It seemed for about an hour as though history was repeating itself for Rafael Nadal, who fell behind in his opening match at Wimbledon yesterday a year after making a first-round exit at the All England Club.
Sloane Stephens, the highest ranked U.S. woman at Wimbledon after Serena Williams and a quarterfinalist last year, was defeated in the first round by Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-2, 7-6.
Andy Murray will start the defense of his Wimbledon title against Belgium’s 104th-ranked David Goffin and could meet men’s top seed Novak Djokovic for a spot in the Wimbledon finals.
Second-ranked Novak Djokovic was made top seed at next week’s Wimbledon tennis championships, while world No. 1 Rafael Nadal was relegated to second.
"From the first point till the end of the match, every serve was like around 117 miles-per-hour."
- Li Na on Jun 23, 2011