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#23 Sabine Lisicki
5' 10" 154lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#15 Marion Bartoli
5'6" 139lb RH 2H-FH&BH

Virginia Wade was the most recent British woman to win Wimbledon, in 1977... Virginia also won the first US Open in 1968       On Saturday at Wimbledon, in the finals of The Championships, the 2007 tourney finalist (and 2011 champion at Eastbourne and Osaka), 28 year old 15th seeded #15 (career high: #7) Marion Bartoli of France (residence: Geneva, SUI), defeated the 2011 champ at Birmingham and Dallas, 23 year old 23rd seeded #23 (career high #13) Sabine Lisicki of Germany (residence: Bradenton, FL), 6-1, 6-4 (Sabine is shown during the match; Marion is shown holding the Venus Rosewater Dish afterward).

    Marion's prize is 1,600,000 (about $2,123,641); Sabine's prize is 800,000 (about $1,061,821).

    Marion struck 15 winners (including 2 aces), with 14 unforced errors (including 6 double faults), while scoring on 5 of the 13 break points she reached against Sabine and totaling 72 points. Sabine hit 21 winners (6 aces) with 25 unforced errors (5 DFs), and converted 2 of the 8 break points she reached against Marion while totaling 51 points. match stats

    After Marion won the 1st set 6-1 and took a 5-1 lead in the 2nd, Sabine closed the gap to 5-4. But Marion served out the match on her second opportunity, finishing with an ace on match point.

    Marion said: "I really felt I was playing probably my best match of The Championships. I was doing everything well. I was moving well, I was returning well. I really played a wonderful match... Just to finish on an ace to win Wimbledon, you saw the chalk come out of the line... I could have seen it in slow motion. You can't describe that kind of feeling. You cannot put any words what I feel in this moment." BBC story - WTA story

    Sabine tweeted: "Wasn't meant to be...yet! Thanks so so much for your support throughout the entire two weeks... It was such an amazing time and journey. The experience will help me in the future. Congratulations to Marion, who had a dream run and played great!" Sabine Lisicki at Twitter

    Sabine still leads Marion 3-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2011 on a chlorophyll court in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, when Sabine defeated Marion 6-4, 6(7)-7, 6-1.

    Marion is now 1-1 in Grand Slam singles finals; she was defeated by Venus Williams in her only previous big event, at Wimbledon in 2007. She is now 8-11 in WTA singles finals, and has a 21-12 singles match record this year. Marion will be #7 in Monday's WTA rankings.

    Sabine was playing in her first Grand Slam singles final. She is now 3-5 in WTA singles finals, and has a 26-13 singles match record in 2013. Sabine will be #18 in Monday's WTA rankings.

    Sunday Men's Final: #2 Andy Murray GBR d #1 Novak Djokovic SRB 6-4, 7-5, 6-4


 
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  2013 Projected Major Skirmishes, Top Half

4th Round:
n23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n1 Serena Williams USA 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n65 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
n6 Na Li CHN d n11 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-0
n46 Kaia Kanepi EST d n37 Laura Robson GBR 7-6(6), 7-5

Quarterfinals:
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n6 Na Li CHN 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2
n23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n46 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-3

Semifinal:
n23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 2-6, 9-7

  2013 Projected Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half

4th Round:
n8 Petra Kvitova CZE d n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 7-6(5), 6-3
n15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n105 Karin Knapp ITA 6-2, 6-3
n17 Sloane Stephens USA d n66 Monica Puig PUR 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
n20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n158 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-6(2), 6-3

Quarterfinals:
n20 s20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
n15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n17 Sloane Stephens USA 6-4, 7-5

Semifinal:
n15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-1, 6-2

    2013 prize money is shown below, up 40% overall from 2012. However, in dollars, the increase is less (and actually a decrease for doubles players) due to the pound falling against the dollar. As of June 12, £1 = $1.3272 US, a year ago it was $1.5559.

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    The Championships at Wimbledon have 32 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 8 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Thursday. Early round play begins at noon local time, QFs & SFs at 1pm, and the Final at 2pm on Saturday.
 

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2013: On Thursday, June 20, young ladies looking good at the Kensington Roof Gardens WTA player party included 2002, '03, '09 '10 & '12 Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sorana Cirstea & Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, 2004 Wimby champ Maria Sharapova...
row 2: Angelique Kerber, Genie Bouchard, Sloane Stephens, British #1 Laura Robson and British #2 Heather Watson...
Wimbledon, 1st Round Mon-Tue Jun 24-25 11:30am
loser's prize: 23,500 = US $31,190; points: 5
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n92 Mandy Minella LUX 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Serena driving a forehand

    Serena struck 25 winners (including 7 aces), with 11 unforced errors (including 1 double fault), while scoring on 5 of the 6 break points she reached against Mandy and totaling 60 points. Mandy hit 5 winners (1 ace) with 6 unforced errors (1 DF), while converting the 1 break point she reached against Serena and totaling 31 points. match stats

    Although it was Serena's 32nd consecutive match victory, she was not satisfied. Serena said: "I feel like I was a little rusty for some reason today. I don't feel like I played my best tennis. I felt really upset when I lost my serve at the beginning in the second set.

    "With that being said, I think Mandy played really well. I thought she was really mixing up her shots, mixing up her game. It wasn't an easy match for me. To be honest, I'm a little excited I was able to play a tough match and get through it. There's so many ways I can improve and that I'll need to improve if I want to be in the second week." WTA story

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n107 Maria Joao Koehler POR 6-1, 6-2 Mon

Vika driving a backhand

    Vika struck 25 winners (including 3 aces), with 14 unforced errors (including 9 double faults), while scoring on 6 of the 16 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 74 points. Maria hit 19 winners (2 aces) with 18 unforced errors (4 DFs), while converting 2 of the 7 break points she reached against Victoria and totaling 51 points. match stats

    Victoria slipped and injured her right knee early in the 2nd set.

    Vika said: "My leg kind of collapsed. It felt like my knee just turned to the other way... For two minutes I had such consistent pain that it just completely freaked me out... I was concerned, and the physios were concerned. 'Can you go through, can you play on it?' And I had no idea until I went and tried.
    "It felt really painful. One moment it was getting better, then it was inconsistent - but I just wanted to give everything I had on the court even though I knew it could get worse out there. So I really went for my shots - I felt like I had to be aggressive, to finish as quick as possible...
    "I still have to do some more check-ups to make sure. I will still have some tests today to cover every single possibility, but I still need to make the final assessments. It's good to have tomorrow so I can recover." WTA story

n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS d n39 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 7-6(5), 6-3 Mon

Maria following a forehand

    Maria struck 27 winners (including 5 aces), with 18 unforced errors (including ZERO double faults), while scoring on only 1 of the 8 break points she reached against Kristen and totaling 76 points. Kristen hit 18 winners (6 aces) with 20 unforced errors (7 DFs), while failing to convert the 1 break point she reached against Maria and totaling 63 points. match stats

    Maria said: "I had a really tough first round. I expected it. I knew [Kristen] would come out playing extremely well. I think she has a good game for the grass courts. She has, as you saw, a very good serve, a good first serve. The first set we didn't break each other. Women's tennis, kind of rare.
    "It was nice to get that breaker and start the second set off being up 4-1, maybe still having chances to finish it off a bit easier than it should have been in the second. But I'm really happy with the way I came out and played my first match. The first ones are always pretty tough, especially on the grass." WTA story

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n116 q Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 6-1 Tue

Aga's forehand drive

*n66 Monica Puig PUR d n5 s5 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Monica driving a backhand

    It is Monica's first appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon, and it was her first win over a top ten player.

    Monica said: "It's great to pull off some big career wins and getting over the fear of closing out those matches, which was my problem at the beginning of the year. I had a very good run at the French Open, getting to the third round, and it's good to build on that momentum. It takes some time to get used to the grass and I'm trying to adjust my game a little bit and I'm really pleased with how I started." WTA story

    Sara said: "[Monica] played a very good match and served very well. She also wasn't making many mistakes and was hitting such a strong ball. So it was tough for me. Normally, here it is always bit tough for me because I can't move as well. Of course, it's still a very important few weeks, so I tried my best, but it couldn't be today. She played a very good match, so I must also congratulate her on this."

n6 s6 Na Li CHN d n829 sr Michaela Krajicek NED 6-1, 6-1 Tue

Na driving a forehand

n7 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n58 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Angelique driving a backhand

n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE d n109 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 Mon

Petra's backhand drive

n9 s9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n101 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-0, 6-2 Mon

Caro serving

*n37 Laura Robson GBR d n10 s10 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Laura driving a forehand

    Laura struck 31 winners (including 8 aces), with 17 unforced errors (including 3 double faults), while scoring on 3 of the 6 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 62 points. Maria hit 8 winners (2 aces) with 4 unforced errors (0 DFs), while converting 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Laura and totaling 48 points. match stats

    In her oncourt interview, Laura said: "I was so nervous, right up until the last point. I was walking to the net not totally sure if my forehand was in or not! That was a big one for me because of all the nerves and playing in front of my home crowd. I could have gone 5-1 up in the second and I lost my focus a little bit when I started thinking about winning. So I just tried to get back to focusing point by point." WTA story

n11 s11 Roberta Vinci ITA d n68 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-2, 6-1 Tue
n12 s12 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n161 q Virginie Razzano FRA 7-6(1), 6-0 Mon

Ana running down a forehand

*n76 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n13 s13 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n14 s14 Samantha Stosur AUS d n119 LL Anna Schmiedlova SVK 6-1, 6-3 Tue

 
Samantha driving a forehand, and Anna serving

n15 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n83 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-3, 7-5 Mon
n16 s16 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n137 wc Johanna Konta GBR 6-2, 7-5 Mon

Jelena's forehand drive

n17 s17 Sloane Stephens USA d n41 Jamie Hampton USA 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Sloane driving a forehand

n18 s18 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n175 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Tue

Domi delivering a backhand

n19 s19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n54 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n20 s20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n90 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n65 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n21 s21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-0, 6-1 Tue

Tsveti serving

n22 s22 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n52 Stefanie Voegele SUI 7-5, 7-6(3) Mon

Sorana following a forehand

n23 s23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n42 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Sabine's backhand drive

n24 s24 Shuai Peng CHN d n80 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Shuai serving

n25 s25 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n62 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-3
*n155 q Eva Birnerova CZE d n27 s26 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
n28 s27 Lucie Safarova CZE d n88 Lauren Davis USA 6-4, 6-0 Mon
*n85 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n29 s28 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-2, 7-5 Tue
n30 s29 Alize Cornet FRA d n113 LL Vania King USA 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Alize driving a forehand

n31 s30 Mona Barthel GER d n49 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 Tue
*n126 wc Alison Riske USA d n32 s31 Romina Oprandi SUI 6(5)-7, 7-5, 3-1 retired Tue
n33 s32 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n48 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-3 Tue

Klara launching a forehand

*n117 q Mariana Duque-Marino COL d n35 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6(3)-7, 7-5 Tue
n36 Elena Vesnina RUS d n95 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-2, 7-5 Tue
n38 Urszula Radwanska POL d n69 Mallory Burdette USA 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 Tue
n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n147 q Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 3-6, 6-1, 9-7 Mon
*n118 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n43 M Rybarikova SVK 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 Tue
n44 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n115 Tatjana Maria GER 6-1, 6-0 Mon

Su-Wei serving

n45 Simona Halep ROU d n72 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Tue
n46 Kaia Kanepi EST d n198 wc Tara Moore GBR 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 Tue
*n100 q Caroline Garcia FRA d n47 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n71 Marina Erakovic NZL d n50 Ayumi Morita JPN 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 Tue
*n97 Vesna Dolonc SRB d n51 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n53 Madison Keys USA d n57 Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 7-5 Tue

 
Heather driving a forehand, and Madison about to swat one

    Heather said: "Madison played well and served really well throughout the match. I knew going in it was going to be a tough one and it was - she's definitely a player to look out for in the future."

n55 Annika Beck GER d n140 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n56 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n59 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*n74 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n60 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n61 Jana Cepelova SVK d n103 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n63 Christina McHale USA d n149 Alexa Glatch USA 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Christina driving a forehand

*n171 q Petra Cetkovska CZE d n64 Donna Vekic CRO 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n67 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n86 q Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4 Mon

Eugenie serving

n70 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n215 wc Anne Keothavong GBR 6-4, 6-0 Mon
n73 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n94 Misaki Doi JPN 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n75 wc Andrea Petkovic GER d n110 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*n96 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n77 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 6-4 Mon
n78 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n82 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*n143 Petra Martic CRO d n79 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 Tue
n84 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n191 q Carina Witthoeft GER 6-0, 6-2 Tue

Kimiko's backhand drive

    42 year old Kimiko won 55 points (16 of them on 20 net approaches); 18 year old Carina won 23.

    Kimiko said: "I was surprised. But I played Birmingham on grass, then I had good practice time in Aorangi Park here. I was in good condition. I'm feeling good physically. And my tennis wasn't so bad. I felt very good when I went on the court today, but still I was surprised the match went so quickly." WTA story

n87 Olga Puchkova RUS d n151 Arantxa Rus NED 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n105 Karin Knapp ITA d n89 wc Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n93 Camila Giorgi ITA d n232 wc Samantha Murray GBR 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n98 Mathilde Johansson FRA d n99 Timea Babos HUN 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Tue
*n131 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n124 Melanie Oudin USA 7-6(7), 1-6, 6-4 Mon
n158 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n185 wc Elena Baltacha GBR 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Wimbledon, 2nd Round Wed-Thu Jun 26-27 11:30am
loser's prize: 38,000 = US $50,436; points: 100
Thursday: rain delayed play (except on Centre under roof)
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n100 q Caroline Garcia FRA 6-3, 6-2 Thu

Serena driving a backhand

    Serena struck 30 winners (including 9 aces), with 9 unforced errors (including no double faults), while scoring on 4 of the 9 break points she reached against Caroline and totaling 63 points. Caroline hit 15 winners (3 aces) with 5 unforced errors (1 DF), and did not reach a break point against Serena while totaling 41 points. match stats

    Serena said: "I still feel like I'm trying to adjust a lot. I feel like today I played a little better than my first round match. I feel like I had to play better. But I'm still adjusting." WTA story

    Caroline also lost to Serena in the 2nd round of this year's French Open. Caroline said: ""It's always difficult to play Serena, but I played much better today than I did at the French Open, because I knew her a little bit better. It was nice to play her on Court 1 here. It's a very nice court. The fans there really like their tennis, so it was a good experience."

*n158 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR walkover—right knee injury Wed
*n131 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-3, 6-4 Wed

   
Michelle following a forehand, Maria driving a backhand, and Michelle after match point

    Michelle struck 13 winners (including no aces), with 9 unforced errors (including 2 double faults), while scoring on 3 of the 6 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 74 points. Maria hit 21 winners (6 ace) with 18 unforced errors (5 DFs), while converting 1 of the 7 break points she reached against Michelle and totaling 61 points. match stats

    Michelle said: "The end was really nerve-wracking. I tried to stay calm. I gave it my all. It was 5-4. If I lost that, it would have been 5-all. If it were 5-all, it would have been tough to get back up again, because [Maria] was serving, and she was serving really well. I thought, 'Now or never.' I tried to stay calm, even though it's hard sometimes. I just gave it my all, like I always do, and it turned out well for me in the end." WTA story

    The court appeared to be unusually slippery; Maria fell several times during the match. Maria said: "I give [Michelle] a lot of credit. I think she played extremely well. She was really solid from the baseline. I don't feel like I was aggressive enough, that I hit the ball deep enough. I wasn't ready after the returns or serves... I don't think I've ever fallen three times in a match before in my career, so that was a little strange, but that's certainly not an excuse."

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n98 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-1, 6-3 Thu

Aga driving a forehand

    Agnieszka struck 14 winners (including no aces), with 7 unforced errors (including 1 double fault), while scoring on 5 of the 9 break points she reached against Mathilde and totaling 69 points. Mathilde hit 22 winners (no aces) with 29 unforced errors (6 DFs), while converting 1 of the 4 break points she reached against Agnieszka and totaling 47 points. match stats

    Agnieszka said: "I'm really ready for this tournament, and just happy to win those two matches in two sets and be ready for the next one." tourney story

n6 s6 Na Li CHN d n45 Simona Halep ROU 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 Thu

Na ready to lightly tap a backhand

*n46 Kaia Kanepi EST d n7 s7 Angelique Kerber GER 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 ppd-Fri

Kaia after match point

    Angelique said: "I had my chances, but I didn't take them. Maybe I could have been a bit more aggressive on one or two balls, but [Kaia] played good on the important points. Then in the third set she was playing unbelievable and I couldn't do anything." WTA story

n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE d n56 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ walkover—right arm injury Wed
*n171 q Petra Cetkovska CZE d n9 s9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 6-2 Wed

   
Petra driving a forehand, Caroline fielding a backhand, and Petra after match point

n11 s11 Roberta Vinci ITA d n61 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-1, 4-6, 9-7 Thu
*n67 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n12 s12 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-3, 6-3 Wed

   
Eugenie serving, Ana driving a forehand, and Genie after match point

    Genie struck 14 winners (including no aces), with 11 unforced errors (including 2 double faults), while scoring on 5 of the 7 break points she reached against Ana and totaling 58 points. Ana hit 18 winners (5 aces) with 9 unforced errors (3 DFs), while converting 2 of the 5 break points she reached against Genie and totaling 44 points. match stats

    Genie said: "I was really focusing on the returns, and then once I'd got the ball back into play, controlling the point from there. I think I did that pretty well. I was nervous serving it out at the end but I'd broken [Ana] before so I knew I could do it again. I think on my day I can beat anyone. It's just about playing the way I know I can play. Today, I was able to stay with her and take my chances." WTA story

    Ana said: "Definitely I'm very, very disappointed. I really felt I'm ready to step up. But, you know, today she was just a bit better. I just have to work hard and be ready for next tournament."

n14 s14 Samantha Stosur AUS d n87 Olga Puchkova RUS 6-2, 6-2 Thu

Samantha volleying a backhand

n15 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n63 Christina McHale USA 7-5, 6-4 Wed

Marion's backhand drive

*n97 Vesna Dolonc SRB d n16 s16 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-5, 6-2 Wed

 
Jelena and Vesna driving forehands

n17 s17 Sloane Stephens USA d n75 wc Andrea Petkovic GER 7-6(2), 2-6, 8-6 Wed

   
Andrea and Sloane driving forehand and backhand, and good sport poster girl Petko telling Sloane "What a great match!"

n18 s18 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n74 M-T Torro-Flor ESP 6-0, 6-1 Thu

Domi volleying a backhand

n19 s19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n96 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n20 s20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-4 Wed
*n93 Camila Giorgi ITA d n22 s22 Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-6(7), 7-6(6) Wed
n23 s23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n36 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 6-1 Thu

Sabine volleying a forehand

*n71 Marina Erakovic NZL d n24 s24 Shuai Peng CHN 7-6(6), 6-2 Thu
n25 s25 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n70 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-2, 6(3)-7, 6-4 Wed
*n105 Karin Knapp ITA d n28 s27 Lucie Safarova CZE 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wed
n30 s29 Alize Cornet FRA d n44 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*n53 Madison Keys USA d n31 s30 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6-2 Thu

Madison delivering a backhand on the run

n33 s32 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n55 Annika Beck GER 7-6(5), 6-3 Thu
n37 Laura Robson GBR d n117 q Mariana Duque-Marino COL 6-4, 6-1 ppd-Fri

Laura after match point

    Laura said: "I didn't think I played my best. My timing wasn't perfect so I had to deal with that as best I could and managed to control it. It's a big win for me. Any match on the Centre Court is big for me. The crowd under the roof is a lot louder, which is really exciting. You feel so much more of an atmosphere."

*n126 wc Alison Riske USA d n38 Urszula Radwanska POL 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 ppd-Fri
n65 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n118 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 7-5, 6-3 Thu
n66 Monica Puig PUR d n73 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 Wed
*n143 Petra Martic CRO d n76 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(7), 6-1 Thu
*n155 q Eva Birnerova CZE d n78 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n84 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n85 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-4, 7-5 Thu

Kimiko after match point

Wimbledon, 3rd Round Fri-Sat Jun 28-29 11:30am
loser's prize: 63,000 = US $83,618; points: 160
Friday: rain delays (except on Centre under roof)
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n84 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-2, 6-0 Sat

Serena fielding a forehand

    It was Serena's 600th career match victory, and her 34th consecutive win.

    Serena struck 28 winners (including 8 aces), with 12 unforced errors (including 1 double fault), while scoring on 6 of the 9 break points she reached against Kimiko and totaling 60 points. Kimiko hit 8 winners (no aces) with 9 unforced errors (no DFs), and converted 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Serena while totaling 32 points. match stats

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n53 Madison Keys USA 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 Sat

 
Madison driving a backhand, and Aga about to swat a forehand

n6 s6 Na Li CHN d n33 s32 Klara Zakopalova CZE 4-6, 8-6 Sat

Na's backhand drive

n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE d n25 s25 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Fri-dark-Sat

Petra driving a backhand

    Petra said: "I knew it would be quite difficult to play Makarova on grass. I lost against her the last time we played on grass at Eastbourne. I know she really likes the surface. And I didn't play a second round match. It was quite tricky to not play for three days. So I'm very happy to win." WTA story

n11 s11 Roberta Vinci ITA d n18 s18 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-1, 6-4 Sat

Roberta after match point

*n23 s23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n14 s14 Samantha Stosur AUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 Sat

   
Samantha and Sabine driving forehands, and Sabine after match point

n15 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n93 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-4, 7-5 Fri

Marion's 2-handed forehand with backhand grip

    Marion struck 20 winners (including 1 ace), with 12 unforced errors (including 5 double faults), while scoring on 6 of the 8 break points she reached against Camila and totaling 73 points. Camila hit 24 winners (no aces) with 18 unforced errors (2 DFs), and converted 4 of the 7 break points she reached against Marion while totaling 59 points. match stats

n17 s17 Sloane Stephens USA d n171 q Petra Cetkovska CZE 7-6(3), 0-6, 6-4 Fri-dark-Sat

 
Sloane and Petra driving forehand and backhand

n19 s19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n67 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 7-5, 6-2 Fri

Carla about to slice a backhand

n20 s20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n97 Vesna Dolonc SRB 6-4, 6-2 Fri
*n158 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n30 s29 Alize Cornet FRA 0-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 Fri

Flavia after match point

    Flavia struck 23 winners (including no aces), with 19 unforced errors (including 2 double faults), while scoring on 4 of the 5 break points she reached against Alizé and totaling 78 points. Alizé hit 24 winners (2 aces) with 22 unforced errors (5 DFs), and converted 5 of the 8 break points she reached against Flavia while totaling 87 points. match stats

    Flavia said: "I think I started really tight in the beginning of the match. I wasn't pushing [Alizé] at all, like I didn't hit a good ball from the beginning. After the first set I just tried to hit more and more, I started getting more power and my serve started working a little better as well. I really felt in the second set I was really enjoying it a little bit more and playing my tennis. The tie-break was crazy, but I have to say I'm really happy about this match today." WTA story

n37 Laura Robson GBR d n71 Marina Erakovic NZL 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 Sat

Laura's backhand drive

    Laura struck 25 winners (including 5 aces), with 20 unforced errors (including 2 double faults), while scoring on 4 of the 9 break points she reached against Marina and totaling 81 points. Marina hit 34 winners (12 aces) with 15 unforced errors (8 DFs), and converted 4 of the 9 break points she reached against Laura while totaling 87 points. match stats

    The win made Laura the first British woman to reach the 4th round at Wimbledon since 1998.

    Laura said: "I was really struggling to return [Marina's] serve [in the 1st set]. I just tried to work as hard as possible and stick with it until she started to get nervous, and that's what happened... The crowd were amazing. I'm so so happy to get through." BBC story

n46 Kaia Kanepi EST d n126 wc Alison Riske USA 6-2, 6-3 Sat

Kaia following a forehand

n65 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n143 Petra Martic CRO 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 Sat
n66 Monica Puig PUR d n155 q Eva Birnerova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Fri-dark-Sat
n105 Karin Knapp ITA d n131 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 7-5, 6-2 Fri

Karin about to swat a forehand

Wimbledon, 4th Round, Mon Jul 1 11:30am
loser's prize: 105,000 = US $139,364; points: 280
n23 s23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n1 s1 Serena Williams USA 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

   
Sabine serving, Serena driving a backhand, and Sabine after match point

    Sabine struck 35 winners (including 10 aces), with 25 unforced errors (including 3 double faults), while scoring on 5 of the 8 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 96 points. Serena hit 25 winners (7 aces) with 23 unforced errors (2 DFs), and converted 5 of the 16 break points she reached against Sabine while totaling 99 points. match stats

    It was the fourth consecutive time that Sabine has defeated the current French Open champion at Wimbledon. She defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2009, Li Na in 2011, and Maria Sharapova in 2012 (Sabine missed Wimbledon in 2010 due to an ankle injury).

    Sabine trailed 0-3 in the 3rd set. Sabine said: "I was very unlucky to be 3-0 down. I think it was the second game of the third set when I was up 40-15. [Serena] had two net cords in a row. Then again when she served, they called it out late after a good shot of mine. But I was just fighting for every single point no matter what was happening. I'm just so glad that I could pull off the win today." WTA story

    The loss ended a 34 match winning streak by Serena. Serena said: "I didn't play the big points well enough. I definitely feel like I could have gone for it a little more on some of the shots. I didn't do what I do best. I think I had a little hesitation today. But Sabine played really well, as well. She always plays really well at Wimbledon. And she's always on against big players and on big courts... So I knew going in it would be a tough match."

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n65 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

 
Tsveti and Aga driving backhands

n6 s6 Na Li CHN d n11 s11 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-0

Na driving a forehand

n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE d n19 s19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 7-6(5), 6-3

Petra's backhand drive

    Petra said: "I was pretty nervous. I knew I had quite a good chance to beat [Carla] and be in the quarterfinals here. I didn't play my best today, especially in the first set, but the important thing was to fight, stay positive and win the last point, and that's what I did, so I'm very happy about the match today." WTA story

n15 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n105 Karin Knapp ITA 6-2, 6-3

Karin congratulating Marion after match point

n17 s17 Sloane Stephens USA d n66 Monica Puig PUR 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

   
Monica reaching for a backhand, Sloane driving one, and after match point

    Sloane struck 25 winners (including 6 aces), with 31 unforced errors (including 6 double faults), while scoring on 5 of the 12 break points she reached against Monica and totaling 102 points. Monica hit 23 winners (1 ace) with 22 unforced errors (no DFs), and converted 3 of the 8 break points she reached against Sloane while totaling 90 points. match stats

n20 s20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n158 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-6(2), 6-3

 
Kirsten ready to swat a backhand, and Flavia launching a forehand

*n46 Kaia Kanepi EST d n37 Laura Robson GBR 7-6(6), 7-5

 
Laura and Kaia driving backhands

    Kaia said: "I think the crowd was very intelligent. They didn't clap when I made a bad shot or a double fault, so they were nice!... I think my serve and attacking game are working well for me, which is important on grass, and I feel comfortable on the return too. If I'm playing well and I'm on a roll, I enjoy the surface but overall I have to say it's my third favorite after clay and hardcourts." WTA story

Wimbledon, QFs, Tue Jul 2 1pm
loser's prize: 205,000 = US $272,092; points: 500
n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n6 s6 Na Li CHN 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2

     
Agnieszka driving a forehand, Na about to swat one, Agnieszka driving a backhand, and after match point

    Agnieszka said: "We've played so many times before, but that match was really, really good, on a really high level. From the first point to the last point it was a really great battle. [Na] was playing very well today. And I'm even double happy I could beat her playing very good tennis. I think this was the match where we proved Top 10 players are playing really good matches." WTA story

*n20 s20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n8 s8 Petra Kvitova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

   
Kirsten and Petra driving forehands, and Kirsten after match point

n15 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n17 s17 Sloane Stephens USA 6-4, 7-5

   
Marion and Sloane driving forehands, and Marion following a backhand

    The match was interrupted by a long rain delay. Marion struck 6 winners (including no aces), with 12 unforced errors (including 3 double faults), while scoring on 6 of the 12 break points she reached against Sloane and totaling 76 points. Sloane hit 21 winners (3 aces) with 19 unforced errors (3 DFs), and converted 4 of the 8 break points she reached against Marion while totaling 59 points. match stats

    Marion said: "Obviously the grass is really suiting my game. It was a very tough battle." BBC story

n23 s23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n46 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-3

     
Sabine serving, Kaia and Sabine driving backhands, and Sabine after match point

    Sabine struck 23 winners (including 3 aces), with 19 unforced errors (including 4 double faults), while scoring on 4 of the 5 break points she reached against Kaia and totaling 68 points. Kaia hit 13 winners (3 aces) with 23 unforced errors (3 DFs), and converted 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Sabine while totaling 54 points. match stats

    Sabine, who also reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2011, defeated #1 Serena Williams in the 4th round on Monday.

    Sabine said: "I am very happy. It was an amazing match yesterday so I had to make sure I calmed down quick enough to be ready today. But I think the experience I had of being in the quarters here three times before helped me a lot. There's no pressure because for me it's still a game I love so much and I want to keep it that way. I'm going out there for every match to win it and we'll see what happens." WTA story

    Kaia said: "I think I played a bit better yesterday. But [Sabine] played very well also. I have tried to attack all tournament, and in previous matches I hit a few more winners and today I was missing a lot."

    About her semifinal opponent, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sabine said: "Agnieszka plays a very smart game. She moves well around the court. She also was in the final last year, so she has a lot of confidence with that."

Wimbledon, SFs, Thu Jul 4 1pm
loser's prize: 400,000 = US $530,910; points: 900
*n23 s23 Sabine Lisicki GER d n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 2-6, 9-7

     
Sabine elevating on her serve, Agnieszka following a backhand, Sabine driving a forehand, and after match point

    Sabine struck 60 winners (including 9 aces), with 46 unforced errors (including 7 double faults), while scoring on 6 of the 14 break points she reached against Agnieszka and totaling 115 points. Agnieszka hit 21 winners (1 ace) with 10 unforced errors (no DFs), and also converted 6 of her 14 break points against Sabine while totaling 111. match stats

    Sabine said: "The last few games were so exciting. Agnieszka played so well, it was a battle and I'm so happy to have won it." BBC story

n15 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n20 s20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-1, 6-2

     
Marion serving, Kirsten slicing a backhand, Marion driving one, and after match point

    Marion struck 23 winners (including 5 aces), with 10 unforced errors (including 3 double faults), while scoring on 5 of the 7 break points she reached against Kirsten and totaling 53 points. Kirsten hit 10 winners (no aces) with 6 unforced errors (1 DF), and converted 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Marion while totaling 28 points. match stats

    Marion said: "I played so well today and was feeling so great. I was seeing the ball like a soccer ball. [KIrsten] hits a lot of slice, so I knew I needed to be sharp on my footwork, and everything was just working so perfectly. Playing like that on Centre Court at Wimbledon was just an amazing feeling for me." WTA story

Wimbledon, Final, Sat Jul 6 2pm
loser's prize: 800,000 = US $1,061,821; points: 1400
winner's prize: 1,600,000 = US $2,123,641; points: 2000
n15 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n23 s23 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-1, 6-4

     
     
Sabine serving, Marion running down a forehand, Sabine driving one, Marion's backhand drive,
Marion serving, Sabine driving a backhand, Marion following one, and after serving an ace on match point

Wimbledon, Doubles Final, Sat Jul 6
losers' prize: 150,000 = US $199,091
winners' prize: 300,000 = US $398,183
s8 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Shuai Peng CHN d s12 Ashleigh Barty AUS & Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-6(1), 6-1

Su-Wei and Shuai

Wimbledon, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun Jul 7
losers' prize: 46,000 = US $61,055
winners' prize: 92,000 = US $122,109
*s8 Kristina Mladenovic FRA & Daniel Nestor CAN d s1 Lisa Raymond USA & Bruno Soares BRA 5-7, 6-2, 8-6

Wimbledon, Girls' Singles Final, Sat Jul 6
s1 Belinda Bencic SUI d s5 Taylor Townsend USA 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Belinda after her 2nd straight Grand Slam juniors title

Wimbledon, Girls' Doubles Final, Sun Jul 7
s1 Barbora Krejcikova CZE & Katerina Siniakova CZE d s8 Anhelina Kalinina UKR & Iryna Shymanovich BLR 6-3, 6-1

Wimbledon, Invitation Doubles Final, Sun Jul 7
losers' prize: 17,000 = US $22,564
winners' prize: 20,000 = US $26,545
Martina Hingis SUI & Lindsay Davenport USA d Barbara Schett AUT & Jana Novotna CZE 6-2, 6-2

Wimbledon, Qualifying Finals at Roehampton, Thu Jun 20 11am
Q1st loser's prize: 3000 = US $3982; 2 points
Q2nd loser's prize: 6000 = US $7964; 15 points
Qfinal loser's prize: 12,000 = US $15,927; 25 points
n86 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n150 Nastassja Burnett ITA 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
n100 Caroline Garcia FRA d n132 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-1, 7-5
*n118 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n113 LL Vania King USA 6-2, 6-4
n116 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d n128 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2
n117 Mariana Duque-Marino COL d n184 An-Sophie Mestach BEL 6(4)-7, 6-3, 8-6
*n155 Eva Birnerova CZE d n119 LL Anna Schmiedlova SVK 6-4, 7-5
*n175 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d n129 Julia Glushko ISR 6-3, 6-1
n131 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n168 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-0
*n191 Carina Witthoeft GER d n145 Casey Dellacqua AUS 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
n147 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n182 Irina Falconi USA 6-4, 6-4
n161 Virginie Razzano FRA d n202 Corinna Dentoni ITA 6-1, 6-4
n171 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n177 Grace Min USA 6-0, 6-2

Wimbledon, Withdrawals/Non-entries
n26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS abdominal strain
n34 Venus Williams USA back injury
n102 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN
n111 Ying-Ying Duan CHN herniated disc
n122 Yung-Jan Chan TPE dizziness
n127 Melinda Czink HUN
n141 Ksenia Pervak KAZ

 

The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
TOP HALF
s1 Sara Errani ITA & Roberta Vinci ITA r3
Anne Keothavong GBR & Johanna Konta GBR r1
Annika Beck GER & Irina Buryachok UKR r1
Natalie Grandin RSA & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE r2
Nicola Slater GBR & Lisa Whybourn GBR r1
Alize Cornet FRA & Pauline Parmentier FRA r2
Irina-Camelia Begu ROU & Janette Husarova SVK r1
s16 Julia Goerges GER & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE QF
s9 A.Pavlyuchenkova RUS & Lucie Safarova CZE r1
Shuko Aoyama JPN & Chanelle Scheepers RSA SF
Raluca Olaru ROU & Olga Savchuk UKR r2
Timea Babos HUN & Mandy Minella LUX r1
Flavia Pennetta ITA & Andrea Petkovic GER r2
Samantha Murray GBR & Jade Windley GBR r1
Renata Voracova CZE & Klara Zakopalova CZE r1
s6 Liezel Huber USA & Sania Mirza IND r3
s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS & Elena Vesnina RUS r3
Karolina Pliskova CZE & M.Torro-Flor ESP r1
Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP r1
Christina McHale USA & Tamira Paszek AUT r2
Sorana Cirstea ROU & Ayumi Morita JPN r1
Kirsten Flipkens BEL & Magdalena Rybarikova SVK r2
Jelena Jankovic SRB & Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO QF
s15 Hao-Ching Chan TPE & A.Medina Garrigues ESP r1
s10 Kristina Mladenovic FRA & Galina Voskoboeva KAZ r2
Sofia Arvidsson SWE & Johanna Larsson SWE r1
Darija Jurak CRO & Tamarine Tanasugarn THA r3
Olga Govortsova BLR & Alicja Rosolska POL r1
Simona Halep ROU & Anna Tatishvili GEO r1
Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA & Eva Hrdinova CZE r2
Vera Dushevina RUS & Alexandra Panova RUS r1
s8 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Shuai Peng CHN
  BOTTOM HALF
s7 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Kveta Peschke CZE SF
Dominika Cibulkova SVK & Monica Niculescu ROU r1
Francesca Schiavone ITA & Samantha Stosur AUS r1
Lisa Raymond USA & Laura Robson GBR r2
Lara Arruabarrena ESP & Monica Puig PUR r1
Eugenie Bouchard CAN & Petra Martic CRO r3
Mervana Jugic-Salkic BIH & Heather Watson GBR r1
s11 Cara Black ZIM & Marina Erakovic NZL r2
s13 Vania King USA & Jie Zheng CHN r3
Vesna Dolonc SRB & Bojana Jovanovski SRB r1
Tsvetana Pironkova BUL & Yanina Wickmayer BEL r2
Madison Keys USA & Melanie Oudin USA r1
Eva Birnerova CZE & Stefanie Voegele SUI r1
Varvara Lepchenko USA & Saisai Zheng CHN r2
Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP & Garbine Muguruza ESP r1
s3 Nadia Petrova RUS & Katarina Srebotnik SLO QF
s5 Raquel Kops-Jones USA & Abigail Spears USA r3
Shahar Peer ISR & Zi Yan CHN r1
Sandra Klemenschits AUT & Romina Oprandi SUI r2
Catalina Castano COL & Katalin Marosi HUN r1
Mona Barthel GER & Liga Dekmeijere LAT r1
Megan Moulton-Levy USA & Shuai Zhang CHN r2
Valeria Solovyeva RUS & Maryna Zanevska UKR r1
s12 Ashleigh Barty AUS & Casey Dellacqua AUS F
s14 Daniela Hantuchova SVK & Maria Kirilenko RUS r2 W/O
Maria Irigoyen ARG & Paula Ormaechea ARG r1
Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP & Carla Suarez Navarro ESP r3
Tara Moore GBR & Melanie South GBR r1
Jana Cepelova SVK & Oksana Kalashnikova GEO r2
Irina Falconi USA & Tatjana Maria GER r1
Alla Kudryavtseva RUS & Anastasia Rodionova AUS r1
s2 Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE QF

1884 Wimbledon ladies draw       The first Ladies Championships at Wimbledon were held in 1884; the drawsheet is at left (photo from Virginia Wade's indispensable book Ladies of the Court).

    The "silver flower basket" valued at 20 guineas awarded to champion Maud Watson is now used as the championship trophy at Birmingham, and is known as the Maude Watson Trophy. The 20 guinea valuation seems too high; the cup is not very large, and 20 guineas then would be well over $2000 US today.

    The entry fee of 10 shillings and a sixpence equaled about $2.52 US at the time-- which, adjusted for inflation, would be around $56.60 today.

    The other "Miss Watson" whom Maude defeated in the final, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, was her older sister Lillian. Maude would win the title again in 1885, defeating 1884 semifinalist Blanche Bingley.

    Blanche, later Mrs. George Hillyard, would win the title six times, a feat matched only by Dorothea K. Douglass Lambert Chambers (7 titles), Suzanne Lenglen (6), Helen Wills (8), Billie Jean King (6), Martina Navratilova (9), and Steffi Graf (7).
 

from Ladies of the Court by Michael Mewshaw, (pages 122-123):

    Years ago the Competitor's Lounge at Wimbledon had, in theory, been the sacrosanct preserve of players and their guests. But, in practice, it had always been a throbbing hive of hustlers, racquet dealers, clothing reps, agents, tournament directors, assorted groupies, gofers, and camp followers. Now journalists had access to this sanctuary. Flashing a special forty-five minute permit, I passed the guard at the door and, during yet another rain delay, climbed the stairs to the third floor and stopped at the Prize Money Office, where a woman cheerfully explained her job.
    Once a player lost, he or she popped in here to pick up a check. A player's agent or manager could collect prize money, but only with written permission. "Even though we know, for example, that Ion Tiriac is Boris Becker's manager, we have to have it in writing before we'll hand over Becker's money," the woman said.

    "What if the players want cash?" I asked.
    "Then they carry the check to the bank here on the grounds."

    "Do you deduct U.K. taxes?"
    Indeed she did. Foreigners paid a flat 25% on their winnings, but they received a 150 per diem exclusion before British taxes bit into their purse. The Prize Money Office also deducted WTA dues and fines for code violations. Although it sounded complicated, she assured me that "because of computers, we can get a player in and out in thirty or forty seconds. That's a lot different from the old days." She smiled sweetly. "Now I'm afraid I can't say anything else."

    "Do you ever get any strange requests?"
    The smile never faltered. "Lots, but I'm not allowed to tell you."

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 306):

    Wimbledon's qualifying tournament is not played at Wimbledon, it is played at the Bank of England tennis club, at Roehampton, about eight miles from the All England Club.

    Everyone who has played there--and almost everyone has at some point--will tell you that the toughest tennis tournament in the world is the one at Roehampton. "There is nothing in the world farther from Wimbledon than Roehampton," John McEnroe once said. "You survive there, you're a hell of a tennis player."

    ...There are sixteen courts at Roehampton. Unlike the pampered, protected courts at Wimbledon, they are in constant use--and it shows. There are brown patches everywhere--or, to be accurate, green patches on the brown--and after it rains, players would be well advised to show up wearing cleats rather than sneakers.

    ...When the players arrive at Roehampton, they report to the referee's tent to sign in; then they await court assignments. Waiting for their matches to be called, most kill the time sitting on a large, grassy knoll that serves as both the players' and the umpires' lounge. The P.A. system is the focal point of all life at Roehampton. Announcements calling players and umpires to their courts, paging people to the telephone, seeking drivers to take players back to hotels, or updating schedules can be heard around the grounds all day long.
    The P.A. is just one of a number of distractions players must deal with while they are playing. Admission to Roehampton is free; there are no ushers and no security...

    ...the atmosphere is not the kind tennis players are accustomed to--people talking and laughing while strolling past the courts... if one wants to qualify for Wimbledon, one has to earn it.

    Roehampton is both a launching pad and a graveyard...

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 306):

    Nothing in tennis can match the tension of day one at Wimbledon.

    Everyone is tight, nervous, and ready to explode with pent-up energy. The other Grand Slams are very important; Wimbledon is history... Only at Wimbledon does Centre Court stay empty from the day of the final until the Saturday before the tournament begins the next year.

    Only at Wimbledon do you walk underneath the huge sign over the door leading to Centre Court, which quotes Rudyard Kipling: "If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters the same."...

    ...The weather in England is almost always rotten. Rain cuts practice time, as does a lack of practice courts. At Wimbledon, practice time on the sixteen outside courts is limited to thirty minutes at a time--unless two seeded players are practicing together. Then, they can get an hour. The adjacent practice courts at Aorangi Park (so named because the land was once owned by the government of New Zealand) are not as tight, but still tough to come by. By the time the tournament begins, people are a little tired, a little homesick, frequently frustrated, and very, very nervous.

from Lawn Tennis for Ladies (1910) by 7-time Wimbledon champion Dorothea K. Douglass Lambert Chambers, p.111-112

    I once overheard a lady who was watching a match in the centre court at Wimbledon remark, "There, that's the very first time that man has hit the net with the ball, and he has had hundreds of tries!..."

    Another lady at Eastbourne, whom I had noticed because she never left her seat, bringing her lunch with her so as not to lose a moment's play, asked me at the end of the week, while watching a double, whether the partners were side by side or opposite, as in bridge!

    (May 23, 2007) The AELTC has installed Hawkeye instant replay gear on Centre Court and Court 1. At Wimbledon in 2007, players on these courts will be allowed three incorrect challenge-video replays in each set, after which they can no longer challenge calls in that set. The US and Australian Opens both utilize the Hawkeye instant replay system on show courts, and allow players to challenge calls and request replays until they lose two challenges in each set. Roland Garros does not yet have any form of instant replay gear installed for French Open call challenges--of course, on clay courts, ball marks are generally used to judge questionable calls. AP story

    (Jan 6, 2004 revised) Wimbledon will have a new retractable roof for Centre Court in place in 2009, officials announced. Construction will begin after The Championships in July, 2006. The 2007 Championships will be played with no roof at all (the current partial roof removed), a new fixed partial roof will be in place in 2008, and the retractable roof completed in 2009. The roof will take 10 minutes to deploy, so Centre Court rain delays of up to 30 minutes will still be possible, but the roof is being installed to assure TV networks of almost continuous coverage, even if it rains. The arena's capacity will also be increased from 13,800 to 15,000. AELTC Long-Term Plan - original BBC story.

    The article on equal pay for women in pro tennis, the Slims Tour, and the formation of the WTA, formerly reproduced here, is permanently archived on the Wimbledon 2007 page.

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