Wimbledon 2011: Serena enters Round 3

first_imgSerena Williams found her game just in time to demolish Simona Halep 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 and then fired verbal volleys at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for making her play on Court 2 on Thursday.Returning to the tennis courts after gap of 49 weeks because of injuries and illness, Serena was teased and tested by the young Romanian in the first set.Simona, the 19-year-old former French Open junior champion who is now ranked on the WTA computer, was enjoying the attention early on as she served big.In these conditions, as an underdog, it’s always easy to play without pressure. But once Serena found her rhythm and range, she made life difficult for the debutante.So much so that Simona was struggling with her footwork on the grass and slipped twice on the slick surface. But Serena was in no mood to ease off the gas pedal in the last two sets, even though she needed four match points before securing victory.However, what she will need to watch out for is consistency, as she committed a heap of unforced errors.Serena was at her best at the post match conference. No room for emotions like it was on Tuesday as she heaped scorn on the organisers for not putting her on Centre Court or Court No. 1.I don’t know why they like to put us on Court 2, me and Venus, for whatever reason. May be, one day we’ll figure it out. I don’t know,” said Serena.advertisementWhen Serena was asked what made Court 2 difficult, the atmosphere or the noise, she couldn’t explain.”I don’t know. I pretty much won all my matches so far on Court 2,” he said.But Serena said the long walk to the court meant she did not have to warm up too much. “Yeah, I never have too much time to warm up. I look at that as kind of a warm-up, trying to walk out there. I’m like, okay, well, this gets my legs moving,” she said.She was probed further as to how Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were never put on Court 2.”They’re never moved across. Actually, Venus and I have won more Wimbledons together than a lot of the players or by ourselves in doubles even. So, you know, at the end of the day, I don’t know. Like I said, they’re not going to change, doesn’t look like,” was her parting shot.Earlier, former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic demolished Elena Danilidou 6-3, 6-0 to enter the third round.Former French Open champions Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced on Thursday.Schiavone, the sixth seed from Italy, defeated Czech Republic’s Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-5, 6-3.Russia’s Kuznetsova, seeded 12th, had an easy outing against Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru winning 6-0, 6-2.Lisicki shocks Li Na Li Na returns to Sabine Lisicki at the Wimbledon on Thursday. APChina’s French Open champion Li Na crashed out of Wimbledon on Thursday, losing 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 to German wildcard Sabine Lisicki in the second round.Third seeded Li, who made the quarter-finals in 2006, was made to regret squandering two match points when she led 5- 3 in the decider as the big-hitting German hit back to claim a famous victory.Lisicki collapsed to her knees in tears the covered Centre Court when she clinched the gripping tie on her third match point in the 14th game of the deciding set.The 21-year-old Lisicki, whose career suffered a huge setback in 2010 when a serious ankle injury sidelined her for four months, will tackle Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi for a place in the last 16.Li had eased through the first set with break in the eighth game. But Lisicki back in the second with a break to lead 3-1 before handing back the advantage in the ninth.She wasn’t to be denied, however, and levelled the match in the 10th game.Li was again in charge with a break to lead 3-2 in the final set before a thrilling finale to the match.At 3- 5 down, Lisicki unleashed two serves at 122mph and 123mph to save match points followed by her 14th and 15th aces to take the game and cut the deficit to 4- 5.Lisicki then broke for 5-5, handed back the break for Li to lead 6-5. But the blonde German refused to buckle and retrieved the break for 6-6.She confidently held for 7-6 and then carved out three match points in the 14th game. Li saved two but cracked on the third when she sent a crosscourt drive wide.advertisement- With inputs from agenciesMen’s singles 2nd roundNovak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x24) bt Olivier Rochus (BEL) 6-7 (7/9), 6-1, 6-0, 6-4; Karol Beck (SVK) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP x26) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) bt Rik De Voest (RSA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; David Nalbandian (ARG x28) bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Robin Soderling (SWE x5) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-7 (5/7), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4; Xavier Malisse (BEL) bt Florian Mayer (GER x20) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB x13) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4Women’s singles 2nd roundSerena Williams (USA x7) bt Simona Halep (ROM) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x12) bt Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM) 6-0, 6-2; Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x24) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-1, 6-2; Julia Goerges (GER x16) bt Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 7-6 (12/10), 6-2; Misaki Doi (JPN) bt Zheng Jie (CHN) 6-3, 6-1; Ana Ivanovic (SRB x18) bt Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-3, 6-0; Maria Kirilenko (RUS x26) bt Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 7-5, 7-5; Francesca Schiavone (ITA x6) bt Barbora Zhlavov Strcov (CZE) 7-5, 6-3Men’s doubles 1st roundJuan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, Colombia, def. Rohan Bopanna, India, and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (4), Pakistan, 2-6, 6-2, 21-19; Marc Lopez and David Marrero (15), Spain, def. Alessandro Motti, Italy, and Stephane Robert, France, 6-3, 7-6 (7).For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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