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Bite-sized highlights from Day 3

by Courtney Nguyen
Wednesday 27 June 2012

Bow down: In what was easily the most comical moment of the day, cameras caught Roger Federer trying to give Fabio Fognini some tips on how to execute the perfect bow. You see, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the All England Club on Wednesday and it was the Prince's first visit to Wimbledon since 1970. Poor Fabio must have been nervous because he clearly wasn't listening to Roger's advice. As the men strode out onto Centre Court, Fognini was clearly following Federer's lead (as one should) and the pair set down their bags and turned to the Royal Box. After a pitch perfect bow, Roger bent down to pick up his racket bag. But the frazzled Fognini thought Roger was taking a second bow, so he proceeded to throw in a second bow just for good measure. Better safe than sorry, Fabio.

Upset of the day: With rain suspending play on all court except for Centre, all eyes were on Caroline Wozniacki and Tamira Paszek in their much-anticipated first round encounter, and boy, did the ladies deliver. It was a high-quality match that saw Paszek, a quarterfinalist last year, pit her high-powered ball striking against Wozniacki's virtually impenetrable defense. It looked as though the 21-year old Austrian was dealt some bad luck when the rain came right before she was to serve for the first set. It's no secret that the closure of the roof changes the playing conditions dramatically and indeed, the court began to play much slower, playing into Wozniacki's hands. The Dane broke serve immediately and went on to take the first set. She fought her way to two match points late in the second set, but Paszek hit two audacious winners that left the crowd gobsmacked. Buoyed by her save, she went on to take the second and set and win the match 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 after over three hours of play. It was a tremendous showing for women's tennis.

Giant killers strike: Two Slam champions saw their campaigns ended prematurely on Wednesday, as Samantha Stosur was upset by Arantxa Rus, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, and Li Na was stopped by Sorana Cirstea, 6-3, 6-4. Neither Rus or Cirstea are new to pulling in the headlines at major tournaments. Rus made a name for herself when she upset Kim Clijsters last year at the French Open, and Cirstea stunned Stosur in the first round of the Australian Open in January. Don't you wish you can take a strand of their DNA and see what makes these stoppers tick?

No follow-up: Poor Ernests Gulbis. He goes from taking centre stage on Centre Court on Monday and pulling off the upset of the men's tournament so far with a stunning straight set win over Tomas Berdych. Amazing, right? Well in predictably Gulbisian fashion, the unpredictable Latvian lost today to Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz (great name), 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 9-7 out on Court No. 17. Similarly, two days after upsetting Venus Williams, Elena Vesnina fell easily to No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Stat of the day

7 seconds

The amount of time it took Sara Errani to finish her suspended match against Coco Vandeweghe. The match was suspended with Errani holding a match point on Vandweghe's serve. They resumed the match this afternoon and as luck would have it, Vandeweghe doublefaulted. Talk about a short day's work.

He said

"Maybe my view on this whole thing is too simplistic. You just go play. They tell you to go play, you go play. You can't really stress about what's out of your control. I've done it a million times."

Andy Roddick on how he deals with the stop and starts caused by rain delays.

She said

"It was a good match, good tennis, but that doesn't really help me. I lost in the first round. Tomorrow no one will remember how great a match it was, they'll just remember who won. You know, obviously, yeah, it's not a nice feeling."

An understandably subdued Caroline Wozniacki after her first round loss to Tamira Paszek. Don't worry, Wozza. We won't forget the high-caliber play from both players in this, the best first round women's match of the Championships.


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