Nikki (nakeisha) wrote,

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Wimbledon Days 07 & 08

The weirdness that is this year's Wimbledon continued somewhat yesterday on crazy Monday, when Wimbledon play all men's and ladies' last 16 matches. We had the good, the not so good and the surprising.

Firstly, both plutos_revenge and I were extremely happy to see 'our' men get through to the quarters finals, something that in truth a few days ago neither of us were expecting.

I didn't see any of Fed's match but plutos_revenge seemed happy enough with him play; still some room for improvement, but not the Fed of days 1 and 3.

Rafa certainly wasn't the Rafa of the last two rounds; this was the Rafa we are used to playing. No five set match for him, no WTF playing, instead he played probably the best he's played this tournament and was back to hitting the lines with scary ease and making audacious shots that you simply couldn't believe anyone could pull off. I'm still not sure he's going to get through the next two rounds, or even one of them, but I'm more confident than I was after Saturday.

And the rule you'd like to see introduced, plutos_revenge, was again broken last night in Rafa's match when Mathieu took an injury time out at change of ends prior to Rafa serving.

The biggest shock of the day (and quite possibly the tournament) was Andy Roddick (my second favourite man) going out in five sets to the hitherto unheard of (by me) Yen-Hsun Lu. Roddick was one of the two men plutos_revenge and I had tipped to contest the final. That really was a huge, huge surprise.

In other news Nole put out Hewitt in four sets, again something of a surprise, I though Hewitt would come through and thought it even more when Nole took a 15 minute break waiting for the doctor to come and give him something for an upset stomach. But he held on.

Soderling was taken to five tough sets by David Ferrer, prior to that he'd sailed through every round with ease.

Murray won in three, but came close to losing the first set when he served for it and was fairly easily broken - he remains the only man not to drop a set.

Tsonga and Berdych both came through, as expected, both in four sets.

On the ladies' side, both Williams sisters came through, I'm sorry to say.

In further bad news the number three and number four seeds (Wozniacki and JJ) both crashed out; JJ was injured and also pulled out of the doubles, but it was a shame.

Kim Clijsters beat Justine Henin in three sets, after losing the first badly, in the battle of the Belgians, so at least my favourite lady went through.

I really feel we're in for another all Williams final *sighs* Fingers crossed though today for Kim to beat Vera Zvonareva - that should be the best of the four matches.

In doubles our Brits who put out the number one men's seeds, went out, even though they won the first set; another pair went out to the Bryan twins; two of our mixed doubles teams went out; whereas one mixed doubles team did come through. Kim also won her mixed double with fellow Belgian  Xavier Malisse.

Sadly today there is only one match I'm really interested in watching and that's Kim vs. Zvonareva; otherwise nothing really grabs me, such is the state of the women's game.
Tags: tennis, tennis: rafa, tennis: wimbledon, tennis: wimbledon 2010

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