Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wimbledon Report: Day 2


The top seeds of the bottom half of the draw moved swiftly to the next round during Day 2 of the championships.

2008 Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal wins his 8th consecutive Wimbledon match defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets. Other top contenders that won in straight sets include 4th seed Andy Murray, 6th seed Robin Soderling, 9th seed David Ferrer, and 18th seed Sam Querrey. Other notable seeds to make it through to the next round are 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny, 25th seed Thomaz Belluci, and 26th seed Gilles Simon.

Former top ten player James Blake was ousted, in straights, by Robin Haase. With that said, some seeded players were also eliminated early on, such as 8th seed Fernando Verdasco, 14th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, 19th seed Nicolas Almagro, and 24th seed Marcos Baghdatis. The match between 23rd seed John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were suspended as the American tied it with 2 sets a piece. They will play the final set tomorrow.


Like the men, the top half of the women's draw more or less stayed to form as some of the matches barely lasted an hour.

Defending champion Serena Williams needed only 63 minutes to defeat Michelle Larcher De Brito. And yet that was still too long compared to the 47-minute rout 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki delivered to poor Tathiana Garbin or the 54 minutes required by 16th seed Maria Sharapova to dispatch her opponent. Other seeded players with straight set wins include 7th seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 9th seed Na Li, 10th seed Flavia Pennetta, 14th seed Victoria Azarenka, and 23rd seed Jie Zheng.

Following Francesca Schiavone's surprising early exit yesterday, her fellow 2010 French Open finalist and 6th seed Samantha Stosur was shockingly taken out in straights by Kaia Kanepi. 25th seed Lucie Safarova was the only other seeded player to get eliminated today. 18th seed Aravane Rezai, 19th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, and unseeded Anna Chakvetadze all had to go the distance to stay around while 24th seed Daniela Hantuchova and American Vania King have to wait until tomorrow to resume their suspended match. Finally, we say goodbye to familiar names such as Jill Craybas, Sybille Bammer, and Kimiko Date Krumm.

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