Disappointing ending for Madison Keys
LONDON -- A strained abductor muscle prevented Madison Keys from extending a seven-match win streak that included one grass-court title. But the 19-year-old American, who had to withdraw from Wimbledon on Monday before resuming her suspended third-round match, is just one McDonald's sweet tea from feeling much better.
She was one of five American women to reach the third round and, technically, the last to depart. This is the first time in the Open era no U.S. woman reached the fourth round at Wimbledon -- and the first time in any Slam since the 2011 French Open.
Keys, who was trying to level her match with Yaroslava Shvedova -- Shvedova was winning 7-6 (7), 6-6 when darkness intervened Saturday -- said the injury is not serious and she will be able to resume the US Open series schedule after about two weeks of treatment.
She will next play in Washington, where she will try to continue the momentum that included a singles grass-court title two weeks ago in Eastbourne, a result that saw her ranking rise to a career-high No. 30.
"I was trying not to bawl my eyes out," Keys said of leaving the court the other night. "I think there were some tears. I mean, it's definitely not how I want to be leaving Wimbledon, but it happens. [I] just have to take it in stride, just accept it, just try to get better."
Returning home to Florida after two months in Europe, Keys said she already knows the first thing she'll do.
"I think I'm going to have to stop by McDonald's and get a large sweet tea," she said. "It's the biggest thing I miss when I'm here. I visit so much, I know it's exactly $1.06 for a large sweet tea."
Perhaps a future endorsement deal could be in the works for a player whose career has taken a large jump over the past two weeks with victories over No. 7 Angelique Kerber and No. 8 Jelena Jankovic in Eastbourne.
"I don't think I need a McDonald's contract," Keys said. "If I could have a lifetime supply of sweet tea though, I'd be happy."
Bouchard leads the way
Eugenie Bouchard is proving to be no fluke.
The 20-year-old Canadian is through to the quarterfinals of her third major of the year with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Alize Cornet
That gave Bouchard the most 2014 Grand Slam match wins of any woman -- 14 -- one more than Maria Sharapova, who was playing later, and Simona Halep, scheduled to be in action Tuesday. How far and how fast has Bouchard come? Last year she won a total of four matches in majors.
Bouchard is the first Canadian man or woman to reach a Wimbledon quarterfinal in the Open era. Last year, as a teenager, she beat Ana Ivanovic here.
It was worth noting that Bouchard won exactly one more point than Cornet (77-76), but was the better player in the crucial moments. Cornet was serving for the second set at 5-4, but Bouchard won 10 of the last 13 points.
"I've been in situations like that before," Bouchard explained, "so I had full belief and confidence in myself that I wasn't out. The second set wasn't over yet. I just tried to focus on my serve at 5-3. I played some good points at 5-4.
"I think basically I was able to step up on the important moments."
Cornet, who sent Serena Williams home in the third round, was trying to land the first quarterfinal of her Grand Slam career. The match was played under the roof on Centre Court after rains visited the All England Club.
The No. 13-seedsed Bouchard will meet the winner of the later match between Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber. It was Sharapova who knocked Bouchard out of the French Open with a three-set victory in the semifinals.
She's still only 20, but she and Wimbledon already have a history. She was the 2012 girls' junior champion here.
"I played on Centre Court last year," Bouchard said. "I was lucky enough to do that. Kate Middleton's parents were watching us then. I think when I went in the Royal Box when I won the juniors, I think the Duke of Kent presented me the trophy. Yes, that's correct."
Lisicki advances (again)
One of the remnants of Saturday rain was the suspended third-round match between Ana Ivanovic and Sabine Lisicki.
Ivanovic came back to level the match in the second, but Lisicki prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the fourth round against Yaroslava Shvedova, who advanced when Madison Keys withdrew before their suspended match resumed.
Lisicki, a 24-year-old German, was a finalist here last year and has won nine of her past 10 matches. Last year she took out Serena Williams here in the fourth round. Fun fact: Lisicki is 22-5 here at 20-18 at the other three Slams.
Strycova's run continues
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova continues to have the tournament of her life.
Last week, she ended a 0-for-24 streak against players ranked in the top 10 by issuing the upset of the fortnight, a straight-sets victory over No. 2 seed Li Na. On Monday, she backed it up by knocking off a former No. 1 player, No. 16 seed Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 7-5.
As a result, she's into her first major quarterfinal, against the winner of the match between No. 6 seed Petra Kvitova and Shuai Peng. Strycova, who is ranked No. 43 and has yet to drop a set, was called a "different" kind of player by Wozniacki.
"For me it's the hardest to play against her on grass," Wozniacki said. "On clay and on hard court, the ball bounces up a little bit more. But she obviously tries to mix up the pace. She makes a lot of drop shots, a lot of slice returns that doesn't bounce up.
"Kind of gets you out of your rhythm a little bit."
Apparently, the grass of England agrees with the 28-year-old from the Czech Republic; she's 9-2 on the green stuff after reaching the final at Birmingham and winning her first four matches here.
In three previous encounters, Strycova had failed to beat Wozniacki -- or even take a set for that matter.
Strycova now faces fellow Czech Republic player Petra Kvitova, who beat Shuai Peng 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.
Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, is into the quarters here for the fifth straight year. She's won 19 of her past 21 matches here. She as the third Czech Republic woman to reach the quarters -- the first time that's happened in the Open era.
Is it starting to feel like 2011 again?
"Not really," Kvitova said. "I mean, it's different time. It's already three years, so I really can't compare it. Definitely I'm feeling confident, and that's important right now."
Seven years ago, when Lucie Safarova reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, she was a 19-year-old with what looked to be a promising career ahead of her. As it turned out, she failed to do as well in her next 29 Grand Slam events. But the 30th was the charm: Safarova defeated fellow Czech Tereza Smitkova 6-0, 6-2 to reach her second major quarterfinal, where she'll play the No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova, who crushed No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in 6-3, 6-0. Safarova won 54 of 80 points and was credited with only four unforced errors.