London: Good thing Wimbledon schedules its middle Sunday as a day off. This year, that gave everyone a chance to catch their breath after an eventful Week 1.
Really, when action resumes on Monday with all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches, what could Week 2 possibly have in store to equal what the first six days offered?
There was two-time champion Rafael Nadal's loss in the second round to an unknown guy ranked 100th " a guy who was beaten in his next match. A day after Nadal's exit, ending his streak of reaching five consecutive Grand Slam finals, Roger Federer, owner of six titles at the All England Club and a record 16 major trophies overall, dropped the first two sets of his third-round match...before coming back to win.
There was five-time champion Venus Williams' departure on Day 1; the only other time in 16 appearances at Wimbledon that she lost in the first round came during her debut in 1997 at age 17. Her younger sister, four-time champion Serena, is still around, but only barely. She pounded a tournament-record 23 aces to escape the third round with a 9-7 third-set victory....more
09:31 PM, Jul 01, 2012