Wednesday, June 22, 2011
(L-R) Stephanie Foretz Gacon, France OUT, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France ADVANCED, Serena Williams, USA ADVANCED, James Blake, USA OUT, and Heather Watson , GBR MATCH POSTPONED
Serena Williams, USA (7) defeated Aravane Rezai, FRA
6-3, 3-6, 6-1
"I'm not a crier," said Serena Williams.
"I didn't expect to have any emotions," she said. "But it was definitely so emotional for me because, you know, throughout the last 12 months I've been through a lot of things that you guys don't even know about. It's just been a long, arduous road. To stand up still is pretty awesome.
"This was probably the most emotional I've gotten after a match. I think my first time, maybe, was when I won the US Open way back in '99. I think I got a little emotional then. But this was Centre Court; defending champion and it's Wimbledon. It doesn't get bigger than this."
"I don't think I played well," she said. "I could have done a lot of things. I had a lot of unforced errors. But it was all about going out there and doing what I could under a lot of pressure."
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA (12) defeated Go Soeda, JPN
6-3, 77-64, 6-2
James Blake, USA defeated by Marcos Baghdatis, CYP (32)
4-6, 2-6, 77-65, 6-4, 4-6
Asked if he thought this loss signaled the consideration of retirement, Blake responded, "That's going to be a decision that's going to take longer than one match, and I wouldn't want to make it within an hour, two hours, or even a day of a loss, especially because your head isn't where it's supposed to be at that time."
"I've lost over the years, probably, about a couple of hundred matches, and I'd say out of 200, about 198 of them I probably thought I should retire right after those losses. But I'd come back the next day ready to play and ready to get better. I'm thinking this one will be the same."
Stephanie Foretz Gacon, FRA defeated by Andrea Petkovic, GER (11)
Heather Watson, GBR and her Mom Michelle.
Heather Watson, GBR vs. Mathilde Johansson, FRA
Match postponed until Wednesday - Day 3