Wimbledon 2017, Day 5 highlights: From 'Alona' Ostapenko to Mischa Zverev's plan to unsettle Roger Federer

Andy Murray beat Italian Fabio Fognini in a thrilling contest and title rival Rafael Nadal breezed his way into the Wimbledon last 16 on Day 5. In the women's draw, Victoria Azarenka defeated British wild card Heather Watson but Johanna Konta won comfortably to further strengthen her favourite tag. As we look forward to Day 6, let's look at some of the off-court highlights from Friday.

Azarenka name game

Victoria Azarenka said she chose the name Leo for her son because she didn't want him saddled with a name that could be ridiculed.

"I thought it's just a simple name but very strong. I also know kids like to make funny names with normal names, so it's hard to make anything up with Leo, so I was protecting my son there. And also, I'm a Leo as a horoscope, so that's the closest resemblance."

All Alona

Elina Svitolina will face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko for a quarter-final spot but will be referring to her as Alona.

"The names translate differently in Latvian. Everybody calls her Alona, like Russian-speaking people," said Svitolina.

Green with envy


Masters golf champion Sergio Garcia was in the Royal Box on Centre Court sporting the green jacket he won in April when he captured his maiden major.

No sign of the times

All England Club commercial director Mick Desmond told AFP that there are no plans to have advertising hoardings or sponsorship logos plastered around the courts.

"The clean look and a sense of an English garden is very much the DNA. It's been like that for many years. We cherish the traditional the heritage," said Desmond.

"What we don't need to do is to put big badges and banners all around the place because it would take away what Wimbledon is.

"People know who our partners are. You don't have to hammer people over the head by putting logos everywhere."

Hair are you?

Austrian World No 217 Sebastian Ofner stunned 18th seed and US No 1 Jack Sock in five sets to make the third round on his Grand Slam debut. The 21-year-old qualifier came into Wimbledon having made just $16,000 all year but is already guaranteed at least $116,000 by making the last-32. Ofner is also making a name for himself on Twitter where his immaculately groomed and slicked hair has won praise for its steadfastness. "Ofner hair would not move in 53mph wind storm he is working the heavy gel slicked back hair," tweeted former player and TV pundit Brad Gilbert.

Quotes of the day

"I am home sooner than I wanted to be, but you know what? I reached my goal, to play tennis again, to play tennis at Wimbledon and to compete in the sport I love. The last six months were difficult but now I can push restart. This is only the beginning of my new journey and I will come back stronger. See you next year, my dear Wimbledon."

— Two-time champion Petra Kvitova tweeting having reached home in the Czech Republic after her second round exit. Kvitova was playing just her third tournament since fighting off a knife attacker at her home in December.

"He's a great guy. I don't have any problems sitting next to him. We chat. I mean, I would say he's one of the nicest guys on tour."

— Aljaz Bedene on sharing a dinner table with Gilles Muller on Thursday night. On Friday, Muller knocked him out of Wimbledon.

"Everytime he rings, he says 'hi Spartan' and when I go out to play he tells me to 'be a Spartan'."

— Greece's Maria Sakkari on the advice she receives from British coach Mark Petchey. Sakkari's father is, not surprisingly, from... Sparta.

"I'll maybe give him a mean, angry look before the match."

— Germany's Mischa Zverev on what he can do to unsettle Roger Federer when they meet in the third round.

"I never look at the draw. I never know who I'm playing. So next round I know I'm playing Kontaveit. That's the only thing I know. I don't really look forward."

— Caroline Wozniacki on looking ahead, or not

Stats of the day

2/11 — break point conversion rate for Kei Nishikori in his defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut

50 — number of Grand Slam match wins that South Africa's Kevin Anderson he achieved when he faced Belgian qualifier Rubens Bemelmans.

63 — winners hit by Benoit Paire as he made the last-16 for the first time with a straight sets win over Jerzy Janowicz.


Published Date: Jul 08, 2017 04:49 pm | Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 04:55 pm

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