Your Woman in Wimbledon: Day Three

27 Jun

This photo sums up my day three at Wimbledon today, lots of sunshine and bubbles (some of them beer). Sadly many players had a very bad day at the office today.

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It’s 8pm and we’re just back home after a magnificent day that started at 3:30am to get into the standing queue for today’s matches. While I write this Federer is in a tie break with Sergiy Stakhovsky on centre court and in danger of losing three sets to one. Unbelievable!

From last year’s experienc we knew we had to arrive at the queue before public transport started, to have a chance of getting a show court. We half jogged 25 minutes in the dark to gate ten to arrive at 4:20am to take queue ticket numbers 1524 and 1525. We were in with a chance.

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Our queue at 6:30am.

Holy guacamole, Roger has lost the match!!!!!! The skinny Ukrainian dude creamed him…..

It’s been a day, and a week, for upsets. Unprecedented.

Centre Court and Court One tickets went to the 1500 campers before us. We were happy with court two tickets as Lleyton Hewitt was scheduled first up against the 28-year-old, 6 foot 5 inch dread-locked German Jamaican Dustin Brown. He looks more like a basketball player than a tennis player but he is an awesome, if undisciplined athlete.

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Today’s order of play.

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These two women check every court before start of play. Very scientific…

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Lleyton enters.

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The yellow shirted Aussie Fanatics.

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Lleyton V Dustin.

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Lleyton leaves. Perhaps his last appearance at Wimbledon.

After 32-year-old Lleyton blitzed Stan Wawrinka on Monday night I was rooting for him to beat this lanky, young opponent.

Sadly Rusty was not on his best form and despite the support of his Aussie Fanatics (and me) Lleyton couldn’t overcome Dustin’s serve and facility at the net. Lleyton lost the first two sets, won the third on a tie break, then dropped his bundle in the fourth to go down hard.

Maybe Lleyton needs to start wearing his cap on backwards again.

Our second match was Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Petra played solidly with beautiful length and placement on the baseline to win 6:2 6:2. Caroline took a slide and needed treatment.

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Time for two screamers to come onto court two, Maria Sharapova against 131st ranked Portuguese woman Michelle Larcher de Brito. Maria is a head taller than Michelle and ranked third in the world. She was the clear favourite.

We’re not fans of Maria’s so we went to watch some men’s doubles but kept an eye on the score.

When Michelle took the first set we went back to our seats in time to see Maria slide twice and fall hard right in front of us, the second time hurting her hip and right ankle. She called the trainer then took a medical time out. Hard on her opponent but Michelle maintained her poise and after five match points and an hour of play Michelle took the match when Maria returned serve into the net.

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Maria favoured orange today.

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Maria in her thinking spot.
Today was a day for casualties with six players bowing out of the championship injured: Cilic, Azarenka, Darcis (who knocked out Nadal), Shvedova, Isna and Tsonga. There is much talk about the quality of the lawn courts but obviously some people have problems while others don’t. Shoes, grass quality, who knows? All I know is that there hasn’t been a drop of rain for three days so they should be grateful. This is London.

Tomorrow we won’t be going to the grounds, we’ll catch the BBC live telecast of key matches and take a long walk on Wimbledon Common. The irony of being at The Championships is that we sit on our backsides all day and into the evening watching these superb athletes run miles while our only exercise is strolling to and from the grounds.

We also need to research our venue to watch the broadcast of the second Lions versus Wallabies rugby match on Saturday. Almost more important than tennis!

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We passed the time waiting for play to resume practicing our Mexican wave.

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Michelle is in happy shock after ousting Maria.

2 Responses to “Your Woman in Wimbledon: Day Three”

  1. Irene Cockroft June 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Great pics of Wimbledon, Sharon. Can you send me your email address please? Thanks, Irene Cockroft E: hotshot@blueyonder.co.uk

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