A Round Up

Jun 24, 2010

What with the Isner/Mahut match, the rest of the opening stages of the tournament have been rather eclipsed. But there have been some scares, some winners and some losers.

Something that is actually more unbelievable than a 70-68 scoreline is the story that two former champions had sets taken off them in their opening matches. Tennis fans watched stunned as Roger Federer had two sets whipped off him by a plucky Falla. It seemed down to Federer’s superior experience and frame of mind that he was able to get the match back at all, with Falla winning the first two sets 5-7 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 6-0. As the scoreline suggested, Falla began to ran out of steam towards the end, but he was brutal and unforgiving as he outplayed Roger on what is arguably his court. Sunny Centre Court was buoyed by the eventual return to winning ways by the Swiss; we like shockers but something that shocking would have simply been too much. Federer didn’t exactly have an easy way into the third round either, with Serbian qualified Ilija Bozoljac really engaging the crowd as he played. The eventual scoreline went Federer’s way: 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

Rafael Nadal has also had a scare, losing two sets against Robin Haase, ranked 151st in the world. Rafa eventually won the game 5-7 6-2 3-6 6-0 6-3, but there were some rocky moments out there for the Spaniard before he finally kicked his game into gear. Nadal needing five sets to beat somebody in a match that isn’t the semis/finals? I’m not sure this Wimbledon can take much more shock than has been doled out to it since its opening. I still feel like I am about to wake up having suffered some sort of terrible sun stroke. British fans can only hope that the sun doesn’t affect their star man like it seemed to be doing in his first round match, when he nearly went flying out of the competition too.

In the women’s tournament, all of the British women went tumbling out of the tournament meaning this is the worst Wimbledon for British players ever. With that cheery statistic in mind, Clijsters quite rightly pointed out that an issue for British players may be the lack of hunger, something that she believes is satiated by the LTA spoiling the players. Despite the £30m going into British tennis, we only have Andy Murray to show for it at the biggest British event of the year; Clijsters has definitely picked up on that correlation.

In on-court proceedings, Serena Williams batted aside Anna Chakvetadze 6-0 6-1 in the second round. Maria Sharapova also had a comfortable win against Olaru of Romania, and will play Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova. Caroline Wozniacki continues her steadily improving with a 6-4 6-3 win over Chang Kai-Chen , and advances to teh third round. Svetlana Kuznetsova had another disappointing result, when she was sent packing by Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 2-6 6-4. Someone to look out for if you are interested in new talent is Kaia Kanepi, who sent French Open finalists Sam Stosur out in the first round, and went on to beat Edina Gallovits to reach the third. The Estonian is a qualified at SW19 and this third round will be her first.

Today, the Queen appeared at Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years, and the top international and British players all learnt their curtseys and their bows to meet and have lunch with Her Royal Highness. Later, Andy Murray played in front of the Queen on Centre Court, and beat Jarkko Nieminen comfortably.

Dear Wimbledon organisers,

If you could just give us one day of rest and re-cooperation before allowing such a reckless display of excitement and tension to be played out on the courts, it would be much appreciated. Give us a day of normality and we’ll be up and ready for more scares and thrills soon enough.

Yours Sincerely, the weary world of tennis fans.

p.s. well done on keeping the rain at bay.

- Sophie G

Written by: SophieG

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