Wimbledon 2012 Results: Most Impressive Outings Thus Far
Federer was able to defeat Spanish talent Albert Ramos in straight-sets in the first round. Others like Clijsters found their groove and took down ranked talents to start things off. If one thing is for certain, this tournament has shown that it will undoubtedly be a memorable one.
With Day 2 soon set to begin, these are the most noteworthy performances of Day 1 that deserve an extra bit of recognition. Here are the four most impressive outings from June 25 in London.
Novak Djokovic Leaves No Breathing Room for Juan Carlos Ferrero
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The World's No. 1 was back to his top form on Day 1. It was clear the Roland Garros loss was far from his thoughts.
Djokovic took down Ferrero in a match that many believed he would challenge Djokovic to multiple sets. Ferrero has a plethora of experience at Wimbledon and two quarterfinals appearances in 10 Wimbledon tournaments.
Yet Djokovic was able to overwhelm Ferrero with his impressive ball placement and mastery with each point. With the exception of a slow start to the first set, there was no point during the match in which Djokovic seemed to be slipping his grip on the match. Novak took the match in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.
Kim Clijsters Defeats No. 18 Jelena Jankovic
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An abdominal injury last season cost her a chance to compete at Wimbledon and a stomach strain in 2012 nearly had her out of this year's tourney.
Yet in spite of the lingering injuries, Clijsters faced Jelena Jankovic with strength in her service game and forehand that shocked the tennis world. She won in dominant style, taking the first round match 6-2, 6-4. The key to the match was Clijsters' ability to produce break opportunities, totaling nine chances in the match to the mere two Jankovic had.
It will go down as one the more impressive victories of the first round and arguably the most impressive performance Clijsters has displayed in quite some time.
Roger Federer Takes Down Albert Ramos with Ease
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Day 1 at Wimbledon was as easy as one, two, three for Roger Federer.
The straight set victory for Federer was done in 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 fashion, in a match in which his 33 winners tripled the 11 that Albert Ramos put up in the match. He was also able to dominate the pace of the match by winning his points at the net, scoring on 74 percent of his approaches.
What made the victory all the more special was the fact that Ramos is an especially talented player at just 24 years of age, yet Federer was still able to outright handle the match.
It was impressive to say the least.
Venus Williams Demolished by Elena Vesnina
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From the first serve of the match, it seemed as if Vesnina was the seven-time Grand Slam tournament winner, not Venus Williams.
The match was a straight-set victory in which Vesnina won 6-1, 6-3 to get off to the right start at Wimbledon. It was clear Williams had lost a step in her game, landing just 20 of her 53 first serves in the match.
Vesnina won 69 percent of her first serve points in the victory, proving herself to be a major threat heading into the second round. The loss was Venus' earliest exit in the tourney since her fist outing at the Wimbledon Championships in 1997, when she was also taken down in Round 1.
Considering Williams is a five-time champion at Wimbledon, fans had to expect much more from the veteran talent. Vesnina was as cool, calm and collected as could be, and that was the difference in the match.