Wimbledon 2011: The Biggest Surprises in Week One
Grand slam tennis is always full of shocks and surprises, and Week 1 of Wimbledon 2011 has been no different, with something extraordinary happening on every court.
Here are my favourite stunners of the week so far in SW19, from the sublime to the ridiculous to the heart-breaking—add your own in the comments.
Li Na's Exit
Sabine Lisicki knocked French Open champion Li Na out of the tournament and celebrated with gusto.
Quite right, too—Li Na had been fancied to do well here in a wide-open field, and such an early exit was a total shock.
The Williams Sisters Hang on
The US press seem to be saying that Venus and Serena have made a good start to the tournament, which is not strictly true.
Venus was pushed very, very close by Kimiko Date-Krumm on Wednesday, eventually squeaking out on top, 6-7, 6-3, 8-6, with Serena making hard work of Aravane Rezai, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and Simona Halep taking her to three sets as well.
It's odd seeing these ladies so vulnerable, although Venus did crush Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez on Friday, so perhaps she's heading back to form.
John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut
The rematch of last year's epic court No. 18 clash didn't go nearly as long, but I suspect people were expecting it to last just a tad longer than the two hours it went this time.
John Isner won in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6, with more immense serving and not a great deal else.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised by Bethanie Mattek-Sands's exotic clothing anymore, but that pom-pommed jacket was one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen.
Not just in tennis—in the world.
Andy Roddick Loses
Poor Andy Roddick has had to bear all of the US hopes on his shoulders, and he was beaten by the excellent Feliciano Lopez on Friday, knocking him out of the tournament.
Lopez was gracious in victory, saying that he didn't believe he could win until he actually shook Roddick's hand at the net, but Roddick is a force on the wane now—we all need to accept this.