The biggest upset came today when the women’s world number 8, Venus Williams, had a shocking exit; thanks to the young debutante Johanna Konta from Britain. That too, on a straight set 6-4, 6-2.
The 23-year-old Konta rallied right from the very beginning and put immense pressure on the very experienced 35-year-old American. Williams first serve was broken at 1-1. With the pressure mounting up, along with the heat, Williams fell 2-5 in the first set. She bounced back, but eventually lost the set 4-6. The first set took 41 minutes to finish.
During the second set, Williams never got her rhythm back. Konta brilliantly dominated with 5-0, and advancing for the match. It was Williams’ experience and motivation that made her break Konta’s serve, and win the next two games, making it 5-2. Konta turned around and won the match. Overall, it took her one hour and 19 minutes to defeat Venus Williams.
“I’m very satisfied with how I dealt with the situation,” said an ecstatic Konta. “It was hot out there. I was playing an incredibly great player. That’s no secret.”
“I have all the respect for her in the world. Even if she’s playing with one leg out there, you’ve got to really take care of things.”
The Winners Take It All
It came as no surprise when men’s world number 2, Andy Murray dominated the court against a very tall 18-year-old, Alexander Zverev with a very impressive 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Well, the score line may hint that the young man tried to understand Andy’s game – 6-1 at the first set. 6-2 in the second, 6-3 in the third, if it continued, he might have pulled a 6-4, 7-5, and so on. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. But you have to give it to the boy. He tried his best to put pressure on the Wimbledon Champion. And Murray definitely agrees.
“It got tough at the end. A lot of long games and rallies and Alex fought right through to the last point, so that made it very competitive at the end. It was obviously tough conditions today: it started to get very hot when the clouds went away. So I was glad to get it done in straight sets.”
He further added, “In the third set, it seemed like all the games were going to deuce. On his serve, I think maybe three or four of the games went to deuce and, like I said, he hung in right to the end and made it hard. He’s young but he’s one of the best young players in the world, and he’s going to be around for a long time.”
Murray is eyeing to win the tournament, naturally. But it all depends on his wife. If his wife, Kim, goes into labour, the Scot will leave the country immediately, regardless of which stage he is playing in.
“Kim will message my team if anything is going on during the matches and then we’ll see what happens!”
Except for Ms. Williams, so far the top ranks have kept up with their expectations.
Both former number 1s from Serbia, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic have won their respective matches. So did Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, John Isner, Madison Keys, Milos Raonic, and Gael Monfils among the others.