Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Sorry chaps, I missed out Queens Club (Murray beat Tsonga in the final), Birmingham (Lisicki beat Hantuchova) and Eastbourne (Bartoli beat Kvitova) but I was working and missed most of the tennis.  Anyway, it's wimbledon now so wouldn't you rather hear about day one than tell me off for forgetting to blog?  I thought so...

Well much of the tennis was called off due to rain but the roof came into play and protected centre court (albeit with a 40min delay as they sorted out the atmosphere- as I understand it they maintain a certain temperature to stop the grass going gross under the roof.  That's a paraphrase of Sue Barker.  Anyway, Francesca Schiavone was playing Jelena Dokic- Schiavone who got to the French Open final two weeks ago, after winning the tournament last year. 
Dokic who plays for Australia and who has a turbulent personal life with an abusive father and depression, she stopped playing tennis for several years but is now back and back in the top 50 (highest ranking of 4 back in the early 00's).  She's not had a great year but played really well at times against Schivone in a highly competitive match, before losing 6-4 1-6 6-3.

After that match Andy Murray went up against Spaniard Gimeno-Traver (ranked 56 and the 11th highest Spaniard), Murray sat back and allowed Gimeno-Traver to overcome his nerves, and start to play really well and take the first set 6-4.  But Gim couldn't maintain this form and Andy got his act together to win it in four sets- 6-3 6-0 6-0.  So the papers are full of King Andy, but really will he beat Nadal playing like that- erm no.

And some other results- Venus Williams back from a long injury time out creamed Amanmuradova 6-3 6-1 wearing a loose white romper with open back, and gold-ish shorts underneath.  Always a trend setter eh V?
Defending champ Rafeal Nadal was down a break initially to American Russell before winning 6-4 6-2 6-2, wearing regular clothes as I understand.  Milos Raonic, a young Canadian who whizzed up the rankings last year when he won a couple of tournaments back to back, and is defo one to watch for the future won his first round against Gicquel in straight sets to get a third round meet up with Nadal (if Raonic beats Muller and Nadal beats Sweeting in the second round). 

Young American Christina Mchale took out number 28 seed Makarova 8-6 in the third, while Britain's Katie O'Brien was the first Brit to lose when she was beaten by the oldest competitor Kimiko Date-Krum (40 years old if you wondered).  There were wins for Fish, Gasquet, and Berdych, and tough wins for Zvonerava and Kuznetsova. 

Today Federer, Djokovic, S Williams, and Wozniaki may be playing but all eyes will be on court three when Nicolas Mahut plays John Isner, again!

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