Wimbledon 2013 Day 2 Highlights
Highlights of the second day of Wimbledon
Championship.com continues to showcase the highlights of the day at Wimbledon. The day before we talked about the most interesting moments of Monday; now we will talk about the events of Tuesday.
Confident start of the reigning champion
The first racket of the world Serena Williams confidently started this Wimbledon. The reigning champion, according to tradition, played her opening match with the first start on the center court - and dealt with Mandy Minella without any problems. The Luxembourger managed to hold out for a little less than an hour and take only four games. And Serena herself, who, in the event of a triumph at Wimbledon, will overtake her sister in the number of singles titles in this tournament (now both have five wins), after the match noted that she was far from her best game.
Laura Robson has brought a pleasant surprise for all Britons. The spectators gathered on the first court, as well as those who watched the meeting via TV broadcasts, saw Laura's confident victory in the first round of Wimbledon. Incidentally, the 19-year-old Briton won only the second adult Wimbledon singles match in her entire career. Unfortunately, Robson's rival in this fight was Maria Kirilenko. While playing in Eastbourne last week, the Russian had knee problems; this probably prevented her from properly preparing for Wimbledon.
The defeat of the Russians
Kirilenko, alas, turned out to be far from the only representative of Russia who lost on Tuesday. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took only one game from Tsvetana Pironkova, who performed brilliantly here in 2010 and 2011, reaching the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively. Nadezhda Petrova lost to one of the Plishkovs' twin sisters - Karolina. Dmitry Tursunov was not lucky with the draw - he, having arrived in London without playing practice on the grass (the Russian did not play after Roland Garros due to injury), hit Tommy Haas, who is now on the move. The German won in three difficult games. Teimuraz Gabashvili, who passed the qualification, lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut in three sets. In addition, Evgeny Donskoy and Andrey Kuznetsov lost in doubles - as did Valeria Solovyova, who played with Ukrainian Marina Zanevskaya.
Refusal of the day
On the second game day, there were several refusals in the decisive games, but Philip Kohlschreiber scored the most. The German, who played with Croat Ivan Dodig, took the first and second sets, in the third he was two goals away from victory, but eventually lost it in a tie-break. Then Dodig took the fourth game, made a break at the beginning of the fifth - and at that moment Philip said: I'm tired, I'm leaving, shook hands with the opponent, the referee and left the court. It seems that Kolshreiber recently had a cold, but the wording of the reason for the refusal in the form of I'm tired still looks very strange.
LostCome on from the matchballs
On Tuesday there were also defeats of players who were one step away from success. Wayne Odesnik, once disqualified for using growth hormones, earned a matchball at the end of the decisive game with Jimmy Wan, but in the end the Taiwanese celebrated the victory. Monica Niculescu led the 30th seeded woman, Mona Bartel, with a score of 5: 3 in the third set, and in the 10th game she earned a triple matchball at the reception - however, the German managed to win four games in a row and reach the second round.
Service dog at work
While some Wimbledon workers have traditionally renewed paint on all court lines with special typewriters, others combed sectors along with service dogs. Judging by her happy appearance, the dog did not find anything forbidden.
Preparing a traditional dish
Before strawberries become strawberries with cream, each berry is thoroughly washed - and only with gloves. After that, cream is added to it, and you get the most famous Wimbledon dish.
Fans are sunbathing
Some fans who have bought tickets for several days at once or simply want to fully experience the spirit of the tournament and be there in the morning, traditionally take tents with them and spend the night next to Wimbledon ... And someone combines pleasant with pleasant and at the same time sunbathes in the sun.
Sharapova training with a soccer ball
And while the fans are relaxing and resting, Maria Sharapova is training hard. Training, of course, takes place not only on the court and with a tennis ball - for example, training with a soccer ball is also useful and adds variety to the routine preparation process.
Celebrities of the Day
Most likely, someone famous in the stands at Wimbledon will meet every day. This time, JK Rowling, the author of the well-known Harry Potter series, hit the camera lenses. The Briton attended Serena Williams' match.
Grimace of the day
Tuesday was not without scary grimaces during matches - like this one.