Ash Barty, who is the top-ranked player in Wimbledon, advanced to round three of a Wimbledon women’s draw that was depleted of other top competitors by defeating Anna Blinkova6-4 on Thursday.
No. Elina Svitolina, the third-seeded player, was the latest victim of an upset. Eight of the top eleven players in the WTA rankings have been eliminated from the tournament due to injury, withdrawal, or defeat.
Barty was able to avoid an exit after overcoming an uncharacteristically inconsistent serve. She was broken three times and committed nine double-faults. She also won 33 matches to Blinkova’s 12.
Barty stated, “Not my best day.” “I was just out a bit of rhythm. You feel 8-foot tall on some days and can’t miss the box. Some days, such as today, you feel 3-foot-nothing. “It’s nothing that will bother me for a longer time.”
Barty, the French Open champion 2019, needs to win two more matches in order to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first-time.
Svitolina was defeated by Magda Linette who won the largest victoryof their careers, 6-3,6-4. The Polish player, who was ranked 44th in the world, had never beaten a top-15 opponent during a complete match.
Linette won 28 matches, while Svitolina had eight. Linette was a Wimbledon semifinalist two years ago.
Svitolina stated that such upsets are indicative of the state in which the women’s game is at the moment.
She stated that anyone can win any tournament. There are always tough matches, whether it’s in the first or second round.
Coco Gauff returned to Centre Court after Barty, beating an opponent twice her own age to reach the third round.
The American teenager defeated Russian veteran Elena Vesnina, 34 years old, 6-4 and 6-3 to keep her on track for another run at the All England Club.
At 15 years old, Gauff reached the fourth round and saved two match points. She then beat Polona Hercog at Centre Court in round three. She has won two WTA titles since then and reached the quarterfinals of this year’s French Open.
Gauff suffered a slight wobble at 3-1 in the second set, when she missed a forehand that could have been broken for the first-time at this year’s tournament. She broke again to win the match when Vesnina double falted on match point.
Barbora Krejcikova, French Open champion, extended her winning streak of 14 matches with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic. Krejcikova hopes to be the first woman, since Serena Williams (2015), to win Roland Garros twice and Wimbledon once again.
Krejcikova, a former Wimbledon doubles champion is making her tournament debut at the singles draw.
Men’s play saw Daniil Medvedev beat Carlos Alcaraz, a promising Spanish teenager, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-2. This was his best Wimbledon result. He reached the third round. Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev won 7-5, 6-2 and 6-3 after hitting 13 aces and losing only 12 points on his serve. Zverev was U.S. Open runner up in 2020, and was a semifinalist at the French Open last month. However, he has never reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
For the first time in 22-years, three British men advanced to the third round. Cameron Norrie was standing ovation at Court 1 after he beat wild card Alex Bolt, 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2.
No. 7 Matteo Berrettini defeated Botic van der Zandschulp by 6-3,6-4, 7-6 (4) No. No. 13 Gael Montfils lost to Pedro Martinez by 6-3,6-4,4-6,7-6 (5)
American Shelby Rogers reached the third round, beating No. 15 Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-4.
No. 16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Kristyna Piliskova 6-3 and 6-3. No. 19 Karolina Muchova, and No. 30 Paula Badosa was also promoted.
On Day 4, the sun rose and Roger Federer was to face Richard Gasquet on Centre Court. Federer has won the last 10 meetings.