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    Is it this year that the Isner tiebreak comes into force at Wimbedon?

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      Yes. At 12-all in the final set, for both Men and Women. It's a standard first-to-seven breaker, not the first-to-ten that the Aussie Open used.

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        Blimey, Konta loses 6-3 6-2 to Ons Jabeur, despite Konta committing only 8 unforced errors (versus 15 winners) in the match. Indicates that Jabeur must have played insanely well.

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          Wow, that is extraordinary. And a real blow, as I thought Jo was on to finally win her hometown event.

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            Wimbledonís unique system for seeding the men has promoted Kevin Anderson to fourth. As Anderson has been struggling with an injury, if whichever 5-8 seed in that quarter is not great on grass then that could be an interesting section of the draw to watch for an unexpected semi-finalist.

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              One wouldn't normally expect to see British qualifiers for Wimbledon, what with the generous doling out of WCs to home players meaning that those whose ranking is at qualifying tournament level tend to get WC direct entry into the main draw, and the Brits in the qualies have mostly not earned the right to be there by ranking but are themselves WCs at that level, lower ranked than their oppo. And unsurprisingly most British men and women exited in Q1. But Samantha Murray and Liam Broady both made it to Q3, where sadly they both lost today, both of them taking their matches the distance (in Liam's case losing from two sets up).

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                Hope is not lost for either - the new rules on late withdrawals getting half-prize money mean more Lucky Loser spots than ever are pretty well certain.

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                  A 15 year old has qualified in the ladies singles, the beeb tells me - the youngest ever in the Open era. I thought they'd introduced a rule about needing to be 16 to compete now but I might have misremembered that about gymnasts at the Olympics?
                  Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 28-06-2019, 08:41.

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                    The minimum age is 14. However, above up to the age of 18 that there are restrictions on how much a player may play, both in total and at particular levels. At 15, Gauff may play up to 10 tournaments in the year and in the Fed Cup (that doesn't count against the 10). She is only allowed to take one wild card into events of a higher category than WTA Internationals, which she had already used up to play in the main draw in Miami, where she won a round. However, the slams are not technically part of the WTA and retain the right to give wild cards to players of their choosing - Gauff also played in the qualifying at Roland Garros (and the main draw doubles there) and is surely a shoe-in for a main draw WC at Flushing Meadows.


                    Oh, and as mentioned a few days ago.

                    Originally posted by Janik View Post
                    Wimbledon
                    the first tranche of wild cards for Wimbledon were announced yesterday... The others were both interesting selection; former runner-up Sabine Lisicki, whose combination of repeated injuries and loss of form now means she needs a wild card to even play Wimbledon qualifying, and young American Cori Gauff, who won the 2018 French Open girls singles and over a year later is still only 15!.
                    Gauff beat Alona Bolsova in the first round of qualifying. Bolsova was only in Wimbledon qualifying as the points she gained making the last 16 at Roland Garros are yet to be reflected on entry lists (there is a six week lag on these, to allow people to schedule ahead). Bolsova is a top 100 player and was the top seed at Roehampton.

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                      Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
                      Wimbledonís unique system for seeding the men has promoted Kevin Anderson to fourth. As Anderson has been struggling with an injury, if whichever 5-8 seed in that quarter is not great on grass then that could be an interesting section of the draw to watch for an unexpected semi-finalist.
                      A Zverev is the 5-8 player who has lucked out by getting into Anderson's quarter. He has (per seeding) to get past Khachanov first though. And I suspect that if he does make the QF, his QF oppo will more likely be Raonic (or Wawrinka) than Anderson, if the latter is not fully fit.

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                        Potential R2 tie Nadal v Kyrgios is one to watch out for isn't it, given that Nadal is one of the players who has been most obviously provoked by Krygios's disrespect of his peers.

                        Of course, when Kyrgios was still outside the top 100, in 2014, he was player no.3 in that marvellous sequence of four consecutive players each ranked outside the top 100 to eliminate Nadal from 4 consecutive Wimbledons (Rosol - Darcis - Kyrgios - Brown, the perfect sequence question for a tennis-themed special edition of Only Connect).

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                          Cori Gauff drawn to play Venus in R1! Apart from the wonderful story of young Cori playing an African American tennis legend, there's also the amazing age difference stat. Venus born 17.6.80. Cori born 13.3.04. That may be an all-time record for an age difference in a slam singles match. I bet for sure it's the all-time record for age ratio in such a match.

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                            Put them on Centre! Put them on Centre!

                            Gauff has talked about how Serena inspired her to play. She didn't mention Venus. She is probably too young to have been watching and appreciating Venus in her pomp.

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                              Originally posted by Evariste Euler Gauss View Post
                              Cori Gauff drawn to play Venus in R1! Apart from the wonderful story of young Cori playing an African American tennis legend, there's also the amazing age difference stat. Venus born 17.6.80. Cori born 13.3.04. That may be an all-time record for an age difference in a slam singles match. I bet for sure it's the all-time record for age ratio in such a match.
                              Thinking of age differences between players leads to thinking about Kimiko Date (DoB 28.07.70). I've not looked at all her opponents in her latter years, but I have found that she lost to Belinda Bencic (DoB 10.03.97) in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open.

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                                Martina Navratilova 's weird and brief comeback tops that.

                                2004 French Open R1: Navratilova (18.10.56) l to Gisela Dulko (30.01.85) - 28 years and 7 months between them, compared to 26y 7m for Date/Bencic and 23y 7m for Williams/Gauff.

                                She also lost to Dulko again in R2 of Wimbledon that year after bridging a 23-year gap to beat Catalina Castano in R1.


                                Edit - the biggest ratio of the three is Date-Bencic: 43/16 = 2.69. Of the others, 39/15 (Williams/Gauff) = 2.60, 48/19 (Navratilova/Dulko) = 2.53.
                                Last edited by Janik; 28-06-2019, 16:20.

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                                  Summary of where we are at this week, then.

                                  Jo Kontaís loss to an inspired Ons Jabeur was covered above. On Kontaís side of the net apparently her movement was very tentative as she appeared wary of the slipperiness of the surface. That wonít have helped. A shame after she battled through the previous round against Maria Sakkari.
                                  Jabeur backed that win up by recovering from a set and match points down to beat Alize Cornet in three in the QFs. Sadly, she could take the court for her Semi today against Angelique Kerber after an ankle injury she picked up late in set three against Cornet flared up a bit overnight. She seems reasonably confident that the withdrawal is precautionary and she will play Wimbledon.
                                  The day off was probably good for Kerber. She will go into her Wimbledon defence in pretty good form, Semi in Mallorca and Final here, but with quite a bit of Tennis played. Itís very rare for players to play for four consecutive weeks, which is what Angie is facing if she wants to defend her Slam crown. She is yet to drop a set on the South coast, the best win of the lot being against #6 Simona Halep in the QFs.
                                  On the other side of the draw we got a reprise of last yearís final, #8 Aryna Sabalenka vs #11 Caroline Wozniacki in R3. Sabalenka got revenge in that, but was then dumped out in the QFs by #3 Kiki Bertens (having another good week on grass after the Rosmalen r-up). That set Bertens up for a Semi against #2 Karolina Pliskova after Pliskova beat Ekaterina Alexandrova in the QFs. Alexandrova had benefitted from a retirement from Jelena Ostapenko in R3, and this one may not have been precautionary Ė Ostapenko was clearly hobbling as she made her way up to the net to shake hands. If she is hurt, that is a real sickener for her; she was just beginning to shows signs of form at long last after the QF in Birmingham the previous week.
                                  Pliskova beat, nay thrashed, Bertens in todayís Semi 2&1. That sets up a very good quality final tomorrow of two players with strong previous records in Sussex. Pliskova was the runner-up in 2016 (l to Cibolkova) and winner in 2017 (bt Wozniacki). Kerber the runner-up twice previously in 2012 (l to Paszek) and 2014 (l to Keys).
                                  In the doubles, the only British pair, Dart/Watson, lost in R1 to # Melichar/Peschke. It was close, 10-6 in a match breaker, but these were the only seeds to survive R1. DíOh! The final is Flipkens/Mattek-Sands vs Chan/Chan.

                                  On the Menís side, most of the R1 matches were still unplayed last update. Letís start with the R1 losses. Joining Paul Jubb on the sidelines were Jay Clarke and James Ward, who both lost from a set up against Juan Ignacio Londero and Thomas Fabbiano respectively. Cameron Norrie beat Jeremy Chardy and Dan Evans topped #8 Radu Albot though. That produced a very British segment of the draw as R2 pitted #3 Kyle Edmund vs Norrie and Pierre Hugues-Herbert (who gets quasi-Brit status for the next few weeks on the grounds that he is playing with Sir in the Wimbledon doubles) vs Dan Evans. Those matches were both straight sets wins for the expected players, Edmund beating Norrie 2&2 and Evans topping Herbert 3&5 (I maintain that is as expected on a grass court).
                                  That means Edmund vs Evans in the QFs on Thursday. Pre-match I wouldnít have been certain at all on the call on that, but the higher ranked player came through, Kyle recovering from losing the opening set 6-1 to take the next two 6-3 6-4 from Evo. That sent Edmund through to a Semi against Big Serving Taylor Fritz (said so often one assumes that is his full name), who beat Hubert Hurkacz (a very promising youngish Polish player) in the QFs. The Semi went Fritzís way in two to mean no Brits in the Final.
                                  Instead the title match will be an all-American affair as Fritz faces Sam Querrey after the later beat #5 Fernando Verdasco in the QF and Fabbiano in the Semis. Fabbiano had earlier beat #2 Laslo Djere and #6 Gilles Simon (the Queens finalist), so he had a good week and James Ward shouldnít beat himself up to much to have lost to the Italian.
                                  The final is Querreyís first title match in well over a year and Fritzís first since reaching the final in Memphis back in 2016 in what was only his third ATP level event. Itís a big match for both players then. But donít expect many (any?) service breaks. The Womenís Final should be a whole load more watchable as a spectacle.
                                  On the Menís side there was arguably more interest in the Doubles than the Singles. For a handful of days, until A.Murray/Melo were beaten in R1 by top seeds Cabal/Farah. In fact, the Colombians went on a Brit-hunting session, following that up by beating Evans/Glasspool in the QFs (I think I mentioned their R1 win over Bambridge/OíMara up thread) and #4 Inglot/Krajicek in the Semis. Indeed Cabal/Farah have taken the title, beating #2 Gonzalez/Zeballos in the final.
                                  The other British pairs involved in this, K.Skupski/N.Skupski, Clayton/Ward and Norrie/Londero, all exited in R1.

                                  Over in Antayla the final is not yet fixed as a brutal first Semi between Miomir Kecmanovic and Jordan Thompson, which featured zero breaks up served, used up all the light. Kecmanovic won the breakers 5-7 7-5 7-1. The other Semi stands at 6-3 5-5 to Lorenzo Sonego vs #4 Pablo Carreno Busta overnight. Kecmanovic will be making his ATP final debut tomorrow, as would be Sonego if he were to finish off. Carreno Busta has been in finals and won titles before (actually fewer than one would expect, just 3-3 previously) but never on grass and not inside the last 24 months.


                                  And finally, Wimbledon qualifying.
                                  As basically covered up thread by a combination of me and EEG, Liam Broady was the only British man to survive Q1 and he went on to be two sets up* in Q3 against #12 Gregoire Barrere. Set two was even a bagel, 6-0, but this was the high point as Barrere won the next three to turn it around.
                                  * - Wimbledon is the only Slam to play best-of-five in qualifying, and only does it in Q3.
                                  On the Womenís side, Gabriella Taylor and Samantha Murray won their Q1 matches against Chloe Paquet and Peng Shuai prespectively. Taylor lost in Q2 to Ysaline Bonaventure but Murray beat Cristina Bucsa before losing to another Spaniard, Paula Badosa in Q3 in a three setter. To date three Lucky Loser spots have been announced for the Womenís Singles main draw (withdrawn players include Katie Boulter) but none of these have gone to Murray.
                                  For reasons I donít understand there was no Doubles qualifying this year. Just straight to a main draw. I think this was a very late decision.

                                  Oh, and a note on non-Brits coming through qualifying or not. In addition to 15 year-old Cori Gauff winning through and landing a plum R1 match against Venus Williams, a player at the other end of the spectrum got lilí sis - that is Giulia Gatto-Monticone, who is 31, has battled on through a pro career (she has had a world ranking every year since 2002) without ever breaking the top 150 until, well, now. She finally made her Slam debut last month at Roland Garros, losing in R1 to Sofia Kenin (in three), after winning through qualifying there. And now she has gone back-to-back, qualifying again and this time she gets to play Serena Williams, hopefully on a big show court. Shades of Roger Federer vs Marcus Willis in terms of one to keep a video of to show the family in later years.
                                  The one who didnít make it through was Sabine Lisicki. She fell at the final hurde to Lesley Kerkhove, despite winning set one 6-0.

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                                    Does being a Gatto-Monticone make her a mountain cat of some sort? Eye of the, er, Snow Leopard!

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                                      Pliskova was on fire. Not just beating Kerber today, but all week. Her set score line for the whole tournament reads 6-3 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-4. That's Nadal-in-Paris-like.

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                                        Sonego beat Carreno Busta in the incomplete Antalya Semi. The final is currently a set all after two breaker sets. Fritz is a set up on Querrey in Eastbourne.

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                                          Taylor Fritz beat Sam Querrey 3&4 in the end in Eastbourne to win his first ever ATP Tour level title. The winner in Turkey was always going to be a newbie, as neither Lorenzo Sonego or Miomir Kecmanovic had played in a final before. Sonego it was who came through that, taking the third decisively, 6-1, after the opening two breaker sets.

                                          And with that, let's decamped to a dedicated thread for the big show.

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