Wimbledon Day 2: Injury derails Serena as Federer escapes
A feeling Serena williams was forced to retire injured after Roger Federer was scared before injury took over his opponent on a dramatic day at Wimbledon center court.
Two slips on the lawns ultimately forced Williams to end his campaign 3-3 in the first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, with the sympathetic crowd cheering in support as she wept in disappointment.
Earlier, Federer led two sets to one against the turf threat Adrien mannarino before the Frenchman also slipped on the grass and injured his knee in the middle of the fourth set.
Federer won the fourth before Mannarino retired after playing a point in the fifth.
In other results, the great female champions Ash barty, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber and Barbora Krejcikova advanced to round two, as did the top five male seeds Daniel Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.
Serena leaves as other great champions advance
In what was considered one of the most open women’s Grand Slam tournaments in the history of the sport, Serena was the choice of many as a potential champion given her background, her successes at the All England Club. and its weapons perfectly adapted to the turf.
But after building a 3-1 lead in the first set over Sasnovich, she was ultimately defeated by the slippery surface.
We are heartbroken for you, Serena.
– Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 29, 2021
Serena was on course for a successful third round encounter with Kerber, who started her campaign at Wimbledon well with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Nina Stojanovic.
Reigning Roland Garros champion Krejcikova, who was making her singles debut at Wimbledon, beat Danish teenager Clara Tauson 6-3 6-2 to extend her winning streak to 13 matches.
Krejcikova is in the same segment of the draw as seed Ash Barty, who won the match. Carla SuÃ¡rez Navarro in three sets in a poignant first round match.
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Seven-time major champion Venus Williams defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5 4-6 6-3, scoring the 41-year-old’s first victory at Wimbledon in three years.
The teenage stars also qualified for the second round. Coco gauff and Marta Kostyuk, Birmingham champion Ons Jabeur – who will then play Venus – and the tour veterans Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina.
Federer survives as Medvedev and Zverev advance
It was a tough comeback to Wimbledon for Federer, who pulverized 19 unforced errors in the second set and had to face an inspired opponent who loves lawns.
Still, Mannarino’s fall completely changed the course of the game; Federer ultimately extended his head-to-head record against the French to 7-0, and will meet next Richard Gasquet as the Swiss continue their quest for a ninth Wimbledon title and a 21st major trophy overall.
Second-seeded Medvedev, who is set to meet Federer in the quarter-finals, avenged his recent loss in Halle to Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-4 6-1 4-6 7-6 (3) victory over the German .
Fourth seed Zverev was a more comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-1 winner over Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.
The other first round winners on Tuesday were the top 10 seeds Diego schwartzman and Denis chapovalov, British No.1 Dan Evans, Australians Marc Polmans and Alex Bolt – the first two winners of the main draw at Wimbledon – and Oscar Otte, who won 13-12 [7-2] in the fifth set against Arthur Rinderknech to set up a second round match with Andy Murray.
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Meanwhile, Nick kyrgios, playing for the first time since the 2021 Australian Open, was stuck at 3-3 in the fifth set of an entertaining clash with champion Halle Ugo Humbert, before the game is suspended.
Statistics of the day
Wimbledon 2021 is the first Grand Slam tournament in more than nine years in which Venus Williams has progressed more in the draw than Serena.
We have to go back to Roland Garros 2012, when Serena fell in the first round and Venus went into the second, to find a moment when the elder Williams was doing better than her younger sister.
Serena aimed to improve her Wimbledon first round record to a 20-0 clear round before the injury sorely ensued.
Upset of the day
Australia’s No.15 seed Alex de Minaur had thrived on the grass ahead of Wimbledon, winning the Eastbourne title after a semi-final at Queen’s and setting an 8-2 record on the surface.
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Still, he landed a tough mission in the first round with rising American star Sebastian Korda and discovered for himself why the 20-year-old is seen as such a promising prospect.
Korda’s manual strokes and effortless power proved powerful as he took a two-set lead to love, and though gritty De Minaur snatched a tense third set from his opponent, Korda continued to win. 6-3 6-4 6 -7 (5) 7-6 (5).
The world No. 50 will face the French qualifier Antoine Hoang for a place in the third round.
Tweet of the day
I made this ball in the court elsewhere pic.twitter.com/fWWhMNTZPr
– Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) June 29, 2021
That she did; it was one of many stellar game pieces for 20th seed Gauff, who hit nine aces among 22 winners to beat inspiring British wildcard Francesca Jones 7-5 6-4.
Quotes of the day
âI was heartbroken having to retire today after injuring my right leg. My love and gratitude goes to the fans and the team who make being on center court so meaningful. To feel the overwhelming warmth and support of the crowd today as I stepped in and out of the court meant the world to me.
– statement by Serena Williams
“It’s awful. It shows that one hit can change the outcome of a game, a season, a career. So I wish him all the best, and I hope he will recover. quickly so that we can find him on the courts. Because, look, he could have won the game at the end, he was obviously the better player, so I was really lucky.
– Roger Federer
âIt’s very sad for me, honestly, when your opponent feels bad. She’s a great champion, and it’s a sad story. I was happy to play against her. It was a dream of my father. He dreamed for eight years in a row, he just wrote to me before the game, that I would play with Serena at Wimbledon, and, yes, it does. Of course, I wanted to play the whole game.
– Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Serena Williams
âWhen I watched his documentary when it came out, I was actually crying. It was so touching and so inspiring. I mean, I probably speak for other players as well. He’s just a huge icon in the sport. .
– Oscar Otte, against second round opponent Andy Murray
âI think Wimbledon makes me a really good gift. I really appreciate it. I can’t ask for anything better than this day. One of my last games here against Ash, world No.1, Center Court, with the roof. Was amazing I really enjoy everything I’m going through I think now today I was or am the happiest player (in the) tournament for sure.
– Carla SuÃ¡rez Navarro
Day 3: To watch
Center court opens with fanfare on Wednesday when the seed Novak Djokovic faces the former world number 5 Kevin anderson – a rematch of their 2018 Wimbledon final.
Second seed Aryna sabalenka then face another big hitter Katie Boulter before Murray’s clash with Otte.
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Court No.1 will see the resumption and conclusion of Kyrgios against Humbert before a notable clash between Jabuer and Williams. âOns, I would say, is one of my favorite people on tour. Honestly, she just breaks down barriers,â Venus said.
Court n Â° 2 welcomes the great female champions Bianca Andreescu, Iga swiatek and Sofia kenin all in action, with No.5 seed Andreescu hoping to avenge his recent loss to AlizÃ© Cornet in Berlin and Swiatek, seventh seed, against former world number 2 and Wimbledon finalist Zvonareva.