In a day that will go down in Grand Slam history, seven players, including #10 seed Marin Čilić, were forced to withdraw or retire during their matches at the All England Club, as questions arose over Wimbledon’s grass surface. Other high profile players who withdrew were #6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Cilic’s potential round three opponent), #2 Victoria Azarenka, and American John Isner. In addition to all the injuries, three stars of tennis, Maria Sharapova , Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, shocked many with early round exits. Cilic, who after his first round straight set win over Marcos Baghdatis said he was playing “some of his best tennis”, said Wednesday was “a very dark day”.
Croatian singles players were largely successful in the first round, going 4-2, with Donna Vekić and Ajla Tomljanović suffering the only losses. Tomljanovic lost a tough 3 setter to#39 Bojana Jovanoski, but she still finishes the week with a career high ranking. Vekic will be left wondering what went wrong, as she came into the week off of a final appearance in a large pre-Wimbledon tournament. She is now 1-3 in the Grand Slams this year. Donna will play mixed doubles at Wimbledon alongside American veteran James Blake.
Ivan Dodig pulled off an upset in the first round of singles, beating #16 Philipp Kohlschreiber after falling behind two sets. Ivan fought back to two sets a piece, and was given a victory when the German had to withdraw due to injury in the 5th set, with Dodig up 2-1. Ivan and his Brazilian doubles partner, Marcelo Melo, also advanced to the second round in that competition. He will play American Denis Kudla on Thursday.
Petra Martić has begun to shows signs of her pre-injury play at Wimbledon, as she beat Anna Tatishvili in the first round to pick up some much needed points. Petra has fallen to #141 in the WTA rankings but could break back into the top 100 after the tournament. She plays #77 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round Wednesday.
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni won 6-1, 6-4 in her first round match to Sofia Arvidsson but did not have enough to take down the #19 seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the 2nd round, falling 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Her first round doubles match with Jelena Jankovic is on Thursday.
“hypocrisy”???????? how so
well i was wondering if your obsession with `evidence’ extended to all facets of your life or just drug cheats, clearly ity’s only the latter so yet more hypocrisy from ziva istina what a fucking surprise trollolol
Yes, why do you ask??????
ziva are u catholic?
My gold chains pretty thick, but my hair’s too nice to shave off 🙂
Also who needs a/c!
I love the heat in the selo when it’s in the high 30’s.
that same hercegovac is also driving around in a 1988 Mercedes void of air condition, a think gold chain around his neck and sahved head. Sorry for stereotyping, but its true.
“If you’re not cheating you’re not trying”… a proud Hercegovac would say.
courts had it destroyred!!
u are right about golf not being a sport at least
all speculation…………..no evidence to back it up.
Do I think a majority of athletes dope. I do. I think Tiger Woods did in the past (not that golf is a sport), but you need evidence
except that the guy who was doing the doping said that they are involved u silly billy !!
why do u think they desrtoy all the evidence PRECISELY SO THERE IS NONE U DIMWIT CMON
people have known for fucking months spain has been cheating in every sport they ARE CHEATFUCJKERS THE WHOLE COUNTRY SHOULD BE BAMNNED FROM ALL SPORTS AND WORLD CUPS / EUROS STRIPPED FROM THEM
then again FRANCE had many drug cheats on their 98 world cup winning team and LO ANMD BEHOLD FIFA DID NOTHING SO ITS NOT UNCOMMON
You don’t know anything about Nadal. Pure speculation. You can accuse the cyclist from Spain (and any other cyclist around the world), but there is nothing here that would suggest Spain’s soccer players, basketball players and tennis players are part of it.
So now we know Nadal Ferrer and the spanish soccer team are DRUG CHEATS
in the court case where that guy who doped shitloads of spanish athletes from all sports, they destroyed evidence deliberately so that no one would be found out.. but spanish soccer players, tennis players and of course cyclists are all guilty fucking drug cheats
approximately 100% of spanish athletes are drug cheats.
sadly i dont have a croatian girlfriend
The English Premiership is the last league I want a player with Halilovic’s skillset and stature to play in.
He’s not as physically strong as Modric is. Even then, Modric still broke his leg playing for Spurs. The EPL will do to Halilovic, what they did to Eduardo.
I’m liking the Serie A interest in our players. They’d teach Jedvaj to become a true central defender, and Halilovic can further develop his skills in those tight crevices in the midfield. Too bad these teams cannot complete with EPL transfer-wise and salary-wise.
YUtarni List was making the claim, but now it looks like they took the article down from their site:
But the link allows you to access a cached copy of their article. That newspaper is a joke.
And there’s no way that deal is going through, I don’t think the americans are savy just yet how corrupt the organization is and I doubt the town will ever support it. Mayor is talking about holding a referendum for the sale
Where did you see that? I usually follow a lot of the soccer websites and I haven’t seen anything about that. After the business spurs did with modric I wouldn’t tell my player to go there, but then again I’m sure mamic still had a % of modric from that transfer as well
In football news…
Torcida and Nas Hajduk are vehemouthly against a sale to these American investors.
Tottenham are apparently offering 20 million Euros for a package deal of Halilovic and Jedvaj.
Also, keep an eye on the Raonic-Sjisling match. Raonic is down 2 sets, which would mean playing #60 in the 3rd instead of #15
Martic through to the 3rd! Big for her after an abysmal season. Round 2 wrap-up coming after the Dodig match
DODIG smasin some nobody
watchin my best mate TOMIC atm lolol hes playin BLAKEY
tbh that sucks about all the withdrawals
i heard a rumour that there was going to be some hardcore drug testing and so all these players retired
i dont think thats true but there is a rumour going around about it
For anyone who wants advance notice (I’ll put the results in CAE), the u-19 FIBA World Championships starts tomorrow. Croatia are the European Champions so they should have a shot and Dario Saric, a potential top 10 pick next year is playing