After a very peaceful Sunday on Wimbledon grounds, which I used to write my traditional Grand Slam fashion overview, we’re having an action-packed Monday with all women’s fourth-round matches on the schedule. The blockbuster opening of the major’s second week took place on Court No.2 between top seed Angelique Kerber and 14th seed Garbine Muguruza, when the Spaniard recorded her fifth consecutive victory over the German.
The competitive first set went with serve all the way to its final stage, when Kerber recorded a break in the ninth game and then served it out. The outcome of the high-quality set came down to Kerber’s much better first serve percentage and conversion of points on that serve and the German’s mere two unforced errors compared to Muguruza’s 15.
The development of the second set was pretty much similar, with both players strongly holding onto their serves, only that this time it was Muguruza who managed to earn a set and break point in the tenth game, when Kerber hit just her fifth unforced error in the match, and even though the Spaniard didn’t convert that one, she quickly got another opportunity and took the match to the third set.
The tense match evolved into an even more thrilling decider, as the score was locked at 3-3 after two breaks on each side. Eventually, it was Muguruza who managed to grab the final momentum, winning 4-6 6-4 6-4 on her third match point, despite hitting as many as 50 unforced errors against the world No.1. Muguruza counterbalanced her mistakes with 55 winners, most coming from her backhand.
Muguruza’s quarterfinal opponent will be seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who became the first WTA player to move into the 2017 Wimbledon quarterfinals by beating ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4.