The first week is coming to a close. The seeds continue to fall and the shocks continue to happen but what were the stories from Day 5?
Kiki Mladenovic at 5-4 was serving for the first set but there was a moment when she did stumble when running to the ball and jarred her leg. Serena in true Serena style fought back to the take the set 7-5. The second was closer and Kiki did keep up the pressure but when it reached 6-6 and it was time for the tie-break the former champion pulled out her experience to win the match 7-5 7-6 (7-2) becoming the only American lady left in the draw.
I’m a big fan of Caroline Wozniacki but I have to say what she said after losing to Ekaterina Makarova in round two wasn’t very nice but the Russian has provided another shock from a set down against Lucie Safarova beating the former top 10 star 4-6 6-4 6-1 to advance to the third round.
The long road!
Kiki Bertens, Karolina Pliskova, Kevin Anderson, Julia Georges and Alex Zverev are through to the next round at Wimbledon but had to battle very hard.
Kiki Bertens performed a surprise with a three set win against Venus Williams where as Pliskova had to come from a set down to defeat the inform Buzarnescu, Julia Georges defeated Barbora Strycova who was impressive in Birmingham 10-8 in the final set and Alex Zverev and five set battles seems to be a theme this year having to use all five to get past Taylor Fritz.
Roger Federer now has 94 singles wins at Wimbledon following his straight sets win against Struff winning 6-3 7-5 6-2 against the German to have made it to the fourth round for the 16th time in his career. Next up for Federer is the 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino before a quarter final against either Gael Monfils or Kevin Anderson.
Not a good day for Madison Keys and I assume it will be one that hurts for a while as her quarter of the draw did open up for her. The American did take the second set 7-5 with a backhand winner down the line but the Russian qualifier fought back to win 7-5 5-7 6-4 and set up a meeting with Serena Williams.