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Vekic Wins & Warwinka Loses

How strange was the first day of Wimbledon? Donna Vekic won her first round match while her much more celebrated and much higher ranked boyfriend (man friend) lost. So much for the Paul Annacone experiment on grass for Wawa, he went down very surprisingly in four sets to Danili Medvedev. And Russians aren’t usually known for their grass prowess.

All three American men who played–Qball, DY and SteveJo–all won. Venus Williams won and then broke down in the press conference afterward after a reporter questioned her about the car accident she was in after the French Open in Florida. Having driven a lot in Florida, I know one of the biggest fears I have is driving around with those crowded intersections amidst the 70-80-year-old crowd.

I know one of my questions even before I heard of Venus’s unfortunate car accident is how much longer will Venus play? She’s already the oldest woman in the Wimby draw at 37 and although she still has game, in our “all women must want to have children” American mindset, I think, “Will Venus find her man and also have a child sometime soon?” That’s how life intrudes on tennis. It’s a game we play as life surrounds it.

Genie Bouchard won the first set against Suarez-Navarro then proceeded to almost get double-bageled in the next two. The inimitable Dustin Brown dropped the first set and then flew through Sousa. And another good big guy, Kevin Anderson, swept through the no. 31-seed, Verdasco, after dropping the first set. KevAnd is now back in the top 40 after recovering from a slew of injuries.

All this is to say that life transgresses into the pro tennis world too. There are traffic accidents, fatalities, May-December romances, comebacks and falls from grace. Victoria Azarenka was back after baby, Leo, and swept through CC Bellis after losing the first set. And the dynamic Camila Giorgi swept through the trying Alize Cornet. And finally the ageless and scar-filled Tommy Haas lost to a Scoop and my favorite, Reuben Bemelmens. It clearly wasn’t a good day for European men (and these are the only ones who still have one handers as the shot has disappeared in North America; I guess Dr. Ivo did win) with one handed backhands. This could be a good thing as maybe it means Tommy will grace the grass at Newport although Wawa will not.

What will the second day of Wimby bring us?

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  • Hartt · July 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I only saw the last few games of Konta v Vekic, but if those were indicative of the match (and it looks like they were) what a great match. It was over 3 hours long and both players gave their absolute all. The match could have gone either way, and the British crowd gave Vekic a standing ovation as she walked off the court for her valiant effort. So the question now is how far can Konta go in this tourney?

  • Hartt · July 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Doubles news: The exciting news for American fans is Harrison/Venus winning 9-7 in the 5th set over Begeman/Struff. One good bit of news for Aussie fans – Kokkinakis/Thompson defeated Rojer/Tecau, a very good doubles team. And fellow Canucks (and Daniel Nestor fans) can join me in celebrating Nestor/Martin winning over Belluci/Dutra Silva.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Vekic showed greatness today but no fire. She really hung in there well with Konta after losing the first set after blowing a lead and having set points. Then won the second and battled into OT in the third. She had chances to break Konta three games in a row but blew those opportunities. She fought and fought but then finally Konta prevailed in the end. heartbreaker for Vekic who actually cried on Konta’s shoulder at the net. Never saw that before. Vekic gave it her all but just didn’t have the fire or super desire. She’s too soft or too feminine or whatever you want to call it but one thing is for sure Vekic is a super talent.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Australia should revoke Tomic’s citizenship! And the ATP should send Tomic on a two year vacation!

  • Andrew Miller · July 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Scoop, Popyrin and De Minuar will oust the Aussies that are coasting. The Aussies are like the USA men, they need someone to light a fire under them. For USA men only two things have worked: Competition from other USA men and Lloyd Carroll. Chris Evert’s essay in tennis magazine arguably turned Serena Williams into a super champion and changed her focus to piling up the slam count.
    Australian men are no different than the USA men, same motivators. That’s why only other Australian men’s players can make Kyrgios and Tomic scared of losing their lifestyle etc.
    Australian women are super different, they seem to see Stosur and Molik as role models and therefore the Australian women take a LONG time to push for the top. That’s why Barty and Gavrilova and Rodionova will be right on schedule.

  • Andrew Miller · July 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Kvitova gone! Brengle ousts her.
    Keys, gone! Giorgi ousts her.
    Pouille, gone!

  • Andrew Miller · July 5, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Querrey, Johnson in rd 3

  • catherine · July 6, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Simona has had an easy draw so far but she will find Azarenka a different deal – hasn’t played her for a while either.
    Petra did well to play at all. She needs rest now.

  • catherine · July 6, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Kerber last played Flipkens 3 years ago at W’don and won in 3 – but lots of water has passed under many bridges since then…
    Some rain forecast for later today.

  • Thomas Tung · July 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Not surprised by Keys going out as Giorgi will win any straight, head-on hitting competition, given that she takes the ball faster than anyone in women’s tennis (hands down). Of course, then that brings up the question as to why Keys (and Keys’s coaching team) was foolish enough to get into a hitting contest with Giorgi to begin with …

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Thomas; Keys doesn’t know any better or any other way to play :) But Pound the ball harder.

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