We are less than two full days into the start of this year's Wimbledon, but because there are so many players on the male side and female side to be sorted out, everything comes fast and doesn't let up until a champion is crowned.
If the early results are any indication, the next two weeks at the All England Club are going to be as unpredictable as the ending of Breaking Bad. All that we as fans of the sport can ask for is intense drama, ultimately culminating with the euphoria that comes when a champion is crowned.
Here is a look at the updated scores through Day 2 at Wimbledon, as well as the best performances through the first two days at the All England Club.
|No. 3 Andy Murray def. David Goffin||6-1, 6-4, 7-5|
|No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. Andrey Golubev||6-0, 6-1, 6-4|
|No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov def. Ryan Harrison||7-6(1), 6-3, 6-2|
|No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. Victor Hanescu||6(5)-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3|
|No. 17 Mikhail Youzhny def. James Ward||6-2, 6-2, 6-1|
|No. 7 David Ferrer def. Pablo Carreno Busta||6-0, 6(3)-7, 6-1, 6-1|
|No. 16 Fabrio Fognini def. Alex Kuznetsov||2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 9-7|
|Marinko Matosevic def. No. 18 Fernando Verdasco||6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Samuel Groth||7-5, 7-6(2), 7-6(5)|
|No. 20 Kevin Anderson def. Aljaz Bedene||6-3, 7-5, 6-2|
|No. 26 Marin Cilic def. Paul-Henri Mathieu||6-2, 6(2)-7, 6-2, 6-1|
|Leonardo Mayer def. No. 25 Andreas Seppi||6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4|
|No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Steve Johnson||6-3, 6(3)-7, 6-4, 7-5|
|No. 12 Ernests Gulbis def. Jurgen Zopp||7-6(7), 7-5, 7-6(10)|
|No. 2 Li Na def. Paula Kania||7-5, 6-2|
|No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova def. Aleksandra Wozniak||6-1, 6-2|
|No. 8 Victoria Azarenka def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni||6-3, 7-5|
|No. 30 Venus Williams def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor||6-4, 4-6, 6-2|
|Yanina Wickmayer def. No. 17 Samantha Stosur||6-3, 6-4|
|No. 6 Petra Kvitova def. Andrea Hlavackova||6-3, 6-0|
|Maria Kirilenko def. No. 18 Sloane Stephens||6-2, 7-6(6)|
|No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova def. Kimiko Date-Krumm||3-6, 6-4, 7-5|
|No. 32 Elena Vesnina def. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner||6-0, 6-4|
|No. 12 Flavia Pennetta def. Jana Cepelova||6-2, 6-3|
|Coco Vandeweghe def. No. 27 Garbine Muguruza||6-3, 3-6, 7-5|
|No. 23 Lucie Safarova def. Julia Goerges||7-6(3), 7-6(3)|
Results are through 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 24. Follow today's live in-progress results at Wimbledon.com by clicking here.
Top Performances Through Day 2
No. 5 Stan Wawrinka def. Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
The fact that Stan Wawrinka, the third-ranked player in the world and No. 5 seed at Wimbledon, won his opening-round match against an unseeded opponent isn't a surprise; it was the way the 29-year-old won that warrants discussion.
ATP stat guru Greg Sharko highlighted Wawrinka's dominance on Twitter after the match was over with this note:
Wimbledon has been Wawrinka's worst Grand Slam event throughout his career, never advancing past the fourth round and losing in the first round each of the last two years. This win doesn't signal the end to those tribulations, but it's a huge step in the right direction.
Maria Kirilenko def. No. 18 Sloane Stephens 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
Sloane Stephens has been touted as the next great American star on the tennis circuit for more than one year.
It's not an undeserved title, especially since her stock was soaring following a semifinal appearance in last year's Australian Open and a quarterfinal appearance at this event one year ago. But eventually, the hype must turn into victories.
Unfortunately, Stephens won't taste success at the All England Club in 2014 after losing in the first round to Maria Kirilenko, who may be unranked right now but was in the WTA Top 10 as recently as June 2013.
Kirilenko's fall was the product of a knee injury that kept her out of action from November through March 31. She looks healthy and re-energized after upsetting Stephens, so don't be shocked if she's playing into the second week.
Yanina Wickmayer def. No. 17 Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4
The first major upset at Wimbledon came when Yanina Wickmayer knocked out former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur in the first round. Stosur has never fared well on the grass in England, only advancing as far as the third round twice in her career (2009, 2013).
What makes Wickmayer's victory more impressive than beating an opponent who has struggled at Wimbledon, though, is the ease with which it happened. She needed just two sets and lost a total of seven matches.
When Stosur was broken again in the ninth game, the first set had been conceded in 31 minutes. Seven of the Queenslander's 12 winners were aces, but she was being pushed around by the aggressive Wickmayer forehand, and unable to conjure a similarly forthright response.
Wickmayer has struggled this season, winning just 10 of 24 matches, but the 54th-ranked player has found some success at the All England Club, with a fourth-round appearance in 2011 and two victories each in 2010 and 2012.
It's one thing to say that Wickmayer had a chance to win because Stosur doesn't fare well on grass, but to take care of business in this fashion will work wonders for her confidence moving forward.
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