Eugene and Lucy recap events at SW19, talk about Manic Monday and discuss Naomi Osaka’s powerful essay in Time Magazine
Wimbledon Women Tough scenes for Serena Williams (both our picks for the title) who was forced to retire in the first round after slipping. Was leading Aliaksandra Sasnovich 3-1 at the time, had treatment but then retired at 3-3. Posted a heartfelt message to her IG afterwards.
Venus Williams, the five-time champ, reached the second round after a three-set win over Mihaela Buzarnescu (match was played on Court 3). The 41-year-old, playing in her 90th Grand Slam main draw (the most in the Open Era), lost in straights to Ons Jabeur who went on to reach the quarters.
Sloane Stephens lit up the tournament on the after ousting two-time champ and 10th seed Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-4. Beat Kristie Ahn in straights in round two (took a nasty fall in the second set). Fell to in-form wildcard Liudmila Samsonova in three sets. Played the whole match with heavy strapping on her right knee.
*Madison Keys didn’t drop a set en route to the last 16. Beat British qualifier Katie Swan in round one, Lauren Davis in round two, 13th seed Elise Mertens in round three, before falling to Viktorija Golubic.
*Coco Gauff, the youngest player in the draw, also made a run to the last 16 with straight-sets wins over Francesca Jones in round one, Elena Vesnina in round two, Kaja Juvan in round three before falling to former champ Angelique Kerber. WE WERE THERE!!!
Heather Watson lost a tight three-setter to Kristie Ahn in round one. Debutante Jasmine Paolini also fell in the first round to Andrea Petkovic in straights.
Wimbledon Men *Frances Tiafoe chalked off his first top-five win after beating world No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets – wore a cold GRAND SLAMMA “King Arthur” tee during his post-match press conference. Tiafoe beat Vasek Pospisil in round two in similar comprehensive fashion before going down to (25) Karen Khachanov in round three.
Gael Monfils, who had to play his first-round match across three days due to the rain and bad light, but came through in five tough sets over Christopher O’Connell. Monfils fell to Pedro Martinez in round two.
It was a “Mad Ethnic” affair for Mikael Ymer who beat two-time semi-finalist Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in round one in a very entertaining five-set battle that lasted four hours. Ymer then fell to Felix Auger-Aliassime in four quality sets in round two.
*Felix Auger-Aliassime made a career run to the quarter-finals! Beat Thiago Monteiro in round one, Ymer in round two, Nick Kyrgios in round three after the Aussie retired at a set all, then secured the biggest win of his life ousting fourth seed Alexander Zverev (a player he’d never beaten on three previous occasions) in five sets. Felix then fell to finalist and friend Matteo Berrettini in four.
British wildcard Jay Clarke fell in the first round Egor Gerasimov in four. Match was also played over two days due to rain.
Wimbledon Juniors *Debutante Ranah Akua Stoiber, the 16-year-old British wildcard ranked 491 in the junior world rankings, picked up two huge wins in round one and round two before going out in round three. Definitely a player to keep an eye on.
Oceane Babel, Sofia Costoulas and Arthur Fils all secured first-round wins, but lost in the second (all in three sets).
*Wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso Montjane, the first black South African woman to play at Wimbledon in 2018, made it to both the singles and doubles final.
Naomi Osaka Time Magazine Essay Wrote about her decision not to do French Open press and recharging in a very powerful piece.
Upcoming events Nordea Open, Bastad (clay) – Ymer brothers both given wildcards. Mikael plays 8th seed Emil Ruusuvouri. Elias plays Taro Daniel.
Ladies Open Lausanne (clay) – Jasmine Paolini is on the player entry list. No draw made at the time of recording.