Things We Learned on Days 8, 9, and 10 of Wimbledon 2015

I got a bit behind this week (sorry), so here’s a quick catch-up of the men’s quarterfinals, women’s quarterfinals and women’s semis:

1. Garbine Muguruza is The Real Deal.

Man oh man is Muguruza fun to watch. She absolutely steamrolled through the first set against Agnieszka Radwanska, but then when Aga found her game, Muguruza was able to find another gear.

She’s a smart player who moves well, and has the power, variety, and fight to become a champion. (Probably not on Saturday, but sooner rather than later.)

My favorite part of her run here, which has included wins over Kerber, Wozniacki, Bacsinszky and now Aga, is that she doesn’t seem to be satisfied yet.

Also, I loved seeing the Armada send her props:

2. Serena Williams is ridiculous.

Serena has now taken out three of her biggest “rivals,” Venus/Vika/Maria, all in a row. She is peerless, and while some want that to take away from her GOAT status, I think it merely adds to it. I wrote about that for Bleacher Report.

3. Richard Gasquet can FIGHT.

HOW ABOUT RICHARD GASQUET, YOU GUYS?? What a wonder to see him fight the way he did in the fifth set against Wawrinka.

I enjoyed Peter Bodo’s piece on the match for ESPN:

Over the years, Gasquet has been labeled as “soft,” a guy who has abundant talent but who has a shortfall of grit and a fatal attraction to choking. Maybe Gasquet, at 29, has wasted too much time and talent for his win against Wawrinka to resonate throughout the global tennis community, but it seemed to mean an awful lot to the person who counts most — himself.

“There is a lot of things,” said Gasquet, who will play world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. “[It is important] because it’s Stan, and he won in Paris. You know, I’m French. I know what it means to win that tournament. And it’s a quarterfinal [at Wimbledon], the biggest tournament in the world. I fight. I fight a lot. To win that match — it’s very important to me.”

And I enjoyed his celebration:

And I enjoyed this:

And especially this:

4. Bromance is alive.

Vasek Pospisil didn’t have much for Andy Murray in the quarters, but huge kudos to the Canadian for making it that far. He’s got a fan in his doubles parner, that’s for sure.

Also, this:

5. I really liked what Federer had to say about Kyrgios.

6. I hope that this is a fortnight that Radwanska can build on.

Two years ago, Radwanska squandered her best opportunity to win a Slam when she lost a heartbreaking match to Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon semis. There have been flashes of brilliance in the last two years, but overall, she hasn’t been the same since that loss.

While this loss to Muguruza was tough as well, it wasn’t heartbreaking in the same way–she’s had a terrible year, had very few expectations on her shoulders coming into the tournament, and she was never in control of this match the way she was in the one against Sabine.

I hope that this will bring her confidence and groove back, not take it away forever. That would be nice.

She’ll be back into the Top 10 now, (although with Canada coming up she might not be for long). But still, an in-form Ninja would really be a welcome edition to 2015.


8. CoCo Vandeweghe, Keep This Up.

I did not see this run from CoCo coming, but I hope it’s not just a flash in the pan. She’s powerful and feisty and annoying and I like it.


So is Kobe.

9. Men’s semis????

I have no idea what in the world is going to happen in the men’s semis tomorrow. Well, okay, I actually think that Djokovic is in the driver’s seat, which I was admittedly not expecting to be the case coming into this tournament. But in that second semi between Andy and Fed??? WHO KNOWS.

I’m sticking with my pick of Andy, but I’m not super sure about it. I am excited, though.

10. Sergiy Stakhovsky said things again.

I don’t even have the energy to deal with this crap right now, but read it if you must.

It would be so great if the ATP would grow a damn backbone and speak up against shit like this, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

(I’ll probably write more on this topic once things settle down a bit.)

11. Fed’s got emoji puns, continues to be your endearingly embarrassing Uncle Roger.

12. Seriously, Muguruza/Radwanska was a great match.

Watch some highlights–

(Honestly, my next update will probably come on Monday. Enjoy the weekend of tennis, thanks for your patience this week. We’ll have a podcast and a wrap-up TWL to cover everything. xoxo)

Lindsay is an author, a filmmaker, a long-winded blogger, and a huge tennis fan.

2 Responses

  1. cjb
    cjb July 10, 2015 at 3:57 am |

    If I were you I’d just leave that Stakhovsky stuff alone. Wouldn’t even reprint. It’s just not worth the bother.

  2. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne July 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm |

    “Serena has now taken out three of her biggest “rivals,” Venus/Vika/Maria, all in a row.”

    Yes, how strange that she should face the three players against whom she has played the most in consecutive matches.

    Venus 26 times(15-11), Sharapova (18-2) and Azarenka (17-3) 20 times each.

    Next most is Capriati (10-7).

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