(June 25, 2014) WIMBLEDON – The list of young American women in the third round of Wimbledon has grown longer as Lauren Davis upset 12th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday. The victory for the No. 55 player means that she has equaled her best performance of her 10 major tournament appearances. She joins American women’s generation next – Madison Keys, Alison Riske and Victoria Duval who remain in the draw at Wimbledon.
“I’m really pleased with how I am progressing and how much I’ve improved. Over the off-season I improved my fitness a lot,” said Davis. “So I think it a base was a really good foundation, a base to start off for a great year ahead of me.”
The difference in the match said Davis “I played just a bit more solid in the tiebreaker.”
“Flavia is a great player, I wasn’t sure going out there what was going to happen but I gave it my all.”
The 20-year-old Davis from Ohio lost in the first round of all four Grand Slam tournaments last year before making it to the third round of the Australian Open this year. Last week she earned a spot in the quarterfinals of Eastbourne, upsetting another Italian player, Sara Errani along the way.
Davis says that grass is her favorite surface now.
For a woman who is only 5’ 2,” Davis plays a big game. “I have a lot of assets that taller girls don’t, she said. “I’m fast, I move well, I’m very athletic…and I really want it.
“I just want to want to stay in the present and just enjoy myself and take it match by match.”
Davis makes it a practice not to the look ahead and see who she plays until the day after the win. Said that she’ll look at the draw tomorrow morning.
“Doesn’t matter who it is,” she says. I’m just going to be doing the same thing I’ve been doing, so we’ll see how it goes.
She may not know it yet, but she’ll be facing Shuai Peng for a chance at the round of 16 on Friday.