Accent Reaction

Accent Reaction: Wimbledon ’21 Round 3

Upsets

Jabeur – Muguruza

In what is probably the match of day 5, Jabeur beat Muguruza on centre court. Jabeur had her fair share of hotshots during the match. She channeled a bit of Marat Safin:

Well, Ons is known for her drop shots but the drop volleys were superb during the match.

Muguruza saved 24!!! BPs during the match. Thatโ€™s an entire set worth of BPs.

Notable Matchups

Shapovalov – Murray

Shapovalov absolutely dominated this match. The only moment where the match looked close was in the first set when Murray almost got the 2 breaks back from 5-1 down. Shapovalov saved the BP with this volley.

Venus Williams – Kyrgios

This was a very fun mixed doubles match with plenty of amazing points.

Perhaps the most important moment of the match was Venus saving 1/2 BPs at 5-5 in the final set.

It wasn’t just the tennis that made this a fun match. Venus trying her best not to laugh at Kyrgios when he tried to argue with the umpire about anything was also a feature.

Fun Moments

Medvedev came from two sets to close out the first week. No wonder he is all giddy.

Who can show up to a tennis match without shoes but Kyrgios.

Shots of the day

Sweet Moments

Cam Norrieโ€™s serve struck a kid, and from the initial reaction, it looked like a hard hit.

Dare we call Matteo McDreamy? Do see their joint interview on Wimbledon website.

GIF of the Day

Popcorn Moment of the Tournament

Hands down this distinction goes to the Ostapenko and Tomljanovic match. Their press conference comments were as sharp as these ones.

For context Ostapenko gets broken a second time in the final set and asks for the physio.
Tomljanovic: “You know she’s lying. we all know she’s lying.”

Then when the match ended this delightful exchange happened…

Ostapenko: If you think I am faking, you can talk to the physio.
Tomljanovic: I hope you feel better.
O: Your behaviour is terrible. you have zero respect.
T: You are the one to talk.
O: What? So bad so bad.

Do you want to see more? Check this out.

Manic Monday Matchups

Rybakina – Sabalenka

Jabeur – Swiatek

Iga has recorded three emphatic wins to reach her 6th R4 in slams.

They met once, at 2019 Washington, D.C. With Iga winning from a set down.

Kerber – Gauff

The RAIN came to Angieโ€™s rescue. She became aggressive after the restart to turnaround, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Kerber will face Gauff, who had another day out on Centre, and has won all her matches in straights.

Tomljanovic – Raducanu

It is a big moment for Ajla, even if slightly overshadowed by drama.

Emma, playing her 2nd WTA MD, has been the revelation of the week

Samsonova – Pliskova

Samsonova hasn’t lost a match on grass this season. (10!!! Wins)

The Russian-turned-Italian-turned-Russian has already beaten three former top-10ers this year, two in Berlin, and going for another vs. Pliskova. You can hear her go boom-boom though.

Garin – Djokovic

I am not sure how many people predicted that Garรญn would make it to R4 but he survived a 1st round scare and is about to face Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Djokovic beat Kudla in straight sets. BUT, he was down 1-4 in the third set and 1-4 in its tiebreak as well.

Rublev – Fuscovics

Fuscovics beat Schwartzman in a highly competitive match to set up a meeting YET AGAIN against Rublev. At least Martonโ€™s team is happy to face Rublev.

Keys – Golubic

Itโ€™s amazing that Golubic, 28, had only 4 slam wins until this tournament. Sheโ€™s now two sets away from a quarterfinal, but will have to play Madison, who hasnโ€™t lost a set.

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