Two days in, and Wimbledon has yet to cough up the upset ‘heard round the world. The closest it’s come is No. 7 seed Jelena Jankovic’s loss yesterday (see below). But as is always the case in the first few rounds at Wimbledon, there was plenty of heartache—and delirious joy—to go around. And hats off to the qualifiers in both draws: Their first-round success rate was almost exactly 50 percent, which seems awfully good. Here is the Day 2 casualty report:
Sorana Cirstea of Romania was seeded No. 29, but she wasn’t able to draw energy from the recent success of her fellow countryman, Simona Halep. She lost to 18-year-old Victoria Duval of the U.S. in a wildly fluctuating match on court No. 6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The three matches Duval won in qualifying probably helped her retain her composure.
Duval, playing in a cool pair of shades tucked beneath her baseball hat, hit 26 winners to just 11 by Cirstea, and showed maturity and poise beyond her years, staving off seven of the eight break points Cirstea held. Duval will meet another prodigy, 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, in the second round. That match will be sponsored by Gerber’s.