“It’s her first Grand Slam final, so we’ll see how, emotionally, she deals with it”.
Maria Sharapova reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 after beating Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-4.
Two years ago, Keys’ athletic game and easy power earned rave reviews at Wimbledon, as well as some favorable comparisons with one of her childhood idols, Serena Williams. If she is on top form Williams should pull through to another Wimbledon Final.
Vandeweghe had never been past the third round of a Grand Slam before Wimbledon, while Keys made the semifinals of this year’s Australian Open before losing to Williams. By the early 1900s, Wimbledon had graduated from all-England to all-world status, and in 1922 the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as it was then known, moved to a large stadium on Church Road.
Federer, runner-up to Djokovic past year, needed only 95 minutes to dispatch Simon.
LONDON, United Kingdom: Nine Grand Slam champions line-up on Wimbledon’s manic Monday with places in the quarter-finals at stake and most interest centred on the latest chapter in the three-decade long Williams sisters story.
The five-time champion dropped the first set 6-3 but evened the match by winning the second 6-2. A fourth major in a row would equal her feat from 2002-03, when she completed a “Serena Slam”. An American man has not won a major tournament since Andy Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open – the longest drought for American men in the history of the sport.
Fans have been left fuming at the sight of empty seats inside Wimbledon’s Centre Court, as well as vacant spaces in the Royal Box.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer will face Andy Murray and top-seeded Novak Djokovic will take on Gasquet.
Serena Williams’ Wimbledon domination continues on.
Another topic five-time Wimbledon champion Williams has been reluctant to discuss is all that is at stake for her at the conclusion of this fortnight. The last player to win all four major titles in the same year was Steffi Graf in 1988. Despite a lapse in concentration at the start of the second, Muguruza displayed her growing maturity by wrestling back the momentum, producing a brilliant game – including one inspired backhand lob – to break for a 5-4 lead, then holding her nerve to serve out the match in a fraught final game.
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  v Richard Gasquet (FRA) .
Federer is 9-0 in Wimbledon semifinals, and beat Murray in the 2012 final at the All England Club.
In her last three appearances, Sharapova lost in the fourth round in 2012 and ’14, and in the second round in 2013. It was uncharacteristic considering her dominant play in the first week.
“It’s super to find myself in the final four in Wimbledon”.
Muguruza had been playing in the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time after reaching the quarterfinals at the last two French Opens.
It’s Manic Monday at Wimbledon and matches are about to get underway.
Although Federer won in straight sets on Court 1, his serve was broken for the first time at this year’s tournament. Murray was leading that match 6-4, 7-5, 1-2 when Federer won. After splitting the opening four sets on Monday, the match was suspended because of darkness.
Djokovic, going for his third title, was in total control as he extended his career mastery over Cilic, the reigning U.S. Open champion, to 13-0.
“I think it’s great for the fans to have a bit of fun, 99 per cent of these people will never step on a court at Wimbledon, so it’s a great experience”.
Rain briefly halted play on the outside courts, and forced those on the main courts to return indoors Tuesday at the All England Club. Drake laughed, leaned forward and covered his face.