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Keys, King and Davis score upsets in Wimbledon tune-ups

June 17, 2014 03:46 PM
Vania King recorded one of the biggest wins of her career in defeating world No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in S'Hertogenbosch

By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com

The American women had a big day on Tuesday at the grass-court events in Eastbourne, England, and S'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, posting upset wins over three Top 15 players. Madison Keys, Vania King and Lauren Davis were responsible for the surprise victories.

In Eastbourne, Keys was in complete control of her first-round match against world No. 7 Jelena Jankovic, breezing through in just over an hour of play, 6-3, 6-3. Hammering down five aces and winning 71 percent of her return points on second serves, Keys kept the rallies short and frustrated the No. 3 seed.

The world No. 47 has been in good form recently, having reached the semifinals last month at the WTA event in Strasbourg, France. Keys will play Elena Vesnina of Russia in the second round.

Davis continued the upset trend in Eastbourne by shocking world No. 14 Sara Errani of Italy, 7-6 (5), 6-2. After Davis saved a set point to take the opening set, the veteran Italian struggled against the consistency of her opponent. The 20-year-old Davis has been playing well on the grass so far this season, as evidenced by her third-round showing last week at the WTA event in Birmingham, England. Davis next plays veteran Daniela Hantuchova.

In S'Hertogenbosch, King recorded one of the biggest wins of her career by rallying from a set down to beat world No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. The No. 3 seed appeared to be in control at the beginning of the match, but as King began to add more variety and spin to her shots, the change of pace began to confuse Bouchard.

This marks the second Top 15 win for King in 2014; she previously beat Errani last January at the WTA event in Shenzhen, China. She'll play fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe in the second round.

In other matches featuring American players, Varvara Lepchenko rallied from a set down in Eastbourne to defeat Shuai Zhang of China, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. She'll play No. 2 seed and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second round.

 

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