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The first week of a grand slam usually offers terrific tennis. This week was no exception. There were some major upsets and terrific matches. See my "Wimbledon 2008 Begins" post for my Monday observations.
There was a touching moment (depicted in the picture above – click for larger view) this week when Richard Williams went over and shook the hand of Mr. Keothavong after Richard’s daughter Venus beat his daughter Anne 7-6, 6-2 in the 2nd round. Mr. Keothavong was clearly impressed.
Tuesday – Davenport Injury
It was difficult to watch my all-time favourite woman’s player, Davenport’s, struggle with an ‘aggravated’ knee (an MRI after the match revealed inflammation behind the knee cap – not a permanent injury). Davenport’s career is near and end. It was sad to see her bow out on Thursday. But in an interview on Thursday she said she’ll be ready for the Beijing Olympics in a few weeks.
Two of Wednesday’s matches are prime examples of why watching early round grand slam matches can be so fulfilling:
- Nathalie Dechy and Ana Ivanovic played three nail-biting sets. As much as I like Ivanovic I was cheering for Dechy all the way. What terrific play. But for an Ivanovic shot that barely dribbled over the net on match point in the 2nd, 97th ranked Dechy would have won the match against the current world’s number 1. Below Ana is kissing the part of the net where the ball hit the net chord.