Week One of Wimbledon

I must say, as well as all its other benefits, it’s nice that moving the tournament back a week means that here in the States, we have a national holiday taking place when ESPN is still showing Wimbledon the entire day.  Since it seems there will never again be a People’s Sunday, we need all the days off from work in which we can actually watch live that we can get.

Although at least they had the sense to use the roof today, and make sure everything was done in time for the big day of tennis Monday.  Still, one did worry about if the gambit failed to get the match completed before curfew, and we instead had Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon coming out to play two games Monday instead(and when Monfils would’ve thrived on a People’s Sunday too, I bet).  Quite frankly it was a relief when Simon didn’t have much trouble with the last set.

Today was definitely an odd one, in ways.  Petra Kvitova going out even felt more of a shock than Rafa Nadal had Thursday; after he went down at the French, one almost feels like anything could happen to poor Rafa anyway.  A bizarre episode involving medical timeouts begs the question as to whether it is proper to give someone who’s thrown you off with a medical timeout a taste of his own medicine, or, if that was not Andy Murray’s motivation, just how alarmed we should be about these back/shoulder issues.  And James Ward losing, though it was a match that didn’t draw the attention or drama of Serena and Heather Watson yesterday, is kind of more heartbreaking than the latter.  After all, Heather is still on the up, and did we really want her triumph to come at the expense of Serena’s possible calender slam, and a good all-Williams grass battle?  But who knows if James Ward will ever again get anywhere near the chance he couldn’t grab today, and when the matchup he would’ve prevented would’ve been no great loss(seriously, why couldn’t Dustin Brown had followed up?  I want more of that guy); hey, we might have even seen an all-British quarterfinal!(talk about the crowds going crazy…).

And now the question is, do we dare start believing in Madison Keys now?  Or will she now get overhyped and then crash and burn, just like every other young North American woman who has shown promise recently?

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Wimbledon draw reactions

And as I intend to spend three days staycation lazing around watching the Championships this year, despite the fact that I am very much not looking forward to Serena’s probably winning the ladies title, a few reactions to the draw:

I have often thought when seeing Grand Slam draws, that Novak Djokovic is very good at getting easy ones.  Then, at the French this year, he very much did not.  But the Tennis Gods must have repented of that very quickly and made it up to him for this one.  Roger, Rafa, and Mandy all on the other side of the draw?  Talk about luck!

Meanwhile, we are stuck with a probable Fedal quarterfinal in an age where that no longer promises a good match at all.  But still, this is Roger’s best surface, so assuming Rafa’s knees hold up, etc., if we must lose one of them before the semis, here’s hoping they go in style.  But before then, it seems Roger may be the one who has to deal with Rosol in the 3rd…

Hewitt-Wawrinka & Sabine Lisicki & Francesa Schiavone sound all well a good, but I suspect the blockbuster first round match will be Angelique Kerber & Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Maria Sharapova possibly facing Michelle Larcher de Brito.  Insert the obvious comments here…

I’d predict Donna Vekic to upset Caroline Wozniacki, but that seems just a little too obvious a thing to happen, to the point you wonder if it somehow won’t.

Deeply sorry we have to lose one of Maria Kirilenko or Laura Robson after only one round.  If the latter upsets the former, she’d better stick around after.

The Americans were remarkably good at drawing each other for the first round, with even a clear potential 2nd-round clash if both Sam Querry & James Blake make it through their first round matches(certain in neither case, though; what state will Bernard Tomic be in?), and then another one in the ladies for Alison Riske & Mallory Burdette, though between Riske’s inability to win WTA matches outside Birmhingham & Burdette facing Ula Radwandska, that seems far less likely.  And for the home players, there in theory might be a all-British second round match too, though really, it’s a safe assumption James Ward won’t make it past Rendy Lu, so…