2012 Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2012 Results: Winners and Losers Among Wimbledon's Top Stars

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Venus Williams of USA returns the ball during her womens singles first round match against Elena Vesnina of Russia on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 25, 2012

Day 1 of Wimbledon 2012 was headlined by the elimination of one of the game’s household names and the advancement of several others. Here are the big-name winners and losers from Monday’s action.

 

Venus Williams

Venus Williams’ pursuit of her sixth Wimbledon title didn’t last long. She was defeated 6-1, 6-3 by Elena Vesnina in the first round. It was the first time that Williams had failed to win a single match in the tournament.

According to ESPN, she said after the loss:

I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I'm not going to give up on it. There's no way I'm going to just sit down and give up just because I have a hard time the first five or six tournaments back. That's just not me. At the Olympics, you'll see me here. I'm planning on it.

 

Novak Djokovic

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand return during his mens singles first round match against Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Clu
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Novak Djokovic reaffirmed why he’s still the No. 1-ranked player in the world, making quick work of Juan Carlos Ferrero. He sliced and diced the Spaniard 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, coasting to a second-round berth. Following a disappointing loss in the French Open, Djokovic’s title defense couldn’t have started much smoother.

 

Roger Federer

Roger Federer looks more than capable of winning his seventh Wimbledon title after absolutely smoking Albert Ramos. Federer blew by the challenger 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Given his recent history of being susceptible to upsets, the dominant display shows that he isn’t looking ahead to a meeting with Rafael Nadal.

 

Maria Sharapova

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a forehand return during her womens singles first round match against Anastasia Rodionova of Australia on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croq
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Maria Sharapova is attempting to become the first women’s tennis player since 2002 to win the Wimbledon coming off of a French Open victory. History isn’t on Sharapova’s side, but she didn’t stumble at all in Round 1. She convincingly beat Anastasia Rodionova in two sets, 6-2, 6-3.

 

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