Day 4 Review and Day 5 Picks and What to Watch
No review today except that Venus is a goddess and she is an awesome tennis player and she should never stop playing doubles.
Ace’s Matches to Watch – Day 5
Jamie Hampton vs Sloane Stephens – Hampton has won both of her matches in straight sets over Arruabarrena and Mladenovic. In her match against Mladenovic, she rallied from 4-1 in the second set to win the match in straight sets as both ladies were hitting the ball. Stephens has played a tight three set match against Minella barely escaping 7-5 in the deciding tiebreaker. Stephens rallied from a break in the third set. Against U Radwanska, Stephens may have played the best match of her career as she gave two breadsticks in the late match. These ladies faced each other at Wimbledon in the first round where Stephens was the winner. Hampton was coming off a final appearance at Eastbourne from qualifying. The winner will be part of a CBS Sunday blockbuster match against the winner of the S Williams/Shvedova match.
Laura Robson vs Na Li – Robson has won both matches in straight sets. In her match against Garcia, she won the crucial points. Garcia had one game point to force the decider at 6-5, 40-15 but Robson rallied to break and force the tiebreaker. Li has taken care of business in the first two rounds like a Slam contender supposed to do. This is a rematch of last year’s battle where Robson pulled off her second consecutive upset.
Serena Williams vs Yaroslava Shvedova – S Williams has lost only 4 games in 2 matches. She is trying to defend the USO for the first time in her career. Shvedova is a very inconsistent player who has been slowed by injuries but she has a tendency to make a deep run at Slams. In her first two matches, she played a struggling Puchkova and a lucky loser in Mayr- Achleitner. Their last meeting was at Wimbledon last year and Shvedova pushed her to 7-5 in the deciding set and this came after Zheng extended S Williams to 9-7 in a deciding set in the prior round.
Spin’s Day 5 Picks
Serena Williams v Yaroslava Shvedova
Jamie Hampton v Sloane Stephens
Jie Zheng v Carla Suarez Navarro
Kaia Kanepi v Angelique Kerber
Agnieszka Radwanska v A.Pavlyuchenkova
Ekaterina Makarova v Sabine Lisicki
Jelena Jankovic v Kurumi Nara
Laura Robson v Na Li