Monday, June 22, 2009

1st day of Wimbledon is eventful

A lot went on today at Wimbledon. Maria Sharapova's elegant dress probably has some grass stains on it; she fell twice in her first round match against Victoriya Kutuzova. Sharapova was down 1-5 in the first set, but came back to win the match, 7-5, 6-4. Serena Williams faced an unknown opponent, Neuza Silva, who gave her a fight in the second round, with Williams prevaling, 6-1, 7-5.

There were two retirements: Tamira Paszek retired against Virginie Razzano with a lower back problem, and Severine Bremond Beltrame took a nasty fall, hurt her knee, and had to retire against Victoria Azarenka.

Marion Bartoli delivered two bagels to Chan Yung-Jan. Bartoli thought she might have to withdraw from the tournament, but--so far, so good--with the thigh injury.

Michelle Larcher de Brito survived Klara Zakopalova, and even won in straight sets. Laura Robson was up a set and a break against Daniela Hantuchova, but it was all too much for her. She wound up hitting 10 aces and 14 double faults, and losing in three sets.

Nathalie Dechy and Anna-Lena Groenefeld are both out, losing to Ioana Raluca Olaru and Sania Mirza, respectively.

There were two official upsets: Aleksandra Wozniak lost to Francesca Schiavone, and Patty Schnyder lost to Ai Sugiyama.

Finally, four of the six top 2009 grass season winners were eliminated today.

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