Murray and Konta among Winners and Losers of Wimbledon week one
We’re already halfway through the 2017 Wimbledon championships, so it’s time to take stock.
This year’s tournament has produced plenty of drama, action and entertainment, and the latter stages should serve up more of the same.
But we’re taken a quick look back, to round up the winners and losers of the opening week.
There were real concerns for the world number one ahead of his bid for a third Wimbledon title, with the Scot lacking form and battling injury.
But Murray has shrugged of all fears so far, dropping just one set en route to the fourth round.
Aljaz Bedene was arguably the star of the first round, after the Brit prevailed in a five-set epic with Ivo Karlovic.
That opened his path right up and Bedene saw off Damir Dzumhur next time out to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.
Once touted as the man to break up the big four, Dimitrov is on the way back after a couple of years in the wilderness.
The Bulgarian has yet to drop a set on his way to the fourth round. We’ll get a great idea of where he’s at when he takes on Roger Federer…
The big upset of the first round. Three-time Slam champion Stan Wawrinka fell at the first hurdle to 21-year-old Daniil Medvedev.
In fairness, the Swiss ace appears to be carrying a few niggles, but still, it was a poor result from such a top-level veteran.
The Japanese star has never mastered Wimbledon, and 2017 proved no difference.
Nishikori has never gone beyond the fourth round in London, and crashed out in the third round to Roberto Bautista-Agut this year.
He’s always popular at Wimbledon, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was another early casualty.
The Frenchman is a two-time semi-finalist here, but fell far short this year, going out to Sam Querrey in round three after five sets.
Plenty were talking up Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon chances, with many saying it’s Britain’s best chance in a generation for a home champion.
And so far the 26-year-old is proving everyone right. And after Karolina Pliskova’s exit, Konta is 9/2 favourite to emulate Virginia Wade, 40 years on.
We know she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the third round, but Heather Watson could well have defeated the two-time US Champion, and should hold her head up high.
The Guernsey-born ace produced some scintillating tennis last week, including that 6-3 first set over the Belarussian.
Watson’s 19-minute bagel over world number 19 Anastasija Sevastova was another indicator that on her day, she can be unplayable.
Having failed to win a tournament all year, Angelique Kerber headed to Wimbledon far from the form expected of a world number one.
But the German has come through a difficult draw to reach the fourth round, and is showing glimpses of the talent which saw her reach last year’s final.
These really are difficult times for the 23-year-old and Laura Robson failed to shine in her 6-4 6-2 first round loss to world 97 Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Wrist injuries have wrecked the last few years of Robson’s career, and that fourth round run in 2013 feels a long time ago now.
The Czech Republic ace seemed destined to land one of the French Open or Wimbledon this summer, but has failed do claim either.
She’s been such a consistent winner on the WTA Tour, that a Slam success seemed – and still is – inevitable.
But she must learn to hold her nerve, crashing out last week in the second round to Magdalena Rybarikova having taken the first set.
The Canadian was a Wimbledon finalist in 2014, but that remains her most recent Slam final appearance.
A fall at the 2015 US Open was a major set back, and may still be a factor, with Bouchard’s current record reading a dismal 4-10, with Wimbledon her third straight first round exit.
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