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06-21-2011, 07:50 AM #1
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06-21-2011, 07:52 AM #2
Early wins for French menThe opening day proved a successful one, albeit a bit of a struggle, for France's protagonists, with Gael Monfils kicking off with a solid if unspectacular win over Germany's Matthias Bachinger, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.
'La Monf,' as he is affectionately known, is not renowned for his talents on grass, going only as far as the third round at Wimbledon. But, contorting himself into his usual array of extraordinary positions on the court, the ninth seed had no problem seeing off Bachinger.
Richard Gasquet followed suit, defeating Colombian Santiago Giraldo 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 to reach the second round. Gasquet, a former semi-finalist, has always been at home on Wimbledon's lawns, and his performance on Court 18 this afternoon was no different although he was made to battle.
Gasquet converted a break point in the 12th which was enough for the first set. From there Gasquet's game clicked into gear and the No.17 seed will now play Russian Igor Kunitsyn.
Meanwhile. Julien Benneteau took part in a five-setter, a gritty and gutsy battle against Belgium's Rubens Bemelmans.
Benneteau went two sets up before deciding he needed a little more court time, dropping the next two. But age and experience proved the deciding factor in the fifth, the Frenchman roaring through to finish 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. Last year's Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych is up next for Benneteau.
The other Frenchmen, Gilles Simon and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, had their match suspended through rain with Simon just ahead at 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 4-5....being a human...
06-21-2011, 07:53 AM #3
Nadal able to survive hairy momentsWas it that Rafael Nadal's hair seemed marginally shorter today than when he swept to his sixth French Open title earlier this month? As the Spaniard embarked upon the defence of his Wimbledon title on the Centre Court this afternoon, for a while in the opening set he seemed to experience a Samson-like game or two.
Michael Russell, ranked 91 and at the venerable age of 33 the oldest American on the Tour, had nothing to lose and was gamely going for his shots. Nadal, meanwhile, was still occupied making friends again with the lush surface, and somehow found himself on the wrong end of a 2-4 scoreline.
But a definitive pronouncement on the crucial matter of the Spaniard's hair was difficult to reach - and on the eventual evidence, Samsonian judgments were proven a tad premature. From 2-4 down, he permitted Russell a mere four further games.
The American - who is so dedicated to fitness that in some quarters he is known as Iron Mike - could not claim to be short on experience. Not only is this his fifth Wimbledon, but his career day in the sun came fully a decade ago at Roland Garros when he held match point for a straight sets win over then defending champion Gustavo Kuerten. But on that day, the crucial point eluded him and he lost in five. Today, any grandiose ideas of reaching the brink of victory against another clay court master were soon dispatched as trash fiction...being a human...
06-21-2011, 07:54 AM #4
Venus and Nadal open with easy winsFive-time champion Venus Williams and 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday, striking an early blow for the tournament's senior citizens at the 125th Championships.
Williams, 31, was untroubled in disposing of Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-1, showing no signs of the hip injury which kept her off the tour for five months until her Eastbourne return last week.
The American, whose choice of a loose-fitting, zipped-up, baggy outfit caused as much conversation as her free-flowing tennis on Court Two, fired 23 winners past the Uzbek.
“Coming into any Major there is a bit of tension and because I haven't played a lot, I think that adds a little pressure on me,” Venus said.
“But it's always great to be back. I think playing a few matches at Eastbourne helped me feel comfortable here. I was happy to be playing at all after missing so much of the year. That was a big plus for me today.”
Williams now takes on Date-Krumm, who became the second oldest winner of a singles match at Wimbledon with her 6-0, 7-5 demolition of British wild card Katie O'Brien.
Date-Krumm, a semifinalist at the All England Club in 1996 and who made her debut in 1989, had the honour of playing the first match on the new Court Three, which has replaced the old Court Two, the former ‘Graveyard of the Champions'.
“I remember 1996 on the Centre Court. I played against Steffi Graf and it was in darkness,” recalled the Japanese, of the year she last won a Wimbledon match.
“We played over two days. It was a big memory for me. Then after 15 years, I win in the first round and it's already a miracle.”
Last year's beaten finalist Vera Zvonareva made a winning return as the Russian second seed defeated America's Alison Riske 6-0, 3-6, 6-3....being a human...
06-21-2011, 07:57 AM #5
06-21-2011, 07:59 AM #6
Somdev, Sania get easy first round drawsIndian tennis stars Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza have been handed easy draws in their respective singles events at Wimbledon, starting here on Monday.
Somdev, ranked 68th in the world, will face Germany's Denis Gremelmayr (110th), while World No.60 Sania has been drawn against France's Virginie Razzano, 38 places below her in the WTA charts, in the prestigious grass court tournament.
In the men's doubles, third seeded Indian duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will take on the unseeded Croatian pair of Ivan Dodig and Lovro Zovko in their opening round while the fourth seeded Indian-Pakistani pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi face the Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
Somdev and his Japanese partner Kei Nishikori will face the German combination of Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske in their men's doubles opening round clash....being a human...
06-21-2011, 09:44 AM #7
Nadal off to a convincing start in WimbledonRafael Nadal opened his Wimbledon title defence with a convincing victory on Monday, beating Michael Russell 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on a "fantastic" day while his parents watched from the Royal Box.
In keeping with tradition, the defending men's champion played the first match on Centre Court at the All England Club — and the top-ranked Spaniard put on a worthy performance to begin the 125th edition of the championships.
Five-time women's champion Venus Williams, back on her favorite grass surface, also swept into the second round with a 6-3, 6-1 win over 97th-ranked Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan. The American also made a fashion statement, wearing a one-piece playsuit with cutout sleeves and gold accents that exposed part of her back.
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06-21-2011, 10:45 AM #8
06-21-2011, 10:20 PM #9
Wimbledon: Sania loses in singles first roundSania Mirza was beaten in the opening round of the women's singles at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
The No 60-ranked Indian ace was handed a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 3-6 defeat in 132 minutes by Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano, who is ranked 36 rungs below her.
This was Sania's third exit in the first round, last year included, in seven appearances at the All-England Club.
Sania should have won the first set, having served for it at 5-4, but lost the tie-break narrowly.
But she regained composure and appeared to have the match under control when she broke Razzano early in the second set to go up 2-0 and broke again when Razzano served at 2-5 to stay in the set.
However, the 24-year-old Hyderabadi, whose best showing at Wimbledon is a second round appearance in 2005, '07, '08, '09, failed to hold serve in the seventh game of the decider, despite saving two break-points, and made an early exit from the grasscourt championships.
Sania is seeded fourth with her Russian partner Elena Vesnina in the women's doubles. They meet the American-Russian duo of Melanie Oudin and Anna Chakvetadze in the first round.
Meanwhile, defending champion Serena Williams survived a wobble before beating Aravane Rezai [ Images ] 6-3, 3-6, 6-1....being a human...
06-21-2011, 10:33 PM #10
06-21-2011, 10:34 PM #11
Federer back to reclaim his Wimbledon crownA Wimbledon final without Roger Federer almost seemed unthinkable 12 months ago but the 'unthinkable' happened last July when the most gifted player to have picked up a tennis racket discovered he was no longer on the guest list for the showpiece match at the grasscourt grand slam.
But the man who enjoyed the privilege of opening Centre Court proceedings at the All England Club for seven successive years - including 2009 when Rafa Nadal was unable to defend his title - is now back to reclaim his crown.
The six-times Wimbledon champion purposefully strode into the grounds on Saturday at 1027 GMT and even the miserable British weather did not dampen his spirits as he went through his paces during a 30-minute hit with his friend Tommy Haas.
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06-21-2011, 10:35 PM #12
Venus win cannot hide problems in US tennisVenus Williams's first-round win at Wimbledon on Monday was a small but important step in American women's tennis re-establishing itself after injuries to the five-times champion and sister Serena had exposed an alarming lack of depth.
Very few of the fans dodging the south London rain will have heard of any of the other American women in the draw for the grasscourt grand slam despite the nation's history of success with Billie Jean King and Chris Evert among the greats.
Venus, out for five months with an abdominal problem, hammered Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 6-1 with little sign of nerves but the same cannot be said for her compatriots lingering well down the world rankings.
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06-22-2011, 01:51 AM #13
Serena shows raw emotion, Federer winsWimbledon has come to expect fighting instincts and effortless power from Serena Williams but the raw tears she shed after beating Aravane Rezai on Tuesday betrayed just how much torment she has suffered since holding the trophy aloft last year.
Roger Federer began his bid for a seventh Wimbledon title with a solid 7-6 6-4 6-2 win over Mikhail Kukushkin but it was the emotional Williams who captivated the crowd in blustery conditions on Centre Court.
After crunching down an ace to earn a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over the tenacious Frenchwoman, seventh-seeded Williams, bidding for a third consecutive Wimbledon title, covered her face and wept before walking off to generous applause from a Centre Court crowd delighted to see her back on the hallowed turf.
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06-22-2011, 10:19 PM #14
Sania to undergo MRI scan, doubtful for doubles
Sania Mirza will undergo an MRI scan here on Wednesday to know the extent of damage in her left knee and her participation in the doubles events of the Wimbledon would depend solely on doctor's recommendation.
"The doctor wants to get her to do an MRI today before allowing her to play in doubles and mixed at Wimbledon. The main concern will be that she should not damage the knee further," Sania's father and coach Imran told PTI.
"As for the pain, she is ready to fight through that, provided the doctor gives her the clearance that the injury will not deteriorate."
Sania is scheduled to compete in women's doubles with Russian Elena Vesnina and for the mixed doubles she has teamed up with compatriot Rohan Bopanna.
Sania lost her first round singles match on Tuesday after taking the field with the help of some pain killers.
Her left leg was strapped below the knee and despite the pain and discomfort, she managed to win the second set and take the match to the deciding third set.
Interestingly, it was 151st match, including doubles, for Sania in the last one year as she has played continuously after making a comeback in Birmingham event, last year.
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06-23-2011, 09:59 AM #15
Venus survives scare, Nadal cruisesFive-time champion Venus Williams needed three sets and nearly three hours to overcome the oldest player in the field on Wednesday and reach the third round at Wimbledon.
With rain delaying play on the other courts at the All England Club, Williams outlasted Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-7 (6), 6-3, 8-6 in a compelling battle under the sliding roof of Centre Court that featured great shot-making from both players.
Williams relied on her big serve at key moments to overcome a gritty challenge from the 40-year-old Japanese player, who was the second oldest woman to reach the second round here in the Open era after Martina Navratilova.
"She doesn't play anywhere near her age," said Williams, who again wore her original one-piece jumpsuit with a triangle cut out in the back, a gold belt and gold zipper.
Following Williams on Centre Court was defending men's champion Rafael Nadal, who cruised past Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to move into the third round, showing just how tough he'll be to stop as he chases a third Wimbledon crown.
The top-ranked Spaniard, who beat the American for the third time this year, all in straight sets, had only seven unforced errors to go with his 38 winners. Nadal broke Sweeting five times and lost serve just once.
"I was playing very well," said Nadal, who finished in style on the last two points with a running backhand passing shot down the line and a forehand volley into the open court. "The second and beginning of the third I had the match completely under control, but he had a few good shots."...being a human...
06-23-2011, 10:22 PM #16
06-24-2011, 01:16 AM #17
Bopanna-Qureshi ousted in Wimbledon 1st roundRohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi squandered a match point in an action-filled first-round clash to make an early exit from the men's doubles event of the Wimbledon championships here on Thursday.
The fourth seed Indo-Pak pair lost 6-2, 2-6, 19-21 to unseeded Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah at court number six.
The Colombians came back strongly after losing the opening set and went on to stun the 2010 US Open finalist.
The match turned into a keen bout of nerves in the third and final set, in which 40 games were played.
Bopanna and Qureshi had a chance to finish the match in their favour in the 30th game but the gritty pair of Cabal and Farah not only survived but raised their game further in the subsequent games.
The unseeded Colombian duo finally converted the chance in the 40th game to storm into the second round....being a human...
06-24-2011, 10:26 PM #18
Sublime Federer hands out masterclass
Roger Federer battered Adrian Mannarino so badly in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 romp on Thursday that the Wimbledon crowd began to root for the sorry Frenchman rather than their beloved six-times champion.
Like a rabbit caught in the Centre Court floodlights, the world number 55 was given a tennis lesson by the Swiss maestro in a second-round mismatch.
Federer, who next meets 2002 runner-up David Nalbandian, was forced to wait around all day after the earlier two Centre Court matches went the distance and he was in no mood to waste any more time in his first ever match under the rainproof roof.
He raced into a 3-0 lead in the first two sets with the crowd taking increasing pity on the left-handed Frenchman, who had no logo on his inexpensive shirt and too often fired his serves into the net....being a human...
06-24-2011, 10:28 PM #19
Somdev knocked out of Wimbledon singlesIndia's Somdev Devvarman bowed out of the Wimbledon men's singles second round with a 2-6, 4-6, 4-6 defeat to 18th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
It was 68th ranked Somdev's second straight defeat to Youzhny, who had got the better of him in the Davis Cup World Group tie at Moscow last year.
The 26-year-old Indian has never moved beyond the second round of a Grand Slam in five previous attempts. Somdev, however, is in contention in the men's doubles where he is partnering Japan's Kei Nishikori. They face Germany's Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske in the first round.
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06-25-2011, 01:37 AM #20
Rod****, Zvonareva make shock Wimbledon exitThree-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Rod**** was eliminated 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Friday by Feliciano Lopez in the third round, the biggest upset of the men's tournament so far.
The 44th-ranked Lopez served 28 aces and piled up 57 winners to defeat Rod**** on Centre Court, the American's first loss to the Spanish left-hander in eight matches.
"He played an outstanding match," Rod**** said. "I feel like he played as complete a match as he's played against me. He served about as well as someone has."
In a surprise on the women's side, second-seeded and 2010 runner-up Vera Zvonareva was knocked out 6-2, 6-3 by 33rd-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria. The Russian converted only one of seven break points and had 18 unforced errors. Pironkova upset Venus Williams here last year en route to the semifinals.
Williams, a five-time champion, set up a fourth-round rematch against Pironkova by routing Marcia Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-0, 6-2 in 1 hour on Court 1.
"Last year, I wasn't on my best game," Williams said. "But this year, I'm really going to look forward to really playing a little bit better than last year. Every now and then we all have bad days, but I'm planning to have a better one this year."
The eighth-seeded Rod****, who lost to Roger Federer in the finals in 2004, '05 and '09, served 16 aces but also had six double-faults. It's the third time in four years Rod**** has lost in the early rounds — he went out in the second round in 2008 and the fourth last year....being a human...