Day 3 got off to a good start. The winner of 6 Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer, won his second round match in a little over an hour. He defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy in straight sets. A few hours after Federer’s match, it started raining and play was suspended everywhere, except Center Court, which has a retractable roof. There was a rain delay which lasted over 2 hours. The only match on during this time was Caroline Wozniacki v Tamira Paszek. A number of matches were canceled and moved to tomorrow due to this rain delay. Some of the winners of Day 3 were- Juan Monaco, David Ferrer, Kim Clijsters, Arantxa Rus, Sorana Cirstea, Andy Roddick, Tamira Paszek, and Sloane Stephens. Many of these names might not sound familiar, but that’s because they were the players who caused a few upsets today.
There weren’t any major upsets in the men’s matches today. A few seeded players lost, but none of them in the top 10. However, there were 3 upsets in the women’s matches. The first upset of the day was Samantha Stosur of Australia. She is currently ranked 5th in the world and won last year’s US Open. She was playing 72nd ranked Rus, from Holland, in the second round. Stosur lost the first set 4-6, but was able to win the second set 6-0. It looked like she had a chance of winning the third set, and the match, but Rus was just too good today. She won the third set 6-4. This wasn’t Rus’ first win over a top 10 player in a major. Last year, she beat Clijsters at the French Open.
Another upset of Day 3 was former number one Caroline Wozniacki, who lost to 37th ranked Paszek in the first round, after throwing away 2 match points. This was easily the most exciting matches of the day. At first, I only started watching this match because, as a result of the rain delay, it was the only match that was on. But I soon found myself glued to the tv. Both players played some great tennis. In fact, some people were saying it was the best women’s match of the year. There were long rallies and great points between the two. One of Paszek’s biggest strengths was her forehand. If it hadn’t been for the rain, I would’ve missed this match. So in a way, it’s a good thing it rained, otherwise most of us wouldn’t have been able to watch this great match.
The third set of the day was Li Na’s loss. She’s currently ranked number 11 in the world and won last year’s French Open. She was playing against 52nd ranked Sorana Cirstea in the second round. After winning the French Open last year, Na hasn’t had much luck in the majors. She played poorly in this match and lost 6-3, 6-4.
The favorites who won their matches were Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Clijsters. Federer played Fognini in front of Prince Charles, who was attending Wimbledon for the first time since 1970. This was a very easy match for Federer. He won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic played against American teen Ryan Harrison. He also won in straight sets. Djokovic had to play his match under the roof of Centre Court. Clijsters was another favorite who had an easy match. She won 6-3, 6-3. All three of these players are through to the third round.
Two Americans who made it through were Stephens and Roddick. Stephens is a 19-year-old who’s playing at Wimbledon for the first time. She was playing 23rd ranked Petra Cetkovska in the second round and won in 3 sets. Stephens made it to the fourth round of the French Open last month and is considered one of the players to look out for in American tennis. Roddick is a veteran, he’s been to 3 Wimbledon finals, the most recent in 2009, when he lost to Federer. He finished his first round match against British Jamie Baker, after having his match postponed yesterday.
Two other players who won today were Monaco and Ferrer. Ernest Gulbis wasn’t so lucky. Prio to this Wimbledon, Monaco had never won a match on grass. This year he is in the third round. Ferrer is the 5th ranked player. Although his game is more suited for hard courts, he has been doing well so far at Wimbledon. Just two days ago, Gulbis upset Tomas Berdych in the first round on Centre Court. Many thought this match would be easier for him, as he was playing a qualifier. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Gulbis was playing Polish Jerzy Janowicz, who’s ranked 136th in the world. This match went to five sets, where Janowicz won the fifth set 9-7.
Wimbledon will be on ESPN 2 tomorrow, from 7 am est to 5 pm est.