Shahar, Dudi both in trouble when rain hits
Waiting Ram/Erlich get Olympic nod; Nadal, Murray and Serena up and running.
Shahar Peer loses in Holland Photo: REUTERS
Shahar Pe’er and Dudi Sela find themselves in awkward situations after their
first round matches in Wimbledon were suspended due to rain on Tuesday night
with both one set away from bowing out.
Pe’er lost the first set 6-2
against No. 22 seed Jolie Goerges, with the German leading 2-1 in the second set
Sela is in even more trouble having dropped the first two
sets to Croat giant Ivo Karlovic, trailing 6-4, 6-4, 1-1.
some promising signs when he broke Karlovic early in the first set, but the
Israeli dropped his serve in the 10th game of each of the first two sets and has
a mountain to climb on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich’s
first-round doubles match was postponed once more on Tuesday, with the Israeli
duo not being able to resume the encounter against Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic
Ram and Erlich were trailing 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 when play was
suspended due to darkness on Monday night.
However, the Israelis still
had a reason to celebrate on Tuesday after being handed one of the ITF’s eight
places at the Olympic doubles tournament, also to be played at
There will be 32 teams competing for the medals in London,
with 24 duos receiving direct acceptance.
Ram and Erlich, who are ranked
No. 44 and 43, respectively, will be taking part in their third
Elsewhere on Day 2, Rafael Nadal needed four games to adjust
his sights for grass-court combat at Wimbledon on Tuesday while another former
champion, Serena Williams, powered through to the second round in convincing
Mallorcan Nadal, looking to reclaim the title he won in 2008 and
2010, found himself 4-0 down against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci on Centre Court
before a barrage of heavy hitting took him to a 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in two
hours 15 minutes.
Williams, the day after her sister Venus was bundled
out in the first round, restored family honor with a 6- 2, 6-4 defeat of
battling Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
After world No. 1 and title
holder Novak Djokovic and six-times winner Roger Federer moved safely through on
Monday, Andy Murray was the last of the men’s big four in first-round action,
dominating Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 in a clinical display on Centre
Wildcard Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to
French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga while 20th seed Bernard Tomic’s surprise
3-6, 6-3, 6- 4, 6-4 defeat by Belgian wildcard David Goffin made it a bad day
Hewitt, still one of the game’s most ferocious competitors
despite the ravages of his long career, would have raised an eyebrow at
19-year-old Tomic’s post-match analysis.
“My quality of tennis should be
getting me to a lot of semifinals, finals at tournaments or even winning,” he
“But lack of concentration, not working hard, it costs
Women’s defending champion Petra Kvitova had the honor of opening
Centre Court proceedings on what is traditionally Ladies Day at the All England
Like Nadal, she also took a while to find her rhythm before beating
Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova 6-4, 6-4 in a match interrupted by the first
raindrops of the week.
Deposed world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was
untroubled against Irina Falconi, screaming to a 6-1, 6-4 victory while former
French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, the 24th seed, survived a scare
against home favorite Laura Robson before winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
seed Nadal, who has never lost in the first round of a grand slam, admitted he
was fortunate to progress in three sets against the 80th ranked
“I served well at the beginning and I made more mistakes than
usual,” Nadal said. “I was lucky to come back to win the opening set after being
Serena, whose career has teetered on the brink since she
collected her fourth Wimbledon singles title in 2010, was given a decent workout
by Strycova on Court Two.
The fired-up 30-year-old let out a roar when
she closed out the match and looked in the mood to fly the Williams flag
throughout the fortnight after fivetime champion Venus’s disheartening display
on the opening day.
“Definitely a little relief, I think I was letting
out a lot of cries.
I was happy to get through that,” Williams told
reporters, refusing to reveal her thoughts on being scheduled on the club’s
Reuters contributed to this report
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