Shelby’s Joy And Jack’s Agony


[10] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. [108] Shelby Rogers (USA)

Rogers has the talent, could she play up to that level consistently to upset Kvitova today?  That has been the challenge for Rogers and a torn medial collateral ligament in the right knee last year did not help her game.  Rogers ranking fell as a result and she has had to work her way back up the rankings.  Kvitova has been struggling with her level of confidence.  Despite being a two-time Wimbledon champion, she struggles with belief and motivation.  If Rogers could play at the level I have seen from her before she got injured, I thought she would challenge Kvitova.  This is the biggest win of her career and she gets to the quarterfinals of a Major for the first time in her career.  In the process she handed Kvitova two bagel sets: 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-0.


052016JackSock[23] Jack Sock (USA) vs. [55] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

I know that Americans traditionally struggle on clay and Ramos-Vinolas grew up on this stuff; however, I thought that Sock would have a slight advantage in this match.  After he won the first set, I thought he would relax and win this match.  Yet, that is the problem for Americans, to stay in the moment and grind out the points and no players do it better than the Spaniards.  Thus, it was not a surprise that Ramos-Vinolas fought his way back.  Sock had seven break opportunities in the third and failed to convert on any of them; therefore, theoretically he could have won this match in four sets.  Ramos Vinolas took advantage of his one break opportunity in the fifth set, while Sock once again could not capitalize on the two opportunities he had.  Sock lost 7-6(2), 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.

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