A Forward-Moving Wimbledon for Ostapenko

by Jane Voigt

“The bottom line on grass is coming forward,” Renae Stubbs said, sitting in the ESPN booth.

Tell that to Jelena Ostapenko.

The 21-year-old Latvian and twelfth seed stayed away from the net as if it were poison Monday, but she conquered Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 7-6(4), 6-0, in one of the first matches to finish on what is called “Manic Monday” at Wimbledon, the day set aside for all 16 fourth-round matches.

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