In yet another spectacular upset at this year’s Wimbledon, 22nd seeded Ekaterina Makarova blew away 2012 finalist and 4th seed, Aga Radwanska on Monday evening. The Russian leftie loves playing on the grass and she simply outfoxed one of the canniest players in the WTA, leaving Radwanska stranded with her wonderful net play and great serving. She was leading 6-3 5-0 when rain stopped play, but wrapped things up when they got back on court, for a bagel set and the match in just 52 minutes. Makarova has never been past the 3rd round before, but she is now in the quarters to play Lucie Safarova.
Earlier, 25th seed Alize Cornet – who took out Serena Williams on Saturday – came onto Centre Court to play 13th Eugenie Bouchard. Both women are aggressive player and also defend well – and those skills certainly showed in the first set when nothing separated them. The breaker initially went the Canadian’s way as she led 4-1, but Cornet came back to level at 5-5 before playing two loose shots to hand the breaker to Bouchard 7-5. Bouchard broke in the 5th game of the second set but Cornet again managed to level at 5-5 and break again in the 12th game to take the set 7-5 on her first match point.
6th seeded Petra Kvitova kept the Czech charge going with a win over 61st ranked Shuai Peng who got to the 4th round in 2011 and 2012. Kvitova, champion in 2012, took one minute over the hour to steamroll past Peng 6-3 6-2. Her quarter final opponent will be Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
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