And the rain kick starts again

Jun 24, 2011

Yes, the rain is back in full force, making this year’s Wimbledon not only traditionally damp but wonderfully British once again. And let’s face it, those who are at Wimbledon have nothing to complain about: at least they are not drowning in a field in Glastonbury.

There is a good reason for why I have left the blog to this late in the week, and that is because the early stages of a tournament rarely throw up many gems to talk about. But when the last few second round and first of the third round matches began, Wimbledon picked pick up speed. First, there was the weather. The roof on Centre court has been closed on a number of occasions now, and the match that started out today underneath its shade was Victoria Azarenka versus Daniela Hantuchova. There was an unusually large crowd watching this match, mostly due to the Murray match that was to follow, so there was a great atmosphere as these two faced off. Azarenka is seeded fourth and Hantuchova gave her a run for her money in the three set game. The rain delay seemed to have worked to Azarenka’s favour, however.

There was a third round upset as Feliciano Lopez played a stunning game and knocked Andy Roddick out of the tournament. Roddick had expected to do well, after all the grass court season really is where he has shone the last few years, and many will be rueing his disappearance. In the women’s side of the tournament, there was another upset as Lisicki knocked out Li Na. Li – who recently won at the French Open, was finalist at the Australia Open, and was first truly noticed as a name to look out for here at Wimbledon a couple of years ago – just couldn’t keep the 21 year old out of the game. Lisicki rallied against two instances where Li was serving for the match and battled from being down and almost out to earn a stunning victory.

Novak Djokovic is continuing his excellent form, and beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa in straight sets. His next challenge is Marcus Baghdatis, who should give him a run for his money, but by the looks of Djokovic’s form may only be a blip on the radar at this moment in time. Juan Martin del Potro completed a satisfying second round victory against Olivier Rochus. Despite a minor wobble for the first set and a halt due to the darkness rolling in, he won 6-7 (7-9)6-1 6-0 6-4. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also survived a bit of a scare, but finally beat Grigor Dimitrov in four sets.

Britain sighed in disappointment as Laura Robson was knocked out by Sharapova, particularly as the match started promisingly for the young British player. However, it was not to be, and Sharapova blasted her way through into the next round. Hopes are still alive for Andy Murray though, who just a few hours ago completed a four set victory against Ivan Ljubicic. Rafael Nadal is a set up but has to wait until tomorrow to try to complete his match against Gilles Muller. The first set was tight, with Nadal winning through a tie break which hinged on a double fault by Muller, putting Nadal in a position to serve out the first set. After a punching serve, Nadal won his first break 8-6, and the verdict  of the rest of the match will be played out tomorrow.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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