Magdalena Rybarikova is an unfamiliar name and with good reason.
Serena Williams is two wins away from holding all four grand slam titles – however much she hates thinking about the prospect of repeating her special achievement of 12 years ago – and, with chilling inevitability, it was her friend Victoria Azarenka who served as a stepping stone, albeit a noble one in defeat.
Garbiñe Muguruza said she was proud to become the first Spanish woman to play in a Wimbledon semi-final since Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, after overcoming a strong challenge from Timea Bacsinszky on No1 Court.
The serve may be faltering but the nerve of Maria Sharapova remains as strong as ever.
It was more of an evisceration than a match.
The world No1, Novak Djokovic, resumes his quest for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday having survived a near-death experience in a titanic struggle with the South African Kevin Anderson.
When Ivo Karlovic, always the tallest and now the oldest player left in the tournament, launches one of his service bombs from its maximum height on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon, with his feet off the ground and his strong right arm stretched to the skies, the ball will start its 135mph journey towards Andy Murray roughly at the eye level of the chair umpire.
Back in the bad old days of British tennis, the crowd at Wimbledon had one job: to cheer for their lucky loser with the kind of optimism that defied all known laws of reality. But these days, being a home fan at the championships requires a greater level of nuance.
Two days in the Wimbledon sun, two heroic failures, two British players with a lot more credit in the bank than they arrived with.
Considering there are players who have basically won Wimbledon with their serve – Richard Krajicek windmills to mind – Maria Sharapova may have to do it the hard way if she is going to triumph again this year.
Johanna Konta said she was looking forward to a “good night’s sleep” after her run at the Wuhan Open came to an end.
On one side of the net was a player bang in form with a series of encouraging results on grass behind her and the home crowd willing her to compete.
Andy Murray lost to Roger Federer for the fifth time in a row but was left with the minor consolation that Novak Djokovic might beat the rejuvenated maestro in Sunday’s final of the Cincinnati Masters and thus preserve his own second seeding for the US Open next week.
When Andy Murray hinted that he might withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London during November to prepare for the Davis Cup final in Belgium a week later, he was letting his sore body do the talking.
There is not a sentient being in this city or any other who would have predicted that two Italians in their early thirties would contest the US Open women’s singles final on Saturday and that Serena Williams, perhaps the finest player in the history of the women’s game, would be denied a shot at the first calendar grand slam in 27 years.
Rafa Nadal will break through the $50m (£32m) barrier for career prize money this week, another milestone in the Spaniard's glittering career and an obvious mark of his success.
The final of the 2015 US Open men’s singles will be contested between the best player of all time and the best player of this time when Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic play the 42nd edition of their rivalry here on Sunday.
Andy Murray enjoyed an easy introduction to the Shanghai Masters, brushing aside Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-4 to set up a meeting with another American, John Isner, in the next round.
As he became the first Canadian man to reach a grand slam final, Milos Raonic appeared not to know whether to laugh or cry. John McEnroe, acting as a coaching consultant to the big-serving Raonic, who secured victory over Roger Federer in five see-saw sets, had called on his charge to be more expressive on court.
After the first set of her semi-final Serena Williams lifted a towel and used a corner to dab her forehead. It was the first sign she had broken any sweat. She defeated Elena Vesnina, the world’s 50th-best player, in 48 minutes.
For as long as they play the game, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will always have the semi-final of the 2015 Australian Open.