Mattek-Sands Sends Ivanovic Tumbling Out
LONDON, England - Bethanie Mattek-Sands caused the latest upset at this year's Wimbledon by knocking out No.7 seed Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, 6-4, on Wednesday evening.
Twenty-four hours after the exits of two of last year's breakthrough acts, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard, Ivanovic's dreams of Wimbledon glory were dashed by a swashbuckling display of serve and volley tennis from Mattek-Sands.
"It's great. I came through qualifying and I'm feeling great on the grass," Mattek-Sands said. "I've played a lot of matches - been doing really well in doubles with my friend Lucie [Safarova] - but this is my first big win of the year.
"I'm feeling really good, playing well, feeling good and just enjoying the moment."
Due to her penchant for making a fashion statement, Mattek-Sands has rarely gone unnoticed at the most conservative of tennis venues. However, this time it was all about the tennis, the American displaying poise, purpose and panache to register her best win since returning from injury at the end of last year.
"I think the hip surgery and being out that long really gave me a perspective on playing and enjoying tennis," she added. "Last year I was watching all these matches in my house - and with this weather I feel like I'm back in Florida!
"Ana's a really nice person, she's a champion, so it was a really good win for me. Just beating someone like Ana, who had a great French Open - she made the semifinals - is a Top 10 player. I take every win, put it under my belt and keep going.
"I'm here to play my game, I play aggressive and that's what I'm going to do going forward."