Grass court drama

The championship is approaching the end and is pretty much following long-established traditions. The second day was a complete washout, with heavy rain and high winds preventing any play whatsoever, and all British interest, bar Tim Henman, ceased by the completion of Round Two, leaving the No. 5 seed to take on the big guns ploughing through the men’s draw. A straight sets defeat by Lleyton Hewitt also marked the end of Goran Ivanisevic’s long Wimbledon career. Record singles champion Martina Navratilova, on the other hand, briefly resurrected hers after a 10-year absence. The 47-year-old powered past her first-round opponent before losing out to Gisela Dulko in three sets. She found herself in good company as both Venus Williams and French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, seeded three and two, suffered early surprise defeats.

Other prominent victims of SW19’s fast grass courts during the first week were Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Guillermo Corea and Greg Rusedski. The middle Saturday was another washout and Wimbledon enjoyed only its third ever ‘People’s Sunday’ in its 137-year history in order to overcome its 120-match backlog.

PS. Scientists have found the perfect formula for Wimbledon’s favourite snack, strawberries and cream. The ideal serving should be made up of a 105g dollop of cream on a punnet of seven fruit weighing 210g – a ratio of 2:1. Furthermore, researchers have discovered that yoghurt works even better, bringing out more flavour in the strawberry.