Wimbledon 2018: Successful Start for Marin Cilic & Donna Vekic

by Steven Clarke July 4, 2018, 0:33
Wimbledon 2018: Successful Start for Marin Cilic & Donna Vekic

Having struggled to establish a rhythm against her Swedish opponent during the opening set, the ninth-seeded Williams won 10 games in a row from 1-2 in the second to take control.

When defending champion Roger Federer walked on to Centre Court at the All England Club, everyone watching was in for a shock.

On Monday (July 2), she proved that she was not back to simply make up the numbers in the women's field.

The reported boost to Federer's bank account comes after Forbes ranked him as one of the world's wealthiest sports stars, earning an estimated $77m (£58.4m) previous year in endorsements and prize money. It was the Swiss star's fifth successive Wimbledon crown and 54th consecutive victory on grass.

It is what it is.

Wozniacki said she shouted herself hoarse watching the Denmark football team's penalty shoot-out loss to Croatia in the last 16 of the World Cup.

After just 20 minutes to complete the first set, Federer went on to fire 35 winners past Lajovic, breaking serve five times, setting up a second round encounter against either Lukas Lacko of Slovakia or French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi.

The Croat's own demon - the double-fault - came back to haunt her in the sixth game.

"It is a tournament decision".

"They have shown interest to have a shoe deal with me, as well".

"If they don't, there are going to be critics".

"In truth, we all want that Roger-Rafa final", she added.

Users can now rally with the 23-time Grand Slam champion by way of bitmoji, and it's pretty fun. "I think it's understandable".

Vekic progressed to the second round, which was her previous best showing at Wimbledon in 2017. "For now, I will be wearing Nike", he said.

The 36-year-old revealed his pride at setting the new record, but accepted a fair slice of luck too, in avoiding major injury. "I do feel good, it's quite refreshing and I'm looking forward to see how I progress in this tournament". This was the 31st win in 33 matches so far in 2018 for Nadal and his 238th at Grand Slams, the 44th at Wimbledon.

'To play these kind of matches you need time between points because you can not play points in a row with long rallies, with emotional points, having only 25 seconds between points'. It's just about this year.

The way the elegant left-hander, ranked 70, eased past Delbonis suggests a streak that began at the 2001 French Open could continue for the foreseeable future - even if his immediate Wimbledon prospects look in peril with Juan Martin del Potro waiting for him in the second round. This year it's different.


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