For lack of a better word, Day 3 of Wimbledon 2013 has been crazy! Wait! Actually, I can think of other words. Insane! Absurd! Ridiculous! What!?! Round 2 of Wimbledon was filled with injuries, upsets and opportunities.
There’s so much to discuss, that I couldn’t just pick one thing to talk about. If you didn’t have time to watch the games today, read on and experience the madness.
First, let’s look at all the injuries on Day 3 that led to early withdrawals. Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, John Isner and Steve Darcis all withdrew from their 2nd round matches today due to injury.
Azarenka: She is the 2nd ranked women’s tennis player, former world number 1 and 2-time Australian Open Champion. In her 1st round match at Wimbledon this year, she did a split behind the baseline and injured her right knee. Medical tests after the match confirmed a bone bruise. She was set to play 166th ranked Flavia Pennetta in the 2nd round but withdrew before the match.
Tsonga: He is the 6th ranked men’s tennis player. He has never won a Grand Slam title before and his opportunity this time around at Wimbledon was cut short. In his 2nd round match against 38th ranked Latvian Ernests Gulbis, Tsonga won the first set, 6-3. However, the next two sets weren’t in his favor. He lost both sets 3-6, 3-6. During the match, Tsonga took an injury timeout for his left knee; after being down 2-1, he decided he couldn’t continue. The pain didn’t allow him to play at his best and he decided to retire from the match.
Cilic: He is the 10th ranked men’s tennis player who also withdrew from his 2nd round match due to a left knee injury.
Isner: He is an American tennis player who is currently ranked 21st. The only other American ranked higher than Isner is Sam Querrey, who is currently ranked 19th. Isner began his second round match against Adrian Mannarino but only played 2 games before he retired from the match due to a left knee injury.
Darcis: Before his match against Rafael Nadal in the 1st round of Wimbledon, he was ranked 135th. After he beat Nadal in the biggest upset of Day 1, he rose to 110th in the world. But despite having one of the greatest days of his career and possibly his life, everything wasn’t so sweet for Darcis. He said that during his match against Nadal, he suffered a shoulder injury, but was able to play through it and eventually defeat the 5th ranked men’s tennis player in the world. But, the pain became too much for him to continue the tournament. Despite his disappointment as a result of withdrawing, Darcis said there was no way he can play through the pain this time in his match against Lukasz Kubot. This could have been a breakout tournament for Darcis, but we’ll never know now that he’s no longer competing.
If you thought these injuries to the top players in the game were enough to make this day insane, think again!
#UpsetAlert #UpsetAlert #UpsetAlert
These are the hashtags that had taken over Twitter this morning until this afternoon. However, those upset alerts all became upsets. But I feel like the word upset doesn’t do the situation justice. What happened today at Wimbledon was more than an upset, it was a shocker! Six former number 1 ranked players on both the men’s and women’s side were defeated today. (I will discuss this more in my next article which will follow this article later today.) These 6 players include Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Lleyton Hewitt, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. The defeat of these players was shocking, but it did open the door for others to succeed and shine and possibly win Wimbledon this year.
On the women’s side, 1st ranked Serena Williams is the favorite to win the tournament. However, the biggest challengers on her side of the draw will be 4th ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, 6th ranked Li Na or 14th ranked Samantha Stosur. However, with Sharapova and Azarenka eliminated today on the other side of the draw, 20-year old American and 17th ranked Sloane Stephens has emerged as the front runner. Stephens has advanced to the 3rd round after defeating Andrea Petkovic in 3 sets: 7-6, 2-6, 8-6. It’ll be interesting to see who will win the tournament this year, especially with the injuries and upsets we’ve witnessed thus far.
The men’s side is as interesting, if not more interesting than the women’s side. With Nadal’s exit in the 1st round and now the greatest tennis player of all time and 7-time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer out of the tournament, the door is open for several people to make the Wimbledon final. Novak Djokovic, the 1st ranked player in the world is still in the tournament and one of the favorites to win the title for the 2nd time. However, British tennis player and 2nd ranked, Andy Murray is another favorite, especially for the people of London. Murray has not yet won a Wimbledon title and winning it would definitely be special for him. Today he beat Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets 6-3,6-3,7-5.
Wimbledon 2013 has been far from boring. In fact, it’s been the polar opposite. It’s hard to predict what will happen next because today’s events were truly unpredictable. If you can’t follow the games live, follow me on Twitter (@Nerses_Aposhian) as I will be posting match updates as they occur. The article about today’s 6 upsets will be up soon following this article.