Your Woman in Wimbledon: Day Two

26 Jun

The weather gods smiled on London SW14 today. Our centre court matches didn’t start until 1pm so we dashed into court 12 to grab unreserved seating in full sunshine for the start of play at 11:30am. It was one of my favourite women players, Chinese Li Na, against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands ranked 575. Krajicek is the half sister of retired player Richard Krajicek.

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Order of Play

Li still has a taped right knee but moves well and has one of the best grounded forehand whips of the women players I’ve seen. We watched her demolish Michaella 6:1 in the first set and would have loved to see out the match but had to race over to centre court via coffee and croissants for reigning champ Serena Williams’ match with 93 ranked Mandy Minella from Luxembourg. (Li Na went on to win the second set and the match 6:1).

Serena looks magnificent, her hair is wilder than ever and her serve puts many men to shame. 121mph was the fastest I saw her serve today. She had a couple of hiccups with Mandy but barely broke a sweat to win 6:1 6:3.

I was too far away to support her with my usual cheer but obviously she did just fine without me.

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Next up on centre court was Novak Djokovic against 29-year-old German Florian, ‘Flo’ Mayer ranked 34. An easy start for Novak winning the first set 6:3 but Florian came back to break his serve in the second with Novak finally taking it 7:5.

Novak looked rattled in the changeovers and seemed to be stretching his back more than usual. After Rafa’s tumble yesterday I was starting to worry for Novak but he shook it off to take the deciding set 6:4. He still rules the grass slides, how he maintains control I do not know.

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I was glued to my seat for the final game. David Ferrer up against 27-year-old journeyman Argentinian Martin Alund ranked 101. They had never played before. Martin took a set to get David’s measure, David took it 6:1. Martin then outplayed David on important points in the second set, especially at the net, and won it 7:5. David came back to take the third but in the fourth set David took two bad slips and in the second went down and stayed down for some time. Not sure who else heard him shout ‘Puta!’. He’d clearly damaged an ankle and it looked like he’d need a medical time out, he hobbled for the next couple of points. But instead of giving in to the pain he just carried on slugging it out and his serve improved. David won the deciding set 6:2 and got a standing ovation from the crowd.

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My luck finally ran out with Ticketmaster, couldn’t get tickets online for tomorrow so we have to join ‘The Queue’ at 4am in the hope of getting onto centre court for Tsonga and Federer or court one for Murray’s match. If that fails Lleyton Hewitt plays again on court two and I’d love to cheer him on to the third round!

Nightie night, need some sleep before the 3:30am wake up call.

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View out from centre court.

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These guards look serious but a second before the navy dude was hamming it up doing ‘The Mo’.


Nice rally by Serena and Mandy.

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Almost all the shops and offices in Wimbledon Village have tennis themed window displays including this bakery.

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