That chest thump is deserved. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth via Daylife
I woke up to the continuation of the Wozniacki vs. Paszek first round and boy, was I disappointed to have to go to work before that second set was over. It was a high-quality, evenly played match showcasing contrasting styles: ballsy vs. rock solid. When I left for the office, Woz hadn’t yet earned those two match points, but I did feel that she had a straight sets victory in her future. When I saw that Paszek scored the minor upset (the Austrian did make the quarterfinals last year) with a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4 win, I couldn’t wait to get home and see how she did it. What more can you ask from a first round match? I look forward to seeing what Tamira can do at this tournament and what Wozniacki can do in the future with her new coach Thomas Johansson.
Wozniacki, out in the first round, was not quite so enthusiastic about Wednesday’s show:
Q. You must have felt that was tough to play that well and get out in the first round?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, it was a good match, good tennis, but that doesn’t really help me. I lost in the first round.
Tomorrow no one will remember how great a match it was, they’ll just remember who won.
You know, obviously, yeah, it’s not a nice feeling. Those are some of the matches that it’s really great when you win them, but also really sucks when you lose. Especially after having two match points and not taking them. It wasn’t because I played badly. You know, she just went for it, and that’s it.
Prince Charles decides to return to Wimbledon for the first time since 1970 and who does he decide to watch? Duh!
Service with a smile. Photo by ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages via Daylife
Roger Federer got the bow right, and he certainly got his game right in his 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win vs. Fabio Fognini, but Roger forgot that you shouldn’t take sponge baths in front of royalty.
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth via Daylife
Brad Gilbert brought up an interesting point during the ESPN coverage and I’m wondering what everybody else thinks: should Roger Federer work on getting more pop on his first serve? It’s true that he rarely gets it above 125, even as Rafa’s started smashing it into the 130 m.p.h. range whenever the mood strikes. Brad Gilbert seemed to think it wouldn’t be tough for Roger to up the m.p.h.s a la Nadal – and that it could make a difference against his top two rivals.
This snippet from Roger’s press conference indicates that it might not be as easy as Gilbert says it is: “I was watching Roddick play yesterday, and he really struggled to get the serve going against Baker. I think for me it’s been the same throughout the last few years now. This doesn’t feel any different this year.”
Do you think Roger speeding up his serve is 1. possible and 2. worth the trouble?
Roger did say that he thought the courts were playing fast this year, so perhaps his serve stands a chance. Thanks to Judy for finding this video on Roger’s serve vs. the changing Wimbledon surface over the past few years.
Defending champ Novak Djokovic beat young American Ryan Harrison under the Centre Court lights, tying up his 6-4, 6-4. 6-4 victory just before 10pm.
I was sad – though not surprised – to see Li Na (vs. Cristea) and Sam Stosur (vs. Aranxta Rus) leave the tournament early. They are two of the WTA’s most talented and inconsistent champs. It’s losses like this that show how extreme the transition to grass can be. I wonder if these two ladies are thinking “at least I saved myself for the Olympics” as consolation? That thought is already coming to mind as I’m watching the players battle this week – will success at Wimbledon translate to success at the Olympics. . .at Wimbledon? Will it feel like a whole new ball game or the ultimate do-over? I’m really intrigued by this incredibly unique scenario.
Chalk up in the sad and unsurprising category: Ernests Gulbis followed up his confident, first round upset vs. Tomas Berdych on center court with a five set loss to Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz.
I wrote earlier about a few of my favorite little things about Wimbledon, as I’ve experienced the tournament from my couch over the years. I love Andy Roddick’s insider’s take – it’s almost poetic!
Q. You talked about having relationships with tournaments, going to them each year. What small things do you enjoy when you come here?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, even Doug and Gary in the locker room, seeing those guys for the first time every year…
I think they’ve been here since the ’20s. Maybe not quite that long. (Smiling.)
When you walk out to Court 1, there’s this little dip. When you have grass court shoes on you trip on it every time, so I’ve tripped on it about 66 times throughout the years. That always reminds me that I’m back.
You know, going over to Aorangi, walking up to the practice… There’s a million things. I could sit here and bore you for a while. This guy right here (referring to the moderator), I saw you this morning. There is a lot of things.
I think it probably is the most unique venue we have and the best showcase. Have if you wanted to show someone tennis, you would probably show them Wimbledon.
Andy survives to trip again, taking out Scottish wild card Jamie Baker 7-6 (1), 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday in the completion of his suspended first round match.
Speaking of suspended matches, I’m interested in watching the completion of the Sharapova vs. Pironkova match, which was suspended due to darkness. Sharapova had to fight off five set points vs. the quirky grass court specialist in the first set before taking the lead 7-6 (3), 3-1.