Day Four

Jun 25, 2009

 

Wimbledon is starting to pick up pace on Day Four as the sun shines. Tickets were numbered in the 9000s; even a BBC sports journalist lamented that he had a ticket numbered 9586. But still, he persevered, and who wouldn’t when a shot at watching some live Wimbledon action was up for grabs?

 

Not only is the weather treating the tournament well, but the players are starting to make an impact on the grass. Already, one of the big names of the French Open has fallen. Juan Martin del Potro lost today against Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 7-5 7-5. The 5th seed Argentine found himself floundering agains the 56th seed Australian who moved obviously felt more comfortable on the grass. Considering that Hewitt has not been much of a threat at Grand Slams as of late and del Potro helped to blast open the competition at Rolland Garros earlier on this month, I for one was disappointed to see the 6ft 7in Argentine be ousted from his place three miles from the baseline at Wimbledon. The No. 5 spot was open to del Potro after Nadal backed out, and it was a shame he could’t capitalise on it more. Still, it wasn’t just del Potro’s lack of flair, more to the point it was Hewitt’s usage of such grass-style expertise that got him the match. He moved well, which should be a great confidence booster over that dodgy hip of his. Who knows, Hewitt may go much further than expected.

 

 

Andy Murray played a solid game today against Gublic, throwing him from the competition with the sort of performance you would expect to see from a No. 3 gunning for his first Grand Slam win in his home town. Still doubtful that he can manage it though, what with the fire-breaking thousand-headed monster that is the collective British fan-base staring at him from all four sides and carpeting the grassy knoll of Murray Mound…

 

Unfortunately for Britain, Elena Baltacha was sent packing today by Kirsten Flipkens, a former junior Wimbledon champion. Ever since every British player that can be named bar Andy and Jamie Murray has been banished from the tournament by unarguably better players, it felt like Baltacha was the only surviving British tennis player left in the world. Certainly in the women’s game, and lets be honest we’re all still debating as to what to call Andy Murray: is it Scottish, or English, or British? Anyway, it was a shame to see her go but to be perfectly honest she was simply beaten by a better opponent: 7-5 6-1.

 

Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina were both success today in their second round matches, Venus Williams showed no signs of distress against Bodarenko and her sister Serena had little problem casting aside Groth to join them all in the third round. Overall the women’s side of the tournament appears to be holding to form. Sharapova was knocked out by unseeded Gisela Dulko. A year or so ago, that would have been alarming news to grasp, but this year it really does look as though Sharapova is going to have to work hard to retain her spot in the top women’s players.

 

For someone as unskilled as predictions as myself, it’s definitely too early to make any real predictions. I will leave that to the pundits and the Fantasy Teams choices on this website. Still, Federer to win the tournament is still looking on the cards. But who could be number two?

 

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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