On the lawns of Wimbledon 2021, it was a day of strong emotions for the crowd present at Church Road. Carla Suarez Navarro played an amazing first round match against world no.1 Ashleigh Barty. On Center Court, Carla was defeated in three sets.
Barty dominated the first and third, Carla won the second at the tie-break. Final score 6-1 6 (1) -7 6-1. It was the last match of the Spaniard on the lawns of the All England Club. She will retire at the end of the season. The emotions are many.
Like the ones that Serena Williams must have experienced. The American champion in the 7th game of her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, showed severe pain in her right leg during the changeover and was forced to resort to medical time out.
Serena began to show all her emotions about her and in tears she decided to withdraw, and she was warmly greeted by all the crowd present on the Center Court. Roger Federer, instead, passes the first round cut on the Church Road lawns for the eighteenth time in his career, but he probably doesn't give himself the answers he needed, taking advantage of Adrian Mannarino's retirement after four sets of pain.
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Even at Wimbledon Benoit Paire made headlines. Paire is back on the pitch to finish the match that began yesterday against Diego Schwartzman. Under 2 sets to 0, the Frenchman did nothing to reopen the game and let go of many points without even trying to hit the ball.
On 5-0 (30-0), Paire received an inevitable warning for lack of commitment. The expert chair judge Mohamed Lahyani did not grant him the medical time out and justified his choice with these words: "You can't play like this, you have to show more sportsmanship and give your best on the pitch.
I can't call the physiotherapist. for this." One person in the crowd said: "You're wasting everyone's time!" Asked about the story at a press conference, Paire said: "The fan's words didn't make me warm or cold.
I don't care about people; I play tennis for myself. I don't play to entertain people." A few hours ago, Simona Halep published her official decision regarding the upcoming Tokyo Olympics on social media: "Nothing gives me more pride than representing Romania, but unfortunately the rehabilitation from my calf injury takes more time and I made the decision to give up on the Olympic Games this summer.
After the disappointment of missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon having to give up the Games is hard to swallow, but I am determined to come back stronger than before. I will watch and cheer the Romanian athletes from home."