Sunday, June 30, 2013

What have we learnt from the first week of Wimbledon

Well the past week has yet again shown a massive range of triumphs and tribulations. From the fall of champions to rise of the youngsters, court maintenance issues and injuries to numerous players. So who exactly are the winners of the first week of Wimbledon? Here’s my brief list:-


The youngsters
Some people express concern when the inevitable happens with Federer,Williams amongst others retiring that the games quality might be affected negatively. This week has sharply quashed this issue with some great performances by the rising stars of tennis. Britain’s tennis superstar Laura Robson has become the first British female to reach the 4th round since Sam Smith in 1998,a brilliant achievement itself. Next for Robson is Kaia Kanepi. 19 year old Puerto Rican Monica Puig has also had her best grand slam yet reaching the fourth round. The former two times junior grand slam runner up faces another rising youngster Sloane Stephens tomorrow. In the men's half Bernard Tomic has reach the fourth round again in what has been a challenging year both on and off court for the 20 year old.

Murray and Djokovic
Putting aside the upsets that has occurred both Murray and Djokovic has played outstanding tennis in their first three matches. Both are yet to loose a set with Djokovic only having three unforced errors in his third round match against Chardy and Murrays 85% first service win against former world number five Tommy Robredo.

Kimiko Date-Krumm
Ok she lost 2-6 0-6 to bookies favourite Serena Williams but to reach the third round of a grand slam at the age of 42 is quite impressive. In fact the former 1996 Wimbledon semi finalist grand slam debut in 1989 was before 5 of the last 16 women left in the draw births.


Wednesday 26th June 2013
This day was just a loser in itself. Known by many now as black Wednesday, there has never been such a day which consisted of so many injuries and shock losses during a single day at a Grand Slam.
 So lets recap :-
  1. seven injuries - Azarenka - knee, Darcis - shoulder, Isner - left knee, Stepanek - hamstring,  Cilic - left knee, Shvedova - right arm and Tsonga - left knee
  2. Hewitts surprised lost to Dustin Brown
  3. Sharapova encounters her earliest grand slam loss since 2009.
  4. The end of a remarkable era – Rodger Feeders 36 consecutive grand slam quart finals was abruptly ended by Ukrainian Serhiy Stakhovsky

Nadal 1st round loss to Steve Darcis was another psychological blow to the kind of clays return from a lengthy injury, whilst he still remains supreme on clays a lot of people are now starting to worry if he can still do the same on the other surfaces taking into account his injuries. In my opinion people should never write Nadal off, after all he is still only 26.

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