Wimbledon Day 3 – Women’s Championship
Ekaterina Makarova established a personal Wimbledon standard while shutting down second seed Caroline Wozniacki, with the Russian who won the doubles title here a year ago upsetting the Dane 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in the second round.
It was the second over Wozniacki for Makarova, who is now into her first third-round place at the All England club; reigning Australian Open champion Wozniacki has never been past the quarter-finals in London.
Early on in the encounter, Wozniacki complained about swarms of flying ants which appeared for a short time, asking if insect repellent could be brought to the court to ease her distraction on another warm, if cloudy, day in SW19.
Seven-time winner Serena Williams was able to overcome Bulgarian Victoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-4 to keep her tennis comeback comfortably on track.
Williams reached the third round on a second match point against the No 135 as the 36-year-old continued to shake off the rust of inactivity after becoming a mother last year.
“It was better than first round, I’m happy to go in the right direction,”: the 23-time Grand Slam holder said,. “I’m getting into my Wimbledon groove.
[quote]“I’m not there yet, but I’m working both for Wimbledon and tournaments to come.”[/quote]
Makarova missed on several match point chances in the tight third set with Wozniacki before finally pulling away late in the contest. “She’s a tough opponent, I’ve had seven losses against her.” the winner said.
“I kept fighting and played my game, stayed aggressive – finally it worked. I calmed down at 5-all and did my work.”
Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova reached the third round on her seventh attempt after stalling in the second round for the last five editions. The Czech beat former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-3 to fulfil a long-held goal.
“I’m happy that it happened. For me, doesn’t matter the past, only now. This year I tried to not put that much pressure; last year I think I put too much.
“I was second seeded last year and everybody thought maybe I’m going to win. But this time, the pressure was on the opponent’s side. I was playing more freely today.
“I didn’t change many things from the first round, I just believed. There is always a chance for me.”
US Open finalist Madison Keys advanced past Thai No. 91 Lusika Kumkhum 6-4, 6-3. “I feel really good about how I’m playing, but obviously there are a lot of great players in the draw and there have been a lot of upsets.
[quote] “I’m just really trying to kind of put my blinders on and just worry about the next match,” the American said.[/quote]
Former winner Venus Williams staged a fightback to dismiss Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru, dropping the first set 4-6 but recovering spectacularly with the loss of just one more game on the way to the third round.
German Andrea Petrovic was sick in a bag at her chair in a 6-4, 6-3 ouster by Belgian Yanina Wickmayer. Nottingham tournament semi-finalist Donna Vekic put out Swede Rebecca Peterson 7-5, 6-4.