Mad, Historic, Emotional, Royal & a bit of normality in the opening round at Wimbledon!

Where to begin? I’m not too sure in all honesty, it has been a mental couple of days. So let’s take a look;

Normal service

On a couple of days of surprises there was some normal service with Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Serena Williams, Angie Kerber, Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty and Roger Federer getting through pretty unscathed despite some challenge from some tricky opponents with Halep finding herself down set point in the second before turning it around.

History on Court 1!

It seemed like a possibility but when the unthinkable becomes a reality you have to sit up and take note.

What Cori Gauff did against Venus Williams was exceptional. The composure and belief she shoed for 15 years of age up against her idol who has played over 170 matches at Wimbledon was astonishing! Read more of her historic win below;

15 year old Cori Gauff defeats Venus Williams!

Naomi Osaka “can I leave?”

Tough time for Naomi Osaka. With her recent form and defeat to Putintseva in Birmingham the defeat at Wimbledon is not a shock and I think the treatment of her in press wasn’t very nice.

When Naomi loses people just seem to jump on the bandwagon of because she is shy she isn’t dealing with the fame. Maybe a bit more respect and understanding?

She is a US Open, Australian Open & Indian Wells champion and went from outside top 50 to No.1 in less than a year. She is 21 for goodness sake, she is human not a robot.

Former champions out!

Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza are out. Garbine Muguruza never found much momentum against qualifier from Brazil Haddad-Maia as she fell in straight sets 6-4 6-4, bit shock? Not really.

Maria Sharapova’s run has come to an end. Injury on the left arm/wrist hampered her during the second set which she served for before losing on the tie-break and falling 0-5 down in the third before opting to retire from the match.

Penny for thoughts?

Not a good day for the chasing pack on Day 1. Zverev and Tsitsipas both out. Zverev I believe needs some time away from the game, he has said himself his confidence is below 0 and you can see it. He has a lot of off court issues going on at the moment and he needs a break in my opinion.

Tsitsipas is mad, mostly with himself for his defeat which was shock. I never felt he was fully engaged in what he had to do. In the fifth set after saving match points he started so well and saw break points on the Fabbiano serve but then took his foot off the pedal which was a shame.

Who went home in round one?

Thanks to some meme’s from Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meden I have put together a list from the opening two days;

Ash impressed on No.1 debut

First win as world number one in the bag. I liked what I saw from Ash, it is something I will be writing more about is her game over the next 24 hours or so but she was so calm, composed and orchestrated the ball around the court beautifully. 

Popyrin shines on debut!

I’m a little bit saddened there wasn’t much more press about Alexei’s win as the teenager really did show up and perform in his first round match after coming through qualifying at Roehampton.

He has Pat Cash in his corner at the moment and you could see the influence he has had with his net play and the former champion is keen on him to use his big serve and follow it in. Against a tricky opponent in Carreno-Busta that was really good straight sets win.

Royalty on court 14

There was extra attention on Court 14 this morning with the Duchess of Cambridge sat between British player Katie Boulter and Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong. They were watching fellow Brit Harriet Dart in her comeback win against Christina McHale to secure her first win at Wimbledon.

Where next?

The grit and determination shown by Grigor in Paris I loved to see, that’s what he is about. 

What happened in round one against Corentin Moutet is just a disaster he did not need. Up two sets and serving for the third and before you know it were in a fourth and in the fifth he lost it 6-1 against the qualifier.

A time to go away and really figure something out. His win in London almost two years ago seems a life time away now. He and Agassi have some work to do.

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