Accent Reaction

Accent Reaction: Wimbledon ’21, Round 2

Wednesday

Some 50 first-round matches were yet to be decided when Wednesday rolled around. The day saw more than 80 singles matches across both draws.

Shots of the day

The reaction of both players tells it all
To find the court from so far out

Fun Moments

This is without a doubt the best gif out of Day 3

Medvedev hit the umpire’s microphone yesterday but they both laughed it off.

The Boulter vs Sabalenka match was a hoot and this lady surely agrees.

Tsonga lost to Ymer in five sets but gave his best efforts.

Stat of Day

Tweets of the Day

Upsets

Cornet – Andreescu

After their match in Berlin, we all expected another close match. Cornet, however, dropped just three games this time around.

Kyrgios, a.k.a. a part-time player

Getting Kyrgios in the first round was a horrible draw for Humbert. As expected, this match went deep into the 5th set.

Nishioka

Personally we think anytime a player lobs Isner, he should automatically win the match.

Other Notable Results

Tsonga – Ymer

Sabalenka – Boulter

Boulter excited the centre court after taking the opening set from second seed Sabalenka. While she did not take a lead in the next two sets, she kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Sabalenka gave back as good as she got.

Murray – Otte

After needed four sets to open the campaign, Andy went all the way to five against German qualifier Otte. He wrapped the match under the roof and did not hide away his emotions.

Thursday

Another day of good weather meant the Championships were able to conclude the second round before the sunset.

Match of the day

This description should definitely apply to the three-hour and 19-minute epic between last week’s Bad Homburg champion Kerber and Sorribes Tormo.

There were no easy points for either player, long rallies in almost every point, but the match was never monotonous.

Notable results

Linette – Svitolina

For the first time in her career, Magda Linette has defeated a top 10 player in a completed match, shocking 2019 semifinalist Svitolina in straight sets.

In some moments, Svitolina could do little except berate herself.

Pavlyuchenkova

It is good to the Russian reach the third round with a couple of straight-setters. When she started the week, Pavlyuchenkova hadn’t won a match at Wimbledon since 2016.

Badosa – Putintseva

Another player who did well in Paris last month, Badosa backed up her maiden Wimbledon main draw win over Bolsova with a straight set effort.

Ostapenko – Kasatkina

After not meeting each other for nearly four years, Ostapenko faced and defeated Kasatkina for the second week in a row.

The match had 18 breaks of service, 11 in the deciding set alone. The Eastbourne champion won 8-6 in the decider, though this 106-minute duel won’t be an epic in any books.

There were a couple of funny moments in this match.

Ostapenko talking with the umpire about the champagne pop.

Federer – Gasquet

Roger was close to losing a set to Gasquet for the first time in ages but eventually got the job done in straight sets.

There was some terrific shot-making from both players.

…and one commendable but unsuccessful tweener attempt from Roger.

Big day for Tomljanovic

Ajla has entered the third round of a Grand Slam for the second time in her career. The 2014 Roland-Garros was the other one time she did so. She digested a bagel to beat Berlin semifinalist Cornet and now has the easy task of beating Ostapenko.

Fun moments

We have seen more than one occasion of players complain about their shorts.

Wanna smash a racquet without damaging the grass? There is a way!

Upsets of the day

Another big name fell when Sorana Cirstea defeated 12th seed Victoria Azarenka, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. Vika served for the first set and also led the decider by a break.

Emma Raducanu, who hadn’t won a tour-level main draw until this week, has now beaten Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets.

Closing time

It was Felix’s turn to end the day for us, beating Ymer in four sets.

Finally…

We wanna leave you with Fritz’s heartwarming comeback from his knee injury a few weeks ago.

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