1. Never assume anything with this Wimbledon. I didn’t get to see the Serena Williams vs. Sabine Lisicki match. Needless to say, I was absolutely shocked when I saw the score. I’ll have to watch a replay of that match.
2. Despite everything that’s happened in his personal life lately, Bernard Tomic is a force on grass. He had a great Wimbledon run, beating a top 10 player in Richard Gasquet, and today he pushed Tomas Berdych to his limits. If he can sort out his return of serve, he’ll be a mainstay in the second week of Wimbledon for years to come.
3. Amidst the drama with the other top players, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Juan Martin del Potro all have yet to drop a set at Wimbledon.
4. Speaking of Del Potro, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist continued shoring up his grass credentials by making the first Wimbledon quarterfinal of his career. He’s now reached the quarterfinals of all four slams. I’ve always thought the Argentinian could be sneaky good on grass. Ferrer will be a tough test for him, as he has struggled against the Spaniard lately, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him make the semis. He plays with a bolder and more creative game plan when he’s slightly injured, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing against a player like Ferrer.
1. I learned that I don’t like Manic Monday. There are too many quality matches all over the place, and you just can’t pay proper attention to any of them. It just seems like an enormous waste of the good things the sport has to offer.
That is all.
1. I always look sooo forward to Manic Monday, but then it’s always just a bit too much. I don’t really pay attention to anything, and–unlike the first week–there are about a dozen matches that I really, really want to watch. Tennis scheduling is such a myth, but there has to be a better way than this, right? Maybe not.
2. Agnieszka Radwanska is the highest seed left in the women’s draw. Agnieszka Radwanska is the only woman to make the quarterfinals of all three Grand Slams this year. As many of you know, I am an Agnieszka Radwanska fan, and all of this delights and absolutely terrifies me.
3. If Stephens/Puig is the future of women’s tennis, then sign me up. That was such a fun match until Puig ran out of gas. The WTA is in great hands.
4. Jerzy Janowicz is the real deal, huh? What a fun player to watch. I cannot believe that he faces Kubot for a spot in the semifinals, but I also kind of absolutely love it. Why not?
5. Fuck you, British media. Fuck. You.
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) July 2, 2013
I don’t even have enough in me for a rant right now. Just no.
6. My thoughts on the Serena upset and this crazy Wimbledon for Bleacher Report.
7. My thoughts on Sloane Stephens for The Changeover.
8. A quiet Li Na is a dangerous Li Na. Ditto for Marion Bartoli.