Serena Williams made it look easy. Sam Stosur made it look frustrating. And the remaining British players made it look like not much fun.
On the second day of Wimbledon, the French Open finalist went out in the first round, the defending champion looked like a champion, and Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong lost the battle of nerves. Baltacha served for the match in her second set against Petra Martic (who, by the way, has an abdominal strain, and has given her second round opponent, Marion Bartoli, a walkover), but was defeated in the third set. Keothavong was up 4-0 in the third, but lost to Anastasia Rodionova. Wild card Heather Watson, who hit 34 winners, played a good first-ever match in a major, but lost in three sets to Romina Oprandi.
Oprandi was off of the tour for a long time--the rumor was that she had retired--because of an injury to her right forearem. She returned in 2008, however. Today, she arrived on the court with multiple bandages on her leg, and even had a group consult about her injury (as well as a fast medical check) when she called for the trainer. She showed no sign of injury or weakness during the match, however, and--as usual--she exhibited no affect (not the Chris Evert impenetrable affect, but no affect at all) at any point during the match. Oprandi won the first set 6-4, Watson totally dominated the second set, winning it 6-1, but the Italian successfully used her drop shot-passing shot combination to win the third 6-3. This was Oprandi's first victory in a major.
Williams, making her 2010 Wimbledon debut in her new strawberries and cream outfit, defeated Michelle Larcher De Brito 6-0, 6-4. A good-humored Tathiana Garbin made the final moments of her match against 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki a funny affair; Wozniacki won it 6-1, 6-1. Gisela Dulko and Andrea Petkovic both went out, to Monica Niculescu and Anna Chakvetadze, respectively. And Tammy Tanasugarn, who has always had her best major results at Wimbledon, was defeated in the first round by Ayumi Morita.