This was a very late Roundup post because school has just started for me, ugh! I will be less active now but will still continue to do predictions every week, including some roundups.
Both Pliskova twins were in action on Day 2 of the Aegon International Eastbourne – and they both scored wins.
Kristyna Pliskova had the tougher match between the two – she was pushed to three by wildcard Naomi Broady 6-2 6-7(6) 6-1. Pliskova was really in control throughout the whole match as Broady just couldn’t convert on any break point chance (she went 0/10) and Pliskova’s first serve was a great asset (won 80% of first serve points). Broady however stayed firm on her own serve in the second set and forced it into a tiebreaker, leading 5-1 there but Pliskova fired a mini comeback and held a match point at 6-5. The Czech failed to convert and Broady, now fired up, forced it into a third. The decider was a one-sided affair with Broady staying passive especially on crucial moments (saved 0/4 break points throughout the match) and thus Pliskova powered her way into round 2. Next up for her? World No.1 Angelique Kerber.
The younger sister Karolina had a relatively easier outing against Alison Riske, breaking once in each set to win 6-4 6-3. Riske was consistent throughout the match but always got broken at the crucial point (4-5 first set, 3-4 second set). I liked how Pliskova was going for more on the second serve, although it didn’t really pay off today and the double fault count also rose. Anyway, Pliskova will play Peng Shuai or Timea Bacsinszky in Round 3.
Heather Watson scored her second Top 10 win as the World No.126 outlasted Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5 6-4 to hand the Slovak her third straight loss. The Brit, buoyed on by the home crowd, broke Cibulkova twice in the first set but the World No.9 always found a way to break back. However it was too little too late on the third break as she got broken at 5-6, handing the set over. Cibulkova died down in the second set as the crowd’s cheers grew louder and louder, and in the end Watson won on her fourth set point. Cibulkova is now 0-3 on grass and she will be in danger of dropping out of the Top 10 in Wimbledon where she is defending quarterfinal points.
French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko recovered from a second set bagel and a medical timeout to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 0-6 6-4. Ostapenko took a medical time-out at the start of the second but from then on took control of the match with some aggressive play.
Part 1 of the full match of Ostapenko-Suarez Navarro is linked below, you can find the other parts on the Youtuber’s channel.
In the other first round matches in Eastbourne…
Sorana Cirstea produced a consistent display to oust the erratic, impatient Katerina Siniakova in straights. She will play Johanna Konta in a Fed Cup rematch.
For the first time in her career, Lara Arruabarrena won back-to-back main draw matches on grass, ousting Birmingham quarterfinalist Daria Gavrilova in three.
Peng Shuai defeated Francesca Schiavone, 6-3 6-4 in a match where Schiavone was frustrated at a couple of line calls!
Naomi Osaka powered her way past Risa Ozaki 6-0, 6-1 and will play Caroline Wozniacki in an upset-worthy match.
Zhang Shuai dismantled Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 and will play Kristina Mladenovic in a repeat match-up from Birmingham.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova recovered from being a set down to blast past Elise Mertens, 4-6 6-3 6-1.
Lauren Davis defeated fellow lucky loser Kristina Kucova and plays Agnieszka Radwanska in round 2.
Barbora Strycova, Veronica Cepede Royg and Duan Ying-Ying all booked their spots into the round of 32.
Day 3’s OOP is up with the top seeds taking the court for a spot in the third round.