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It’s A Mixed Bag For Americans On July 4 At Wimbledon 2019

Kaia Kanepi (L) of Estland in action against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their second round match at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 04 July 2019. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO COMMERCIAL SALES

It’s a mixed bag for Americans on July 4 at Wimbledon

 

By Ricky Dimon

 

It wasn’t all good for Americans on America’s Independence Day at Wimbledon.

 

But it wasn’t all bad, either.

 

The men went 3-2 and the women went 4-2 on Thursday, July 4, combining for a solid but unspectacular 7-4 record. Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey were among the winners on the men’s side, while Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Alison Riske, and Lauren Davis led the women’s charge.

 

Davis was the biggest story of all. The 25-year-old needed a lucky-loser spot just to get into the main draw and to say she has taken advantage of second life in London would be  a gross understatement. Davis took down defending champion Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 to reach the third round.

 

“(It’s) definitely been incredible,” she assured. “I was super disappointed having lost last round of quallies. I found out less than two hours later that I got into main. I was ecstatic about that. It’s honestly a dream being here.”

 

The situation is a much different one for Serena, of course. It’s all or nothing. Even though the former world No. 1 may not be in peak form, anything less than the title–which would be Grand Slam No. 24–would be a disappointment. Right now, though, Serena is simply in survive and advance mode. That’s what she did on Thursday, overcoming Kaja Juvan 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Serena Williams of the US returns to Kaja Juvan of Slovenia in their second round match during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 04 July 2019. EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO COMMERCIAL SALES

“I just have to remember that I’m best at closing matches,” Serena said when asked about finishing off Juvan in convincing fashion. “I’m good at it. I just have to keep the mind frame of where am I, what do I do mentally to close matches. I have to kind of just shut my eyes and get there. Like I keep saying, it’s just experience and match play. In the past two years I haven’t played a lot of matches. I’m just trying to kind of get that back.”

 

Isner is also trying to get that back after missing more than three months with a stress fracture in his foot. The 2018 Wimbledon semifinalist got through one match successfully, but he did not have enough in the tank to come out on the winning end of a five-setter with Mikhail Kukushkin in round two.

 

On the bright side for the American men, Johnson prevailed in a five-setter of his own. He outlasted Alex de Minaur 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

 

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand. You can follow him on twitter at @Dimonator.

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