It hasn't been all aces at the All England Club over the past few days, as the 2014 Wimbledon tournament has delivered us some pretty exciting results.
Last year's Wimbledon was crazy. Rafael Nadal and other top stars bowed out extraordinarily early, leaving the men's field open for Andy Murray to win it all. On the women's side, a similar path was created for Marion Bartoli.
While we haven't seen as many upsets this time around, we have seen David Ferrer get ousted early on. The No. 7 seed was defeated by Andrey Kuznetsov, the No. 118 player in the world.
What other surprises are in store for us in London? With more than a week to go in this tournament, anything can happen. Be sure to tune in.
Wimbledon 2014 can be seen online at WatchESPN.com.
|2014 Wimbledon TV Schedule - Opening Rounds|
|Fri., June 27||7 a.m. - 5 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sat., June 28||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||ESPN|
|Mon., June 30||7 a.m. - 11:30 a..m||ESPN|
|8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||ESPN2|
|11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.||ESPNEWS|
Men's: Novak Djokovic
It wasn't easy for Novak Djokovic on Day 5. Sure, he took care of Gilles Simon, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, but he avoided a major injury along the way.
The Score's official Twitter account provided a Vine of the fall that made the crowd go silent:
Djokovic bounced back up after grimacing in pain to win the match, so he appears to be just fine. That said, adrenaline could have helped push him through this third-round match. We'll have to wait to hear how he feels in the coming days.
Following the match, this is what he had to say about the injury, via Huw Turbervill of The Telegraph:
It was a sharp pain when I fell - an awkward fall - I was just hoping there was nothing going on bad with the joint but no damage. I played a few games after that. The muscle is sore but all in all I am just glad to get through. I now have two days off and I am going to try and get ready for [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga.
If his shoulder is not fully healthy in two days, then Tsonga will be a tough opponent. His strong forehands could create problems for Djokovic.
Djokovic is still the top seed, however, so he should be considered the favorite to win this match until we hear more about his shoulder.
Women's: Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is one of many stars in the women's field, and everyone at Wimbledon is already looking forward to a potential quarterfinals matchup between the Russian and Serena Williams. Ian Horne of LiveTennis.com wrote about why the matchup is what everyone is waiting for:
Such a rematch would be one for the history books as Sharapova won her first, and to date last Wimbledon title a decade ago in 2004. She was a teenager back then and had been expected to become the latest gallant runner-up when she met Serena in the final. However, she stunned the tennis world with a dominant 6-1, 6-4 win. She then beat Williams again in the final of the WTA Tour Championships to take a 2-1 head-to-head lead. Many believed that this would kickstart one of the greatest rivalries that the WTA would ever witness.
It looks as if we might get that dream matchup.
Sharapova has looked brilliant at the All England Club so far. She defeated Samantha Murray, 6-1, 6-0, in Round 1 before dropping Timea Bacsinszky, 6-2, 6-1, in Round 2.
Sharapova just so happens to be a member of the incredibly difficult draw that Williams was handed prior to the start of this tournament.
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