Day 7 recap: Vandeweghe takes down No. 6 Safarova; No. 5 Wozniacki exits
LONDON – Catch up on the news and results from Day 7 on Monday at Wimbledon 2015.
No. 20 Garbine Muguruza knocks out No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki: The 22-year-old Spaniard backed up her big win over No. 11 Angelique Kerber with a 6–4, 6–4 win over Wozniacki. The win means there are no Top 10 seeds in the bottom half of the draw, opening up a big opportunity for Muguruza, Timea Bacsinszky, Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwanska—all winners today—to make the final.
Serena Williams, Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe put three American women into the quarterfinals: It's been a pretty good 24 hours for American sportswomen. For the first time since 2004, three American women advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Serena booked her spot with a 6–4, 6–3 win over Venus, Keys beat Olga Govortsova 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 and Vandeweghe pulled off the upset of the day, knocking out No. 6 Lucie Safarova 7–6, 7–6. For Keys and Vandeweghe, it's the first Wimbledon quarterfinal of their careers.
Maria Sharapova quietly moves into the quarterfinals: No one is talking much about Sharapova's chances this year and it's likely because she could have a run-in with Serena in the semifinals. But the No. 4 seed has not lost a set and is into the quarterfinals for the first time since she made the final in 2011 and just the second time since 2006. She beat Zarina Diyas 6–4, 6–4 on Monday.
The women's quarterfinals are set for Tuesday:
- Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka
- Maria Sharapova vs. CoCo Vandeweghe
- Timea Bacsinszky vs. Garbine Muguruza
- Madison Keys vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
Nick Kyrgios crashes out to Richard Gasquet: You had to feel for the Frenchman. He had two match points against Kyrgios to close out the win in three sets but failed to convert, making it a string of 11 match points he failed to convert against Kyrgios at Wimbledon (Kyrgios saved nine match points against him last year to win). Gasquet threw his racket in disgust and then he put it all behind him to beat Kyrgios 7–5, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6 to advance to his third Slam quarterfinal. Kyrgios had set point on his racket in the fourth set tiebreak only to get unnerved by something a fan said and threw in a double-fault. Two points later, still muttering about what the fan said, he double-faulted on match point to give Gasquet the win.
But it wouldn't be a Kyrgios match without controversy. Early in the second set he grew frustrated with his level of play and made minimal efforts during one of Gasquet's service games. Kyrgios received no code violation for his lack of effort but the press grilled the 20-year-old after the match:
Did Kyrgios tank a few points? Probably. Is that really something to focus on when he responded by taking the next set and coming within a point of forcing a fifth set? Probably not.
Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Stan Wawrinka sail through: Murray lost a set to big-serving Ivo Karlovic, but moved through with a 7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win to make his eighth straight Wimbledon quarterfinal. He'll play Vasek Pospisil, who upset Viktor Troicki in five sets. Wawrinka still hasn't lost a set, beating No. 16 David Goffin 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, and plays Gasquet in the quarterfinals. As for Federer, he barely broke a sweat in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Roberto Bautista Agut. He plays Gilles Simon after the Frenchman stunned No. 6 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson's fourth round suspended for light: Anderson took the first two sets in tiebreaks before Djokovic stormed back to level the match. The match was suspended after the fourth set and it will resume on Tuesday. A one-set shootout for a chance to face Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals? Enticing.
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Say a little prayer, Richard:
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Always check the scoreboard before you go into an interview:
Q. How do you feel after that match? Do you feel in good shape going into the quarterfinals?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Sorry? Excuse me?
Q. Do you feel your form is good going into the quarterfinals?
THE MODERATOR: He lost. He's obviously got a lot of matches.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Does he know right, or is he trying to make fun of me?
Q. No. Sorry, sorry.
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