In Montreal and Toronto it was a very busy day on Wednesday. Both sites were hit with rain but all men’s matches got completed whereas for the ladies four of them will have to play twice on Thursday as four match are still yet to be completed. What were the stories from the day?
Stan the man!
If Stan’s tournament does end against Nadal in the next round it will still be considered a success. In his opening two matches he has fought from a set down twice and against Fucsovics he found himself 6-1 down quite quickly but remained in contention despite how tight it got winning 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (12-10) saving a massive four match points to progress to the next round.
Kiki’s big win!
Kiki Bertens who was so impressive at Wimbledon has been busy again with a straight sets win against Karolina Pliskova in Montreal.
Kiki has the game and the patience to build her ranking and do well at tournaments. I feel like sometimes she maybe gets a little tight but I do see her as player who belongs around 10 in the world and her improvement over the last year makes her one of those players you just don’t want to play early on.
Worried for Buzarnescu
The story of the year has been about Mihaela Buzarnescu who has taken her game from level to level after years of injuries. I was lucky enough to meet her in Birmingham and she was so lovely and humble. The crowd warmed to her and everyone who queued for an autograph or selfie with her got one.
Unfortunately during her match against Svitolina in the third set she did fall and was in tears holding her ankle. It took a few minutes until a trainer came onto court and Mihaela was taken off with her ankle wrapped up and in a wheelchair.
There is no news as yet about Buzarnescu’s injury but when I know I will update!
Well down 3-6 3-3 against Frances Tiafoe the Canadian may have fancied his chances following a rain delay and then an incredible for the lights to turn back on but after 15 minutes the umpire turned around and said; shall we just begin and play a let when they come on. You could tell Tiafoe was annoyed and had to play a second serve to begin and went on to be broken.
Despite the Canadian taking the set he couldn’t turn it around ending his stay in Toronto.
Thiem out but are we surprised?
Dominic Thiem is a mystery to us all. His clay court tournaments just a week ago followed by a shoulder injury. He then signed up for singles and doubles in Toronto. He withdrew from the doubles due to viral infection but played in the singles against Tsitsipas and lost.
Does he go Cincinnati?
He needs game time but will it mean his isn’t fit for New York?