2015/07/01

Wimbledon Order of Play for July 2, 2015

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR THURSDAY 2 JULY

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Christina McHale (USA) 86 vs Sabine Lisicki (GER) [18] 88
2 Sam Querrey (USA) 125 vs Roger Federer (SUI) [2] 128
3 Dustin Brown (GER) 77 vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) [10] 80
No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Robin Haase (NED) 93 vs Andy Murray (GBR) [3] 96
2 Kurumi Nara (JPN) 126 vs Petra Kvitova (CZE) [2] 128
3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [13] 81 vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 84
No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 James Ward (GBR) 66 vs Jiri Vesely (CZE) 67
2 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [13] 113 vs Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 115
3 Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] 97 vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 100
No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [8] 97 vs Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 100
2 Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 110 vs Gilles Simon (FRA) [12] 112
3 Gael Monfils (FRA) [18] 105 vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 107
COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5] 65 vs Denisa Allertova (CZE) 68
2 Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 69 vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) [30] 72
3 Viktor Troicki (SRB) [22] 73 vs Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 76
COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 77 vs Angelique Kerber (GER) [10] 80
2 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [15] 81 vs Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 84
3 Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [28] 121 vs Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 123
4 Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 85 vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [23] 88
COURT 5 – 11:30 START
1 Vera Dushevina (RUS) / Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) 43 vs
Klara Koukalova (CZE) / Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 44
2 Sergey Betov (BLR) / Alexander Bury (BLR) 35 vs Edward Corrie (GBR) / Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36
3 Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 21 vs Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) / Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 22
COURT 6 – 11:30 START
1 Gilles Muller (LUX) / Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 27 vs Benjamin Becker (GER) / Roberto Maytin (VEN) 28
2 Chen Liang (CHN) / Raluca Olaru (ROU) 53 vs Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 54
3 Magda Linette (POL) / Mandy Minella (LUX) 47 vs Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [4] 48
4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / Malek Jaziri (TUN) 50 vs Marcus Daniell (NZL) / Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) 51
COURT 7 – 11:30 START
1 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [20] 73 vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 75
2 Andreas Seppi (ITA) [25] 89 vs Borna Coric (CRO) 92
3 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [26] 89 vs Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 91
4 Matthew Ebden (AUS) / James Ward (GBR) 37 vs Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) / Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 38
COURT 8 – 11:30 START
1 Benoit Paire (FRA) 117 vs Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [20] 120
2 Madison Keys (USA) [21] 105 vs Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 108
3 Lukas Rosol (CZE) 102 vs Pablo Andujar (ESP) 103

COURT 9 – 11:30 START
1 Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) 5 vs Marina Erakovic (NZL) / Heather Watson (GBR) 6
2 Leonardo Mayer (ARG) / Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (ARG) 63 vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [2] 64
3 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [7] 33 vs Elena Bogdan (ROU) / Simona Halep (ROU) 34
4 Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Philipp Petzschner (GER) 54 vs Treat Huey (PHI) / Scott Lipsky (USA) 55
COURT 10 – 11:30 START
1 Radu Albot (MDA) / Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 61 vs Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) 62
2 Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL) [16] 57 vs Chris Guccione (AUS) / Andre Sa (BRA) 58
3 Alize Cornet (FRA) / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 15 vs Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [8] 16
COURT 11 – 11:30 START
1 Olga Govortsova (BLR) 102 vs Alize Cornet (FRA) [25] 104
2 Tatjana Maria (GER) 109 vs Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) 111
3 Monica Niculescu (ROU) 94 vs Jana Cepelova (SVK) 95
4 Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 37 vs
Madison Brengle (USA) / Tatjana Maria (GER) 38

COURT 14 – 11:30 START
1 Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) / Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 23 vs Marin Draganja (CRO) / Henri Kontinen (FIN) [15] 24
2 Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS) [13] 41 vs Luke Bambridge (GBR) / Liam Broady (GBR) 42
3 Varvara Lepchenko (USA) / Christina McHale (USA) 21 vs
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 22

COURT 16 – 11:30 START
1 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 69 vs Camila Giorgi (ITA) [31] 72
2 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [15] 113 vs Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 115
3 Ken Skupski (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR) 31 vs Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [7] 32
COURT 17 – 11:30 START
1 Samuel Groth (AUS) 122 vs James Duckworth (AUS) 124
2 Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 118 vs Elina Svitolina (UKR) [17] 120
3 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] 1 vs Gero Kretschmer (GER) / Alexander Satschko (GER) 2
COURT 19 – 11:30 START
1 Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 29 vs
Rameez Junaid (AUS) / Adil Shamasdin (CAN) 30
2 Santiago Giraldo (COL) / Joao Sousa (POR) 5 vs Mate Pavic (CRO) / Michael Venus (NZL) 6
3 Andrea Petkovic (GER) / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 55 vs
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [11] 56

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED
NOT BEFORE 17.00
1 Johanna Konta (GBR) / Maria Sanchez (USA) 26 vs Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 28
2 Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) / Arina Rodionova (AUS) [15] 57 vs
Mona Barthel (GER) / Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 60
3 Darija Jurak (CRO) / Ana Konjuh (CRO) 29 vs Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA) [5] 32
NOT BEFORE 18.00
4 Lauren Davis (USA) / Kurumi Nara (JPN) 61 vs Yafan Wang (CHN) / Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN) 62

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Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Beat Opponents and the Heat to Advance at Wimbledon

(July 1, 2015) Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams beat their respective opponents as well as the record-setting heat at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Djokovic defeated Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the third round. The Finn, Nieminen is retiring at the end of the year, so this was his final match at Wimbledon.

“He’s been around for so many years,” Djokovic said. “A very, very nice guy, one of the nicest guys off the court.”

“I would rate probably around 7 or 8,” the Serb said about his play on court.  “I think very solid performance.  I’ve done just enough to win in straight sets.

“He started off very well, very aggressive, winners in the first couple games. Well, I managed to stay calm and, you know, believe I can come back.  That’s what I’ve done.

“I think the crucial turning point was the 10th game of the first set when I won the set and I started playing more freely.

“You know, I thought I had the match under control and everything was fine.

Serena Williams beat Timea Babos 6-4, 6-1 for her 23rd straight Grand Slam match win.

“I hope I’m not playing my best, Williams said. “I have a lot of room to improve.”

She’ll take on Britain’s top player Heather Watson in the third round.

“Serena’s a great player,” Watson said. “She’s an amazing athlete, a great champion.  She’s always the one to watch.  She’s always the favorite for every tournament she plays.

“So I think she’s the one to beat in tournaments like this.  She’s probably the toughest opponent.”

“I’ve seen her around the locker room, “Williams said. “She’s always smiling, she seems to be so super sweet”

“I know Venus has played her before. I’ve watched that match a few times. I feel like she does really well on grass – she’s played well in Eastbourne. And she had a really good win today.

“I know it’s not going to be easy for me. She has nothing to lose. She’s going forward.”

“I’ve been used to playing against a lot of local people. It doesn’t matter what country it’s in. Hopefully that experience will help me a little bit. But the home court will probably help her a little bit.”

Sister Venus won her 75 match at Wimbledon with a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over Yulia Putintseva. The 16th seed stands alone at third on the list behind Martina Navratilova at 120 and Chris Evert at 96. Steffi Graf and Serena Williams have 74 wins.

It was a record setting day of high temperatures at the All- England Club with the temperature reaching 96.26 degrees Fahrenheit, the warmest temperature ever recording during a Wimbledon fortnight. The heat caused havoc for ball people, fans and players alike. Players used towels during changeovers.

A ballboy collapsed, Bernard Tomic needed treatment and some fans needed treatment for heat-related illnesses.

“I was very dizzy out there,” Tomic said. “I didn’t sleep well yesterday and the day before.  Probably getting three or four hours of sleep.  I was fatigued and starting to get dizzy out there with the heat hitting me.

“It was tough, so I had to slow things down. I had to catch my breath.”

High seeds who were ousted on Wednesday included fifth seed Kei Nishikori who withdrew from the tournament with a left calf injury and No. 7 Ana Ivanovic who lost to U.S. qualifier, 158th-ranked Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-4.

For Nishikori it was an injury from when he competed in Halle two weeks ago, “Got better before the first match, you know, last week,” he said. I thought it was really going to be okay.  But last match in fifth set I was hurting too much.”

“I try this two days, and warmup today.  But it was hurting, you know, just walking and running, so I decide not to play today.”

Nishikori said it was very disappointing, “Especially it’s Grand Slam.  I thought I was playing well on grass.  So very unfortunate to lose this chance.

“But, you know, I try to keep it up.  Hopefully I can do well in the U.S. series.

2004 champion Maria Sharapova defeated Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp 6-3, 6-1.

Asked about how she held up in the heat, she said: “It’s much warmer in my hometown of Long Boat Key, Florida.  There’s some cloud coverage.  I think I’ve trained quite long in the heat over there.

“I think just the preparation of understanding it’s going to be warm, not going for too much because you want to make the points quicker than normal because of the heat, just being a little bit smarter out there is the most important.”

Reigning French Open champion and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka defeated Victor Estrella Burgos 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

In the battle royaleof the day on the men’s side, U. S. Open champion and No. 9 Marin Cilic defeated No 90 Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-5.

“I would say that the match was very, very high quality match,” Cilic said.  “I think Ricardas was playing extremely well. Even after I broke him in the first set, I think he was playing really, really good until the end of the match, and there was, of course, very difficult to find some openings.

“I’m, you know, just really glad that I won and that the most positive things from today are that I was serving really, really well and, you know, I was staying mentally in the match.

“I saved a couple of break points end of the fifth, and, you know, just I think nerves got to Ricardas at the end, and that, I think, decided a little bit.”

In a battle of tall men, Cilic plays 17th seed John Isner next.

“We have played several times,” said the Croatian. “I think the only time we have played at the Grand Slam was in Australia.  It was very long match.

“With John, it’s always difficult, you know, couple balls are going to decide.  And especially here on grass, I don’t think there will be too much rallies, and, you know, it’s gonna be important who has more concentration and who’s delivering, you know, better shots at critical moments.”

 

Wimbledon Singles Results for July 1, 2015

Men’s Singles Second round

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 64 62 63
[4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 63 64 75
Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. [5] Kei Nishikori (JPN) W/O (left calf)
[7] Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Tommy Haas (GER) 60 62 67(5) 76(4)
[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 63 46 76(6) 46 75
[11] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Steve Johnson (USA) 76(8) 62 76(2)
[14] Kevin Anderson (RSA) d. Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 67(5) 76(6) 64 64
[16] David Goffin (BEL) d. Liam Broady (GBR) 76(3) 61 61
[17] John Isner (USA) d. Matthew Ebden (AUS) 62 76(8) 64
[21] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 60 63 63
[24] Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 63 76(4) 63
[26] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) 76(5) 63 64
[27] Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 76(3) 64 76(5)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. [32] Dominic Thiem (AUT) 57 64 57 63 64
Denis Kudla (USA) d. Alexander Zverev (GER) 63 36 76(2) 64
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d. John Millman (AUS) 67(5) 26 63 62 64

Women’s
Singles – Second Round

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 64 61
(4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 63 61
(6) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (Q) Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 62 63
(Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (7) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 63 64
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. (11) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 76(5) 64
(14) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 63 61
(16) Venus Williams (USA) d. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 76(5) 64
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. (19) Sara Errani (ITA) 63 67(2) 62
(22) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 64
(23) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 63 63
(29) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 75 67(4) 75
(30) Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 75 46 60
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 62
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. (WC) Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 64 75
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. (Q) Aliaksandra Sasnovic (BLR) 75 61
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 64 64

Women’s
Singles – First Round (delayed fromTuesday)
(21) Madison Keys (USA) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 67(6) 63 64
Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 36 76(8) 108 (saved 1mp)

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 1, 2015

Wimbledontrophies

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR WEDNESDAY 1 JULY

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 3
2 Santiago Giraldo (COL) 30 vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] 32
3 Serena Williams (USA) [1] 1 vs Timea Babos (HUN) 3
No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Tommy Haas (GER) 62 vs Milos Raonic (CAN) [7] 64
2 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 5 vs Heather Watson (GBR) 7
3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] 33 vs Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 35
No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] 49 vs Steve Johnson (USA) 52
2 Maria Sharapova (RUS) [4] 33 vs Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 35
3 Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 13 vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) [14] 16
4 Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 14 vs Venus Williams (USA) [16] 16
No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Liam Broady (GBR) 45 vs David Goffin (BEL) [16] 48
NOT BEFORE 12.30
2 Madison Keys (USA) [21] 105 vs Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 106 T/F 6/7(6) 6/3 2/2
3 Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] 17 vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 20
4 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 30 vs Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [7] 32
COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Urszula Radwanska (POL) 54 vs Samantha Stosur (AUS) [22] 56
2 John Millman (AUS) 42 vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 44
3 Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 45 vs Andrea Petkovic (GER) [14] 48
4 Sara Errani (ITA) [19] 9 vs Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 11
COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 5 vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] 8
2 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [26] 57 vs Juan Monaco (ARG) 59
3 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [30] 25 vs Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 28
4 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 21 vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [23] 24
COURT 4 – 11:30 START
1 Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Artem Sitak (NZL) 43 vs Dustin Brown (GER) / Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 44
2 Julia Goerges (GER) / Carina Witthoeft (GER) 27 vs Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 28
3 Adrian Mannarino (FRA) / Lucas Pouille (FRA) 13 vs Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Max Mirnyi (BLR) 14
COURT 5 – 11:30 START
1 Misaki Doi (JPN) / Stephanie Vogt (LIE) 25 vs Johanna Konta (GBR) / Maria Sanchez (USA) 26
NOT BEFORE 12.30
2 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) / Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) 59 vs Mona Barthel (GER) / Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 60
3 Karin Knapp (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA) 13 vs Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) / Nicole Melichar (USA) 14
4 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) / Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 45 vs Monica Niculescu (ROU) / Olga Savchuk (UKR) 46
COURT 6 – 11:30 START
1 Dusan Lajovic (SRB) / Viktor Troicki (SRB) 39 vs Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Leander Paes (IND) [11] 40
NOT BEFORE 13.00
2 Radek Stepanek (CZE) / Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 11 vs Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) / Guillermo Duran (ARG) 12
3Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) / Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 7 vs
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) [16] 8
COURT 7 – 11:30 START
1 Michaella Krajicek (NED) / Barbora Strycova (CZE) [14] 41 vs
Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Renata Voracova (CZE) 42
2 Marcus Daniell (NZL) / Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) 51 vs Robin Haase (NED) / Benoit Paire (FRA) 52
3 Madison Keys (USA) / Laura Robson (GBR) 63 vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2] 64
COURT 8 – 11:30 START
1 Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL) / Andreja Klepac (SLO) 3 vs
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) / Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 4
2 Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 42 vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 44
3 Denis Kudla (USA) 26 vs Alexander Zverev (GER) 28
4 Sloane Stephens (USA) 58 vs Lauren Davis (USA) 60
COURT 9 – 11:30 START
1 Treat Huey (PHI) / Scott Lipsky (USA) 55 vs Pablo Cuevas (URU) / David Marrero (ESP) [12] 56
2 Cara Black (ZIM) / Lisa Raymond (USA) 51 vs Johanna Larsson (SWE) / Petra Martic (CRO) 52
3 Jana Cepelova (SVK) / Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 19 vs Jocelyn Rae (GBR) / Anna Smith (GBR) 20
4 Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) / Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 23 vs Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) / Jie Zheng (CHN) [13] 24
COURT 10 – 11:30 START
1 Jonathan Marray (GBR) / Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 59 vs Fabrice Martin (FRA) / Purav Raja (IND) 60
2 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [6] 49 vs
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) / Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 50
3 Eric Butorac (USA) / Colin Fleming (GBR) 45 vs Frantisek Cermak (CZE) / Philipp Oswald (AUT) 46
COURT 11 – 11:30 START
1 Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) / Arina Rodionova (AUS) [15] 57 vs
Irina Falconi (USA) / Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 58
NOT BEFORE 12.30
2 Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 107 vs Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 108 T/F 6/3 6/7(6) 1/1
NOT BEFORE 13.00
3 Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA) [5] 49 vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / Malek Jaziri (TUN) 50
4 Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soares (BRA) [8] 33 vs
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) / Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 34

COURT 14 – 11:30 START
1 Tereza Smitkova (CZE) / Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) 39 vs Caroline Garcia (FRA) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [10] 40
NOT BEFORE 12.30
2 Pablo Andujar (ESP) / Oliver Marach (AUT) 7 vs Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) [14] 8
3 Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) 3 vs Aljaz Bedene (GBR) / Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 4
COURT 16 – 11:30 START
1 Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 53 vs Richard Gasquet (FRA) [21] 56
2 Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 38 vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [29] 40
3 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 38 vs Dominic Thiem (AUT) [32] 40
COURT 17 – 11:30 START
1 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [11] 49 vs Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 51
2 Matthew Ebden (AUS) 21 vs John Isner (USA) [17] 24
3 Leonardo Mayer (ARG) [24] 9 vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) 12
4 Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 18 vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 20
COURT 19 – 11:30 START
1 Kiki Bertens (NED) / Alison Riske (USA) 31 vs Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA) [5] 32
2 Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU) [4] 17 vs Martin Klizan (SVK) / Lukas Rosol (CZE) 18
3 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [10] 25 vs
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) / Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) 26

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED
NOT BEFORE 17.00
1 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 61 vs Lucie Safarova (CZE) [6] 64
2 Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND) [1] 1 vs Zarina Diyas (KAZ) / Saisai Zheng (CHN) 2

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Halep, Bouchard Beaten, Williams Sisters Withdraw from Doubles

(June 30, 2015) On Tuesday the Williams sisters pulled out of women’s doubles at Wimbledon. In a statement, Serena’s official reason for the withdrawal was “soreness”

“Following yesterday’s match, I feel it would be best for me to concentrate on singles here at Wimbledon, and as a result, have made the decision to withdraw from doubles,” Serena said in a statement. “I’ve always loved playing doubles with Venus, particularly here at Wimbledon where we’ve had so much success over the years, and so I’m really sorry to have to withdraw this year.”

Serena and Venus both won opening round singles matches on Monday. World No. 1 Serena is seeking her fourth straight major in a row for a second “Serena Slam” and is attempting to win the third leg of a traditional Grand Slam.

Misaki Doi and Stephanie Vogt replaced the Williams sisters in the draw.

The biggest upset of the tournament took place on Tuesday when third seed Simona Halep lost to No. 106th ranked Jana Cepelova 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Halep was treated for a lost toenail in the first set.

“I knew it would be a difficult tournament for me,” said Halep whose has been suffering from some poor results recently. “But I didn’t expect to lose in first round.” Last year the Romanian reached the semifinals at the All-England Club.

“To be honest, I have no reaction because, like I said at my first press conference on the weekend, I had no expectations for this tournament. And now here I am,” she said. “I knew that it would be a difficult tournament for me, but yeah, I didn’t expect to lose in the first round. But she played good tennis today. She was fighting until the end, and she was playing aggressively when she could.

“Life is not always good, but I have enough power to go ahead and just think about what I have to do to do better, and just get the good feeling back on court during my matches. I just have to work hard.”

Halep’s Opponent in last year’s Wimbledon semifinal was also ousted on Tuesday. Eugenie Bouchard, lost her 12th match out of the last 14, beaten by Chinese qualifier Duan Ying-Ying, ranked 117th 7-6 (3), 6-4.

“It’s been a huge learning process to have great results and then have, you know, so much attention, then have bad results,” Bouchard said. “Just learning about the ups and downs of life and tennis, how things won’t always go perfectly, like I expect them to. I’m always trying to keep the belief and stay true to myself and do what I need to do to become as good as I know I can be. So it’s really just been kind of eye-opening, a learning experience,” she added, resting her chin on her right hand, then added with a laugh: “But I’m good for the learning experience to be over now.”

Bouchard has been suffering from an abdominal tear which limited her practice.

“Probably wouldn’t have been smart to play here, but I couldn’t pass on Wimbledon,” said Bouchard. “In my head, it was no question I was going to play, even though I was advised not to. It’s just the way I am. It’s so hard to be forced not to play tennis, especially at Wimbledon.”

“So I did kind of minimal preparation to save myself for this match.”

The loss will put Bouchard out of the Top 20.

WIMBLEDON – WIMBLEDON, LONDON, GBR
GRAND SLAM – £26,750,000
29 JUNE – 12 JULY 2015

RESULTS – JUNE 29, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

(2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kiki Bertens (BED) 61 60
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (3) Simona Halep (ROU) 57 64 63
(5) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Saisai Zheng (CHN) 75 60
(8) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (Q) Sachia Vickery (USA) 62 64
(10) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Carina Witthoeft (GER) 60 60
(Q) Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) d. (12) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 76(3) 64
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 63 62
(15) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 62 75
(17) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 36 63 62
(18) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 75 64
(20) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 64 61
(21) Madison Keys (USA) vs. Stefanie Boegele (SUI) 67(3) 63 22 (Suspended: darkness)
(25) Alize Cornet (FRA) d. Ana Konjuh (CRO) 62 62
(26) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Laura Siegemund (GER) 63 64
(28) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 36 108
(31) Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 76(4) 63
Heather Watson (GBR) d. (32) Caroline Garcia (FRA) 16 63 86 (Saved 3mp)
Denisa Allertova (CZE) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 62 46 63
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 62
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 75 67(5) 75
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 67(3) 76(4) 62 (Saved 1mp)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL) 26 62 75
Christina McHale (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 62
Krystina Pliskova (CZE) d. Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 36 75 75
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Monica Puig 57 63 61
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Karin Knapp (ITA) 76(6) 30 retired (Right ankle injury)
(Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Andreea Mitu (ROU) 61 61
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 62 67(6) 11 (Suspended: darkness)
Tatjana Maria (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 76(2) 75
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d. Klara Koukalova (CZE) 63 64
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. (Q) Tamira Paszek (AUT) 62 62
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (WC) Laura Robson (GBR) 64 64
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Magda Linette (POL) 36 63 43 retired (Left thigh injury)

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Former Champions Federer, Murray, Nadal and Kvitova Post First Round Victories at Wimbledon

(June 30, 2015) Former Wimbledon champions Petra Kvitova Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all won their opening matches at Wimbledon on Tuesday in straight sets.

Defending Ladies’ champion Kvitova by tradition had the honor of playing the first match on Centre Court on the second day. She totally dominated Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-0 in a mere 35 minutes, losing only one point on her serve.

“I have to say sorry to them,” she said about the fans and the quick match. Unfortunately maybe for people was a little bit quicker.  My parents came.  The first 35 minutes, I have to say sorry to them.

“I think they are happy anyway.”

“I’m glad how I played today.  I don’t think I need any more, like, practice today.  I have a practice tomorrow.  I think it’s just fine.  To relax again after the sickness I had, it’s still in a good way.”

 

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer, making his 63 straight major, also made quick work over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. The Swiss needed only 68 minutes.

“I was happy I played aggressive,” he said. “I must say I’m very happy, always, to win like that.”

“Somehow the streak is still alive and I’m also very proud of the fact that I never retired from a match once it started,” he said. “Those two stats I care about and hope I can keep them up for the remainder of my career.”

 

Two-time champion and 10th seed Nadal moved past Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

“Here the feeling in Wimbledon is so special, and playing on grass, too,” Nadal said. “So always is very emotional when you hit some good shots in this beautiful club.”

“I think I played okay; played well, played solid,” said Nadal. “I am a little bit more confident now than I was few months ago. [It’s] just day by day for me. Obviously victories help.”

2013 Wimbledon winner Andy Murray defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4

“I didn’t necessarily feel nervy,” said Murray about the match. “I lost my serve a bit in the end of that second set. There was a period where I missed like 10 or 12 first serves in a row and let him back into it there. Then he played some really good stuff at times and was going for his shots. I found it difficult to play aggressive tennis out there.”

Other men’s winners on the day were No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 23 Ivo Karlovic, No. 25 Andreas Seppi and No. 30 Fabio Fognini.

Wimbledon – Gentlemen’s Singles Results for June 30, 2015

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 61 63 63
[3] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 76(3) 64
[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 62 67(8) 76(3) 76(5)
[10] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 64 62 64
[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 64 64 75
[13] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Gilles Muller (LUX) 76(8) 67(3) 64 36 62
[15] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 62 76(4) 64
[18] Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 64 64 75
[20] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 61 63 76(6)
[22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 61 64 36 63
[23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d. Elias Ymer (SWE) 67(2) 62 64 76(2)
[25] Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Brydan Klein (GBR) 63 62 62
Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. [29] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 36 64 36 75 64
[30] Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Tim Smyczek (USA) 64 63 62
Sam Groth (AUS) d. [31] Jack Sock (USA) 63 36 63 63
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 76(4) 61 62
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 62 62 32 Ret.
Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 76(2) 63 76(4)
Robin Haase (NED) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 62 36 64 62
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 75 16 46 63 64
Dustin Brown (GER) d. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 36 63 75 64
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) d. Michael Berrer (GER) 67(4) 60 64 61
Borna Coric (CRO) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 46 76(5) 62 16 97
James Duckworth (AUS) d. Malek Jaziri (TUN) 76(2) 62 36 36 75
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 76(4) 64 36 75
Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 76(7) 76(6) 64
Benoit Paire (FRA) d. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 64 64 63
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Vincent Millot (FRA) 76(2) 36 67(4) 76(4) 63
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) d. Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 64 76(3) 62
James Ward (GBR) d. Luca Vanni (ITA) 67(4) 62 64 63
Sam Querrey (USA) d. Igor Sijsling (NED) 75 63 64

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Wimbledon Order of Play for June 30, 2015

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR TUESDAY 30 JUNE

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Kiki Bertens (NED) 127 vs Petra Kvitova (CZE) [2] 128
2 Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 127 vs Roger Federer (SUI) [2] 128
3 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 95 vs Andy Murray (GBR) [3] 96

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 79 vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) [10] 80
2 Jana Cepelova (SVK) 95 vs Simona Halep (ROU) [3] 96
3 Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] 97 vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 98

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [13] 81 vs Gilles Muller (LUX) 82
2 Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 111 vs Gilles Simon (FRA) [12] 112
3 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [8] 97 vs Sachia Vickery (USA) 98
4 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5] 65 vs Saisai Zheng (CHN) 66

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 85 vs Kyle Edmund (GBR) 86
2 Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 123 vs Laura Robson (GBR) 124
3 Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) 111 vs Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [12] 112
4 Gael Monfils (FRA) [18] 105 vs Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 106

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Elias Ymer (SWE) 87 vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [23] 88
2 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [13] 113 vs Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 114
3 Luca Vanni (ITA) 65 vs James Ward (GBR) 66
4 Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 87 vs Sabine Lisicki (GER) [18] 88

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Carina Witthoeft (GER) 79 vs Angelique Kerber (GER) [10] 80
2 Andreas Seppi (ITA) [25] 89 vs Brydan Klein (GBR) 90
3 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [15] 113 vs Steve Darcis (BEL) 114
4 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [26] 89 vs Laura Siegemund (GER) 90

COURT 4 – 11:30 START
1 Mateusz Kowalczyk (POL) / Igor Zelenay (SVK) 15 vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP) [6] 16
2 Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) / Joao Souza (BRA) 19 vs Andre Begemann (GER) / Julian Knowle (AUT) 20
3 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 69 vs Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 70
4 Andreea Mitu (ROU) 101 vs Olga Govortsova (BLR) 102

COURT 5 – 11:30 START
1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 77 vs Mona Barthel (GER) 78
2 Sam Querrey (USA) 125 vs Igor Sijsling (NED) 126
3 Pablo Andujar (ESP) 103 vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) [29] 104
4 Karin Knapp (ITA) 99 vs Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 100

COURT 6 – 11:30 START
1 Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 119 vs Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [20] 120
2 Viktor Troicki (SRB) [22] 73 vs Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 74
3 Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 91 vs Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 92
4 Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 67 vs Denisa Allertova (CZE) 68

COURT 7 – 11:30 START
1 Misaki Doi (JPN) 119 vs Elina Svitolina (UKR) [17] 120
2 Denis Istomin (UZB) 83 vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 84
3 Robin Haase (NED) 93 vs Alejandro Falla (COL) 94
4 Johanna Larsson (SWE) 85 vs Christina McHale (USA) 86

COURT 8 – 11:30 START
1 Magda Linette (POL) 125 vs Kurumi Nara (JPN) 126
2 Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 109 vs Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 110
3 Radek Stepanek (CZE) 75 vs Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 76

COURT 9 – 11:30 START
1 Dustin Brown (GER) 77 vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 78
2 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) 11 vs Janette Husarova (SVK) / Paula Kania (POL) 12
3 Monica Puig (PUR) 93 vs Monica Niculescu (ROU) 94
4 Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 107 vs Michael Berrer (GER) 108

COURT 10 – 11:30 START
1 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 75 vs Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 76
2 Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 91 vs Borna Coric (CRO) 92
3 Jiri Vesely (CZE) 67 vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 68
4 Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL) 83 vs Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 84

COURT 11 – 11:30 START
1 Benoit Paire (FRA) 117 vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 118
2 Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 69 vs Vincent Millot (FRA) 70
3 Tatjana Maria (GER) 109 vs Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 110
4 Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 107 vs Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 108

COURT 15 – 11:30 START
1 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [20] 73 vs Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 74
2 Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 115 vs Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 116
3 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / Lucie Safarova (CZE) [3] 17 vs
Naomi Broady (GBR) / Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 18
4 Teliana Pereira (BRA) 71 vs Camila Giorgi (ITA) [31] 72

COURT 16 – 11:30 START
1 Tamira Paszek (AUT) 117 vs Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 118
2 Jack Sock (USA) [31] 121 vs Sam Groth (AUS) 122
3 Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [28] 121 vs Elena Vesnina (RUS) 122

COURT 17 – 11:30 START
1 Malek Jaziri (TUN) 123 vs James Duckworth (AUS) 124
2 Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 115 vs Klara Koukalova (CZE) 116
3 Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 99 vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 100
4 Madison Keys (USA) [21] 105 vs Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 106

COURT 19 – 11:30 START
1 Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) / Alexandra Panova (RUS) 35 vs
Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) / Katalin Marosi (HUN) 36
2 Tim Smyczek (USA) 71 vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) [30] 72
3 Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 101 vs Lukas Rosol (CZE) 102
MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED
NOT BEFORE 17.30
1 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [15] 81 vs Julia Goerges (GER) 82
2 Ana Konjuh (CRO) 103 vs Alize Cornet (FRA) [25] 104
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Brad Gilbert Talks Tennis “Glossary”

Gilbert's Glossary

(June 29, 2015) Brad Gilbert has a new series of unique video shorts entitled “Gilbert’s Glossary,” which will air online during Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The former world No. 4 and ESPN Tennis commentator puts his own spin on explaining tennis terms such as “Buggy Whip,” “Love,” “Breadsticks” and “Bagels,” “Can Opener” and Moonball to name a few. These video shorts are produced by Voya Financial and coincide with the company’s sponsorship of ESPN’s telecasts of the last two majors of the year.

Tennis Panorama News asked Gilbert a few questions about his own personal tennis glossary and about his tennis nicknames.

Tennis Panorama News: Brad, you have a unique set of glossary terms of your own, including a number of player nicknames, how did that begin? Was Bud Collins an influence on why you do it, since he’s done it for ages?

 

Brad Gilbert: The glossary of terms and nicknames has been more of a natural progression of having fun. I always kind of did it as a player and then as I progressed into coaching I used it for levity and memory/code words, etc.  For TV it really took off, just because I feel it’s important to have fun and keep things simple for the viewer and fans. It’s just my thing. It’s always respectful and more to the strengths of the player than anything else. Plus there are so many players, it’s a way to remember and keep it fun. As far as it stemming from anyone, not really, but if anybody, I’m a Chris Berman fan.

 

TPN: What’s your favorite term from your “own” glossary?

BG:  Favorite terms:

FEARhand:  Massive Forehand

SURF & TURF: A one-two term for a big serve and big fearhand winner.

LARGE & IN CHARGE:  Refers to a player dominating on the court.

BACHHAND – (always liked it Vic Braden accent as a kid.)  Just a beautiful looking shot on the backhand side.

All-time favorite: DISHEVELED when a player looks gone in the match (plus it irritates the grammar police)

 

TPN: Any plans to produce a master list of your unique nicknames any time soon?

 

BG: No, it’s more of a cult following approach. My Twitter followers always attempt at creating one, but it’s a never ending thing and should remain elusive. Also, I don’t have a staff – with the exception of Mrs. G and doubtful she’d be in agreement, she has her limits!

 

TPN: With this new Voya Financial sponsorship for the U.S. Open and Wimbledon will you do different glossaries for each?

 

BG: Throughout Wimbledon and the US Open, Voya will distribute a total of 12 ‘Gilbert Glossary’ videos, six for each tournament. In the videos I hope to change the way people think about tennis just like Voya is helping change the way consumers think about retirement.

 

TPN: With both slams being very different, what new types of glossary terms would you use to describe each of them?

 

BG: Wimbledon Terms? Grass related, it’s a Cathedral of Tennis. It’s unique because it’s a club. The US Open and Wimby are two completely different events, atmospheres, fans, and flow. I’ll have to come up with something for the weather during the “Fortnight” (one of the unique Wimby terms), as they are anticipating an unprecedented heat wave. I’m predicting I’ll have a lot of weather references…something will come from that I’m sure. In general, The Glossary is spontaneous, there’s no forethought, no over-thinking, no planning – it just comes to me. It’s what the moment speaks – it’s just my style.

Look out for Gilbert’s videos throughout the summer. Each video ends with a tag line, “Brad Gilbert: Changing the Way You Think About Tennis. Voya Financial: Changing the Way You Think About Retirement.”

Follow Brad Gilbert on Twitter at @bgtennisnation

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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Serena Williams Rebounds from Slow Start, Venus Dishes Brengle a Double-Bagel at Wimbledon

(June 29, 2015) No. 1 Serena Williams bounced back from a 1-3 first set deficit to close out 113th-ranked qualifier, making her Wimbledon debut, Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-1 on the first day at 2015 Wimbledon.

Williams who is seeking her second “Serena slam” and third leg of a calendar Grand Slam.

“I’ve had such an amazing year, I ended up winning the Open, the Championships, the Australian and France,” said the 20-time major champion.  “I couldn’t have dreamt of a better 12 months.  So it’s been really great.  Yeah, I’m just excited about that and really focusing on that.

“I always focus on the moment.  You know, I don’t live too far in the future, and I don’t live in the past, I just live in the present.”

“When I (saw) her before match,” Gasparyan said, “I thought, `Oh, my God. I’m playing Serena.'”

Serena’s sister, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus, dismantled U.S. countrywoman Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-0.

This was the first double-bagel at the All-England Club in six years.

“She’s had like a great last 52 weeks,” Venus said of Brengle.”  “She’s had really great results in the majors.  Definitely playing a higher‑ranked player in the first round is a challenge. But thankfully everything worked for me.

“I don’t think she played badly.  I was just able to convert on the important points.”

On the topic on sister Serena’s chances on winning a calendar Grand Slam, Venus said: “It’s a pretty good chance. Hasn’t been done that often. But then again, she’s done a lot of things that haven’t been done that often.”

There could be an all-Williams fourth round contest. When asked about the possibility, Serena said: “You know what? I’m going to just focus on right now.”

Serena Williams is 33-1 on the year.

Other former No. 1’s advancing were Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic. American Sloane Stephens won her first match at Wimbledon in two years defeating No. 27 Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-2

Defending Gentlemen’s champion Novak Djokovic and the man who beat him for the French Open title three weeks ago, Stan Wawrinka won in straight sets on Monday.

No. 1 Djokovic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

“Honestly, I thought I started the match really well, breaking Philipp, losing the serve right away,” Djokovic said.

“All three sets were decided in the 10th game.  After I broke him to win the first set and the second set, it was the same situation.  I felt like in the third, as well.  That’s where maybe I can have a mental edge over him.  He missed couple shots.

 

“I thought return was exceptionally well, good from my side.  Serving efficiently.  Just overall a great performance against a quality opponent.”

 

The fourth seed Wawrinka stopped Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-5, 7-6.

 

“The mentality is the same as last year,” said the Swiss.  I know I’m playing well.  I have a lot of confidence.  It’s a new year, new tournament.  We all start from zero.  We need to win match after match.  We take match after match if we want to go through and go further in the tournament.

“I’m confident with myself, but I’m really careful with how mentally I get ready for every match.

“So far I’m really happy with the first one today. In general I feel good.  I know where is my game.  I feel ready for the next one.”

 

WIMBLEDON – WIMBLEDON, LONDON, GBR
GRAND SLAM – £26,750,000
29 JUNE – 12 JULY 2015

RESULTS – JUNE 29, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (Q) Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 64 61
(4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 62 62
(6) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Alison Riske (USA) 36 75 63
(7) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) 61 61
(WC) Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. (9) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 62 60
(11) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Irina Falconi (USA) 64 46 61
(14) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Shelby Rogers (USA) 60 60
(16) Venus Williams (USA) d. Madison Brengle 60 60
(19) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 62 57 61
(22) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 64 64
(23) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Anett Kontaveit (EST) 62 61
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. (24) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 26 64
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (27) Barbora Strycova (CZE) 64 62
(29) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 76(6) 61
(30) Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 36 61 63
(32) Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs. Heather Watson (GBR) 61 36 (play suspended: poor light)
Timea Babos (HUN) d. (Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 7-6(4) 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 60
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 64
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 76(5) 75
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 62 61
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Annika Beck (GER) 06 63 64
Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) d. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 36 63 75
(Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 62
(Q) Richel Hogenkamp (NED) d. Qiang Wang (CHN) 64 64
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Nicole Gibbs (USA) 63 63
(Q) Aliaksandra Sasnovic (BLR) d. Lin Zhu 46 75 61
Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) d. (WC) Naomi Broady (GBR) 76(5) 63
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 64 62
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Edina Gallovits-Hall (USA) 62 61
Lauren Davis (USA) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 76(3)
(Q) Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) d. Kaia Kanpei (EST) 61 64

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Hewitt Says Goodbye to Wimbledon, Falls in Five sets to Nieminen

(June 29, 2015) The 2002 Gentlemen’s singles champion at Wimbledon has played his last match on the green grass of the All- England Club. Lleyton Hewitt put up a fight against Jarkko Nieminen but fell just short on Monday 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9.

“I was always going to leave it out there, everything I had in the tank, said the 34-year old two-time major champion.  “I certainly did that.”

 

“I didn’t, you know, leave any stone unturned preparing.  But also on the match court today.  You know, there was a couple of times the match could have gotten away from me at certain stages and I found a way of hanging in there.

 

“In the end obviously disappointing to lose.  I would have loved to have played Novak in the next round.  But, yeah, Jarkko is a tough competitor and it was never going to be easy.”

 

Why is Wimbledon so special to Hewitt? For me, it’s the home of tennis,” the former No 1 said.  “I don’t get the same feeling walking into any other grounds in the world, no other tennis court, no other complex, than I do here.  I do get goosebumps walking into this place.

 

“I’m so fortunate.  One of the greatest things about winning this Championship is becoming a member of it. For me to be able to go in the member’s locker room four weeks before Wimbledon, yeah, in there with some of the older members, sit down and have a cup of tea and a chat, it’s a lot of fun.

 

“That’s something I can always come back and enjoy over the years.”

There is a new Aussie “Generation Next” among the men which include 20-year-old Nick Kyrgios, the 26th seed, Bernard Tomic, who is 22 and seeded 27th as well as 19-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis . who is playing doubles with Hewitt this fortnight. For the first time since 2000, there are 11 Australian men in the Wimbledon draw.

“I think he’s huge,” Kyrgios said.  “His attitude and competitiveness I think is second to none.  Maybe Rafa (Nadal) and him are the greatest competitors of all time. When you got him still playing Davis Cup, leading the charge, I think when he’s training and you watch that, it’s pretty special.  I think it carries a little bit towards us guys.”

 

“I’ve spoken, especially the last couple years, probably more so to Bernie,” Hewiit said.  “He’s had his ups and downs the last couple of years. I’ve built a pretty strong relationship with Bernie.  I think I’m probably one of the closer guys that he trusts now.

 

“You know, obviously little things I try and point out.  I’m not going to say everything here.  But he knows some of the stuff that I think can help him.

 

“Nick, I’m getting to know Nick a little bit better, when I played especially Davis Cup ties with him.  I was in the Asian League with him last year, spent a lot of time getting to know him there.

 

“Some of the young kids in this generation are a lot different.  Even going to dinner with Davis Cup ties, you talk about totally different things, stuff I’ve never heard of.  I sort of sit down with Rochey (Tony Roche), Wally (Masur), and Pat (Rafter), the older blokes.

 

“It’s more trying to build a trust where they feel comfortable coming and asking if they need certain pointers in certain ways.”

 

“Coming back knowing that it’s your last time competing, as I’ve said all year, I’m fortunate that I can have that opportunity to do that,” the 34-year-ol reflected.  “I have tried to soak it up.”

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Notable Quotables from Pre-Wimbledon Weekend with Djokovic, Serena Williams, Federer, Sharapova, Nadal and Others

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(June 28, 2015) Saturday and Sunday some of Wimbledon’s top seeds held court with the media, here is a look at some of the notable quotables:

Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic on recovering from losing a mentally tough French Open final:

“Yes, it was. Not just Roland Garros, but all the five months of the year have been really intense for me.  I played a big amount of matches.  Before Roland Garros, I’ve lost only two.  I had one of the best season starts in my career.  Of course, Roland Garros finals wasn’t easy.

 

“All in all, it was another great tournament.  But I needed some time to just mentally recover, rest ‑ more than physical rest, I needed that emotional, mental rest to recharge my batteries and get myself in a proper state of mind so I can start all over again.”

 

 

“I mean, right after I lost the match, of course, there was this sense of disappointment. There is no doubt about it.  I felt that for, you know, some days after it.

 

“Because I have a family, I have different things in life, different interest, I’ve managed to move on because of the experience that I talked about previously of learning how to handle these particular situations and circumstances. I managed to get the necessary reset in my mind.”

 

 

Djokovic says that coaching from the player’s box is fairly common:

“We can’t pretend like that’s not happening in tennis.  Of course, there’s situations when it happens, and not just with the top players, with everybody.  This is a very competitive sport.  You’re alone on the court.  Of course, there’s certain rules.

 

“But also there are times when, you know, the team of the player communicates with the player when he gets to go and take the towel in the corner, which is closer to the box, or, you know, different ways.

 

“I think it’s all fine as long as it’s not regular.  I think it just depends.  Also that’s up to the chair umpire or supervisor to decide if somebody’s breaking the rules or not.  I think as long as it’s something that you can tolerate, let’s say, within the ways of communication, I think it’s fine.”

 

He was also asked about his communication with his coach Boris Becker. Earlier in the day Becker was on radio saying that he has ways of telling Djokovic whether what he is doing is good or bad.

 

“I don’t think that we’re cheating.  I don’t think that’s how you can call it.  I mean, there are special ways of, I would say, communication.  As he mentioned, the way you look at each other, the way you feel your box, and box feels what you’re going through on the court. I think that’s something that just gives you that reassurance, gives you that confidence.

 

“It’s not necessary that, you know, he tells me where to serve or to which side of the opponent’s court I have to play, because that doesn’t happen.  But it’s more of a, you know, encouragement, and more of a support and reassurance, as I said, that’s basically present in those moments.”

 

In what seemed to be the most awkward questions of the weekend, defending champion Petra Kvitova was asked about wearing white on court while menstruating.

 

Q. Heather Watson was applauded earlier this year for breaking taboo and talking about what was phrased as girly things.  How much do you think that affects other females’ players game?

 

PETRA KVITOVA:  To be honest, I think it’s quite tough.  Of course, I have these experiences from before.  It’s never really easy to deal with one more tough thing.  I think always the beginning of this kind of period, it’s tough.  I think that for normal woman, they know about.  If we have to play the match or training or something, it’s difficult.

 

It’s one more extra thing for us.

Q. Does having to wear white as well…

PETRA KVITOVA:  No, I think it’s fine.

 

 

Roger Federer on Serena Williams’ playing at such a high level:

 

“I’m not surprised.  I just think she’s a great talent.  She’s worked also very hard.  I think to be mentally ready for the challenge when she wants to be up for it, I think that’s what’s so admirable about her.

 

“Also Venus, I must say.  We don’t talk about Venus that often because Serena has been so dominant.  Actually that they’re both still playing is more of a surprise to me.

 

“But that they are playing, it doesn’t surprise me they’re actually playing well.  It goes hand‑in‑hand.

 

“I wouldn’t imagine them still playing and playing poorly.  Let’s put it that way.  They’re too good for that.”

 

Serena Williams was asked about coming into Wimbledon holding the first two majors, make her preparation different or make her feel any different.

“Personally, uhm, it doesn’t make it feel any different, which I think is a good thing ’cause I don’t feel any pressure to win all four.  I’ve been saying that, but I really don’t feel that pressure.  Maybe if I would happen to win here, then maybe I might start feeling it after that.

“Ultimately, I’m taking it one day at a time and I’m not thinking that far.”

 

Serena is very motivated this year:

“I think the fact that I lost so early the past couple years definitely makes me motivated.  But I think that also gives me a little less pressure because I haven’t done well here in the past two years.  It makes me feel like, Okay, I’ll be fine.  I have nothing to lose here.  I don’t have many points to defend here.  So it’s just like trying to have fun, go through it.”

 

The 20-time major champion talked about her biggest strength:

“I think for me being mentally tough is probably my biggest strength.  And my dad always said growing up, you know, Tennis is so mental, you have to have your mental, you have to be really mentally tough.  I guess I really took that to heart.

“I think also being the youngest of five really made me have to scrap and be tougher.  I think all those things kind of played into action.

“Yeah, I think that’s probably one of the biggest things in tennis.  It’s great to have a big serve, too.  But I think ultimately sometimes when you’re down and out, you could be the best player in the world, you still get down, but you have to be able to come back.”

 

She actually hates playing on grass:

“You know, oddly enough, it never has been my favorite surface, but I’ve always done really well here.  I think my game is really suited for the grass.

“You know, yeah, it’s never been someplace like, I love playing on the grass, which is just really weird.  But, again, my game works for it, so…”

 

 

Maria Sharapova on Serena:

“She’s certainly the player to beat.  With all the confidence in the world having won the last three majors, not just the two in this year.  I think those results speak for herself, and she’s certainly the one to beat.”

 

 

Andy Murray was asked about the “feminine influence” on his life – marriage and hiring Amelie Mauresmo.

 

“I mean, I’ve said as well, it’s not so much marriage.  Me and Kim have been together like 10 years now, so…

 

“You know, she’s always been a huge support to me, especially when I’ve gone through, you know, tough, tough times as well.  She’s always been there for me.

 

“Obviously, yeah, I mean, Amélie, really the last sort of 12 months that I’ve been with her, I feel like I’ve come through some difficult moments.  I feel last year, there was ‑ not me, myself ‑ I know there were a lot of people doubting me.  I feel like she stuck with me during that period.

 

“I had an extremely tough loss at the end of last year.  She was one of the people that really, yeah, stuck by me and supported me.

 

“I’m glad that I’ve been able to kind of repay her faith in me with some good tennis this year.

 

“Obviously she’s a very different character to some of the coaches that I’ve had in the past.  I’ve really enjoyed working with her.”

 

Rafael Nadal on the current problems of the Spanish Tennis Federation.

“The situation have been very unusual, let’s say, not nice for a country that has big tradition in this sport, for a country that the last, let’s say, 15, 20 years, we have been the first country in this sport around the world.  So is not nice to watch the situation that we are having today.  But things are like this.

“The thing that we have to do is to stop these crazy things that are happening.  You know, it’s not good to see bad news on our sport in the media every day.  It’s not good for our sport.  It’s not good to catch sponsors.  It’s not good to make the people involved on our sport.

“So all these kind of things are bad for everybody.  At the end of the day, you know, we are here today.  We will live tomorrow.  Players, presidents, everybody who is making this show last couple of months, what really suffers on all of this is tennis, tennis in our country.

“All the things that goes against tennis in our country is a bad news.”

Stan Wawrinka the fashion icon:

Are you surprised by how much of a fashion icon you became after the French Open?

STAN WAWRINKA:  It’s not me, my shorts (laughter).

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