Wimbledon 2022: Fritz, Anisimova last standing in singles after Round 4
California’s No. 11 seed, Taylor Fritz, and New Jersey-born and Florida-raised No. 20 seed, Amanda Anisimova, both dominated their Round 4 singles matches at Wimbledon as their home country celebrated its 246th birthday on Monday.
Fritz and Anisimova remain the only Americans in the men’s and women’s singles draws, as Brandon Nakashima, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe fell to their fourth-round opponents. It's the first time that an American man and woman will play in the quarterfinals of the same Grand Slam tournament since the 2020 Australian Open.
Meanwhile, U.S. players continue to dig deeper in the doubles draws – though Venus Williams and mixed doubles partner Jamie Murray lost an (incredibly) extended tiebreak.
Top American seed Taylor Fritz eases into quarterfinals
For the first time this decade, an American man has advanced to the Wimbledon’s singles quarterfinals: Taylor Fritz took all of two hours to defeat Australian qualifier Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in his Round 4 match.
“I’m glad I could get the win on the Fourth of July, being an American,” Fritz said after his victory. Leading up to Wimbledon, the world No. 14 won his third career title at an ATP 250 event in Eastbourne.
Fritz is one of five remaining seeds to reach the quarterfinals, and will face No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, the winner of the first two Grand Slam tournaments played this year. It will serve as a rematch of spring’s BNP Paribas Open final, which saw Fritz defeat Nadal 6-3, 7-6(5) as the Spaniard struggled with a fractured rib.
Three other American men failed to reach the final eight, including No. 23 seed Tiafoe, No. 30 seed Paul and unseeded Nakashima. Belgium’s David Goffin squeaked past Tiafoe with a 7-6(3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 victory, while Australia’s resurgent Nick Kyrgios fought hard to seal a quarterfinal spot even after winning a crucial third-set tiebreak, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2.
Amanda Anisimova boots Harmony Tan in Round 4
After claiming Saturday’s Round 3 three-setter against compatriot Coco Gauff—the 18-year-old 2022 Roland Garros singles and doubles finalist—Amanda Anisimova defeated France’s Harmony Tan 6-2, 6-3 in just under an hour and 15 minutes. The world No. 25 cruised through the first set, but avoided a potentially dangerous decider by holding at 4-3 in the second and then quickly wrapping up.
“It’s my first quarterfinal at Wimbledon, so I’m just so happy,” Anisimova said post-match. “It’s been a very tough journey the past couple of years, it’s been a lot of ups and downs. So that’s why these moments are extra special to me.”
Perhaps best known for her breakthrough semifinal run at the 2019 French Open, the 20-year-old Anisimova has enjoyed a number of career highs this calendar year: She won her second WTA title at the Melbourne Summer Set 2, reached a career-best Round 4 at the Australian Open, and downed four-time major champion Naomi Osaka in her Roland Garros opener.
Anisimova now faces Romania’s No. 16 seed Simona Halep, the 2019 Wimbledon champion, in the quarterfinals.
Venus out of mixed after epic, but Americans excel in doubles
In doubles: Three U.S. players, including No. 1 seed Rajeev Ram, reached the men’s quarterfinals, as did three Americans in the women’s tournament.
Venus Williams (alongside Great Britain’s Jamie Murray) lost her Round 2 mixed doubles match in a 34-point decider, while Jack Sock and Coco Gauff advanced to the mixed quarterfinals.
Ram and partner Joe Salisbury of Great Britain, who won the 2020 Australian Open and 2021 US Open, took another step toward their third major title with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 Round 3 win against 16th-seeded opponents Rafael Matos of Brazil and David Vega Hernandez of Spain. Unseeded American duo Denis Kudla and Jack Sock downed No. 13 pair Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Andres Molteni of Argentina, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Should the pairs win their quarterfinal and semifinal matches, they would meet in the final.
Danielle Collins—the highest-ranked American woman singles player at world No. 8—lost her opener against the Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova, but has enjoyed a second chance at Wimbledon glory alongside doubles partner Desirae Krawczyk. They defeated third-seeded Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico, 6-4, 6-3 in the third round. On the opposite end of the bracket, tenth-seeded duo American Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Australian Ellen Perez dominated Poland’s Magdalena Frech and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-1, 6-1. The three Americans would only compete in a potential final.
But perhaps the most exciting doubles action these past two days came out of the mixed matches when wildcard pairings Murray and Williams competed against Great Britain’s Jonny O’Mara and Alicia Barnett on Saturday. After trading sets, the teams reached a 10-point tiebreak that culminated in a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(16) victory for the Brits.
The second-seeded pairing of Krawcyzk and Great Britain’s Neal Skupski, the defending champions, made short work of France’s Matwe Middelkoop and Australia’s Ellen Perez, 7-5, 6-2. America’s four-time Grand Slam doubles winner Sock and rising star Gauff managed No. 3 seeds Nicolas Mahut of France and Zhang Shuai of China 6-4, 7-6(3).
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