Monday, June 23, 2014


by Karen 

Day 1 saw a fantastic day of tennis and there is no doubt that Day 2 will also bring some wonderful matches.  There were a few upsets on Day 1 with Sloane Stephens (18), Sam Stosur (17) and Garbine Muguruza (27).  

The commentary of the women's matches continues to raise eyebrows with commentators stating in the Kirilenko/Stephens match that it was a good thing that both women were beautiful as it helped with the marketing. Coming on the heels on Inverdale's comments about last year's champion, Marion Bartoli, you would think commentators would have learned their lesson. Obviously they have not.  It was great to see Victoria Azarenka back to her winning ways and in shorts.   

All in all it was a drama free day on the women's side.  Tomorrow sees 30 matches from the top half of the women's draw.  This side of the draw is loaded with potential holders of the Venus Rosewater Dish.  The AELTC have deemed it fit to change their rule of having only one women's player on the 2 main show courts.  You could say that Day 2 is Ladies Day. 

On the 3 main show courts, there are 6 women's matches scheduled and only 5 men's matches, one of which is a carry over from Day 1.   

As I am writing this I am listening to Radio Wimbledon and I am being told that tomorrow on Court No. 1 is going to be filled with glamour.  I am going to leave that alone.  

What to Watch

I am looking to see whether the World's No. 1 is ready to hold a Grand Slam trophy after her dismal performance at Roland Garros.  She has indicated that she is not yet over this loss and that can either be motivation or lead to another loss.   

If Eugenie Bouchard does not play well, she could lose to Hantuchova.  Bouchard flamed out in her grass court tune up, as did Hantuchova, so both women will be looking to gain some momentum in this match.  

Upset Special

Victoria Duval over Sorana Cirstea
Donna Vekic over Roberta Vinci 
Belinda Bencic over Magdalene Rybarikova 

Centre Court
Sabine Lisicki
Julia Glushko

Serena Williams
Anna Tatishvilli
Court No. 1
Maria Sharapova
Samantha Murray

Eugenie Bouchard
Daniela Hantuchova
Court No. 2
Ursula Radwanksa
Angelique Kerber

Kaia Kanepi
Jelena Jankovic
Court No. 3
Heather Watson
Alja Tomljanovic

Shuai Zhang
Carla Suarez-Navarro
Court 12
Tamira Paszek
Kirsten Flipkens
Court 18
Andrea Petkovic
Kateryna Piter

Anastasia Pavlychenkova
Alison Riske
Court 8
Madison Keys
Madison Puig
Court 16
Victoria Duval
Sorana Cirstea

Annika Beck
Jie Zheng
Court 17
Klara Koulakova
Taylor Townsend

Roberta Vinci
Donna Vekic
Court 4
Jovana Jaksic
Petra Cetkovska

Dinah Pfizenmaier
Lesia Tsurenko
Court 5
Irina Camelia-Begu
Virginie Razzano
Court 6
Belinda Bencic
Magdalena Rybarikova

Zarina Diyas
Kristina Mladenovic
Court 7
Timea Bacsinszky
Sharon  Fichman
Court 9
Karolina Pliskova
Karin Knapp
Court 10
Petra Martic
Lourdes Dominguez-Lino

Chanelle Scheepers
Christina McHale
Court 11
Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Olga Govortsova

Alexandra Cadantu
Camila Giorgi
Court 19
Anna Schmiedlova
Alize Cornet
Simona Halep
Teliana Pereria
Ana Ivanovic
Francesca Schiavone

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