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Royalty Returns, Reality Returns (for Americans), Seeds A-plenty Upset

6 Americans Lose, 4 top 16 women Downed


June 27, 2012 | 09:43 PM

Entitled: Imagine if you could attend Wimbledon every day for the rest of your life - for free - with the best seats at Centre Court?

This would be your right as a member of the Royal Family - and you could bring as many friends and family as you wished to keep you company in The Royal Box.

Today, Prince Charles decided to do just that, taking Camilla and a small entourage - for the first time in 42 years. Perhaps after professionals started coming in 1968, he boycotted Wimbledon. Or, with his own time as a monarch coming closer, maybe he felt he had something to learn from Federer about the manners of kings in the arena. Aiming to please another monarch Fed made fast work of his supplicant, the aimiable but hapless Fabio Fognini, winning service games in 60 seconds or less as champions did back in the days when Charles last showed up for some excitement before tea. A bow to the box on the way out, and Charles' lesson was over and it was off to sherry. Whether or not he dithered long enough to see princess Caroline's disgrace, Kim's dispatch of one of the dozen Czech women in the field (Czechs are the new Russians), or Joker's execution of a well-meaning American, I don't.

Imagine such entitlement in America: a Royal Family would by now be peddling those seats to hedge fund managers in an effort to maintain the crown in an era of monstrous debt. The USTA doesn't seem to have such a mountain of debt that they need to engage in commerce with their expansive box, which takes up 200 of the best seats behind the court in Arthur Ashe. All seats are filled - when they are filled - by invitation of the USTA President's committee in charge of maintaining a list of VIP's over the course of the annual calendar. People are invited, according to their importance or celebrity, to enhance the experience of attendees and appeal to those who need reminding about the status of being there in person. Put up with the dress code, the triple checking of invitations and credentials (for security), and those lucky enough to be invited can enjoy a session in the luxury box, as if they were royalty. For Free.

Back to Wimbledon's action today, where 5 seeds were removed from the women's draw in one of the bloodiest 1st and 2nd rounds in memory:

- #5 Stosur lost to up-and-coming Dutch 21 year old, Arantxa Rus, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4

- #7 Wozniacki lost in the 1st round to Tamira Paszek (Eastbourne champion), 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4

- #11 seed Li Na lost to Sonia Cristea 6-3, 6-4

- #13 seed Cibulkova lost to Zakapolova 6-4, 6-1

- #23 seed Petra Cetkovska lost to Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3

Stephens became the first and so far the only American to reach the 3rd round, refusing to lose points on serve in the 3rd after she spotted her opponent repeated 0-30 advantages. Paszek fought off match points today, as she had at Eastbourne, leaving Wozniacki with a clear mandate if she is to win the close matches she's been losing: learn to attack with returns and serves on key points to stop being passive. The mandate for Stosur is less simple: she seems to have a mental problem with winning at The W. Arantxa Rus played well, but with her ping-pong forehand it's had to see her going deep. Losing a set 0-6 today was not a good sign.

Americans losing today:

- Jamie Hampton lost to Heather Watson (GBR) 6-1, 6-3

- Coco Vandeweghe returned to the court with Paris runner up Sara Errani at match point down, and lost, 6-1, 6-3

- Ryan Sweeting lost to #8 seed Tipsarevic 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2

- Ryan Harrison lost to JOKER 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

- Michael Russell lost to Benneteau 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

- Wayne Odesnik lost the 5th set 6-4 to Bryan Phau

With Roddick finishing off Jamie Baker (GBR) in 3 sets, 8 of 12 American men advanced to the 2nd round, where 3 have lost.

The only American man (of 5) facing a seed in the 2nd round is Sam Querrey, who will play #21 Raonic in Court One tomorrow.

The only remaining American woman (of 3) facing a seed is Lepchenko, who will play #31 Pavlyuchenkova.

Other notable results

- Ernst Gulbis (Berdych beater) lost 9-7 in the 5th set to 21 year old Jerzy Janowicz (POL), playing in his first Wimbledon

- Ivo Karlovic leveraged his 13 inch height advantage over opponent Dudi Sela to take a 3rd set 7-6 (5), and will face Andy MURRAY tomorrow in Centre Court

- Jurgen Melzer defeated #25 seed Wawrinka 8-6 in the 5th

- #13 seed Sabine Lisicki, a semi-finalist last year, withstood 3rd set pressure to overcome Serb Jovanovski 8-6 in the final set

- #14 seed Ivanovic defeated Martinez Sanchez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

In all during the first 3 days:

- 9 men's seeds and 10 women's seeds have lost

- 8 of 22 Americans remain and 4 of them play tomorrow on one of the 3 main show courts

SCHEDULE OF PLAY for Thursday (rain forecast)

Centre Court

1:00 PM

LADIES' SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Serena Williams (USA)[6]

v

Melinda Czink (HUN)

GENTLEMEN'S SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

v

Andy Murray (GBR)[4]

GENTLEMEN'S SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Lukas Rosol (CZE)

v

Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

No. 1 Court

1:00 PM

LADIES' SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Maria Sharapova (RUS)[1]

vs

Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) To Finish 7-6(3) 3-1

GENTLEMEN'S SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

James Ward (GBR)

v

Mardy Fish (USA)[10]

GENTLEMEN'S SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Sam Querrey (USA)

v

Milos Raonic (CAN)[21]

LADIES' SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Elena Baltacha (GBR)

v

Petra Kvitova (CZE)[4]

No. 2 Court

11:30 AM

LADIES' SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Anne Keothavong (GBR)

v

Sara Errani (ITA)[10]

GENTLEMEN'S SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

David Ferrer (ESP)[7]

v

Kenny De Schepper (FRA)

GENTLEMEN'S SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Bjorn Phau (GER)

v

Andy Roddick (USA)[30]

LADIES' SINGLES - 2ND ROUND

Romina Oprandi (SUI)

v

Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[2]

Wimbledon Results 6.27.12


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