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12 points of perfection at Wimbledon

Elena Vesnina

Third round women’s doubles match on center court, Coco Gauff and Caty Mcnally were playing the unseeded Russian team of Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina.

The two American teenagers were leading 6-5 with love-40 on Kudermetova’s serve. Triple set point.

Then something happened that I believe has never happened before in the history of professional tennis.

Kudermetova and Vesnina won the next five points in a row to hold serve and force the tiebreaker. I didn’t take any notes because I didn’t expect anything historic to happen but I recall Kudermetova served an ace to Gauff in the ad and also a service winner.

So the Russian and American pairs entered the tiebreaker to determine the first set. And once again the Russians extended their stretch perfection and won all seven points of the tiebreaker! They won twelve points in a row from triple set point down.

There is no way that could have ever happened before nor will this oddity could repeat itself.

The match pattern continued in an unpredictable course with Gauff and Mcnally winning the second set 64 but then Kudermetova and Vesnina regained their mastery and prevailed in the third set 63 to advance to the quarterfinals where they would stun the top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Kararina Siniakova 67 64 97.

Today Vesnina/Kudermetova will play the semifinals against unseeded Australian Storm Sanders and American Caroline Dolehide.

But remember this: winning twelve points in a row from triple set point down is possible and Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina proved it in 2021 at Wimbledon.

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5 comments

  • Sam · July 13, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Scoop, I guess you’ve heard the latest about Federer’s “setback” during the grass-court season? 😉

    Last week, I was thinking, “In a few days, we’re going to hear some bogus injury excuse for his poor performance.” And voilà, just like clockwork, here ’tis!! 🤣

    It also conveniently allows him to withdraw from Tokyo, since he has “no choice” but to rehabilitate the knee.

    Oh, well–I guess this is slightly more creative than “The dog chewed up my racket”! 🤡

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 13, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Sam. No surprise at all. Fed has delayed reaction to announcing injuries or mono. Highly Sophisticated injury management. )

  • Sam · July 14, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Highly Sophisticated injury management.

    HSIM for short. 😄

    Maybe he also hires an “injury consultant.” 😉

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 14, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Wally Masur: players fabricate injuries to protect their ego.

  • Sam · July 15, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Uh . . . yeah. But it’s interesting, Scoop, how so many fans are falling for Fed’s latest excuse, taking it as gospel.

    I think if Federer said, “I ran into the Easter Bunny last night,” some of these same people wouldn’t bother to question it. 😉

    As you’ve said: It’s okay to question everything. In fact, these days I think it’s downright healthy to do so.

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