITF Olympic appeal and can play in Rio, while Rafael Nadal's status is still pending, subject to July Davis Cup participation or an ITF Olympic appeal.
• Schedule update: After two days of rain delays and cancelled matches, 60 matches were played—without any weather delays—on Thursday, leaving only 16 singles matches left to be played before the tournament is back on schedule.
• More results: Kiki Bertens d. Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4; Barbora Strycova d. Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Anna-Lena Friedsam d. Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 7-6; Fabio Fognini d. Federico Delbonis 6-4, 1-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3; Timea Bacsinszky d. Luksika Kumkhum 6-4, 6-2; Monica Niculescu d. Aleksandra Krunic 6-1, 6-4; Sabine Lisicki d. Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2; David Goffin d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-0, 6-3; Ekaterina Makarova d. Johanna Larsson 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; Daniel Evans d. Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6, 6-4, 6-1; Denis Istomin d. Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6, 6-2; Daria Kasatkina beat Lara Arruabarrena 7-6, 6-3; Andrey Kuznetsov d. Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; Lukas Lacko d. Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4; Jack Sock d. Robin Haase 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4; Steve Johnson d. Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6, 6-3; Alize Cornet d. Sara Errani 7-6, 7-5; Carla Suarez Navarro d. Denisa Allertova 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Carina Witthoeft beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-0; Joao Sousa d. Dennis Novikov 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Roberta Vinci d. Ying-Ying Duan 6-3, 7-5; John Millman beat Benoit Paire 7-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Bernard Tomic beat Radu Albot 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3; Lucie Safarova beat Samantha Crawford 6-3, 6-4; Richard Gasquet d. Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
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