The light schedule on Middle Sunday, necessitated by the constant drizzle all week, came and went in a flash on Sunday. With that in mind, we’ll keep the summary of the day’s action accordingly brief:
-Serena Williams followed up a tense win over Christina McHale by rolling Annika Beck, 6-3, 6-0. She’s got a good path to the final and notched her 300th career win at a Grand Slam, which also meant passing Chris Evert for second most ever. She figures to pass Martina Navratilova’s 306 by the end of this season for a record that may not be eclipsed in any of our lifetimes.
-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off his fourth comeback at a Grand Slam from two sets down, taking out John Isner 19-17 in the fifth set. It’s another brutal loss in a season full of them for Isner. His injury woes also continued, as he took a timeout in the fourth set for his knee.
-Speaking of rough losses, Sloane Stephens found herself on the other end after coming back over Mandy Minella in the previous round. She fell to Svetlana Kuznetsova 8-6 after being a game away from the win at 5-2.
-Other than Isner, all the men who led in interrupted matches finished the win on Saturday, meaning compelling sub-contenders like Juan Martin del Potro, Sascha Zverev and Feli Lopez were sent packing. Del Potro mentioned how his body wore down, not a surprise given this was his first major since January 2014, while Zverev wasn’t at his best given it was his third day playing in a row.
-Coco Vandeweghe scored an upset in seeding only over Roberta Vinci, just as Kate Makarova did over Barbora Strycova. Anastasia Pavyluchenkova took out Timea Bacsinszky to reach the second week of a Slam for the first time since 2011.
Manic Monday Schedule
The schedule, as always, is loaded for what some consider the best day in tennis, with all players in action.
Women’s top half: S. Williams/Kuznetsova, Pavyluchenkova/Vandeweghe, Radwanska/Cibulkova, Makarova/Vesnina
Women’s bottom half: Halep/Keys, Kerber/Doi, V. Williams/Suarez Navarro, Safarova/Shvedova
Men’s top half: Raonic/Goffin, Querrey/Mahut, Federer/Johnson, Nishikori/Cilic
Men’s bottom half: Murray/Kyrgios, Tsonga/Gasquet, Berdych/Vesely, Tomic/Pouille