THREE AMERICANS ADVANCE TO
Ashley Marshall | July 10, 2017
After Wimbledon’s traditional middle Sunday with no play, a trio of Americans vying for singles titles started the second week in emphatic fashion by going a perfect three-for-three in fourth-round action.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams defeated No. 27 seed Ana Konjuh, 6-3, 6-2, while CoCo Vandeweghe toppled fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 7-6, 6-4. On the men’s side, the last American remaining, Sam Querrey (pictured above), continued to tout his grass-court credentials with a hard-fought win over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
It means the U.S. has three players in the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year after Querrey, Venus and Serena Williams all reached the last eight 12 months ago, and Serena, Vandeweghe and Madison Keys advanced to the quarters in 2015.
Both Venus and Vandeweghe are strong grass-court players, and neither dropped a set Monday afternoon in remaining on track for an all-American final five days from now.
No. 10 seed Venus needed just 65 minutes to surpass Croatian teen Konjuh, breaking once in the opening set and again in successive games in the second to move on to the quarterfinals for the 13th time in her Wimbledon career. A champion at the All England Club in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008, Venus will now face French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday for a spot in Thursday’s semifinals against either No. 2 seed Simona Halep or hometown favorite and No. 6 seed Johanna Konta.
In the top half of the women’s draw, Vandeweghe set up a quarterfinal match with the last remaining unseeded player in the competition, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. The Californian, who reached the semifinals in Melbourne in January, overpowered two-time US Open finalist Wozniacki Monday afternoon. She took four of the final five points in the first-set tiebreak to establish an early advantage. And in the second set, the No. 24 seed broke the Dane at 5-4 in the second set to complete the upset.
But if things were straightforward for the women, advancing to the quarterfinals proved far more complicated for the last U.S. man in singles action. Querrey , the 24th seed, dropped the first set when he was broken for the first time serving at 5-6, then didn’t drop serve again in his remaining 22 service games. He took the second set in a tiebreak and moved within one set of victory behind a lone break in the third. Anderson fought off four match points in the fourth set – he took the tiebreak, 13-11 – to send the round-of-16 encounter into a decider, but Querrey claimed the victory by serving the match out to love at the three-hour, 11-minute mark.
With the victory, Querrey becomes the first American man to reach the quarterfinals in consecutive years at Wimbledon since Andy Roddick achieved the feat in 2004-05. Querrey upset Novak Djokovic last year on his way to the round of 8. Before that, the last American man to reach the final eight was Mardy Fish in 2011.
Querrey will now play top seed and world No. 1 Andy Murray on Centre Court on Wednesday. The last American man to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals was Roddick, who reached the final in 2009, where he dropped a five-set thriller to Roger Federer.