Sunday, June 30, 2013

Day 6 at Wimbledon 2013

The last time I stepped foot at Wimbledon was in 2009 after my permanent move to the U.K with Keenan's Dad. Each year since then I always tell Keenan that we should go to Wimbledon even if it meant that we queue for tickets. Queue for tickets, Keenan asked? No, I don't like tennis that much.

This year I was determine to return to Wimbledon but with Centre Court tickets. So on Friday morning, I was on full 'sniper' mode on Ticketmaster to buy the much coveted reserved seats at Centre Court. Each day of the tournament except the Semi-Finals and Final, 500 tickets on Centre Court are released at 9am the day before. I got lucky and we were on our way to Wimbledon for a day of tennis at Centre Court. 
Week 1 at Wimbledon has been filled with shocking defeats -- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Maria Sharapova, plus a number of players retiring or pulling out of the game: Tsonga, Azarenka, etc. All very strange. 

 The Order of Play for Day 6 on Centre Court:
3rd Round - Bernard Tomic (AUS) beat the 9th seed Richard Gasquet (FRA) at 7-6(7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5). This was a long match clocking in at 2:45 of play time (or just 3 hours by our watch).

3rd Round - Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] beat Samantha Stosur (AUS) [14] 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. We skipped most of this match in favour to stretch our legs and have a lunch on the beautifully landscaped grounds of Wimbledon. I also wanted to catch a glimpse of the Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) vs Grega Zemilia over at Court 12. I was slightly disappointed he didn't play on the Show Court after all he is 8th seed. He won his match in straight sets. Back on Centre Court, we watched the last set of Lisicki and Stosur.

Then the highlight of my day watch Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] -- the world number 1 play Jeremy Chardy of France where he beat Chardy in straight set - 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. It wasn't a good match-up as Djokovic was stellar -- he plays tennis at another level, very impressive! He make tennis look so easy -- calm as a cucumber and barely breaking a sweat!

Just as I thought we finished our day at Wimbledon, it was announced that the Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs Kimiko Date-Krumm, the 41 year old from Japan would play on Centre Court rather than Court No. 1 as Ferrer vs Dolgopolov went on for 5 sets. What a treat! Serena is having an amazing year after coming back from a life-threatening illness beating Date-Krumm at 6-2, 6-0 in 61 minutes.

8.5 hours of tennis, sunshine, strawberry and cream, champagne, Centre Court ticket makes for a very memorable day out at Wimbledon. Look forward to the Finals next weekend. My prediction - Murray vs Djokovic and Djokovic will take it in 5 in one long epic match - 4-6, 6-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (with a long tie break).

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