The All England Club was left reeling from a major shock on Saturday as defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova was shown the exit door by former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Kvitova, who started the match brilliantly, lost her footing midway through the third round contest to slump to a 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 defeat.
Good day for Leander; Sania wins in mixed doubles while Bopanna loses
Leander Paes had a good day on Day 6 of The 2015 Championships as he won both his men’s doubles and mixed doubles matches. In men’s doubles, eleventh seeds Paes/Daniel Nestor beat Teymuraz Gabashvili/Yen-Hsun Lu 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 to reach the pre-quarter-finals while in mixed doubles, Leander and Martina Hingis were 6-4, 6-2 winners over the French team of Alize Cornet/Eduard Roger Vasselin.
Sania Mirza too emerged victorious in mixed doubles on Saturday. Second seeds Mirza and Bruno Soares thrashed Andre Begemann/Janette Husarova 6-2, 6-4. However, Rohan Bopanna crashed out of mixed doubles. The Indian who was partnering Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, lost 2-6, 4-6 to sixth seeds Horia Tecau/Katarina Srebotnik.
India’s Pranjala Yadlapalli won her first round girls’ singles match as the junior action got under way. The 15th seeded Yadlapalli beat Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez 6-4, 6-2.
Jankovic comes back from a set and a break down at Wimbledon 2015
Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova started off fast on the Centre Court, employing her attacking game with precision. The Czech had looked imperious in her last two matches as she lost just three games. When she broke the Serbian 28th seed for a 3-1 lead, it looked to be an encore of the same performance. The rest of the set was a one-way traffic as Kvitova quickly wrapped it up 6-3.
Petra’s free-flowing flat forehands held up in the beginning of the second set too, giving her three break points. With a stinging backhand return, the World No. 2 broke and then held to surge ahead 3-1.
However, it was then that Jelena Jankovic changed gears. She began re-directing the ball deep and hard, making the second seed hit one extra shot, thus forcing her into errors.
Kvitova fell into the trap and her ground strokes lost accuracy while serving at 4-3. The Serbian’s defense came alive as the defending champion struggled to return and repeatedly missed the mark.
With her confidence shaken, Petra’s biggest weapon – her forehand kept on faltering. As her lefty forehand found the net once more on set point, Jankovic grabbed the second set 7-5.
Petra Kvitova’s body language wore a despondent look throughout the deciding set. Her first serves deserted her and she hardly had any control over her groundstrokes – Petra’s service games were simply a mighty battle right from the start.
Under relentless pressure, last year’s winner served to stay at Wimbledon 2015 at 4-5. Unfortunately, at 30-30, it was her trademark forehand which once again crumbled, handing Jankovic a match point. It did not take the Serbian long to claim the victory as a nervous Kvitova dumped her backhand into the net immediately afterwards.
Four-setter wins for Federer and Murray
Two of the biggest title contenders on the men’s side – second-seeded Roger Federer and third-seeded Andy Murray both needed four sets to enter the fourth round of Wimbledon 2015. Federer faced big-server Sam Groth, who hit the second-fastest serve in Wimbledon history when he thundered down a 236 kph rocket. But the Swiss maestro managed to finish him off 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
In a late match, 2013 winner Andy Murray faced a stiff resistance from 25th-seeded Andreas Seppi as the Italian took the third set and even went a break up in the fourth. However, the Scot turned it around from there and won 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.
Radwanska, Wozniacki progress; Lisicki out
2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska who is continuing the revival of her 2015 season, reached the last 16 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Casey Dellacqua. Former junior champion Caroline Wozniacki too progressed without any hassle. The Dane beat a dangerous opponent – Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2. The Italian had ousted her from the 2013 US Open.
However, it was the end of the road for 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki as she fell 3-6, 2-6 to French Open semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky. In another exciting third round clash, Garbine Muguruza edged past former semi-finalist Angelique Kerber 7-6(12), 1-6, 6-2.
The other winners on the ladies side were – Olga Govortsova, Monica Niculescu and rising star Madison Keys.
On the men’s side, Marin Cilic came through his third round encounter against John Isner which was suspended at 10-10 in the fifth set on Friday. The Croat won the deciding set 12-10. In other matches, Vasek Pospisil beat home hope James Ward in five sets while ace king Ivo Karlovic ended the title aspirations of 13th seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych was a four-set winner over Pablo Andujar while 20th seed Roberto Bautista Agut rolled past Nikoloz Basilashvili. 22nd seed Viktor Troicki showed the exit door to Rafael Nadal’s conqueror, Dustin Brown in four sets.
In the last match of the day, Frenchman Gilles Simon edged past compatriot Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.
Round of 16 matches on Monday at Wimbledon 2015
All Round of 16 matches will be played on Monday at Wimbledon 2015 as the top stars look to book their quarter-final berths.