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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 09:47 AM   #241
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 5: Sa/Zvonareva v Murray/Robson

As we gambled – they put Jamie/LRob on centre – so high hopes here…





I’d seen Jamie and Liezel come through a very tight first match in 2009 – in fact Jamie and JJ almost went out first round – so I was confident that the occasion and potentially the more relaxed Mixed environment would be good – although we’d seen Jamie’s twitter about being tired, sore and bruised after that 5-setter in the scorchio sunshine!













They were broken early on Laura’s serve but kept things to that single break – and here was a big cheer when Laura subsequently held her next serve.
Unfortunately it was Jamie who was broken for the first set to go…







In the second set there were some flashes of the Jamie of old – as there was in the 5-setter the day before- but it’s probably been a while since Jamie has had to be on court that long and it seemed to take its toll – he did look like he was loosening up in the 2nd set but it was too late really.

Laura – same really – some solid groundies from the back and not bad at all at the net given that she’s also still quite heavily involved at this stage in her career with doubles … but as in her singles match – her movement could sometimes let her down and quite often Andre/Vera were able to catch the guys unawares with shots straight down the middle of them









Take nothing away from Sa/Zvonareva – Andre is a long established doubles specialist and Vera was playing really well – really sharp at the net and solid groundies at the back – she really seems to be enjoying this stint at Wimbledon.





We checked the iPhone App at the end of the match – because there were a few matches still going on – including… Lindsey Davenport and a Bryan of some description – so back to what has become my spiritual home this week!
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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #242
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 5: B Bryan/Lindsay Davenport v Qureshi/Kudryavtseva

We managed to get in at the start of the 2nd set – Lindsay was a popular draw and lots of people were scampering over to Court 12 to see this…





Lindsay has lost none of her edge at the net and Bob was in good form too and they seemed to be the crowd favourites







It was beginning to get quite dark now – lots of warnings for flash photography.

Bob ‘n’ Lindz made a decisive break which pretty much sealed the deal – she gave Bob a huge hug – but I remember reading that her young son was a favourite of the Bryans during the Olympics so I think those dudes have a decent chemistry – that could see them go far.
Lindsay was very appreciative of the crowd as people just crowded round to snap photos as they were trying to leave

And that was us done – we headed out with the rest of the herd and schlepped up to Southfields and then tube and cab home.
This evening’s driver said he knew where he was going and then wanted to take us via Twickenham – ummm just NO! I ended up directing him up the shorter route as he may have been trying it on a little – but anyway – home in one piece but off again on Saturday (this time with tix) ...
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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #243
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Wimbledon 2010 day 6: S Williams v Cibulkova

So Cilla and I parted company at Richmond after a WELL DESERVED Maccy D’s brekkie and I took the tube to Earl’s Court where I was going to meet my friend on the platform headed for Wimbledon.

By this time – I confess, dear readers, I was totally frickin’ knackered.
I found a seat and leaned back to doze until friend arrived … and subsequently was shaken awake by well meaning people assuming I wanted a couple of Wimbledon trains that went by! Even my mate said I was looked pretty knackered!

We scooted to Wimbledon itself (cue more confused looks from onlookers on the tube that we weren’t getting off there) … but we had ulterior motives. We headed off to M&S for some supplies…. A couple of little bottles of poppable Rosé and this AMAZING little plastic wine goblet (filled with more Rosé) and sealed with a sturdy lid – like a yoghurt lid. It was called Le Froglet and we thought no more of it until we got to Wimbledon and found ourselves a bench and decided to have our Froglets first. A couple sat next to us asked if we’d been to M&S and said that the guy who invented this had pitched it on Dragon’s Den but they’d turned him down. M&S had approached him direct – and this was the first time they’d actually seen them!

We had a few snacks, stopped by a Pimms counter and then wandered up to our seats.
Today being Saturday was Sporting Heroes day where some of the great and the good of sport are invited to the Royal Box. But today was also Armed Forces day and key Armed Services Personnel had been nominated and also invited to the box – and the standing ovation and applause was so loud, you could barely hear Sue reading their names. The response from the crowd was exceptionally moving… definitely brought a tear to the eye.

Meanwhile the players were behind the door getting ready to come out.






Cilla and I had seen Domi practicing and Zjelko walking by… and we know that Domi has some game…. But …

Although Domi was generating a decent amout of pace and zinging stuff back to Serena with interest – in the first set she had no range – it was a frustrating set to watch because we know she’s better than a bagel… Zjelko was totally waxwork-motionless at the slipping of the first set.







The second set – there was a bit more fight to her – and Ree stepped up her grunting. A lot more competitive and perhaps a bit of a drop in Ree’s intensity – and Domi showed some nerves of steel in a must-hold game at 4-5. But it was not to be – Ree got her break and bye bye to the Domi and Zjelko show…





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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #244
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 6: Nadal v Petzschner

We stayed put (and waved at some other friends we knew a couple of rows away) for the start of this match – Rafa breaking in the first game, and we looked knowingly at each other, and planned dinner at Wagamamas in Wimbers before hitting the tubes to go home – ‘cos Rafa was going to finish this quick, as was Andy… job done, right? Ummmm….



When Rafa was taken to deuce in his own service game we thought “ok – Petzschner is going to make it competitive” … OMFG! And how. Granted – Rafa took the first on that single break and we toddled off for lunch … yep this time I tried THE BURGER… it’s HUGE. It’s like Cow-in-a-Bun. We thought about the nice ice-cream… we saw the queue, and we thought again!





We toddled back… and were just in time to see Petzschner take the 2nd set.



OK – we thought… perhaps slightly LATER dinner at Waga’s – maybe not the noodles – maybe just the starter dishes….

Petzschner was still giving as good as he got and indeed seemed to have much more of the initiative in the 3rd
Rafa took a MTO for what seemed to be his elbow and it’s fair to say Petzschner looked like the fresher of the two.
He took the next set on the TB… by now it was pointless trying to do anything on the internet now – I guessed that Twitter was trending away like it had done when Fed was in danger in the first match…









At the start of the 4th set Rafa took another MTO – this time for treatment on his knee. Those poor knees… given that me and my physio are trying to rearrange the mechanics on my knees – every time I watch anyone being treated on knees – mine twinge in sympathy. My knees are WITH YOU Rafa… (and much good may they do you!)



This was a long break – a bit unfortunate for Petzschner as he had had the momentum… and this worked well for Rafa because he came out and broke to go 3-1 up and the momentum shifted, with him taking the set.





At this point we decided to pop open the colder of the two mini bottles of M&S fizz and dug out our Froglets – not the warmest but went down rather well nonetheless…
There was a moment of controversy though – when Rafa was given a warning for a coaching violation! First time I’d seen him get a bit angry with the ump – and I can’t say I’ve ever noticed him engaging that much with his coaching team… sure Time Violations are not uncommon for him and he normally just accepts it and carries on doing his thing..
I saw later on the Wimbledon site that coaching was vehemently denied. Perhaps Cedric Mourier was feeling in need of a little attention!

Anyway – Rafa came through in another tense 5-setter.





So… the question was… could Andy come through again without dropping a set?
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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 12:42 PM   #245
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 6 – Murray v Simon

My friend is a huge Gilles Simon fan and was pretty sure that this was going to be an easy match for Andy as Gilles is simply not match fit. I thought he’d have the capability of taking a set off Andy at least, on his day…





Andy started very strongly taking an early break – but Gilles was moving well – just needing to find his range. Andy really didn’t give him an opportunity to settle into his rhythm though and the first set was over in about 26 mins or thereabouts!







The second set – again there was an early break to Andy – but Gilles started to stretch him in the 3rd game…
It must be said – Gilles Simon and the net? NOT good bedfellows!
There were deep thumping rallies from the baseline and Gilles kept things to that single break.
Andy held commandingly to love to take the 2nd set…









At 2-2 in the 3rd – it looked like Andy’s chance to break… Blistering pace to a cross-court forehand and Gille did extremely well to save BPs – this was a much more competitive set and the quality of tennis was amazing.

















Andy took that decisive break at 4-4 – the atmosphere was amazing and he served out the match in amazing form.

Take nothing away from Gilles – had he been a little more match fit – I think he would have given Andy a stern test here – and I hope this is the start of a decent run for him, after he rushed coming back from injury and had to take more time off.
This was the first time I’d seen Gilles play live – and I came away with some healthy respect for the guy’s game.

We met up briefly with a couple of am.com-ers afterwards (plus friend who’d given us the tickets) and it was nice to catch up while everyone was madly scrambling for the exits – me and my friend walked to Wimbledon and took the the tube there so that we could guarantee a seat.
When we’d met in the morning at Earl’s court she commented I looked tired and I was absolutely knackered. Day off from tennis on Sunday…
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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 02:06 PM   #246
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 7: JJ v Zvonareva

Sunday was a much needed a day off from tennis. I was looking forward to NO fluffy tennis balls. ANYWHERE.
No – I had the football… hmmph… less said about that fiasco, the better!

I tried for returns tickets on Sunday lunchtime and was astounded to get them!
I kinda half-heartedly tried to get tickets for the Andy’s match on Monday and again – was astounded to get them – although this was going to cause a few logistics issues as mum was going to come for the returns – so the plan was she’d let herself in and make herself at home, and I’d come back after the tennis.

The bonus of course was that JJ had been put on Court 12 – there’s been some good matches here – I’ve spent most of my time this year on this court… but …
The stewards bring a lot of the queuers in much earlier and keep them gathered in a central area – and then walk them past most of the other gates and only let them ‘loose’ once the other gates are opened.

Which means all e-ticket holders are kept waiting outside … until the gates open.
Ticket holders can get in earlier and go have something to nibble… mehhhh

I was stood in front of two guys from Glasgow (hello Zahir and Manoo) and one of them was a JJ fan so we got chatting and initially all headed off to Court 12 where healthy queues were building up.
Cat was in the main queue and was in the queue for 12 on the other side from me so we were pinging texts back and forth, determined to at least make it in…
The guys decided to go check out some other courts but I wanted to cheer on the goat (sigh - SUCH a glutton for punishment!)

I just managed to get in before the start – hmmm… JJ arrived with strapping on her leg which was not a good start.









To make it all worse – she got broken straight away.



Vera had a few yips on her serves but that was nothing on JJ not being able to find the court with a pair of fucking binoculars! She got broken again and was DFing all over the place or leaking UEs.









She finally picked up and broke Vera in the fifth game and had started to look a bit more competitive – uh huh – Just no. She got broken straight back again and Vera held for the first set.



JJ had taken a slip in the first … but what was really doing for her was the amount of DFs on critical points – Vera was chucking in a few but JJ was choking all over the place.

2nd set started almost exactly the same as the first – DF and broken in the first, and JJ went to Carlos Ramos and asked for the trainer – I have to admit I thought she was going to retire at that point, but she had the MTO for her back…

She did shoot Sneki a filthy look at the ever present “come on JJ come on [/clap]” and retired the very next game – but it was obvious that her movement was really compromised in that game – she’d gone through the motions in the previous game – hardly moved for a ball…







Very disappointed to see her end like that … with the Oudin match she had her MTO but played it out so it’s rare for her to do that and Vera was very sweet at the net. I heard that she went to Sneki for a hug – mum’s forgive filthy looks!

Time for me to retire too – hungry and headed for Fish and Chips!
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 7: Fed v Melzer

Joined Fed’s match at the start of the 3nd set – early break for the Foppy-haired one.
We began to see signs of a characteristic “Melzdown” and he was having a lot of trouble keeping his footing on the dusty baseline.
Fed broke to go 4-3 up and then broke again to take the match.


















We did have an extremely overzealous steward that was watching out for people texting, noisy cameras, sandwich munchers, coffee drinkers… feet-putter-uppers – quite frankly anyone with a pulse, someone commented dryly! He almost came unstuck when he told off a guy for what he thought was listening to the footie scores – turns out it was his hearing aid! And when he let another Hon. Steward in to watch a bit of the match and she pulled out her iPhone – heheh – one rule for one, eh!

There were three of us and the other Hon. Steward trying to find furtive ways of using it – I was charging mine in my bag and just updated my blog notes at the CoEs under the pretext of looking for something … the girl to the right was using hers as a camera and the guy to the left got his hayfevery g/f to lean on him and shield the phone!

I think even the fireman in charge of our door was thankful when he decided his shift was done! He did this MASSIVE and we were all giggling in that corner!
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 7: S Williams v Sharapova

Cat did want me to scuttle out to meet her – but she’d gotten herself a really good spot on the hill – and me having never seen Maria play live, I didn’t really want to leave the match… so we decided to leave trying to meet up for the time being…





Match started strongly – games held all round, Shrieky… Shrieking.
Serena was basically giving a lesson on Serving! Initially Maria was needing to settle down and find her range a little.











They traded breaks next up – including an episode where Maria had her racquet up indicating she wasn’t ready – but Serena sent it down anyway…! Tsk!





The set continued with serve and Maria got it to a TB.
She was playing awesomely – she was very competitive and the TB was amazing… I think it’s fair to say that MaSha was the form player and Serena was being pushed, but a badly timed DF at 9-9 gave Ree that all important mini-break and was able to take that first set.

I think losing that set perhaps took away a little of MaSha’s intensity – there were more costly DFs in the 3rd game – giving Ree an early break.
That being said – a chronic miss by Serena which earned one of her frustrated squeals kept it to a single break.
Bit of pressure meant that both of them were being drawn to the net but again some amazing shots – a total reflex shot at MaSha left Ree beaten…

However – Ree served it out at 5-4 and that convincing lesson in serving means she’s going to be the favourite going forward to the last few rounds…

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Wimbledon 2010 Day 7: Murray v Querrey





Once upon a time, I started up a FB thread for a few of us from tennisforum.com and Tashi (a regular reader and commenter to these very bloggies) came up with THE BEST line I had ever read… that Sam’s non-dom(inant) hand/arm resembles that of a “gay t-rex”.
I swear – since reading that I have:
a) never really been able to take him seriously as he now reminds me of the dinosaur out of Toy Story… and
b) this was to be another one of Rozzie’s piccy fixations! We’ve had Paula Radcliffe of Tennis in Dani… time for Gay T-rex to take a bow…!



Both players started confidently – going with serve until a break in the 4th when Sam started dumping a lot of UEs into the net.





Then he got the total yips with a run of multiple Let calls but the quality of play despite that was amazing – blistering passing shots from both the guys at times in the 7th… it was easy to see that people thought this would be a stern test – but Andy had a comfortable hold to stay ahead…



But… Murray coaster ahoy – a DF at Set point let Querrey break back.



After a nervy hold in the 11th game – Andy was able to break to take the first set 7-5.


This was all good though, right – a decent competitive match from the two winners of Queens in the last two years…
And the second set started in the same way as the first with Andy breaking in the 4th game.
Sam started making a lot of errors when being brought in to the net





Andy had a good hold to take the lead at 5-2 but a busted string on the racquet meant that the intensity dropped after taking the set 6-3









The third set took a while to get going – the levels dropped a little for both players but they hung in there… but things shook up in the 9th game – amazing rallies and genius shotmaking and Andy took a decisive break at this point… whipping up the crowd in the process… A great 3 set victory.











Sam packed and left the court extremely quickly which was odd … he did at least wave to everyone…

Andy sets himself up a bruiser of a match with the mighty fine looking Jo-Wilf – this will be an amazing match up with the way they’re both playing… and if they both bring their A-Game…
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 8: Of Tix ‘n’ Things…

This was the first time this year I’d had luck on return tix.
Just to explain the whole Wimbledon malarkey:
1) You queue… you maybe camp… or you get there at stupid o’clock all for the chance of one of those little wrist bands… but in some way you join this fuck-off-bastard-sized queue and get in that way… Pros: you get in before some people and quite often get first call on the non-show courts; Cons: did you not SEE the shit about queueing?

2) You get tickets in either the public ballot, the LTA members ballot or via the allocations to tennis clubs where THEY have their own ballot. Basically the word here is BALLOT! Pay attention at the back!

3) Technology. Namely Ticketmaster. Returns tix that haven’t been redistributed by way of the ballot are flogged on Ticketmaster – but as we found out when we got in to get ours today – there were just 20 tickets that were returned and we got 2 of them. Special. And Brutal! In addition, Ticket master have a few hundred of the “in-the-gods” tix from where they added additional rows for the roof. These go on sale a couple of times in the day – the returns for two-days hence, and the evening ones for the next day. Logisitically – the returns favour travellers – the evening ones for people who can get there.

To get into Wimbledon you are really talking about every other day unless (like me) you have friends who offer you half of a pair or a spare pair! But this is the last year that’s likely to happen as my great mate in the AELTC is losing his job – so the pair of complementary groundies (I normally take Thursday) is no longer – sadz for him as having just escaped the same fate – and being of a similar age – I can totally relate to how this must feel – to give a shed load of effort for this amazing project that the AELTC has, and then it’s all over. Literally. I hope he sails through his planned interviews and get something lined up soon.

This year’s tally was:
1) Internet Tix for the Gods on Sunday night
2) Pair of tix for Court 1 from ballot allocation
3) Complementary Groundies
4) Queue
5) Accompanied a mate on her ballot tix
6) Internet Tix for the gods on Sunday night
7) Returns via the internet

It’s an expensive hobby- this… as I have been lucky enough to have one set of complementary groundies since 2008 to start me off. The rest as been just a case of luck.
And plastic. I have seen murmurings of “alright for some” and “ok for those who can” and yes – I am fortunate to
a) Live close enough to Wimbledon to be able to do this
b) Be able to use two weeks of my five to indulge in this.
c) Be able to AFFORD to be flexible in buying tickets.

This is just how it’s turned out for me – damned if I am going to apologise for it.
But there is another aspect to this – when the spectre of redundancy was hanging over my little self – my ex helped me with my CV – and he asked me two things.
a) what do we NEED to write to get you an equivalent job…
b) if you could do ANYTHING… what would it be…
… and that would be… Sports Writing in this stylie! There may be a couple of irons in the fire to help me indulge in this Sports Blogging… but… meanwhile back at the ranch…
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 8: Clijsters v Zvonareva

Anyway… today was all about finally being able to drink in some of the pre-match atmosphere … for most of last week I was running all over to catch matches on show courts for an hour before taking to my seats… and today … we could just chill. We had no chance of making it to the few courts that still had headliners playing – and I’d dragged mum about enough last week – we just scoffed our way around Wimbledon today…
Café Pergola… Food Village … Ice Cream Parlour… ALL GOOOOOOD!



Oh yeah – tennis…

Mum had arrived while I was half way thru the Murray match the day before and was made up to see that Kim had come from a set down to dispatch Justine. She would have been proper grumpy had it been Justine! I have all the respect for her achievements ‘n’ all and in some way I would actually be curious to watch Justine play – but I too was happy enough to see Kim v Vera (and sadly not Lady “hop-a-long” JaJa)… I’d seen Vera against Wickmayer and had been impressed so thought this would be a decent match up – and we weren’t going to be disappointed.





Right at the start – good holds and great rallies – quality ball striking and painting lines/hitting corners – both Kim and Vera are more than capable at the net which mixed up the play nicely and the whole thing started nice and competitively.







There were chances for Vera to break on the 7th – Kim’s game suddenly became a lot more edgy but she eventually steadied the ship.
So much so that she broke Vera in the 8th – that saw Bepa starting with the thigh slapping in anger!
Kim held on to take that first set 6-3.








2nd set started the same – all square all round, and Vera at least started competitively after going down that first set by holding to love….
Kim started to leak UEs giving Vera a chance for a break on the 4th and she went up 3-1.
There was some awesome rallying on the 5th and they were really going at it – but vera consolidated the break to go up 4-1.
BUT – let’s remember who we’re watching people – Bepa choked a bit serving it out for the set, including a decent split after a slip on the grass…
And thus began the head-casey that we figured we’d see in this match – Kim had 2 very costly DFs and handed Bepa the set without her having to try and serve it out again! Bit of relief there!










Again all started square but Kim got herself good and broken in the 4th and Vera took the initiative and consolidated the break… again Kim just threw UEs hither and thither – and thus is was so…. Bepa hits up the Wimbledon Semis for the first time!
Ahhhh – that could SO have been JJ… but… moving on…..



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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #252
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 8: S Williams v Na Li

Cilla texted me saying that she figured that the tourney organisers must be praying for Serena to go through now as the tourney was in all kinds of openness!
I was going to be watching Ree for the third time this tourney – mad- I normally end up catching Venus loads of times – oh well no more Venus!

I saw Serena take apart Zheng Jie completely in the semis a couple of years ago – where we’d all had hopes that that flat hitting style from a lot of the Chinese players would have perhaps made her think again….
But Li Na is one of those players who maybe through injury has not really realised her full potential.



Confident start by both players and some great rallies – Li’s strength was drawing Serena into rallies but again – both are more than capable at the net and Li had the ability to send balls back flat and low and with a fair degree of zing from the baseline – so there was no real chance for Serena to totally overpower her in that first set.







It was going to come down to a case of who would blink first – Li had a very nervy hold in the fifth and again in the 7th… Serena was beginning to show signs of exasperation that she couldn’t break through.
Li was leading at 5-4 after yet another nerve jangling hold but some spectacular serving yips in the 11th and an untimely UE gave an increasingly dischuffed looking Serena that break. Not surprisingly, a spot of serving practice consolidated the break and gave her the set… but it had been a very competitive set – and there were high hopes that this was going to be another decent 3 setter.









However – after holds all round for the first three games Li got broken in the 5th and again to have Serena leading at 5-2. A sudden spurt of concentration (or maybe a lack of it from Serena) saw Li break her back with some breathtaking rallies and the crowd were whipped up good and proper … but alas Li got broken straight back to give Serena a straight sets win into the semis.







It was the first time I’d watched Li Na play and I wasn’t disappointed – but it was a shame that competitiveness and intensity dropped from her in the second as this had all the makings of a real cat and mouse game. Serena had been getting really frustrated at not being able to break in and if someone else can get her into those long rallies with corners and line painting… it might make for a great match. However – I fear it won’t be in the semi – maybe the final though.
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Wimbledon 2010 Day 8: M/B Bryan v Ball/Guccione

So… we decided to head off for some noodles and ice-cream (no NOT all together… pfft)… we briefly contemplated maybe queueing for tix for Court 2 to see Hingis/Kournikova in the Ladies Invitation Dubs – but today was just a more relaxed day and we really just couldn’t be arsed to walk up the hill if the truth be told!

We headed back to watch a bit of the dubs and got back at the start of the 3rd set – it looked like it had been quite competitive anyway with just single breaks in the previous two sets to Bob ‘n’ Mike…





This set was closer still – going to a TB … it looked as though Ball/Guccione would sneak it but a rash of UEs saw Carsten Ball hollering in frustration giving Bryan’s squared a mini-break that proved to be the decisive one and they took it in straights.



I missed the Bryans’ victory chest bump … meh!



And with that – we were done.

And this quite possibly is the end of the 2010 Wimbledon blogs – there may be a couple of chances for the Men’s and Women’s semis but only if I am VERY lucky… and there are probably a couple of bonus bloggies on their way …
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Wimbledon 2010 Days 10/11 - Previews

Women's semis - who would ever have thunk up THAT combination!!!
Bepa/Pronk!
S williams (ok well SOMEONE would have figure her out) v Kvitova

Had we stayed around we might have caught Hingis/Kournikova but I wanted to try for a single ticket to the men's semis - which I got!!! Have had the magic touch when it comes to the tickets-up-in-the-gods this year ...

Men's semis - again - who would EVER have thought we'd lose Roger.
Oh well - given we were there on the first day - when he ALMOST went out... maybe it wasn't such a big surprise!
Looking forward to both ... Nole/Berdych should be a good match.. and if Muzz brings out his A-Game from the get-go????

Blogs to follow as two consecutive days at Wimbledon mean no chance of getting a ticket to see Bepa in her first Slam final (except from the comfort of my little used sofa, this fortnight!)...
And if Muzz comes through in what I predict to be a tight 5-setter? well... it's be stupid not to try for a ticket in the gods...
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