The second round started today and by all means did not disappoint. In the men’s draw we witnessed a player flipping coins at an umpire’s chair in retaliation to her overruling his line calls. Another match saw a grown man in the audience snatch a player’s memorabilia towel from a child in bizarre fashion, some people ay!
Meanwhile in the women’s draw thing were slightly more focussed on the fantastic tennis on offer. We saw several big names fall from the draw today, namely Petra Kvitova, whose battle to be at Wimbledon was alone impressive, though her title victory in Birmingham put her name on the lips of many who believed she could possibly go all the way at SW19. Grand Slam regular Madison Brengle was her usurper, although Kvitova struggled at times physically and emotionally. She admitted after the match that she was glad to be off the court. It appears the road to recovery is still an ongoing process for Petra and we wish her all the best for her future playing career.
Late on Court three dark-horse Madison Keys was dumped out by Italy’s Camilla Giorgi 6-4 6-7 6-1. The seventeenth seed had been expected to progress without much trouble. Meanwhile on Court 12 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered a scare against relative unknown Francoise Abanda. The twenty-year-old Canadian asked all the right questions, though Ostapenko again, made it through by the skin of her teeth.
The Match of the day however was most definitely on Centre Court. British number one and sixth seed Johanna Konta vowed for her first ever place in round three, upon her sixth time of asking. Her opponent was Donna Vekic; a young but tough Croatian and girlfriend of Stanislas Wawrinka, who suffered an early exit at the championships this year. Both players demonstrated a marvellous performance in a spectacle that last over three hours. Finally, a delighted Konta prevailed 7-6 4-6 10-8. The players shared an emotional embrace after the match, which will go down as one of the defining matches of Wimbledon 2017. Highlights below.
Tomorrow we see the conclusion of round two, with the remaining Pliskova twin, Karolina on Centre Court. She takes on Magdalena Rybarikova who was champion at Surbiton in June. On Court no.1 Angelique Kerber takes on Belgium’s Flipkens, who was a semi-finalist in 2013. Wozniacki, Radwasnka, Kuzentsova and Muguruza all aim for a place in round three too.
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For full scores throughout the tournament visit: http://volleta.tennis/tournament/the-championships-wimbledon/