Friday, 1 July 2016

Wimbledon says Goodbye Garbine

Day 4 contributed tennis galore, and destruction of seeds so lovingly planted by farmers who had planned for a harvest well into next week.  Sadly vandals wrecked the hopes and dreams by ripping them out of Wimbledon's fertile grounds, leaving them limp and almost lifeless.  Fortunately kind passers-by rescued the battered remnants and with constant care will ensure they are able to be replanted in friendlier fields such as those in Hamburg, Newport, Bucharest, Gstaad in weeks to come.

Garbine Muguruza was the prize seed to be removed causing much sadness amongst Spanish folk who had dreamt of her blooming into a most elegant flower on the second weekend.  Instead Slovakia's Jana Cepelova, clearly angry at not being chosen as a seed for Wimbledon's front paddock, decided to use Garbine as the seed upon which to display her grievance - violently - 14 winners and 4 breaks of serve from 4 opportunities.

Johanna Konta was chosen as the 16th seed and was envisaged to be an English Rose within two weeks.  Canadian interloper, Eugenie Bouchard, herself a seed in 2014, damaged Johanna initially, before the seed fought back valiantly in the middle part of the battle surprising with second serves that impressed cheering onlookers.
However the Canadian willpower to destroy the growth of the English Rose meant that the final stanza of this bout was a one sided affair and the precision of the blows left no room for any comeback from a withering Konta. 

The eighth most prominent seed in the male part of the garden paid homage to Austria and was named Dominic Thiem.  It was expected to reach maturity deep into the second week following planting, but again any chance of growth was prevented due to the environmental wrecking efforts of Czech Jiri Vesely, who in a set manoeuvre, in fact a three set manoeuvre, deprived Austria of the best thing since the von Trapp family.

Other seeds suffering in this assault included Samantha Stosur, whipped mercilessly by the powerful German Sabine Lisicki, whose knowledge of every blade of grass around Wimbledon makes her a danger to all.

Simon, Dolgopolov, Ferrer, Paire, Karlovic and  Troicki joined Thiem on the scrap heap.
Petkovic, Jankovic, Karolina Pliskova, Mladenovic, Bencic, Errani, Svitolina and Garcia were yanked out of the female rows of the English Country Garden now being repaired by the ground staff at SW19.

Meanwhile as Scotland is still a part of the UK, Andy Murray has some explaining to do following the damage he inflicted on diplomatic relations between Britain and Chinese Taipei with his selfish 6-3 6-2 6-1 demolition of Yen-Hsun Lu.  What was the man thinking ?  Good luck next time ordering special fried rice with your lemon chicken.

Aga Radwanska stretched her luck to the limit with her three set win over Croatian Ana Konjuh, 9-7 in the third, while 4 American ladies have reached the third round and three are awaiting second round matches.

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