Missed a couple of days of Wimbledon 2016 postings due to outside commitments, so I’ll briefly try to catch up with a few of my favorites. And speaking of favorites, of the players left on the women’s side my two top personal faves are Madison Keys (always my top player) and Simona Halep. Unfortunately for this fan, they will have to play each other in the round of 16. Maddie continues to impress with a 6-4 5-7 6-2 win over the tricky Alize Cornet. Of course, I’d prefer Keys to take care of business in straight sets. But it’s also encouraging to see her dig deeply in her last two matches, overcoming second set lulls to win going away in the third. Simona was very strong, taking out Roland Garros 2016 giant killer Kiki Bertens, 6-4 6-3. So I am thrilled to see my top two ladies advancing to the round of 16. I’m not as thrilled to know one of them will have their tournament end before the quarterfinals.
Eugenie Bouchard’s Wimbledon 2016 women’s singles campaign came to an end against 19th seeded dark horse contender Dominika Cibulkova, 6-4 6-3. Although no top player wants their Major to end in the third round, there were positives for Genie to take away. Considering how precipitously her ranking has dropped, her performance taking out 16th seed Johanna Konta in the previous round was a sign that she is beginning to right the ship. Even in her best days, Bouchard could lose to Cibulkova, a former Australian Open runner-up. This loss in itself is not a big deal. If Genie continues to play as she has in the first half of the 2016 season, her ranking will improve to the point where she won’t have to face a player like Domi so early in Majors.
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5 SIMONA HALEP d. 26 Kiki Bertens, 6-4 6-3
EUGENIE BOUCHARD lost to 19 Dominika Cibulkova, 6-4 6-3
9 MADISON KEYS d. Alize Cornet, 6-4 5-7 6-2