Wimbledon 2015: Grass Clippings Day 7

Upset Alert

With the tournament draw quickly narrowing, upsets are at a premium, but there were still two big upsets on day seven.  Caroline Wozniacki went down in straight sets to Garbine Muguruza, while Lucie Safarova was beaten in two tiebreaks by unseeded Coco Vandeweghe.

Speaking of Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza becomes the first Spanish woman into the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 2001 when Conchita Martinez made it.

Women's Bottom Half

The bottom half of the women's draw was depleted early and often.  Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep both said goodbye in the first round while Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ekaterina Makarova, Alize Cornet, and Elina Svitolina followed in round two.  The word number two, Petra Kvitova, was knocked out over the weekend and Caroline Wozniacki was upset yesterday.  With Wozniacki's loss, Aga Radwanska is the highest remaining seed in the bottom half at number thirteen, guaranteeing that one of the women's Wimbledon finalists will be outside of the top ten.

…And This Stat

Tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg tweeted out this somewhat shocking statistic: none of last year's women's quarterfinalists made it to the quarterfinals this year.  According to the Twitterverse, this has happened at least once before on the men's side at the 1998/1999 US Open.

American Women

For the first time since 2004, there are three American women into the Wimbledon quarterfinals.  Madison Keys, Coco Vandeweghe and Serena Williams all advanced to the quarterfinals.  Denis Kudla, the last American man standing, did his best to join them in the men's quarterfinals but was unable to get past Marin Cilic.

Kyrgios Meltdown

Nick Kyrgios put together an amazing win over Richard Gasquet last year, saving nine match points on his way to a five set win but couldn't duplicate his performance this year.  Gasquet played well enough and did a good job staying focused while Kyrgios mostly looked listless and disinterested.  Kyrgios also continued his ongoing feud with the chair umpires, receiving a warning for an audible obscenity which he responded to with ironic applause.  The umpire later asked Kyrgios to move more quickly between games and Kyrgios heatedly responded "I'm staying on the court. If you're going to get angry with me that, that's another level. I’m changing my socks."


Sister, Sister

Serena and Venus Williams faced off for the 26th time yesterday in a blockbuster fourth round match, with Serena sweeping her older sister aside in straight sets.  With the win, Serena moves into fourth place on the all-time Wimbledon wins list and she kept her bid for a calendar year Grand Slam alive.


Roger Federer blasted ahead into his 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal—the 2nd most in Open Era to Jimmy Connors' 14—and he did so while continuing his tournament-long unbroken streak.  If you're counting, The Mighty Fed has not been broken in 58 service games thus far.