Jordyn Wieber’s tearful ouster gave NBC big ratings last night, but today Venus and Serena William, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick are all moving forward in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Williams sisters and Federer are wowing audiences, and there’s plenty of new images below.
Tennis fans had quite the powerhouse day today at the London 2012 Olympic Games as the Williams sisters continue conquering Wimbledon, and Roger Federer is showing everyone he’s back and ready to take everything with it. Andy Roddick got through to the next round, and he really worked hard for it as you’ll see in the images below.
Venus Williams may not be matching the success of younger sister Serena, but she still knocked out ninth-ranked Sara Errani to reach the second round today making for a great match to watch. It feels like so long since we’ve seen the elder sister play like there’s no tomorrow, and watching this game live was just a remembrance of those glory days returned. Wimbledon was familiar turf as she’s won five of her seven Grand Slam titles here.
Not to be left out, less than a half-hour later after big sis Williams won on Court 2, younger sister Serena closed out a second-round victory on Court 1, beating Urszula Radwanska of Poland, 6-2, 6-3. Serena defeated Radwanska’s sister, Agnieszka, in the Wimbledon final this month. The Sisters are back with a vengeance this time around. I can’t wait to see how all these players do at the U.S. Open which will be here before you know it. They’ll only have a few weeks to rest, but they won’t be getting much preparing for the Arther Ashe Stadium which we’ll be covering too.
The man everyone’s buzzing about at the London Olympic Games is Roger Federer as he’s proving to be the man to beat. Julien Benneteau might have been able to take the first two sets from Federer at Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago, but oh how things have quickly changed. The match took just 58 minutes and was all Federer from the start for straight sets of 6-2, 6-2.
The Swiss sensation is now at the third round, and it looks like he’s determined to finally win the elusive first singles medal.
Andy Roddick seems to be more under the radar, but after being delayed by the rain, he’s back after an eight-year absence at the Olympic Games. He lost in the third round at the 2004 Games and skipped Beijing in 2008. “I served really well,” he said. “I would have liked to have converted more break points. But I got a couple and, thankfully, that’s all I needed.”
Being unseeded, he’ll face quite the daunting challenge in the second round in the form of Novak Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, not to mention the U.S. Open champion. If you didn’t see that powerhouse game between Djokovic and Raphael Nadal, it’s worth watching. For those that have seen it, you know what Roddick is up against. “The guy has been the best player in the world over the last couple of years,” Roddick said. “It’s going to be tough. But the situation, we’ve both been through it a million times. I’m going to have to serve well and take some chances on returns.”
So as not to leave anyone else out of today’s tennis action: Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania on Centre Court, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Lleyton Hewitt of Australian and Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, both three-time Olympians, won their opening matches. No. 9-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina, No. 13 Marin Cilic of Croatia, No. 16 Richard Gasquet of France and big-serving Milos Raonic of Canada also advanced.