Wimbledon Championship 2019 week one review and week two preview
It’s Manic Monday at Wimbledon with quarter-final places up for grabs. British hopes rest on Johanna Konta who plays Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. In this article, we look back on the first week of action and preview the fourth round.
British number one, Johanna Konta faces a tricky task to overcome two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in today’s fourth-round clash. Czech Kvitova, has won 27 singles titles on the WTA tour, beat Poland’s Magda Linette 6-3 6-2 in the third round on Saturday to set up the clash with Konta. Form-wise there is little to separate the two with both players suffering just one defeat in their last six matches. Kvitova is winning the head-to-head with three victories (Birmingham, Wuhan and New York) to Konta’s one (Eastbourne) since 2015. Despite being the underdog in the Centre Court clash, 28-year-old Konta will be aware that her opponent lacks match practice, Wimbledon is the first competition that Kvitova has played since pulling out of the French Open in May with an arm injury. Konta was a set down in her third round tie against Sloane Stephens but fought back brilliantly to set up the Kvitova clash.
The story of Wimbledon so far has been the phenomenal performances of 15-year-old American qualifier Coco Gauff. The youngster beat her “idol” Venus Williams in straight sets in the first round. Gauff, who was ranked 301 in the world, beat the tennis legend 6-4, 6-4 to seal a stunning victory over Williams who is 24 years older than Gauf. The young American showed it was no fluke by beating Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog in the second and third rounds. She faces fierce opposition in the fourth round, facing former world number one Simona Halep. The vastly experienced Halep has never won Wimbledon but reached the semi-finals in 2014 and has reached the quarter-finals on two occasions since then.
In the men’s game, Wimbledon has served up several shock results already. Sixth seed Alexander Zverev is out, the 22-year-old German was expected to challenge for the title this year but crashed out with a 6-3 6-2 7-5 loss against Jiri Vesely. Zverev joined Stefanos Tsitsipas and former semifinalist Grigor Dimitriv as first-round casualties. Dimitriv, the former world number 3 blew a two sets lead against Frenchman Corentin Moutet. Whereas Tsitsipas was out-muscled by unseeded Thomas Fabbiano. The number six seed was beaten over five sets by Fabbiano with the Italian continuing his great year which has included victories over Roger Federer in the Australian Open and Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open.
A look at next week
It looks likely that the men’s winner this year will be between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer with all three of the formidable trio safely through to the fourth-round. With only four of the top 10 seeds left Wimbledon, it is hard to envisage anyone else taking the title.
Bookmaker’s favourite Djokovic faces the impressive youngster Ugo Humbert. The 21-year-old French southpaw beat the much fancied Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the last round and is part of the new generation of players coming through in the sport. Nadal takes on Joao Sousa, who became the first Portuguese to make the fourth round and Federer appears on Manic Monday for the 16th time in 17 Wimbledons, takes on 23-year-old Matteo Berrettini.
The first round in the mixed doubles has attracted a lot of media attention due to the fact of Britain’s Andy Murray teaming up with Serena Williams. The celebrity couple, nicknamed SER Murray secured a 6-4 6-1 win over Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi. Fans had to wait until Saturday to the pair in action due to play being moved back a day. Murray and Williams, who have 26 Grand Slam titles between them, took just 1hr and 16mins to see off the challenge of Mies and Guarachi and will now face 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo in the second round which takes place this week.