It may have been Manic Monday at Wimbledon today but it was pretty much plain sailing for the majority of players out there.
Juan Martin Del Potro up two sets to one against Gilles Simon however did not get his match over the line in time so will have to return tomorrow afternoon to do so.
Karolina Pliskova was the only surprise of the day as Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands put on a stunning performance to down the highest seed left in the competition 6-3 7-6.
That was pretty much where the manic stopped!
Serena, Roger, Rafa, Novak and Kei got through unscathed.
Kasatkina and Anderson had big fights on their hands and the runs of Donna Vekic and Ekaterina Makarova who both beat top ten seeds earlier on in the week had come to an end.
The drama of the day was around lunch time on Court 18 after a bad piece of sportsmanship by Dominika Cibulkova.
Cibulkova hit a shot which was called out, Hsieh however hit the ball which was close to the line and kept it in. Hawkeye showed that the ball was in and at 4-5 0-30 the point was wrongly given to Cibulkova giving her three set points.
Hsieh was rightly fuming as she got a play on the ball and kept the rally going which in the rules means the point should be replayed but the umpire admitted she couldn’t remember Hsieh playing the ball. Hsieh called on the referee but she couldn’t help, the referee then went to speak to Cibulkova who said she won the point and should be 0-40 and after ten minutes or so the umpire made the decision to replay the point.
With the QF’s almost set tomorrow is ladies day!
Daria Kasatkina v Angelique Kerber
Big match. Two of the top seeds left in this tournament. Angie is the highest ranked left and she has looked really impressive. Having won a couple of majors before she knows what it takes but has the ability to take it one game at a time and not get ahead of herself.
Kasatkina is an interesting one, she can at times go for broke and her weapons are her forehand and backhand but sometimes too much time is her enemy as she just lets loose but at times with less accuracy so keeping some speed and momentum will help.
Serena Williams v Camila Giorgi
Serena in a Wimbledon QF for a 13th time against Giorgi. Camila is a player who likes to go big from the baseline and dominate. Consistency has always been a big issues for her on the tour and she can be hard on herself and I just feel she will come into this fearless and will want to go toe to toe with Serena that is in her character but we all know how good Serena is in these situations.
Kiki Bertens v Julia Georges
The smile on her face said it all. Relief from Kiki after getting over the line v Karolina and she deserved it her game was beautiful to watch the way she painted those lines was exceptional.
I haven’t seen much of Julia throughout the tournament. I did see her in Birmingham and I think I described her as flat but on highlights she has looked sharp and at home.
A tough one to call…
Dominika Cibulkova v Jelena Ostapenko
This has the potential to kick off big time. Dominika is the pocket rocket who usually does find form at this time of the year when she is confident and has that spring in her footwork the flatness of the backhand and the accuracy of the forehand is undefendable as she works her way up the court.
Jelena is a character on the tour. I don’t doubt she will be at the top 10 for years to come but I still feel like something else is missing. She can have these periods where she dominates and plays faultless tennis but then those performances full of faults creep in.
Another tough one to call!
If I had to predict the semi-finals…
I’d go with;
Kerber v Cibulkova
Serena v Bertens