It took just under two hours for Serena and Venus Williams to be bundled out of Wimbledon yesterday, disproving the fact that they can just march back after months of absence and dominate the grass courts once again.
First it was the defending champion Serena who were beaten by 6-3 7-6 by Marion Bartoli from France. Then five-times champion Venus was crushed in straight sets 6-2 6-3 by Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.
World number one Caroline Wozniacki also departed but the Manic Monday carnage did not extend to the men’s singles although defending champion Rafa Nadal suffered a major injury scare during a scintillating late evening win over Juan Martin del Potro in front of a captivated Centre Court crowd.
Nadal won 7-6 3-6 7-6 6-4 while six-times champion Roger Federer lost his first set of the tournament in beating Russian Mikhail Youzhny as home flag bearer Andy Murray and world number two Novak Djokovic sauntered through in straight sets.
Nadal needed lengthy treatment on a mystery foot complaint at 6-6 in the first set and admitted he feared at the time his title defence was over.
“It felt terrible at 6-5,” Nadal, who extended his Wimbledon winning streak to 18 matches, told reporters. “It felt like I had broken my foot, I didn’t know if I could continue playing.”
The 25-year-old will have an MRI scan to assess the damage.
Source + Pic: Reuters