Day 3 at Wimbledon 2015 saw every women’s singles match that featured an American result in an American win. Of course, the Williams sisters continued to win. As per my usual approach, I’ll save blogging about Serena until later in the tournament when she’s usually lifting a trophy, or at least among the final few competing to do so. There were also solid wins today by Sloane Stephens and my current favorite player, Madison Keys. Maddie was finishing up her 3 set comeback against Stefanie Voegele halted by darkness the previous day. But I’d like to highlight Coco Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Both pulled off upsets of top seeds. 11th seed Karolina Pliskova is one of the tour’s fast rising young stars, armed with a bazooka-like serve. However, one of the players who can match or exceed Pliskova, if they are having an “on” day, is Coco Vandeweghe. It was working for Coco in her 7-6 (5) 6-4 upset of the higher ranked Pliskova sister. Coco bombed away for 15 aces (against only 3 double faults), along the way winning 32 of 38 first serve points. It would be Bethanie Mattek-Sands who would claim the highest name upset as she handled 7th seed Ana Ivanovic, 6-3 6-4. With all of the talk of Serena being half way to a calendar year Grand Slam (and 3/4 of the way to a second Serena Slam), it should be mentioned that Bethanie and her doubles partner Lucie Safarova are half way to a calendar year doubles Grand Slam, having won the Australian Open and Roland Garros. On this day, she blasted 32 winners, slightly more than double Ana’s 15, in continuing Ivanovic’s disappointing 2015 season.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-4 6-1 vs Timea Babos)
4 MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 6-4 6-1 vs Richel Hogenkamp)
BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS (won 6-3 6-4 vs 7 Ana Ivanovic)
COCO VANDEWEGHE (won 7-6 (5) 6-4 vs 11 Karolina Pliskova)
21 MADISON KEYS (won 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-4 vs Stefanie Voegele)