Alison Riske and Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon 2019

All fourth round matches are traditionally played on the second Monday of the tournament, called Manic Monday. And as often in the women’s draw, upsets followed upsets as the three highest seeds left lost.

First, world number one Ashleigh Barty fell to Alison Riske. The unseeded American who’s enjoying a superb grass court season (wins in Surbiton and ‘S-Hertogenbosch) rallied from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 6-3. Barty had won her last 15 matches.

Then, Karolina Pliskova, winner in Eastbourne, lost to Karolina Muchova after a marathon match 6-4 5-7 11-13.

And finally, Johanna Konta prevailed over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-2 6-4. She will face Barbora Strycova for a place in the semi-finals.

Simona Halep who ended Cori Gauff’s fantastic run in straight sets will face Shuai Zhang who had never won a match in her previous 5 appearances in London. This year she defeated Caroline Garcia and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to the quarter-finals.

Elina Svitolina and Serena Williams made a quick work of Petra Martic and Carla Suarez Navarro.

Ladies quarter-finals:
Alison Riske vs Serena Williams (11)
Barbora Strycova vs Johanna Konta (19)
Elina Svitolina (8) vs Karolina Muchova
Simona Halep (7) vs Shuai Zhang

Djokovic and Nadal made their way to the quarters dispatching Ugo Humbert and Joao Sousa respectively.
No problem either for Federer who ousted Matteo Berrettini, recent winner in Stuttgart, 6-1 6-2 6-2.

Kei Nishikori booked his place in the last eight with a four-set win over Kukushkin 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Mens quarter-finals:
Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (21)
Guillermo Pella (26) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (23)
Sam Querrey vs Rafael Nadal (3)
Kei Nishikori (8) vs Roger Federer (2)

More to follow…

Elina Svitolina Roland Garros outfit

After Jelena Ostapenko‘s loss in the first round, and even bigger upset in the women’s draw: Elina Svitolina surprising loss to Mihaela Buzarnescu, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week!

“Today, really, I was off and couldn’t find my rhythm, my game. I was really struggling. On the other hand, she was playing great tennis. She was really, really on the ball.”

It’s another Grand Slam disappointment for the world number 4, beaten by Elise Mertens in the quaterfinals in Australia earlier this year.

Nadal, Barcelone 2017

Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on the men’s side, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Kristina Mladenovic on the women’s side have dominated the clay court season; while world number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber appeared in big trouble. Here’s our recap of who won what.

Men

Marrakech: Borna Coric

Runner-up in Marrakech last year, Borna Coric came back from the brink, saved 5 match points to overcome Philip Kohlschreiber and capture his maiden ATP title.

Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal

Rafa‘s reign in Monte Carlo continues: he defeated fellow Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas, who stunned Andy Murray en route to his maiden Masters 1000 final. With that victory, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a tournament, and the first to win 50 clay-court titless, surpassing Guillermo Vilas (49).


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New year, new gear

A few players signed new clothing deals during the off season, the most notable is Tomas Berdych who switched from H&M to adidas. Does that mean no more wacky outfits for Tomas? I’m eager to know if the Swedish brand will sign another player or stop the experiment there.

Lacoste has lost 3 top players: John Isner signed with Fila, David Goffin joined asics, and although nothing has been announced yet, it seems Timea Bacsinszky moved to asics too.

Another new asics recruit is Julia Goerges, who left Fila.

And Elina Svitolina – a previous ellesse ambassador – announced her signing with Nike on Instagram:

Hello @nike

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ellesse announced last week they signed Monica Puig and Feliciano Lopez as brand ambassadors.

We're also pleased to announce that @monicaace93 will be joining team ellesse in 2015. #TogetherWePlay

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Delighted to welcome @felilopezoficial to team ellesse for 2015. #TogetherWePlay

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Other ellesse ambassadors include Elina Svitolina, Tommy Haas and Pat Cash.
In the past, tennis legends Chris Evert, Guillermo Vilas and Boris Becker rocked ellesse on and off the courts.

Read more on ellesse history here.