Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Melichar continues her Wimbledon streak

Mixed doubles defending champion Nicole Melichar, a very good doubles player from the USA who gets zero media attention, advanced--with partner Bruno Soares--to the third round of mixed doubles at Wimbledon today. She and Soares did it by defeating Serena Williams and Andy Murray 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Melichar was outstanding today in her third round match; she and Soares, the top seeds, will play Yang Zhaoxuan and Matwe Middlekoop in the quarterfinals.

Last year, Melichar won the championship with Alexander Peya.

Meanwhile, the unseeded team of Alona Ostapenko and Robert Lindstedt upset 4th seeds Zhang Shuai and John Peers to advance to the quarterfinals. And for the second time, Ostapenko hit Lindstedt in the head with one of her serves. Someone in the stands probably needs to hold up a sign that says DUCK!, or Lindstedt needs to switch to a more protective piece of headgear.

Also today, Barbora Strycova became the only player to remain in two draws, as she and Hsieh Su-Wei defeated Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets to advance to the semifinals. 2nd seeds and defending champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova also advanced to the semifinals

And then there was this:

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