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Bite-sized highlights from Day 8

by Courtney Nguyen
Tuesday 3 July 2012

Our pick of the best bits of the eighth day at The Championships 2012...

Germans, Germans, Germans: With Philipp Kohlschreiber's straight sets win over Brian Baker and Florian Mayer's win over Richard Gasquet, two German men and two German women made the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. Why is this news? Because it's never happened before, silly. This is the first time four Germans (men or women) have progressed to the quarter-final round at any Slam in the history of the Open Era. The last time there were three Germans in the quarter-finals of a Slam was in 1997 here at Wimbledon (Boris Becker, Nicolas Kiefer, and Michael Stich). I'm not sure that will make up for their result at the European Championships on Sunday, but hey, it's something.

Laugh it off: All she could do was laugh. Less than two weeks ago Angelique Kerber failed to convert five match points and lost in the final of Eastbourne to Tamira Paszek. On Tuesday night she had a case of deja vu. She had three match points against Sabine Lisicki and then next thing she knew Lisicki was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set. At 15-0 Kerber hit a winner that was called out. She exasperatingly threw up her hand to challenge (she had been wrong on her Hawk-eye challenges all evening) and low and behold, it was in by a blade of grass. She threw her arms up in the air in mocked triumph and then couldn't help but smile sarcastically as she returned the next serve. That was the turning point of the match and from there Kerber broke back and eventually converted her 5th match point to win. Let that be a lesson to us all. When the world gives you lemons, laugh and use your Hawk-Eye challenge.

Thanks for the ride, Brian Baker: If you want a fun game, try and say "Brian Baker breaks" three times fast. It's not that easy to say and, as it turns out, it's not that easy to do. Baker couldn't break Philipp Kohlschreiber's serve once today and thus endeth his Hollywood-run here at Wimbledon. He'll leave the All-England Club, ranked right around No. 77 in the world on Monday. Not a bad Wimbledon debut, Brian.

Roof after all: For all the concern this morning regarding play on Centre Court starting later than expected due to a late decision to close the roof, it turns out that every single match that needed to get played today was completed. That includes five men's fourth round matches and four women's quarter-final matches, two of which went the full three sets. See, it all gets done in the end.

Stat of the day

7 hours, 20 minutes.

The amount of time it took to complete the quarterfinal match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko. The match, originally scheduled for No. 1 Court, was interrupted by rain four times and eventually moved to Centre Court to finish. Radwanska finally won the match7-5, 6-4, 7-5 at 9:48 pm.

He said

"I don't think you should get preferential treatment. You know, obviously, I mean, all of the players would say they would rather play on Centre because they know they're going to finish their match. I don't deserve to play all my matches on Centre Court. Someone like Roger does. I don't think just because you're from that country you should necessarily get preferential treatment, but I hope that I play my next few matches on Centre."

Andy Murray responding to questions about his matches not always being scheduled for Centre Court.

She said

"Right now if Victoria wins, she's had a better year than I have. She's been so successful already, like I said, winning a Grand Slam. Going against a player like that, I feel like she almost has an advantage, I guess. So, you know, that makes me really relaxed and I can just kind of hit."

Serena Williams explains why she feels like she's playing with nothing to lose.


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