1 down, 6 to go! Masha breezed through her 1st round match, defeating qualifier Stephanie Foretz (who played wearing glasses!) of France, 6-1 6-4. The only hiccup was a brief loss of concentration in the 2nd set which led not only to a few shots in the net, but a break of serve. Fortunately, she was up two breaks at that point, and had no trouble closing out the match.
That's the way a Champion is supposed to dismiss her 1st Round opponent.
Otherwise, no real surprises on either side on Day 2. I'm fairly sure that everyone who was supposed to win, did. I guess the only surprise so far this Wimbledon is that the weather has been perfect (knock on wood) so far.
Rafa Nadal made quick work of his opponent, as expected. I don't see how it's not going to be a FedEx - Rafa final. I think it's all but guaranteed at this point, unless Marat Safin, whose NEVER liked it here, decides to wake up and find his grass court game.
Oh, one "surprise": Nikolay Davydenko lost to German youngster Benjamin Becker. But Davy didn't even look he wanted to be there, and went down in straights.
Round 2 begins tomorrow, with both #1s, Ivanovic and Federer, in action. Ana faces the perennial Frenchwoman, Natalie Dechy. That should be something like 1 and 0. While Roger faces some guy named Soderling, of whom I've never heard. That will likely be 3,2,and 2.
Also Serena Williams takes to the grass for a second round match versus Urzula Radwanska, the younger (I think) sister of Agnieszka. Supposedly, Urzula is a good player, but I've never seen her. That match could go a number of ways.
The main thing I've noticed so far is, although they've slowed the grass the last few years, and made the balls heavier, it's still playing quick. A year or two ago, the US Open hardcourts were playing faster than Wimby. This year, the pace seems to be back up. Not to the Ivanisovic - Sampras days, where almost every point was an ace. But still, quicker.[/img]
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