Wimbledon 2012 Results: Recap and Highlights of Monday's Action
The first day of action at Wimbledon hasn't provided many surprise results, as the favorites have dominated their opponents on Day 1.
The biggest story of the day features one of the Williams sisters. Venus was ousted in the first round 6-1, 6-3 by Elena Vesnina of Russia—her first Round 1 exit since her first appearance at Wimbledon 15 years ago.
Other than that, things are moving along as expected for the big names in the sport of tennis.
Let's take a look at some of the scores and highlights from Monday's action.
Venus Williams Unceremoniously Ousted in Round 1
Venus Williams clearly wasn't up for this match. Her energy level was almost non-existent against Vesnina, who easily dispatched the former champion.
Perhaps this is a sign that Williams needs to think about retiring. According to the Daily Mail, she was diagnosed at the end of last year with incurable Sjogren's syndrome—a disease that causes arthritis and saps energy.
Williams didn't have any of the energy and strength we're used to seeing from her on the court on Monday. Here's hoping she can beat this disease and have better results next year.
Novak Djokovic Easily Handles Juan Carlos Fererro
It's no surprise that Novak Djokovic was able to advance past Juan Carlos Ferrero and won 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.
He completely dominated the match with his serve—scoring 13 aces on the day. For those of you who may have wondered if Djokovic would continue making unforced errors like he did in the men's final at Roland Garros, have no fear. He only succumbed to 19 such errors in Round 1.
Djokovic is the best player in the world on the men's side. Now that he's playing on a fast surface, it won't be long before everyone acknowledges this fact.
He's my pick to win this year's Wimbledon, but the next man on this list will have something to say about it...
Roger Federer Destroys Albert Ramos
Roger Federer is a man on a mission. He wants to join Pete Sampras in the seven-win club at Wimbledon, and if his Round 1 performance against Albert Ramos is any indication, he just might pull it off.
He absolutely destroyed Ramos in this match—winning 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
He scored nine aces, only made 10 unforced errors and looked like the Federer of old. Granted, Ramos isn't exactly Djokovic, but Federer's play in Round 1 proves he'll be a force to be reckoned with before this tournament is over.
He and Djokovic are headed for a semifinals clash, and I can't wait to see them compete against one another should they both continue winning.
Maria Sharapova Handles Anastasia Rodionova
Maria Sharapova had little trouble putting Anastasia Rodionova down in Round 1—winning the match 6-2, 6-3.
She simply outlasted her opponent by winning every single rally that went over nine strokes. Rodionova wasn't bad, but she couldn't keep up with the boundless energy and near-flawless defense of Sharapova.
In the end, the disparity between winners was vast with 23 for Sharapova and only seven for Rodionova.
Sharapova is looking strong so far to start this tournament, but she'll need to improve her overall game if she hopes to compete with the rest of the favorites in the quarter- and semifinals.
That's all for now, folks. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the latest breaking news and analysis as the 2012 Wimbledon tournament is just getting underway.