Your Woman in Wimbledon: Day Seven

2 Jul

After a week of upsets the second Monday of Wimbledon brought some certainty for the mens’ seeds, with Murray, Ferrer and Djokovic through, but an upset in the Women’s with Sabine Lisicki of Germany trouncing Serena Williams. Yes, more tears on the Hill from me.

Britain’s sweetheart, Laura Robson, met her match in Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Laura did well to take Kaia to a tie break in the first set 6:7 and the second set of 5:7 shows Laura put up a good fight.

Murray goes through.

From Court Three we watched our matches while following the progress of others from the giant scoreboards. When I saw Serena in trouble we raced up to Henman Hill to see it out. I must be the kiss of death, every time I watch my favourites on the big screen the seeds are toppled.

Empty reserved court three seats.

While fans queue for the unreserved seats.

After a glorious weekend of sunshine the air temperature today was cooler but the sun still beat down. Our seats on the baseline were immediately below the broadcasting booth and shaded almost all day.

First up were Petra Kvitova and diminutive Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. This was a second rate match, the tie break in the first set went to Kvitova and she also took the second 6:3. If Kvitova makes the final it will be a travesty.



Kvitova’s match point.

Match 2 was Li Na against Roberta Vinci of Italy. The calibre of the tennis went up a notch and the deep baseline shots and winners came fast and furious. The final score of 6:2 6:0 to Li Na doesn’t show the fight Roberta put up.


The third match between the two lefties, Spanish heart throb Fernando Verdasco and tall, young Frenchman Kenny de Schepper was entertaining. Fernando is a crafty player, his disguised returns and swinging serves upset the big serving Kenny who regularly clocked 137mph against Fernando’s 131mph. The final score to Fernando was an even 6:4 6:4 6:4. I filmed match point but switched off just before Fernando did his celebratory solo salsa. Cute!



The last match on our court was the doubles match between Brits Jonathon Marray and Heather Watson against Kimiko Date Krumm and Spaniard David Marrero who had just lost his doubles match against the Bryan brothers.

The thirty-three-year-old showed no signs of tiredness and dominated the match after the Brits took the first set 6:2. Heather and Jonathon made lots of errors, especially on Heather’s serve, and lost the next two sets 3:6 3:6.


It was now 6:35pm, the night was still young! Time to check ticket returns. Spectators leaving the grounds are encouraged to hand in their tickets for resale. Court one tickets cost five pounds and proceeds go to charities. A quick sprint up to the returns marquee and by 7pm we were on Court One in the fourth row from the southern baseline watching Bernie Tomic against number 7 seed Tomas Burdych.

I officially revise my opinion of Bernie. He has played measured, intelligent matches this Wimbledon. Unfortunately whilst Bernie shook up Burdych a bit tonight the Czech held on to win in four sets.

The odd thing about court one is the BBQ grill in the hospitality area close to the court that produces a strong smell of charred flesh. It’s odd because spectators are not allowed to bring ‘hot, strong smelling food’ courtside. I guess it wouldn’t put Aussie Bernie off.


Team Bernie.





Kimiko is mobbed by fans.

As is Jerzy Janowicz.






If ever I get restless in a long match I remember this one!

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