And Wimbledon gets under way

Jun 21, 2011

Yes it’s day two of Wimbledon already. The delightful (sometimes) British summer is now host, and we are at its mercy now until the awards ceremony. So far the weather has behaved itself, with only a few disruptions due to drizzle, and organisers will be hoping for that to remain the same all through the tournament.

The British institution has yet to throw up too many surprises, and all things seem to be running smoothly for the well known players. Britain suffered a simultaneously mild cardiac arrest when Andy Murray dropped his first set, but he soon found the rhythm to make it past Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The Spaniard won the first set 6-4, but the Scot eventually got his head into gear and shifted his tactics according to the man on the other side of the court; which is always helpful.

Other big names: Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Roddick, Ivo Karlovic, Federer and Rafa included, also made it through. Roddick was on impressive form after his disappointing exit at Queen’s and looks set to continue through the tournament with ease at least for now. Delpo looked happy and comfortable with his game which is a relief for his fans after the long wait for recovery. Gilles Simon also made it through to the next round but had a battle on his hands with the feisty Edouard Roger-Vasselin who took him to four sets.

The rematch of all rematches will also take place in day 2, with John Isner and Nicolas Mahut facing one another one year after that mind-boggling score line last year. Isner and Mahut: The Sequel will no doubt draw the fans but those sorts of things only happen once in a lifetime. And because of the history that they made in Wimbledon last year, there have been calls to move the memorable match up to centre court.

On the women’s side of things, Caroline Wozniacki made it past Arantxa Parra Santonja in her first round match, beating her opponent in 59 minutes. Britain has been cheered by Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong’s advancement in the tournament; both beat their opponents to make it into the second. Serena William’s opening match was an emotional one as she battled through the match to beat Aravane Rezai in three sets. She was in tears at the end of the match, and it is no wonder, Wimbledon is the home of many of her greatest triumphs and she returns after a long and painful battle with injury and a serious illness.

So the first two days have been standard opening days, but with Wimbledon having a history of being infused with that British quirkiness – be it weather, outfits, attitudes or wildlife – we will probably not have to wait long for the excitement to pick up.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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