Today marked the end of the first week at Wimbledon and we are now moving on to the fourth round. My feature match was the battle between Garbine Muguruza and Sorana Cirstea out on Court 2.
My feature match came and went quite quickly with Garbine Muguruza in dangerous form as she moved past Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2. Cirstea wasn’t able to string solid games together with a lot of errors coming of her racquet and Muguruza was too solid for her, especially on serve. Muguruza started by reeling off five straight games from 0-1 down to lead 5-1 and from there it only took her two games to close it out. Her second set was just as dominant and frightening for the rest of the players as she only dropped two games on the way to the set and the match. I am pleasantly surprised at how well the Spaniard has played so far this event and she would probably be the favourite going into her fourth round with Angelique Kerber. The stats speak for themselves as Muguruza got 78% of her first serves in and hit 18 winners to just 10 unforced errors. Cirstea on the other hand hit 18 winners but also hit 17 unforced errors. This was obviously a very mentally challenging event for Cirstea because she was on the other side of the net when Bethanie Mattek-Sands took that horrific fall. Whenever you witness someone in the amount of pain Bethanie was in it can take you some time to recover, which may be happening with Cirstea.
Agnieszka Radwanska won a third straight match for the first time since Sydney and just the second time this season today out on Centre Court as she battled past Timea Bacsinszky 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Bacsinszky’s back injury kept getting worse throughout the match but Radwanska did really well to fight back from a set down. It was a very break heavy opening set and in the end it just came down to Radwanska making more errors towards the end of it. Radwanska went up an early break in the second set and there were no more breaks of serve after that. Bacsinszky had a couple of break back opportunities in the set but Radwanska played the big points well. Bacsinszky’s movement was hampered in the decider and Radwanska is the worst person to play when your injured because of how well she moves opponents around the court. Radwanska was very solid all throughout the last set and despite being broken while serving at 5-0 up she closed out the match in the next game. Could this be a turning point for Radwanska after a very horrid season thus far especially considering how consistent she has been over the last couple of years.
Our world number one Angelique Kerber was very lucky to survive against Shelby Rogers who has a knack of causing slam upsets as Kerber ended up coming through 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Kerber looked to have one foot back on the plane home in the second set but Rogers buckled under pressure and it looked like Kerber had some fight in her for the one of the first times this seasons. Rogers got the first break of the match in the middle of set one and that’s is all it took for her to take the opener. Rogers started the second set extremely well as she got a break and then went up to a 4-2 lead. That’s when Rogers started to get really tight and Kerber was able to get enough shots back in to win four games on the trot to take the match to a third set. In Rogers’ disappointment of losing the second set she got broken at start of the third set and that’s all Kerber needed to finish of the match. This could be a turning point for Kerber because I haven’t seen her really dig deep and fight back in a match this season until now.