In a day that saw nine Croatians compete in the various tournaments underway at Wimbledon, Petra Martić was knocked out in the third round on the women’s side and Ivan Dodig dominated Igor Sijsling to advance to the 4th round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Sunday is a day of rest at Wimbledon before play gets back underway Monday with Dodig vs Ferrer and Croats in six doubles matches.
Ivan Dodig continued his great form with a near-perfect victory over Dutchman Igor Sijsling, winning via retirement, with the score at 6-0, 6-1, 1-0. Sijsling had no clear injury at the time and rumor has it that he had “stomach issues”. Dodig bageled Sijsling in the first set in an amazing 14 minutes, the quickest set seen at Wimbledon this year. In total, Ivan won 55 of the 78 points played in the shortened match. The win puts Ivan into #36 in the ATP rankings, 13 spots higher than at the start of the week. This was his 5th match in 6 days, and he has at least three more as he remains in the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions.
“I played the match at a really high level. I think those two sets were the best of my career on grass. My return was great, he served well but I read it superbly. I’m disappointed not to have finished but I’m glad I’ll get more rest.” –Ivan Dodig
His 4th round match will be his hardest, and Ivan will need to continue playing his best to have a chance against #4 seed David Ferrer. Ferrer hasn’t been particularly convincing thus far, needing four or five sets to see off his lower-ranked competitors in the first three rounds but will be a heavy favorite heading into his match against Dodig. The Spaniard and the Croat have met once, with Ferrer beating Dodig 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, in the semifinals of the Valencia Open last year. The early odds put Ferrer at 1/3 (75% probability) and the over/under on sets is even at 3.5.
Petra Martić lost to Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the third round of ladies singles at the All England Club. Petra came back from 1-6 to take the 2nd set 6-4, but failed to seal the deal, falling 6-2 in the final set. Her break point conversion was particularly disappointing, as she was 3/14 to Pironkova’s 6/9. Petra is not done yet at Wimbledon as she remains alive in ladies doubles.
In other matches, Petra Martić and Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) won 7-6(6)-7-6(4) in the 2nd round of women’s doubles. Mirjana Lucić-Baroni won her second round doubles match with partner Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. They join Darija Jurak and her partner Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) in the round of 16, where they all face opponents with top 10 seeds. This is the first time Croatia has had three doubles pairings advance to the round of 16 in a Grand Slam. Donna Vekić and American veteran James Blake won their mixed doubles 1st round match 6-4, 6-1. They will play the #3 seeds in the next round, two top 20 doubles players. Darija Jurak and Robert Farah (COL) won their mixed doubles match 6-2, 6-4 and now face the #7 seeds in the next round.
In Juniors, #2 seed Ana Konjuh won her 1st round match 6-2, 6-3 over Akvile Parazinskaite (LTU). Ana is playing with a weakened first serve, as she awaits elbow surgery. #8 Borna Ćorić beat Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) 7-5, 6-4 in his 1st round match. Adriana Lekaj was defeated by Katie Boulter (GBR) 6-3, 6-3.