1. I haven’t gotten to watch much of the tennis today because I was out for most of the day, but I was shocked to see Serena Williams go out in three sets to Alize Cornet, particularly since she took the first set.
Whether we like to admit it or not, Serena Williams has done nothing at Slams this year, and it’s starting to look like the signs of age are catching up with her, as they do for every great player. Who would’ve thought that we’d get through three major tournaments without Serena reaching the quarters? Additionally, I would’ve expected Serena to be particularly focused and motivated to make a good run at Wimbledon after what happened at the French Open.
With all that in mind, it’ll be interesting to see whether Serena rebounds and starts winning again, or whether she transitions into the status of someone like Roger Federer — a threat at the majors, but not consistent enough to be the favorite anymore. I would’ve bet that she had a few more Grand Slam victories in her future, but her 2014 results have been shocking.
2. Also, this is a bit silly.
"These girls, when they play me, it's like they're on the ATP Tour." ok Serena.
— Victoria Chiesa (@vrcsports) June 28, 2014
"In general everyone plays the match of their lives against me. I'm pretty sure the next match won't be the same" – @serenawilliams
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2014
That’s the territory of a World No. 1. Everyone wants to beat you, as they should.
3. Eugenie Bouchard made an unusual fashion statement in press:
— Eugenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) June 28, 2014
Eugenie Bouchard comes out of press with a kimono on, carrying a teddy bear and asks Milos Raonic "do you like my swag?" #Swag
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) June 28, 2014
1. Canadian tennis is still on a steady rise thanks to young guns Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic.
— Eugenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) June 26, 2014
Bouchard, who has notable fan Jim Parsons (pictured above) from the Big Bang Theory hanging around with her at Wimbledon this week, faced Andrea Petkovic in the third round this afternoon. Surprisingly her record against Petkovic stood at 0-3 before today’s match, a record she put to bed with a comfortable straight sets win of 6-3 6-4. Bouchard landed in the tough top quarter of the draw with Serena and Sharapova, but with Serena out she has much more preferable fourth round match against Alize Cornet.
Unless, of course, Cornet continues her brilliant Serena-defeating form …
Raonic was a straight sets winner too, taking out Kubot 7-6 7-6 6-2 to go through to the second week.
It is the first time either Canadian has made the second week of Wimbledon, so their rise up the rankings goes steadily onwards.
2. Rain is awful, coverage is more awful.
It took hours, HOURS, for the roof to be closed on Centre. Then, when the sun came out, it took an AGE for the BBC to switch from repeats of yesterday’s matches to coverage of today. And ESPN chose to show an interview with Maria Sharapova rather than live pictures of Serena losing to Cornet.
Who are these people?! Do they even like tennis?!
Also, no middle Sunday at Wimbledon. So. Prepare yourselves for chaotic schedules and controversy and fandom war and cries of favouritism.
3. Alison Riske has Twitter game.
She may have lost very quickly to Sharapova but she’s keeping it in perspective …
David Beckham watched me lose to Sharapova on Center Court at Wimbledon. Id say that is half winning…
— Alison Riske (@Riske4rewards) June 28, 2014
4. Wimbledon Week 1 hasn’t exactly been exciting. I know we were spoiled last year in terms of drama, particularly during week 1, but this tournament has still felt a little…meh.
Cornet vs. Serena was exactly the match we needed to pick up the pace a bit. A great clash, between two highly emotive players, and a shock result that will have repercussions for the whole of the rest of the tournament. No, it’s not great if you’re a Serena fan, but at least it’s something to bring the tournament alive.
Kudos to the Williams sisters, actually, for providing the most interesting matches so far. Even though they both went on to lose, they at least went down fighting. Kvitova vs. Venus is easily the standout match of Wimbledon so far.
5. The British Press are still embarrassing. I apologise on behalf of my people.
For the first time I actually watched “The Day Andy Won Wimbledon.” I actually hadn’t watched it yet because I was SO happy Andy had won, I’d shed so many tears over his 2012 final loss, and I’d found that pre-Wimbledon documentary about Murray last year so moving that I was worried watching this one would send me into a tail spin that would leave me weeping on the floor of my Swiss apartment, clutching a Union Flag, singing Adele songs, hugging a corgi.
Anyway, I watched it today and it was embarrassingly corny. I love Andy Murray in an “I like his tennis, I like seeing him win, he’s a nice guy,” kind of way, with our shared nationality being a bonus feature. I don’t love Andy Murray in an emotion-porn, “our daughter died during the match, knew she’d done all she could for him and so could take her last breath” kind of way. Which is genuinely a part of the documentary. I appreciate that that’s how the family feel, but I feel it’s a bit creepy of the filmmakers to use that.
I’ll stick to enjoying his matches, and enjoying that he won Wimbledon, and I sincerely hope he wins another Slam.
In the meantime, I’m going to go and have a cup of tea and think about what we’ve done.
1. I wrote my thoughts about Serena here for Bleacher Report. Am I surprised? Yes, yes I am. I mean, I picked her to win the tournament. But I’m not shocked. She’s getting older. This is now a trend. I will never count Serena out, but I think we all have to realize that her 2012-2013 form was something special and unsustainable in her 30s, and that the bad days will keep coming.
Her attitude worries me the most, though–Serena shouldn’t be worried that she gets the best of her opponents, because it really shouldn’t matter who she’s playing–if Serena takes the initiative and is focused, the match should be on her racket 99% of the time. But she’s being so passive that it’s just not going to work against top-20 caliber players.
2. That being said, I really don’t want to hear from Patrick unless he’s willing to take some of the blame (like a coach should, true or not) and not throw Serena under the bus. It’s annoying that he presents it as “we” when she wins, but “she” when she loses.
3. If you can’t already tell, I’m super cranky right now. Cranky that there wasn’t more electrifying awesomeness during the first week. Cranky that the Wimbledon scheduling is STUPID AND INSANE AND UNFAIR AND STUPID. Cranky at the Sharapova/Serena fan wars, and all fan wars, because they are ridiculous and annoying and often inhumane. These aren’t teams, they’re people. Individuals. You don’t have to like them but show some respect.
I’m cranky about the darkness and cranky about the rain and ohmygod, I need this middle Sunday even though I’m cranky that there’s no play then.
4. Also? If you’re not going to get lights AT LEAST GET LIGHT METERS. There needs to be something uniform about the decision to stop play for the darkness. A little discretion with the input of the players is fine, but there should not be a 35-minute difference in the stoppage of play.
I mean, Ivanovic could very easily have been in Keys’ situation, or visa versa. It’s just silly.
5. Tommy. Robredo. I did not see that coming.
6. The only part of this day that didn’t make me cranky? GONZOOOOOOOO.
7. Random tweets I favorited:
An AELTC spokesman in @jon_wertheim's 2007 SI article on Wimby: "It's a residential area, and we have to respect our neighbors' day of rest"
— Matt Zemek (@mzemek) June 28, 2014
— Alejandro Falla (@AlejandroFalla) June 28, 2014
Ha..it's actually getting dark to watch on TV—does Pam have a flashlight she can run out on court so everyone can see??
— Tony (@tjc05) June 28, 2014
— Andrew (@BackSwings) June 28, 2014
Cornet: "I can't believe I did it myself, you know. Me."
— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) June 28, 2014
Bepa has triple set point on her serve for the second set in a row. (Yes, she is down a set.)
— Jason (@Hurley_LLC) June 28, 2014
Ok next rain delay question. 3 best backhands?
— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) June 28, 2014
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) June 28, 2014
— Quiterie Cam (@QuiterieCam) June 28, 2014
Some @martina trivia: "in 1986 I played two singles matches in week one and, because of rain, 17 matches in week two."
— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) June 28, 2014
8. I’m going to get away from the computer for a bit and hopefully come back much more refreshed and much less cranky on Monday. Enjoy Middle Sunday!