Saturday marked the end of Wimbledon’s third-round singles play at All England Club, and while a pair of top contenders advanced in the men’s draw, an expected finalist wasn’t so lucky on the women’s side.
No. 2 Roger Federer and No. 3 Andy Murray both moved into the round of 16 with fairly straightforward victories. However, reigning Wimbledon women’s champion Petra Kvitova shockingly fell to Jelena Jankovic in a three-set battle.
With so many top stars in action, there was no shortage of reaction on Twitter. Here is a look at the results from Saturday’s run of play, as well as the top chatter from social media following the opening week at Wimbledon.
Saturday’s Men’s Singles Results
Saturday’s Women’s Singles Results
Saturday’s Twitter Reaction
The first big match on Saturday’s slate featured Federer taking on big-serving Aussie Sam Groth. While the underdog did manage to take a set, the second-seeded Swiss still eased into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 triumph.
Fed hasn’t won a Grand Slam since his title at Wimbledon in 2012, but the seven-time champion at All England Club seems to be firing on all cylinders.
With Saturday’s win, he also kept up a long-running string of success against opponents from Down Under at major tournaments, according to ESPN Tennis:
Few expected Groth to give Federer much trouble, and while that was the case in three of the sets, the 27-year-old did well to take the third set. He also lived up to his billing as a big-time power player, per Sky Sports:
In the end, though, Fed’s grace, precision and experience proved to be too much. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic remains the favorite, but Federer may have enough to give him a run for his money considering his current form.
Federer isn’t likely to cruise into the final, however, as Murray was dominant Saturday as well. The No. 3 seed pleased his British supporters by cruising to a 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi.
The 2013 Wimbledon champ appeared poised to run Seppi off Centre Court after dominating the first two sets, but he struggled mightily in the third as he nursed what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
Murray required a visit from the trainer, but he was locked in after that, as he went on to take the fourth set 6-1. Murray’s brother, Jamie, joked about the effects of the treatment he received:
There is no doubt that he seemed like a different player after the short break, and he acknowledged his strong finish after the match, according to BBC Sport:
Those watching in the stadium and on the grounds received a bit of a scare when Murray was ailing, but he managed to fight through it, which led to a massive celebration, as seen in this Vine courtesy of Wimbledon on Twitter:
Murray’s shoulder will bear watching as the event progresses, but based on the manner in which he roared back during the fourth set, he should be a major threat moving forward.
While the men’s draw didn’t feature many shocking results Saturday, the same can’t be said for the women’s side, as Kvitova was surprised by a determined and motivated Jankovic.
Although the Serb was ranked No. 1 in the world seven years ago, she is all the way down to the 28th-seeded player currently, and few gave her a chance to beat the No. 2 seed and two-time Wimbledon champ.
The big Czech took the first set in fairly routine fashion and seemed well on her way to a round of 16 appearance, but things unraveled in the second and third, as Jankovic’s quickness and craftiness led to some mistakes on Kvitova’s part.
According to SI Tennis, Jankovic’s win broke recent trends for both players at Wimbledon:
Kvitova’s loss paves the way for several players to potentially make a run to the final. That includes not only Jankovic, but also No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 20 Garbine Muguruza, all of whom advanced Saturday.
Perhaps the most intriguing possibility, though, is No. 21 Madison Keys, who defeated Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. The 20-year-old American has been making plenty of headway over the past couple of years, and Wimbledon could represent her breakthrough performance.
As pointed out by Rothenberg, Keys has and will continue to benefit from a favorable draw:
She can only play against whoever is put in front of her, and she has excelled thus far. Per tennis journalist Chris Goldsmith, Keys’ massive serve is among the biggest reasons for her success:
She has already turned in her best Wimbledon performance by reaching the fourth round, and after making it all the way to the semifinals at the Australian Open earlier in the year, she is ready to take another step in her development.
According to Howard Bryant of ESPN The Magazine, there are suddenly expectations on the youngster to perform well:
She boasts the type of height and power that tend to play well on grass courts, and she certainly seems to be hitting her stride in that regard.
An all-American final is entirely possible if one of the Williams sisters manages to go all the way, and that is an extremely exciting thought for American tennis fans after watching Keys thrive on Independence Day.
Hirsch attacked Paramount executive Daniele Bernfeld in the Utah outpost of Tao nightclub, throwing her across a table and choking her. Bernfeld told police shocking details:
“He basically grabbed me at the curve of the elbow, choked me up, threw me across the table, and I felt the front of my throat hit the back of my throat. It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying.”
Whoa. That is no joke. There’s only one thing about it, though… it seems like Emile doesn’t really remember what happened!
Another film director added a telling quote about the incident:
“I have seen quite a few fights in my life, but this was pretty violent.”
Hirsch, though, doesn’t really understand what all the fuss is about. He told police that he was “mouthing off” with Bernfeld, but that he didn’t quite remember what went down after having a couple drinks:
“She started kind of causing a ruckus and I sort of started… intervening and this happened. I don’t think it was much more than that to be honest…I think she had a go at me and I probably defended myself.”
Hmm… considering everybody else involved was taken back by the severity of the incident, maybe it was “much more than that,” Emile!
Teenage boys appear to shoot dead 25 men at Unesco world heritage site, in footage linked to Islamic State accounts
A video purportedly showing Islamic State militants shooting dead 25 men in the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria has been posted online.
The footage apparently shows the murder of soldiers fighting for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, who were captured in Homs. It was distributed by accounts known to be linked with Islamic State militants. Stills from the video show the killers to be young, possibly in their early teens. They are pictured holding guns and dressed in desert camouflage and brown bandanas.
A source reports Ben’s mom, Christine, has been steady for him through tough times in the past, and is continuing that support now that he and Garner have split:
“While Jen is turning to her family and friends, the person in Ben’s life is his mother. She is a constant rock for him. She had remained close to the family as well. She’s been there for him through this extremely difficult time.”
That’s important for Ben, of course, but also the couple’s children — nine-year-old Violet, six-year-old Seraphina, and three-year-old Samuel — who have been spending time with Christine in El Lay recently.
The source continued:
“He is really leaning on his mother for support. Ben and his mom have always been very close.”
Divorces are tough, no matter who you are — and especially tough on the kids. Here’s to Ben, Jen, and the kids all getting the emotional support they need during this tough time!