Friday, 24 June 2011

Day 5: Brit-Watch at Wimbledon 2011

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So it's the end of day five at Wimbledon and once again the Brits were out in force.

Since my last Brit-Watch post Laura Robson fought back from a set down to win her first round match, whilst Heather Watson sadly lost out to Mathilde Johansson after sustaining an elbow injury. She should have one that match.

8th seed Petra Kvitova proved a class above Anne Keothavong crushing her 6-2, 6-1. But Andy Murray (what would we do without you) overcame Tobias Kamke to give us someone in the third round.

So as of today there were only three Brits left in the singles competition (which lets face it is all that really counts), so how did they do?

Firstly though I realise that of all the Brits I mentioned in my first Brit-Watch post I forgot to mention Katie O'Brien, who was the first player to be knocked out of the tournament by Date-Krumm. 

My first thought was 'oh she's beaten by a 40-year old, just give it up girl' but said 40-year old then went on to completely bring-it to Venus Williams and nearly caused a shock upset. So maybe O'Brien losing wasn't such a shocker after all. Here's a lovely red arrow for you Katie - we wouldn't want you to miss out.

Anyway moving on. First up today was Elena Baltacha, who faced 20th seed Shuai Peng of China. Baltacha took the first set 6-4 gaining a break late in the match but Peng came back strongly in the second round winning 6-2. 

The final set was a heart-stopper with Baltacha breaking twice only to be broken twice herself. Baltacha saved four break points but in the end Peng prevailed 7-5.

Meanwhile (and it was a real case of channel swapping at this point) Laura Robson stormed to an early 3-0 lead against Maria Sharapova. Sharapova found her champions spirit and battled back to take it to a first set tie-break. Laura Robson edged ahead in the tie-break early on but once again Sharapova came back, taking the first set. 

The second set saw Sharapova race ahead and although Robson broke back after an early break, Sharapova stepped up a gear to win winning 6-3. Laura did herself proud though and definitely deserved her wild card.

So, unfortunately, as predicted, Andy Murray was the only player to get through to the 3rd round. He took to the courts to play Ivan Ljubicic, the oldest man in the competition and came through in four sets winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 6-4 to book his place in the 4th round, needing a tie-break to beat his opponent.

Court 1
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So there we have it. Out of eleven British players there is only one left and it's Andy Murray. No pressure then Andy!
What do you think?

1 comment:

John Kim said...

I'd like to go to a tennis game at least once in my life

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