There were FIVE retirements on the men’s side today at Wimbledon. Six if you count Gael Monfil’s withdrawal with a shoulder injury! Is that an all time record? The biggest disappointment for me was Michael Llodra’s retirement against Mario Ancic. Other tap outs included Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky (against David Ferrer), Japanese hope Kei Nishikori, Hyung-Taik Lee, and Filippo Volandri (against American Bobby Reynolds).
In other retirement news, 2006 Wimby singles semifinalist and 3-time Wimby doubles champion Jonas Bjorkman, has announced that this will be his final season on the ATP circuit.
The retirements weren’t the only strange results in the men’s draw today:
My Canadian compadre, Frank Dancevic, slammed Nalbandian in straights – what’s up with the Argentine?
Dr. Ivo Karlovic was also upset – going out to German Simon Stadler in four sets. Both Baghdatis and Djokovic are breathing sighs of relief with the ace machine out of their quarter of the draw.
By some miracle, retirement-prone Juan Martin del Potro scored a straight set victory.
Marat Safin had a relatively easy, straight-set victory (Go Safin!)
Verdasco beat Halle finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber in straights.
The women’s side was less dramatic, although there were still some interesting results:
Aggie Radwanska continues her fine form, winning in straights over Iveta Benesova with a bagel in the second set. Her younger sis, Urszula, also got through.
Amelie Maursemo had a nice straight set win over Ashley “Playboy” Harkleroad. Go Amelie!
Casey Dellacqua beat 12th seed Patty Schnyder. Can the Aussie sensation go big in England?
Russians Anna Chakvetadze and Svetlana Kuznetsova both had tough matches today over their qualifier opponents. Their chances for the second week are not looking good.
19th seed Maria Kirilenko, wasn’t so lucky, going out to fellow Russian Vera Dushevina.
The Chinese had a good day, with Na Li taking out Rodionova and Jie Zheng beating 30th seed Cibulkova.
Glad to see my dark horse, Sam Stosur, is still in the mix, with a win over Romanian Ioana-Ralluca Olaru.
Looking forward to another great day tomorrow, with Nadal and Venus headlining.