We enjoyed an eventful Day One at Wimbledon today, with drama – a bit of tragedy with Venus’s deflating loss – upsets – woah, Gulbis! – and majesty – come on, Roger in his all white ain’t bad. Actually, I’m still catching up with it all on my DVR this evening, which inspired this all video highlights post curated by Fritters.
Are we ready for Day 2?
Defending Wimbledon Champion, Novak Djokovic takes out Juan Carlos Ferrero in straights…6-3, 6-3, 6-1. It was a pretty awesome performance by the defending champ over what was supposed to be a tough first round opponent.
Roger Federer serves three breadsticks to Spanish player, Albert Ramos, cruising through his 1st round match. Ah, it’s nice to off that red clay.
Sweet flick o’ the wrist backhand down the line winner by Rog.
Oh geeze, this is getting painful. John Isner continues his five set struggles, this time with a 6-4, 6-7,3-6, 7-6, 7-5 loss to Alejandro Falla. It feels like John has had a two steps forward, two steps back kind of season so far, and is fighting with on court demons an confidence. Either that or the guy needs some coaching on his return.
Ernests Gulbis scored what could be one of the biggest upsets of the tournament – and a lifeline for faltering career – with a big win over Tomas Berdych in three tie-break sets. It will be interesting to see if the Latvian playboy is ready to back it up. Let’s hope so, he’s great in a press conference: “I’m very happy I didn’t choke in the end as usual,” he told the press after the win.
This next one was a tough to watch, with five-time champ Venus Williams losing to Elena Vesnina in the 1st round: 1-6, 3-6. Her sluggish – just flat out sad performance (emotionally and otherwise) – left everyone wondering if this would be her last Championships. No way! said Venus in her presser.
“I feel like I am a great player; I am a great player,” she said (via the NYTimes). “Unfortunately, I had to deal with circumstances that people don’t normally have to deal with in this sport. But I can’t be discouraged by that, so I’m up for challenges.
“I have great tennis in me. I just need the opportunity. There’s no way I’m just going to sit down and give up just because I’ve had a hard time the first five or six” events back. “You know, that’s just not me.”
A camera-man falls onto the court after Vesnina takes out Venus.
Anyone looking for a house to rent in the village this fortnight?