Murray, Nadal, Azarenka, Serena, Kvitova Sweep

| June 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

On a rain delayed day two, the favorites on page two of the men’s and women’s draw advanced quickly in matches that resembled tune-ups rather that what assuredly lies ahead.

Second seed Rafa Nadal started slowly but did not lack for flair or drama, two of the Spaniard’s notorious characteristics.  After falling behind promising Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 4-0, Nadal stormed back to catch his opponent and solidify the first set en route to a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3 triumph.

Andy Murray Wimbledon 2012

Andy Murray Wimbledon 2012

Andy Murray downed Nicolay Davydenko who has never regained his form since suffering torn ligaments in his wrist.  The once formidable Russian was dismissed by the rock solid Scotsman 6-1, 6-1, 6-4. Murray was economical with his motion and overpowering with his talent. Murray should consider this a fortifying stage as he prepares to navigate through Wimbledon’s most demanding bracket.  One of Murray’s possible third round opponents will be impressive Grigor Dimitrov who overcame Kevin Anderson.  In a match featuring power tennis and power serving, Dimitrov broke serve twice.  The Bulgarian upstart may go away, but it won’t be quietly.

Juan Martin del Potro, the 9th seed and another player in the Murray bracket and Marin Cilic the underperforming but potentially lethal 16th seed who was victorious last week both advanced in four set wins.

In Nadal’s bracket, Joe Willy Tsonga seemed to take the fight out of perennial lion Lleyton Hewitt in three sets. Tsonga had best be prepared for a dogfight against Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who nosed out a five set first round win.

Americans Mardy Fish and resurgent Brian Baker both swept to victory. Philipp Kohlschreiber who could be Nadal’s first real test downed Tommy Haas in five.

Azarenka, Kvitova and Serena Dominate       

Serena Williams began her run at another Wimbledon title by outgunning an expressive Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who had a good run in Paris.  Williams looks to have a clear path to the round of 16 with the possible exception of Yaroslava Shvedova who won two tiebreakers against Chanelle Scheepers.

Brit Laura Robson gave the home fans a thrill against 24 seed Francesca Schiavone.  Robson claimed the first set before dropping the second.  Seeking a breakthrough win, Robson came up a little short in the third set.  This was a tough loss compounded by teammate Johanna Konta’s 10-8 loss in the third set.

Victoria Azarenka who wants to claim this title and regain the top ranking decimated an out-of-shape Inna Falconi 6-1, 6-4. Victoria displayed the strength and stability that won her the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne.

Fourth seed and defending champion Petra Kvitova downed Akgul Amanmuradova 6-4, 6-4. Kvitova is pointed to a third round pairing with husky Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who defeated Sofia Arvidsson 6-1, 6-2. Grass is Pavlyuchenkova’s best surface. She will have to play through surging American Varvara Lepchenko in Round two.

The draw is running behind and there will be plenty of excitement tomorrow as today’s suspended matches merge with tomorrow’s scheduled second round play. With a little help from the weatherman, we could be in for another mesmerizing day.

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