We continue our Women’s preview with a look at the bottom half of the draw.
“Today it stiffened up more, and I felt like I couldn’t move the way I wanted to and felt pain. I felt really bad for the crowd and everyone who had come out, but there’s nothing really I could do about it. It’s all about just looking ahead for Wimbledon. You know, just get as much treatment as possible and be ready for my first round there. I’m definitely planning on playing Wimbledon.
“I felt it from the last two, three days and the last two matches I have played, as well. Especially in the beginning. But then it kind of warmed up and I felt better. Today it just felt slightly worse, so I just felt like I won’t win this way and I can only make it worse.”
“I’m going to go get treatment tonight,” she said. “I have my physio and osteopath in London, so I’m going to go there. We are just going to start with the treatment as soon as I can. Normally my body is very receptive to treatment, so hopefully I’m going to be fine in a couple of days.”
If she is fit to play, then the ultra-aggressive Camila Giorgi may be her first seeded opponent to face in R3. 10-th seed Angelique Kerber, the Nottingham champion from 2 weeks ago, could be a potential 4-th round tilt, she however was scheduled to defend her final points from Eastbourne last year but withdrew because she was feeling sick.
Defending Semifinalist from last year Simona Halep could face Kuznetsova in 3rd round while Wimbledon Finalist from 2 years ago Sabine Lisicki will be a threat a round after. The German is always considered a floater or a dark horse on grass because of her good serve and powerful groundstrokes that just seem to fit perfectly on this particular surface. She has the record for the fastest serve and most Aces in a 3 set match and could spoil some calculations along the way. Simona, a low bounce lover, dispatched her last year in straight sets but given the Romanian’s recent struggles and a recent coach change, this could make a possible duel more interesting. Various reports, including on the WTA website, say the Romanian is now working with Daniel Dobre, having begun the season with Victor Ionita. The decision to change came following Halep’s defeat at Birmingham, according to Romanian press. The world No. 3 is said to also be working with Darren Cahill, a consultant for Adidas, during Wimbledon. It remains to be seen how those changes will affect her game, good or bad.
2nd seed and defending Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova is at the bottom of the draw with her projected Quaterfinals being #8 seed Ekaterina Makarova. However the Czech hasn’t played since Roland Garros and her grass court preparation was hampered after she was forced to withdrew from Eastbourne because of illness before playing a match.
“Of course I wanted to play some matches, but it didn’t really make sense to play (at Eastbourne) and not be ready for Wimbledon,” Kvitova said this week. “Playing on grass is always a little bit weird at the start, but now I find I’m able to play on it again quite quickly. It’s always nice to step on the grass. I have beautiful memories, and I know I can play well on the grass.
“I have to still think positively, and I hope I’m going to be ready for Wimbledon. I don’t play my first match until Tuesday, so there’s still time.”
Talking about her game – “I think being left-handed helps a lot on grass,” Kvitova said. “I’m an aggressive player and I hit my shots quite flat. I don’t really play many rallies on grass, which I think is good. I like to go for my shots. I’ve always found the movement quite tricky, but I seem to get over that somehow. You have to get down so low on the grass, which I don’t find easy, but somehow I do it.”
Agnieszka Radwanska, who is currently finding form with reaching the final in Eastbourne could face Petra in R4. A QF opponent for Kvitova will be hard to figure out as this part of the draw is quite packed with names that are looking to make a splash or to just defend what they accomplished a year ago.
Makarova is the #8 Seed and leads this quarter of the draw and could meet last year’s finalist Eugenie Bouchard in the 4th round of competition. However both have some injury concerns coming in. The Russian pulled out of her doubles match on Friday because of an injury to her left achilles tendon. While Eugenie Bouchard suffered an abdominal injury when she was trailing 6-4, 3-0 vs Bencic in Eastbourne.
“I’m going to play no matter what, even if I’m on one leg,” she joked. “I will take a few days off from serving and give it a little break and see how it goes.”
“I will go see the doctors and physios again. Just rest a little bit today, tomorrow at least, and see how it feels on the weekend. Save myself for matches maybe.”
“They know I intend to play at Wimbledon, so it’s just about managing it to the best of my abilities because it is a Grand Slam.” The injury was causing her particular difficulty when serving. “At the end it was hard for me to put a serve in just because I felt that pain a little bit,” she added. “I thought it would be better to stop.”
“The serve is so important in tennis, it’s just something I didn’t want to take a risk with, especially since I had a small issue with it earlier this year, as well, and had to take some time off after.”
Last year’s upset queen Alize Cornet and 2014 Eastbourne champion Madison Keys are at this section as well and could have a surprising Quarter final name next to Kvitova when the 2nd week of the event kicks off.
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