LONDON, Great Britain - Wimbledon's Manic Monday lived up to its billing, with Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber putting on a hard-fought three-set battle, and Johanna Konta and Caroline Garcia taking it down to the wire before the Brit prevailed to become the first British woman to advance to the quarterfinals since 1984.
There were Jelena Ostapenko's seven match points which came and gone before she finally converted her eighth to oust No.4 seed Elina Svitolina, Magdalena Rybarikova's comeback win over Petra Martic to move her 2017 grass court record to 17-1, and edgy straight-set wins for Simona Halep and CoCo Vandeweghe. And then there was Svetlana Kuznetsova, who raced through her win over Agnieszka Radwanska before holding court with press to discuss a whole host of topics.
Here's what caught our eye on a busy day at the All England Club:
Don't call her Jelena.
Jelena Ostapenko became the first maiden Slam champion to advance to the quarterfinals in her next Slam appearance since Kim Clijsters after beating No.4 seed Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 7-6(6) to make her first Wimbledon quarterfinal. There have been two overarching questions related to Ostapenko throughout the fortnight: Can she keep up this seemingly high-risk level of play consistently and...are we supposed to call her Jelena or Alona?
Ostapenko's given first-name is "Alona" but her parents had to write "Jelena" as her legal name because Alona did not appear on the Latvian calendar of names. "In our country we have a name's day, that every name has a separate day," Ostapenko explained. "It's like a birthday, but for the name. Kind of like name's day."
Since her history-making run to the French Open title last month, Ostapenko says "Jelena" has been added to the calendar. But she still prefers to be called "Alona". And when a Slam champion makes a request, you obey.
"Today when we were warming up, the chair umpire didn't say 'Jelena,' she said 'Alona'," Ostapenko said. "I was surprised about that. Yeah, people were cheering for me and saying Alona today, so that was nice."
As for the other question of whether Ostapenko can keep up this level of play - she's won her last 11 Slam matches - the opponents she's left in her wake could do nothing but give full credit to how confidently she's hitting the ball.
"She has lots of confidence now," Svitolina said. "She won lots of matches. It will be interesting to see when, if she will struggle a bit later in the year, how she's gonna play. Because I've known her for a couple of years already. So I know how she can play. You know, there are some bad times in her game, as well."
Said Simona Halep: "I'm not surprised, because she has confidence, a lot of confidence. That type of game, when you have confidence, no one can stop you. I think she's in a good position now mentally. That's why she's still going without problems."
Ostapenko will face five-time champion Venus Williams in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Svetlana Kuznetsova's press conference about...press conferences.
The two-time major champion is flying under the radar here at Wimbledon. That's in stark contrast to the French Open, where Kuznetsova was a short-listed favorite. She ended up bowing out in the Round of 16 in Paris to Caroline Wozniacki. Here in SW19, she's into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 after routing Agnieszka Radwanska.
"Coming to Wimbledon, I didn't have any press before the tournament," Kuznetsova said. "I'm, like, why don't I have any? And then I was, like, okay I had too much of it in French Open, too much pressure. And I felt better here. And I think it's better I'm just looking forward. I feel better, I feel more free.
"It actually helped me, you know, and I don't care if people don't believe in me. It's their choice.
"Look, I have been a while out here, and I have seen it all, and since I was kid they told me I'm never gonna be nowhere in the top. So I'm used to that thing. It doesn't matter. The importance is to understand that opinions don't matter. What matters is your game and you believe in yourself."
Kuznetsova, who is consistently one of the best interviews on tour, said the lack of attention from reporters has allowed her to focus on her game and reduce the distracting thoughts that can come after repeated post-match interrogations.
"The thing is when we go to the press room and you guys make us think and answer questions, we don't want to think about it. You know, I just want to go out there and play and not talk to nobody. But I understand it's a part of my job to go and do press conference and talk to you. I enjoy talking, all right? But it's still things I don't want to think about it.
"So with age, with experience, I'm just trying to, after press, I go and it's kind of delete the disc, and I forget about it. I just go on a clean path and I just want to play and not think about it all. I'm not watching the draws. I'm not thinking about the other girls. I'm just thinking about myself and this is what works the best for me.
“So the less press I do, less other thoughts I get. That's why it's easier. Of course I understand that I need to do press, and I need to increase all these things. But it's like a balance, you see.
"I think press hurts a lot of players. I understand what we have to deliver to the world and people have to know, our fans have to know, you guys have to do your job, and you guys all do great. We appreciate your help. But it's difficult, and this is where pressure starts to get you.
"I caught myself many times thinking, okay, if I will do that, what would they write? What would they say? It's already start of the end, you see. These things you better not to do, not to think.
"Even like Maria [Sharapova] when -- I read somewhere or I don't know where I know, she said when the doping thing happened to her, she disconnected all social media. She didn't read anything. It really gets to your mind. The things are not real. What people see from their side, the fans, or they don't know whole story.
"And there's no way an athlete comes here and tells you everything that's going on with the athlete, because it's not possible because you cannot be so vulnerable to the world, you see? You've got to be protected to yourself. People cannot know your weaknesses, your problems, stuff like that.
"So it's really hard to find the balance and tell new stuff to be polite and sincere and quite open."
The best are the best - no matter the ranking.
When Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were running up against each other regularly in 2015, neither woman had been a Top 5 player or Slam champion. That season they faced off five times, with Muguruza getting the better of Kerber the the biggest events at the French Open, Wimbledon, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, and the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Much had changed since their last meeting that season. Both are now major champions and top players.
Muguruza may have slipped to No.15 in the rankings, but there was never a doubt that this would be the most hard-fought match of the day, and Muguruza and Kerber indeed resumed their gritty rivalry. The Spaniard once again nipped Kerber in the end, winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to her second Slam quarterfinal of the season and end Kerber's reign at No.1.
"I know that certain players, no matter what the ranking they are, they're going to be a tough match," Muguruza said. "Doesn't matter if I play Kerber and she's No.1 or No.70, I know is going to be a tough match. If they play against me, doesn't matter if I'm No.1, No.3 or No.20. Because they're top players, they have it.
"The ranking is temporary and it changes. One year you have a good tournament, then you don't have a good tournament. But the level is there."
Speaking of players who show their quality regardless of ranking, Muguruza faces Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.
Angelique Kerber leaves on a positive note.
The German will lose her ranking to either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday and drop to at least No.3. She lost for the fifth straight time to Muguruza. She has yet to tally a win against a Top 20 player.
And that's ok. Because Angelique Kerber played her best match of the season on Monday. The best of Kerber's 2017 season is just around the corner as she gets back to her favored hardcourts.
"It was for sure the best match for a long time for me. I think I'm still on a good way. When I came here, I was telling myself, I was practicing good after Paris. For me, I'm still looking for the next months, next weeks. I think I'm again on a good way to playing again tennis on a high level."
"With this positive emotion I will go home."
Victoria Azarenka is ready to strike back.
Azarenka's 7-6(3), 6-2 loss to Simona Halep will sting but the former No.1 is ready to get back on the practice court. She chalked up the disappointing to bad decision-making on the big points and that's where her focus will be as she prepares for her hard court return at the Bank of the West Classic.
"All my shots are there," she said. "I can make a shot from anywhere on the court. I just need to make the right decisions when it's time. And I think this will help me today. This painful loss will help me."