Not gonna lie — today was stressful! Still, here are some of the Wimblemedia highlights of Day 2 of The Championships.
Halep and Bouchard crash out in R1
Both the Romanian and the Canadian have been struggling with form lately but the World No. 3’s early exit to 2014 Charleston runner-up Jana Cepelova is the bigger story of the two of them. No one expected Bouchard to uproot trees at the AELTC this year, but Halep’s loss to Cepelova was a shocker no matter which way — despite the sub-par clay season, early exit at Roland Garros and Birmingham bagel by Kristina Mladenovic — you look at it.
Bouchard went out to Chinese qualifier (or Baby Flower Chinese Dav– nevermind) Duan Ying-ying in her first round. The Canadian said her ab injury caused her concern throughout the match and as a result of her first round exit, she’ll have to deal with a hefty fall in the WTA rankings.
it’s going down for real….
Berdych avoids another late night drama
Remember when Tomas Berdych played (then eventual US Open champion) Marin Cilic in the 3rd round of Wimbledon last year?
The sun had decided to set but the Czech and the Croat didn’t… (Well, maybe they had but the referee certainly thought the lighting was sufficient.)
This year, the No. 6 seed avoided such trouble and hit his way through a tricky first round opponent in Jeremy Chardy in four sets. Literally.
Let’s take a moment to remember…remember when?
Robson’s Rocky Road Back
British (once-?) hope Laura Robson is currently on her way back into the game, and after a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Daria Gavrilova in Eastbourne qualifying, the Brit suffered defeat at the hands of Evginiya Rodina at Wimbledon.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Robson, however. Yes, there were plenty of unforced errors to match up the winners that she hit but here’s hoping that the 21-year-old will find her way back into tennis without many complications — unlike fellow wrist-patient Juan Martin Del Potro.
Jelena Jankovic is… being herself
(And also somehow won yet another match on grass. Jankovic held on to beat Elena Vesnina 10-8 in the third after the Russian served for the match, so at least it was as dramatic as possible.)
A Petra Profile
Before her first round match (which only lasted 35 minutes), the BBC aired a feature with last year’s Wimbledon champion — and it yielded a lot of particularly GIFable moments.
A long five sets between Tsonga and Müller
The result was in many ways what I expected it would be, and I’m not surprised that it was five sets — and neither was Eva Asderaki-Moore: #quotehamaybe
Anyway — this is goodnight! We’re all tired and I’ll let Irina Camelia Begu do the talking: