Meet Katherine from Brooklyn, who sees a little bit of herself in her hero Simona Halep, who showed her that you don’t need to be the biggest to beat the best.

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…

Stefanos Tsitispas

A few minutes after Zverev, another contender was sent back home: Thomas Fabbiano overcame Stefanos Tsitisipas in a 5-set marathon 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-3. He’ll next meet Ivo Karlovic, who defeated Andrea Arnaboldi in straight sets to become he oldest player to win a match at Wimbledon since Ken Rosewall in 1975.

In the other matches today, Novak Djokovic began his title defence with an comfortable win over Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 6-3. 18-yr old Felix Auger-Aliassime clinched his main Grand Slam victory with a 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3 win over fellow countryman Vasek Pospisil.

In the women’s draw, recent Roland Garros runner-up Marketa Vondrousova was beaten by Madison Brengle while Simona Halep was made to work to defeat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 7-5.
But the talk of the day was 15-yr old Cori Gauff who defeated idol Venus Williams 6-4 6-4. The young American became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam match since Anna Kournikova at the 1996 US Open and the youngest to win at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991!

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Simona Halep

As a child, when Simona Halep told the world that she wanted to be the next great tennis player, they laughed at her. They said that she was too small. You know what Simona told us? They were right. Size matters. But it isn’t height or weight that counts. It’s the size of your heart.

“You are never too small to dream big.”

Simona Halep Roland Garros 2019 outfit

Nike unveiled its collection for the upcoming French Open, and that’s the outfit defending champion Simona Halep will be wearing on the court, a mix of flowers and bees:

Simona Halep Roland Garros 2019 outfit

The stylized bee print adds a touch of royalty:

Simona Halep Roland Garros 2019 outfit

Simona Halep Roland Garros 2019 outfit

The floral print blends peonies and roses:

Simona Halep Roland Garros 2019 outfit

Simona Halep Roland Garros 2019 outfit

Simona Halep Roland Garros 2019 outfit

The NikeCourt Paris collection releases May 20 on nike.com and at select retailers.

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