Petra Kvitova opened defense of her Wimbledon title on Tuesday with a dominant performance on Centre Court.
The tournament referee’s office announced the withdrawal Tuesday, but didn’t give a reason.
Bouchard seemed to be the new star of women’s tennis a year ago when she reached at least the semifinals at the first three Grand Slam tournaments.
Djokovic opens plays on Centre Court Monday against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, followed by 2004 victor Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation against Britain’s Johanna Konta. “With a small bit of luck, and having a decent draw, and playing his best tennis, I think it’s still very possible to win for him but obviously the competition is very hard out there”.
First, Eugenie Bouchard, who was runner-up at Wimbledon previous year, fell in the opening round, losing 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Duan Ying-Ying – a 117th-ranked Chinese qualifier who was playing at Wimbledon for the first time and had never before won a Grand Slam match.
Kukushkin was two points from evening the match, serving for the second set at 6-5, 30-love. No one expected Wawrinka to win in Paris, so we have to prepare for the possibility that he or Milos Raonic or Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios or even Kevin Anderson could shock us with a run to the Wimbledon championship. The programing schedule for the first week is below; keep in mind that all times are Eastern.
The 21-year-old said she had been struggling with a torn ab muscle, which forced her to retire from a match at a warmup event in Eastbourne this month. But the third-seeded Briton rewarded his adoring home fans on Centre Court with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4 win in a tiny over two hours.
“Exactly”, Federer said. “I’m looking forward to Stefan being with me”. Twenty-nine-year-old Rafael Nadal, injured most of last year and out of sync most of this one, needs to prove he can still contend on the game’s biggest stages.
Murray, the 2013 victor, faced a stiffer test against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. I played some really good tennis.
Women’s top seed Serena Williams of the USA plays Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan on Court No. 1, while her sister and fellow five-time singles champion Venus plays Madison Brengle, also of the USA, on Court No. 3. But in the last few years, Wimbledon has taken it a step too far, telling players that the brims of hats and bottom of shoes must also be white. “She’s always been there for me”.
In another one-sided women’s match, 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber swept fellow German Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 6-0 – the third “double bagel” in two days.