Strawberries and fresh cream priced at £2.25. The green green grass where I like to bathe in the sun and take a snooze. Play has been suspended due to rain. Andy Murray is a firm contender to win the All England Club since the last Briton, Fred Perry, back in 1936. Yes, it’s that time of the year again – Wimbledon is back!
The first two days of the great grass grand slam delivered tremendous energy and excitement, as the world’s best turned up for the world’s greatest tennis contest. The opening day perfectly complemented the vast buzz and expectation that had been built up prior to the start of the championships.
…in order to reel us in on the tension…
Day one welcomed the men’s singles top seed Rafael Nadal and Britain’s prodigal son Andy Murray. Nadal made easy work of his opponent, beating athletic American counterpart, Michael Russell, in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. As for our only hope, Andy Murray, he did what he does best giving us an early scare (in order to reel us in on the tension), and then battling through for a firm victory. The Scotsman got off to a slow start in his first match of the tournament dropping the first set 4-6 to world number 59, Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver. After refocusing himself he finally found a break in the second set, leading to absolute demolition of his opponent winning 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 in the final three sets.
With regard to the ladie’s championship, five-time Wimbeldon champ Venus Williams eradicated Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-1. Also this year’s French Open runner up, Francesca Schiavone, was in action, fighting back against Australia’s Jelena Dokic to win 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. There were also wins for second seed Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 12th seed.
…after suffering with a pulmonary embolism.
The highlight of the second day of Wimbledon was the emotional victory of defending champion Serena Williams, who returned after a long battle with a foot injury, and after suffering with a pulmonary embolism. Serena was joined by top seed Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova and French Open champion Li Na, who all won in straight sets to proceed to the second round.
The crowds were also treated to some of the first-rate talent in the men’s singles on day two, as Wimbledon legend Roger Federer, American maestro Andy Roddick and the man of the moment Novak Djokovic were all in action. As expected, all three breezed past their respective opponents, winning in straight sets.
…there are some heavy match-ups in place…
There have only been two days of play at SW19 and we have been indulged with some of the finest performances and the most entertaining tennis stars. In the next couple of days we will be introduced to the second round and there are some heavy match-ups in place including Robin Soderling v Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick v Victor Hanescu. Wimbledon is only two weeks of tennis every year, so I say enjoying each day as it lasts is the best play.
Image courtesy of Aleksandar Cocek