I woke up early this morning excited to turn on Wimbledon and watch some live tennis. I quickly started hearing about all of the weird injuries and retirements of the day. Little did I know that the day to follow would quickly be one of the most epic days at Wimbledon and tennis history.
As Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” is playing in my head, let’s re-cap what actually happened today at the All England Club.
Victoria Azarenka pulled out before her second round match following her injury in the first round. Vika, who let out a shrieking yell as she went down into the splits on Monday, proceeded to win her first round match 6-1, 6-2 but was definitely worried about her injury and wanted to confirm with the doctors before proceeding in the draw. With no tear or injured ligaments, Vika withdrew because of her “bone bruise.”
John Isner began his second round today looking ready to cruise to a solid win. Unfortunately, three games later, the American withdrew after an injury timeout for his knee. Having secured a spot on the list of longest matches in Wimbledon history, Isner may also now be on the list for shortest matches in Wimbledon history.
Marin Cilic, runner-up to Andy Murray just last week in Queens, also had to withdraw because of a knee injury. He said he began feeling pain during the Queens tournament and it proceeded to get worse each day.
Steve Darcis, a name that not many had even heard of until his extraordinary upset over Rafael Nadal on Monday, was another player that didn’t even make it on the court today for his second round. A shoulder injury that he got from falling against Nadal kept him out of the second round today.
After being down two sets to one, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga joined the carnage at Wimbledon today. After a great run at the French Open, the crowd was shocked to see him leave the court without finishing the match. Notorious to fight until the last point, injuries have been known to plague Tsonga and it was unfortunate to see his match end this way today.
Caroline Wozniacki, who has been struggling this year, continued her struggles as she lost to Petra Cetkovska who ironically is working on her comeback after a injury at the Olympics last year that took her out of action for a year. Wozzi struggled after a fall and it was clear that her movement (one of her weapons) was clearly hampered.
And the upsets and injuries continued.
Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal had the match of her career as she loudly dictated play from the baseline. Maria Sharapova struggled to stay on her feet and ended up slipping a few times in the match, clearly uncomfortable with her movement on the grass. After taking a ten minute injury time out, there was an opportunity for Sharapova to take control of the match and change the momentum, however de Brito continued to battle and grunt loudly enough to beat the 3rd seed in straight sets.
I don’t know about you guys, but at this point, in the TW office, we were all a little in awe.
And then Roger Federer lost. After making it to 36 consecutive quarterfinals in the majors, his streak ended as Sergiy Stakhovsky, ranked 116 on the ATP tour, served and volleyed his way into the 3rd round with the biggest win of his life.
Other causualties today included Radek Stepanek retiring mid-match from an injury. Yaroslava Shvedova didn’t even make it onto the court today to take on Petra Kvitova because of an injury. Ana Ivanovic lost. Jelena Jankovic lost.
Today, seven former number ones played and not a single one of them got past the second round.
There were a few positive notes from Wimbledon though, American Sloane Stephens got past Andrea Petkovic in three sets. Andy Murray seemed to have a relatively easy straight set win. Spanish players Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo both are quietly into the next round. One of my personal favorites, Dustin Brown, beat Lleyton Hewitt today, giving him one of the biggest wins of his career. And Fernando Verdasco is on to the 3rd round after beating veteran Julien Benneteau.
So what does tomorrow hold? Only time will tell. The draw is opening up and there is a lot of opportunity .Djokovic, Murray and Serena continue to look tough and ready to make it into week two. After today’s results…anything is possible!
Play with heart,