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# It had to be you, it had to be you... #

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I'll have what they're having. When Rick Latham Guernsey last get

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to the third round of the Ladies' singles? Wended their kin of

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Switzerland last get knocked out in a second-round? How long could we

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expect this wretched rainy summer to avoid SW19? In case you're

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wondering, our opening tonight was an homage to Norah Ephron, who

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sadly Road today. She wrote When Harry Met Sally. Tracey was

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desperate to play the lead role. was perfect for it! I won't ask why.

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The empty chair will be filled at some time by John McEnroe. We have

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plenty of options for you on the red Button, should you choose to

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watch a live tennis over the next half-hour or so. The boy of this

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programme is, people go to work and cannot watch during the day, so we

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will show you the best bits -- the point of this programme. IM Heather

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Watson. I am 20 years old and I am from Guernsey. She left school at

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12 to go to the Bollettieri Academy in America, where she clearly

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didn't do maths. The fire described mass of in three words, I would say

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I am out going, bubbly, I love a good laugh and laugh when people

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make me laugh, I am quite ambitious and want to make the most of my

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career -- if I had to describe myself in three words. She won the

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US Open junior title, but her first-round win on Centre Court was

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her first ever victory at Wimbledon. Could she double that tally today

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against Jamie Lee Hampton? She got off to a flyer, but as the finish

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line made, things started getting I was just thinking when she was

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about to hit that, easy, but I was thinking maybe down the line there

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is a little bit of wind carrying it away. I was not sure it was the

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Nervous moments here. The crowd have seen is already in this second

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set. -- the crowd have seen this Jamie Lee Hampton is producing some

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interesting tennis. She is thinking a little more clearly, and coming

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up with some interesting place. She has made a lot of mistakes in the

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process, so head there is happening -- hair there is hoping for more.

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would challenge. That is the first use of Hawk-Eye in the entire match.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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Watson's first set was clearly act, I like that play a full stop. -- I

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I think it illustrates what she needs to improve. It is a bit

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predictable, her second serve. It is always about the same pace and

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Massive crescendo of noise Amanda court. -- around the court. Stay

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The longest rally of the match, 24 Her there does not want to make any

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It is very difficult to tell us subtle differences that happen with

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players. While digging up our Heather Watson now. It is the

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struggle now. -- I am thinking about Heather Watson now. She is

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still hitting well. Hampton says that she did challenge, she raised

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her hand. They might have thought she was just wiping her face with

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that gesture. It is probably the only -- it is probably only the

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second time she has played on a It wasn't quite so fast, but that

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Sir was deep and heavy. -- that She was one when away from a place

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in the third round. -- a one points away. It was a fantastic victory.

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The first English woman into the third round for a decade. We will

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reflect on her victory in a moment with John Lord, who has Mort from

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John Matt Frei! We will head to Court One. The No. 1 seed is in a

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The story of this opening set has been about power out apparent power.

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It is the Bulgarian who has largely It is about how the favourite and

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the world No. 1 deals with this as well. A look to the umpire. She

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decides she wants to employee Hawk- Finalist in three of the last four

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Grand Slams. She beat Sara Errani in Paris. So many people think this

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might be her fortnight in London. These are dark and dangerous times

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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Well, she is a champion, and it is It goes Longriggend and it draws up

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the first set point. -- it goes Mum and Dad watching. Wandering,

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Surely that is where Sharapova has to direct it most of the traffic?

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It is unconventional shot and it is a bit hit and miss. It can be

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broken down, particularly on the return. Sharapova survives for the

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time being. It is now pirouette's turn to try and serve out for the

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She did find a bit of grass-court What is causing the majority of

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107 mph. The ripped be on the Be on a couple of very nervous

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shots from the Bulgarian at the A character and ability. That is

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why so many think Sharapova will be lifting the famous Rose Water ball

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on Saturday week. -- ball. That is the why she is the world No.

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1, French Open champion. And talk about world No. 1. On Centre Court

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at the moment, Novak Djokovic is playing against Ryan Harrison of

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the USA. As we head back to Maria Sharapova, let's check on a former

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Grand Slam champion, Li Na. So she is playing Sorana Cirstea. Back to

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Sharapova. Maybe this is normal service resumed. What do you think,

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Sam? Is that crisis over? I am not sure Sharapova will have seen that

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as a crisis. Rankings do not live. Pironkova has lost more matches

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than she has a won this year. -- She has a bit more digging to do.

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Has to hold on to this next service game to stay in the set. What is

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tricky, his Pironkova has managed to get her on the move. It did not

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happen at the French Open on a far slower surface that she struggles

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to move on. If you can get Sharapova out to the wings in

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difficult spots, it is a different When she gets on the front foot and

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she is dominating, getting in the first strike, then to be honest,

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the less you last Arena Williams, maybe Victoria Azarenka, then you

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All of a sudden those backhands that were finding the line are

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Still trying to force it out, Sharapova. Trying to make it happen

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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Sharapova trying to pick her way at that forehand. Very well read by

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She looked like she had this game in the bag. Now she is set point

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How deep is she having to dig? But, from being 5-2 down not so long ago,

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I'd do think that forehand, she just starts to roll it a little bit

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rather than hit through it. But this is about who is down at the

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other end. When you have a great champion coming after you, you can

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almost feel them coming across the net. That is what is affecting the

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Bulgarian on the key points. Sharapova beats you not just with

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her game, but with her personality You look across the net and see

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She has never beaten a world No. 1. She had a couple of opportunities

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against Justine Henin in 2007 and It does not a matter who you are,

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if you are going to serve like that, there won't get near it. She has an

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unbelievable fast arm. She pretty much serves with a forehand grip.

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It is very unconventional. It is Known as Pironkova who is feeling

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the pressure. It is a gloomy evening, not getting any lighter.

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Sharapova were not hope to get this game over with -- Sharapova will

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have hoped to get his game over with. I think she will just come

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back tomorrow and reassert her a authority. She is used to having so

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much more control and authority. She popped to Spain straight after

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winning in Paris. She has been here practising a long time. All the

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money she has earned, winning matches is what makes her tick. She

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is here to win. I love the story of her dad, when she cut to say she

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had won the French Open, -- when she called to say she had won the

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French Open, he said he had watched it on a television exercising on

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It is not ideal. It was in the air a long time. When in jobs, it

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accelerated. -- when it dropped, it As much as she attempts to erase

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their hard drive, she cannot escape the scoreboard. She is two points

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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He that is what you call stepping up. -- and that is what you call

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For a I am amazed she did not pick . You can see her reaction. Every

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time she has got a soft in his position, the position to close out

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the set, it is as if the muscles have contracted -- every time she

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If ever there was a remote that could turn water took eyes,

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Sharapova just delivered it -- if ever there was a knock that could

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Where any more or any tie-break -- we are heading for a tie-break. She

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was still continuing her personal cheerleading contest after that

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That was unbelievable, Sharapova was playing left-handed. She is

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left-handed naturally. She got a racket put in her right hand,

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because back in the day in Russia, they were pretty much only allowed

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How they look at this. -- have are I always think if you play the top

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champions, you get one or two chances. Pironkova has blinked,

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hasn't she? I don't think you get the opportunity against players

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like this, you get the opportunity and you have to go for it, they do

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The reader learns she was born will next month a -- it was like she was

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on wheels! She is having to try and get through this set doing things

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that are not terribly natural for her. It is the part of the game she

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has worked so hard on, it pays She has worked so hard. There seems

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to read something inevitable about this now. Plenty of traffic going

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to that Pironkova forehand, which looked great in the first few games

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when everything was going well. As soon as she gets tight and it has

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been battered and battered, she Not been easier now that Sharapova

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has had. -- not been the easiest She has gone wide. The set is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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Getting the thought process strayed. Pironkova is down on her knees.

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Sharapova moves ahead. Unexpectedly, it is the top seed that takes this

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first set. Down but not out, but if you

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suspect Sharapova has about 45 minutes until it gets dark to get

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the job done. If you want live tennis, there is plenty going on on

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the red button. What you might be able to see his Novak Djokovic,

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playing a on Centre Court against playing a on Centre Court against

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Ryan Harrison of the USA. He has won the first set 6-4, and is going

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with serve in the second. While we are watching the tie-break, a

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leading fancy for the women's singles has gone out.

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For former French Open champion from last year, Li Na is out. She

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was beaten by a player eight years her junior. Sorana Cirstea from

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Romania, who she has met twice before and never lost a set too.

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But she last 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. -- 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

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Obviously a huge disappointment for the billions of people watching in

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China. To the millions who are watching Heather Watson, it seems

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like an eternity, John, hello. She is great in terms of attitude isn't

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she? She is the fiery and loves the big occasion. When you get the

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wildcards, you get an opportunity but some go out at an don't embrace

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the situation. She has and it is a great look for the future. Great

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attitude, so positive. We have seen her improve. She played in

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Australia a couple of years ago, a great attitude and a pleasure to be

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around. It is important she won today. I came here watching when

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she was a junior. She has improved every year. I saw her at the US

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Open a couple of years ago to take Sharapova to three sets. She has a

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bright future and only 20 years old. Let's talk without turning it into

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a Sherlock Holmes addition, from Heather Watson to Jamie Baker. He

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was playing Andy Baker, a match held over from last night. Jamie

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Baker played very well didn't he, John? He played a stunning match.

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And he has made a breakthrough. He is in the top 200 for the first

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time. He is attacking the ball, taking it on. This will give him

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confidence. This will give him confident he can play with that big

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guns. What about Andy Roddick? has been struggling with injury,

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will turn 30 this year. Maybe Eastbourne was what propelled him

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forward? He had lost five matches in a row and he needed a match when

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before he came to Wimbledon. last time Prince Charles came here

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was to see Ann Jones begin the defence of her title in 1970. He

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has not been here since. 42 years on, he and the Duchess of Cornwall

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or back to see the royalty of tennis. They came to see Roger

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Federer against Fabio Fognini. What did you make a Roger Federer?

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has only lost nine games in the first two grounds. He loves it here,

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first two grounds. He loves it here, is having fun. This is the surface

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for him. It is going to be tough tournament, but this is his best

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chance to win another Grand Slam, and I stick by that. It is hard to

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know what form he is in, because he has been able to stroll through. He

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relished playing in front Irvin Royal audience and it was a

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performance all the papers are also a was a performance fit for a King.

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It did rain a bit, as you know. It has been one of those days when

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people tried to be cool, but not everybody did it with any degree of

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success. Jeremy Chardy entered the

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Consumers' professional. He failed to hold his own against Monaco or

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stock when you don't make it an unmissable smash, you know it is

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not your day. Monaco's issues one more mental than physical. He got

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back on story to win in four sets. Philipp Petzschner went for long

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socks, not cool. And he then went two sets up against the German,

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Florin Mayer. Mayer pulled his socks up, took it to a 5th set and

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illustrated the downs and ups of this encounter in the last game of

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the match to take victory. No mistaking the cool of Dustin Brown.

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He played David Ferrer. Those shades are cool, if you can carry

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them off. Janko Tipsarevic can come and did against Ryan Sweeting.

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Tipsarevic likes reading "you, too will save the world" by Dostoevsky.

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He is ensued the 4th round here -- third round but the first time in a

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few years. The rain came last night at a an

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inopportune time for two players because they were at match point.

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This is Sara Errani, and Coco Vandeweghe. Overcame out, did their

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stretching and 15 minutes of knocking up, you take every last

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ounce of it. Match point down, Vandeweghe to serve. Fault. Second

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serve. So that it was it. It lasted seven seconds. There we have been

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trying to look at the record books to see if it is the shortest ever

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resumption of a tennis match in a Grand Slam. Also, they were all

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smiling. Moving on. A couple of big names gone out in the Ladies'

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Singles. Not just Li Na, Sam Stosur, what was your thoughts on this?

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Stosur was too negative. She struggles on grass. She has played

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here 10 times and lost five in the first round. She doesn't have

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enough time to set up for those lengthy strokes. That is Arantxa

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Rus going at through. Also someone keeping -- biting the dust is

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Caroline Wozniacki. She had some match points, but could not convert.

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Paszek came through and force hard. What a great match for her.

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Centre Court crowd were very fortunate, that it was the only

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match on there about two hours a. It was a tremendous game. Paszek,

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she hits the ball very well. hits a very hard, she was a more

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aggressive. Wozniacki last year was No 1 in the world for all her but

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one week. She has not had a great 2012. She will have to start

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driving her ground strokes if she wants to be in the leads of the

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game. Let's look at other matches around. Centre Court, Djokovic is a

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3-2 down in the second set. A break point for Ryan Harrison, but he did

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not manage to make it. That match is under the roof, so it will be

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played to finish. I think there is an 11pm curfew. Meanwhile,

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Sharapova on Court 1 is at one apiece and serving at 30-0 to take

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a 2-1 lead into the second set. I am being told, if you are on

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Freeview, the moments the Sharapova match ends, or they stopped play

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because it is dark, you can watch the Djokovic match her on three

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view. Andy Murray is playing Karlovic and what a different

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opponent to Davydenko. Those serves will be coming down at 130 mph. How

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do you see them and how do you get them back? His first round opponent,

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Davydenko could not Kuerten. But it is the best match I have seen Andy

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Murray play in the opening round of a Grand Slam. Totally different

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tomorrow, but I still see him coming through. Murray is one of

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the best returners in the game. He may drop a set. Karlovic is 6 ft 10.

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He has the power, the trajectory, but lucky for Murray he is a one of

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the best returners in the game will stop he just wants to look for

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tomorrow, but if he looks forward he has a lot of very tall,

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dangerous servers in his draw. Mentally, keeping strong. He wants

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to get them through as quick as possible in the first week. Does

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not want to get dragged into two long matches if he can help it.

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Also, James Ward at playing Mardy Fish. Can he win that? I don't

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think it would have been a while ago, but Mardy Fish has had health

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problems and not much match practice. But you have to say Mardy

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Fish is the favourite. Mardy Fish has not played for a few months.

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Anne Keothavong has a very tough match as well. What do you make of

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them? It will be tough, but a bit of optimism from the Brits this

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week. A lot of optimism with Andy Murray the stock better to place

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Sara Errani on grass and it is on clay. Sara Errani won't be tired

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after today will she. She did not play a shot. The match is going on,

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you would expect Sharapova to come through that? I would now.

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Pironkova had the set point and she did not convert. Then Sharapova got

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down three more set points but came back with three on returnable

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service. That is why she stands out. She is still my tip for the

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tournament. The Djokovic? He is playing very well. Let's end as we

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did last night on an optimistic mood as far as British tennis is

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concerned. For the first time in a decade we have a play into the

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