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…

Ugo Humbert, Wimbledon 2019

He had never won a grass-court match before the first round of Antalya two weeks ago. Today Ugo Humbert dispatched Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 7-5 6-3 to seal a Wimbledon fourth round spot. Next stop? Novak Djokovic.

“It’s a dream. It’s maybe the best match of my career, for sure,” Humbert said. “I would like to enjoy this night, this victory, and I will prepare my match against Djokovic with my coach.”

Another Frenchman is through to the fourth round: Benoît Paire who defeated Jiri Vesely in fourth sets. He’ll next face Roberto Bautista Agust who sent number 10 seed Karen Khachanov packing.

Two French players will huge tasks in the third round: Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal respectively.

Fabio Fognini, Wimbledon 2019

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Angelique Kerber

Laura Davis caused a massive upset today, sending defending champion Angelique Kerber packing in 3 sets 2-6 6-2 6-1. It’s a huge disillusion for the German, who had an excellent grass court season: a semifinal in Mallorca (l. to Bencic) and a final in Eastbourne (l. to Pliskova).

World number one Ashleigh Barty cruised past Alison Van Uytvanck to reach the third round. She will face British wildcard Harriet Dart next. 
Number 4 seed Kiki Bertens rallied back from match point down in the second set to defeat Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2, while 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova outplayed Kiki Mladenovic 7-5 6-2.
Serena Williams survived a first set scare to beat qualifier Kaja Juvan 2-6 6-2 6-4.

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Garbine Muguruza

Seeds keep falling at Wimbledon! After Osaka, Zverev and Tsitsipas yesterday, Dominic Thiem and Garbine Muguruza lost today.
2-time Roland Garros runner-up Thiem was beaten by Sam Querrey 7-6 6-7 3-6 0-6. The big serving American reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2017, while the Austrian never managed to do well on grass: his best performance being a fourth round in 2017.
More surprisingly, Garbine Muguruza, winner here two years ago, was defeated by world number 112 Beatriz Haddad Maia  4-6 4-6.

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