Americans on the move today: Some big wins from Team USA today, with Coco Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Denis Kudla all scoring upsets.
CoCo Vandeweghe ousted 11th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (5), 6-4 making the 3rd round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.She faces Sam Stosur next, a tough opponent, but Coco beat her in the 2nd round of this year’s Australian Open.
Qualifier Bethany Mattek-Sands eliminated No 7 seed Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the 3rd round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2008. Up next for Mattek-Sands, Belinda Bencic.
American wildcard Denis Kudlamakes the third round of a Slam for the first time in his career after defeating Alexander Zverev 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, 6–4.
Serena Williams defeated Timea Babos, 6-4, 6-1 today to advance to the 3rd. Next up, she’ll face British No. 1 Heather Watson. Beyond that a possible 4th round match against sister Venus and a quarterfinal meeting with Victoria Azarenka. Looks like Serena has her work cut out for her.
Americans Venus Williams, John Isner, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens also scored wins today.
In other news:
5 seed Kei Nishikori withdrew from Wimbledon prior to his 2nd round match today, due to a left calf injury. Nishikori injured his leg three weeks ago at a warm-up tournament in Halle, Germany.
Milos Raonic served up a145mph rocket against Tommy Haas, the 3rd fastest serve in Wimbledon history.
4th seed Stan Wawrinka beat Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 The two-time major champion is looking to become the fifth man in the Open era to win both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.
Venus Williams defeated Yulia Putintseva to score her 75th career match win at Wimbledon.
British No 1 Heather Watson is making headlines at Wimbledon, having had 2 big wins thus far, dispatching both Caroline Garcia and Daniela Hantuchova. Next up for the feisty Brit is Serena Williams.
A look ahead to Day 4:
Roger Federer vs Sam Querrey: Sam Querrey faces off against Roger Federer tomorrow, hoping to do what only one man has done in the past 48 Grand Slam tournaments: defeat Federer before the 3rd round.
Rafael Nadal vs. Dustin Brown: The last time these 2 met, Brown was the victor defeating Nadal 6-4, 6-1 last year in Halle. On the flip side, Nadal is 20-0 against qualifiers at Grand Slam tournaments.
Angelique Kerber takes on big hitting Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Head to head, they are tied at 3-3,and Kerber has had a more successful spring, but if Pavlyuchekova finds her form, this has the makings of a great match.
No rest for Madison Keys as she will play for her third straight day after her first round match was suspended for light on Tuesday and completed on Wednesday. She takes on talented youngster Elizaveta Kulichkova anfd the 2014 Australian Open Junior Champion. Genie Bouchard’s early exit has opened up Keys’ section of the draw, so this could be a big opportunity for her.