Yes, Madison Keys, a smiling 20-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, and Coco Vandeweghe, a laughing 23-year-old from Rancho Sante Fe, California, are into the final eight at the All England Club.
It’s exactly the one you’d expect.
Richard Gasquet wasn’t happy about wasting two match points against Nick Kyrgios, smashing his racket in anger after dropping the third set of their fourth-round match.
The Russian 28-year-old prevailed 6-3 6-7 (3/7) 6-2, before coming under fire from her opponent for unsporting behaviour, Vandeweghe claiming Sharapova was moving around in her eye-line as she shaped to serve.
Victoria Azarenka defeated Belinda Bencic in straight sets.
Williams recaptured momentum in the second set with a series of dominant serves, leaving Azarenka flailing for a weak return or missing the ball altogether.
Serena Williams has won the first set against older sister Venus.
Williams, in typical fashion, remained unsatisfied. “It didn’t faze me, nor did I think about it”.
“I mean, it is what it is”, Sharapova said. “And now this is just my own personal opinion”.
“I had to regroup”.
With Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe also winning Monday, it’s the first time three American women have reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Serena, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati did it in 2004. Vandeweghe made too many unforced errors but derived every satisfaction from her baptism on this stage. Last year, Radwanska lost in the fourth round.
Vandeweghe extended her first game against Sharapova to seven minutes, eking out four break points, and from there she had the controlling hand in often gruelling exchanges from the back of the court.
But she was plunged into controversy as her American opponent complained to the umpire Sharapova kept moving on her serve.
Number 15 seed Bacsinszky also enjoyed a good tournament at Roland Garros when she reached the semi-final stage and will be hoping to equal that performance with another victory on the grass. “I thought I was too far back, letting her dictate instead of making her feel my presence”, Vandeweghe said in a report by ESPN.
‘This is the furthest I have ever gone in a grand slam and I’m playing really well at this time, but I’m not really considering it like, wow, a breakthrough, ‘ she said. Vandeweghe’s previous best showing was at the Australian Open earlier this year, when she knocked off Francesca Schiavone and Samantha Stosur to advance to the third round.
The other semifinal won’t have quite as much history. “They are doing so well even later on in their careers”.
The top-seeded Serb won the deciding fifth set against Kevin Anderson on Tuesday and earned a spot in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Be able to tell my future children that mummy won Wimbledon.
“It is just incredible. It was a very intense final game so it is just relief”, Muguruza said. I know it’s there, but I’d love to see it again to make sure it’s still there!
Muguruza has already taken down Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki en route to the semis, which should prepare her for Radwanska.
The victor of this match will undoubtedly go into Saturday’s final as an underdog.