The Wimbledon 2010 results shocked many on day one. Of course, only one of the Wimbledon 2010 results really stunned the Wimbledon crowd. It was not a shock that Roger Federer won his opening match, but the way he did it made everyone wonder. Since the six-time champion needed to rally from two sets down to win, it could have been a sign that the whole tournament would be topsy-turvy. However, the Wimbledon 2010 results yesterday returned to predictability, with Federer himself looking to reestablish order today.
While Federer was pushed to the brink, the other big names started exactly as expected. The Williams sisters, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray breezed through their first round matches with no trouble. However, the Wimbledon results for the women have a few upsets already.
After two days, each of the French Open finalists are out of this tournament. French champion Francesca Schiavone lost on Monday to Vera Dushevina 6-7, 7-5, 6-1. For good measure, runner-up Samantha Stosur, who upset so many contenders at Roland Garros, was upset by Kaia Kanepi 6-4, 6-4.
With two contenders already out, the Williams sisters are looking safer for the future. Still, the Wimbledon 2010 results have already proven how someone can slip if they’re not careful. Venus Williams will try to avoid that trap against Ekaterina Makarova today, while Federer tries to avoid it again.
For the first time since 2007, Federer will not play at Center Court today. That is likely not a product of the Wimbledon 2010 results, but it gives extra incentive for Federer to reestablish himself. After the scare he got from Alejandro Falla on Monday, there are even longer odds for Ilia Bozoljac to challenge him this afternoon.
With all the newfound doubt on Federer, Bozoljac might be a sacrificial lamb to silence the critics. If he puts up a fight today, then those critics will get even louder, and establish Nadal and Murray as the new favorites.
The early surprises in the Wimbledon 2010 results are ahead of schedule. Usually, the upsets don’t start coming until the second week, while the big names are barely challenged until then. Yet, for Federer, perhaps Monday’s ordeals are what he needs to return to dominance. In that case, Falla may have doomed the chances of Nadal, Murray and the others the rest of the way.
England might not be paying that much attention to Wimbledon today, as their World Cup team fights for their lives. But, the tennis world will still look more closely than usual at Federer today, to see if the chinks in his armor have been repaired.
Yahoo Sports- “Matches: Jun 23, 2010”
AFP- “Federer out to restore authority as Belgians cruise”