Agnieszka Radwanska, Indian Wells 2016

Agnieszka Radwanska saved a match point in her second round match against Dominika Cibulkova, but then registered straight sets wins over Niculescu and Jankovic to reach the last eight. With her 6-2 7-6 win over Petra Kvitova, Radwanska is back to world number 2 ranking. Her opponent in the semifinal: Serena Williams.
As for Kvitova, as often, she’s neither fully mentally nor physically at her best.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova
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Hi Sense Arena, Australian Open 2016

A relatively calm day at the Australian Open, after yesterday’s upsets of Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep. All the favorites playing today cruised into the third round except 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, beaten by rising Aussie player Daria Gavrilova.

Relive day 3 through Brian’s tweets:

Straight sets win for Kei Nishikori over Austin Krajicek:

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Lucie Safarova

Roland Garros is already over for the defending champion, Maria Sharapova, who lost to 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist Lucie Safarova in straight sets 6-7 4-6.

“I felt like I had small openings, and played a good few points. I just wasn’t able to keep that level up today. She was able to do that for a longer period of time. She was the much more aggressive player. She took the time away from me, created her angles and I didn’t”,

said Sharapova, who had reached the final the three previous years.

Safarova will next face Garbine Muguruza, who reaches the quarterfinals here for the second year in a row.

Garbine Muguruza

The other surprise today came from Timea Bacsinszky who beat number 4 seed Petra Kvitova 2-6 6-0 6-3, to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinals. Her next opponent is the surprising Alison Van Uytvanck.

Women’s quarterfinals:
Serena Williams vs Sara Errani
Timea Bacsinszky vs Alison Van Uytvanck
Ana Ivanovic vs Elina Svitolina
Garbine Muguruza vs Lucie Safarova

Who will win Roland Garros 2015?

  • Serena Williams (43%, 105 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (30%, 73 Votes)
  • Simona Halep (11%, 28 Votes)
  • Ana Ivanovic (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Eugenie Bouchard (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Other (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Carla Suarez Navarro (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Ekaterina Makarova (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Andrea Petkovic (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 247

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Petra Kvitova, 2014 Wimbledon champion

Petra Kvitova was simply too good on Saturday: she crushed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 in just 55 minutes, to capture her second Wimbledon title.
It is the quickest ladies final at Wimbledon for 31 years, since Martina Navratilova routed Andrea Jaeger 6-0 6-3 in the 1983 final. Navratilova was among the nine former Wimbledon ladies champions in the Royal Box, was in tears of joy after Kvitova’s triumph.

It is a bittersweet end of a fantastic tournament for Eugenie Bouchard, who has reached (at least) the semifinals of the first three Grand Slams of the season. No doubt she will be a title contender at Wimbledon in the years to come.

Petra Kvitova

The coin toss

The coin toss

Eugenie Bouchard
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Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard’s road to the final

The young Canadian lost in the semifinals at this year’s Australian Open and French Open. At Wimbledon, she beat two top 10 (Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep) to reach her first Grand Slam final. She could become the youngest player to win a Slam since Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.

Lucky 13? The only No.13 seed to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era was Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004. Eugenie Bouchard is seeded 13 at this year’s Wimbledon.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 7-5
R2 Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-5 6-1
R3 Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4
R4 Alize Cornet 7-6 7-5
QF Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4
SF Simona Halep 7-6 6-2
Petra Kvitova’s road to the final

Petra Kvitova made at least the quarterfinals at Wimbledon five years in a row, but she was nearly out of the tournament in the third round, when Venus Williams led 7-5 5-4 30-all. The best ranked player she had to beat to each the final is No.23 seed Lucie Safarova.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Andrea Hlavackova 6-3 6-0
R2 Mona Barthel 6-2 6-0
R3 Venus Williams 5-7 7-6 7-5
R4 Shuai Peng 6-3 6-2
QF Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 7-5
SF Lucie Safarova 7-6 6-1
Eugenie Bouchard – Petra Kvitova head to head

They met only once, in the second round of Toronto last summer, Petra won in straight sets.

Year Tournament Surface Winner Score
2013 Toronto Hard Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2

What they said

Eugenie Bouchard:

I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it’s been kind of years in the making to me. So I believe in myself and I expect good results. I’ve had a good start to the season, but I expect myself to do even better than that.

Petra Kvitova:

I know how it feels when you hold the trophy so I really want to win my second title here and I will do everything I can

Kvitova has the experience, Bouchard has the support of the crowd, who will win? I vote for Bouchard and you? Please share your thoughts.