DAY 12, Wimbledon 2017 – Muguruza beats Venus!

I’m absolutely gutted for Venus, no disrespect to the Spaniard, for me personally it would have been a fairytale ending to the fortnight. The match changed in the blink of an eye from when Venus had two sets points on Muguruza’s serve at *4/5. From the moment she netted the forehand in a 19 stroke rally on the first of the set points, it was a different story. Until that point, you felt Williams has been slightly on top and it could have been so different had she of won the first set. Venus has had a lot on her plate this last 5 weeks and she has done incredibly well to play at the level she has for the fortnight. She has been superb and I’m devastated for her as I think she deserves another Slam so badly! She has done me proud though! I’m always a fan of a pro-Williams quote so here is Garbine’s after, “She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play… I feel incredible to be able to play her here”. Nice words. We go again Venus! No reason why she can’t go well on the US swing!

The Spaniard deserves a lot of credit for how she played today and indeed, for the fortnight. I didn’t fancy her chances pre-tournament but she has proved me wrong. She has got a big game that holds firm under pressure and the mental strength to back it up! It has not always been evident since her first slam in Paris last year but it was here, where she raised her level once again! I had been warned about the high quality after the Kerber match in the fourth round, that level never wavered from there on in! Sticking with Venus early on here proved key and committing just one unforced error in the second set is impressive!

The Ladies doubles was won by Vesnina/Makarova who beat Chan/Niculescu, who suffered a few nerves to say the least, getting double bageled! Kubot/Melo won the Gent’s doubles beating Marach/Pavic (13-11 in the decider). In an all American contest, Claire Lu beat Ann Li in the girls junior final.

Andy Del Potro

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