Fare thee well, Kimmy: Kim Clijsters' Wimbledon career ended not with a roar but with a whisper. She was man-handled by Angelique Kerber on Tuesday, losing her final match at Wimbledon 6-1, 6-1 in 49 minutes. The match was over in a blink and was a reminder as to why Kerber is the winningest player on the women's tour (she extended her match-wins tally to 44 in 2012) and why Clijsters feels this is the time for her to step away from the game. "I just had the feeling that there was absolutely nothing I could have done today to have won that match," Clijsters said afterwards. "You know, I just felt, like, my opponent was better on every level." But feel sorry for Kim. Mature and full of perspective, she has no regrets and says she'll leave the Championships (the one Slam in which she never made a final) with nothing but good memories.
"I won't be sorry about anything," Kim reflected. "I mean, I know that every time that I've played here I've given my best, and that's
the only thing that I can try. You know, some days it's good, some days it's great, and some days it's not good enough.And that's something that I'll never regret. I'll never say that I didn't work hard enough or I didn't practice hard enough. So I don't think I'll feel sorry about anything when I leave."
More for the record books: With his win over good friend Victor Troicki, Novak Djokovic extended his stream of consecutive Slam quarter-final appearances to 13, dating back to Wimbledon 2009. That mark puts him at fourth place on the list of most consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearances in the Open Era. The man at the top of the list? None other than Roger Federer, who extended his streak to an absolutely unheard of 33 straight with his win over Xavier Malisse in the fourth round. We are truly living in a golden age of tennis.
It's raining...feathers: As Victoria Azarenka stepped up to the line to serve with a 6-1, 4-0 lead over Ana Ivanovic, feathers started to fall onto the court. Yes, you read that right, bird feathers. Don't ask me what happened to the owner of those feathers or how they were coming down with the roof closed, but there they were, delicate feather after feather. A ballkid came out to pick one up and next thing you know, Azarenka abandoned trying to serve and started picking up feathers herself. As if this fortnight couldn't get weirder.
Stat of the day:
Number of reigning French Open champions Sabine Lisicki has defeated here at Wimbledon in her last three appearances. She defenated Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2009, Li Na in 2010, and now Maria Sharapova.
"Was happy they kept it open because it is an outdoor tournament at the end of they day. We don't want to play indoors all the time. It's not that big of a deal coming on and off. I know spectators would rather see a match than sitting in the rain.They do a great job here. They love it. To see the referee coming out and inspecting the courts, that's the whole drama that belongs to Wimbledon. Eventually if it's too bad and it's really raining, this is when you shut it."
Roger Federer on the decision to keep the roof open on Monday.
"No, I wasn't scared. Nobody going to knock me over for real. I'd like to see that happen. You guys know how I can get. (Laughter.)"
Serena Williams on whether she was worried when she got mobbed after her match walking from No. 2 Court back to the locker room.