Wimbledon 2011: Day 8

28 June, 2011 at 10:30 (GMT+01:00)

By Lukeh

Sidepodcast F1: No time for a rest Jo, you have a Roger to prepare for!

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No time for a rest Jo, you have a Roger to prepare for!

How can you follow up a day like that at Wimbledon? Well, I have an idea - how about more awesome tennis to behold and enjoy? Yes, whilst yesterday was an absolute mammoth of a day with big names falling out and some huge matches being played today is no different and there's plenty to look forward to down on the hallowed greens of SW19.

So, Day 7. What a day that was. As the sun came out to scorch tennis fans, some waiting all weekend in tents outside the grounds, it wasn't just the weather that was impressing. Andy Murray stormed his way to victory with an impressive straight set victory over Richard Gasquet despite the rising temperatures with a very impressive victory. As well as this, Rafa Nadal took a step further to retaining the championship following a very, very entertaining match with Juan Martin Del Potro late last night although a foot injury is yet to be examined for Nadal. Hopefully he'll be alright but I really was kind of hoping Del Potro would win. He put up a good fight though. Elsewhere, Roger Federer, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Novak Djokovic and Bernard Tomic booked their place in the final 16 respectively. It's quite impressive that Tomic has made it this far considering he's the first qualifier in 11 years to make it into the final 16, so fair play to him.

The big shocks came in the Womens' championship though as some very big names in the game fell out of the tournament. Of course, one of the big talking points about Wimbledon this year has been the return of the Williams' sisters and both Venus and Serena found themselves on the losing side of the net, losing to Tsvetana Pironkova and Marion Bartoli respectively. On the plus side this does mean we'll get a new champion and it's always nice when we get a new champion from the year before so yay! It's also another missed opportunity for a Grand Slam championship for Caroline Wozniacki, as the world Number One was also eliminated by Dominika Cibulkova. I miss Li Na. Her name was easy to type. I'm also kind of amazed that the World No. 1 has never won a Grand Slam. Tennis, you crazy.

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But that was yesterday and there is plenty to look forward today, as you can see on the schedule of play with the emphasis on the various doubles championships and Womens quarterfinals it seems. Ohh this is going to be fun to type with their names! On Centre Court from 1pm this afternoon we have a tantalising little clash set up between Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli, both beating big favourites in the previous round. I'm putting my money on Lisicki as her serve slightly scares me. I don't think we need to have Wimbledon 3D just yet. Later on in the same court Maria Sharapova will continue her march through the championship as she goes up against Dominika Cibulkova in the battle of long names, before the final match scheduled for the day there including Jamie Murray as he looks to progress from the second round of Mixed Doubles. Mmm. Mixed Doubles sounds like a Crunch Corner yoghurt. Of course this is all only the Centre Court stuff and you'll find much, much more on that Schedule of Play than I could ever do justice explaining. There's something for everyone then, see!

Let's hope there's plenty more brilliant matches on court today because yesterday was slightly ridiculous. My brain totally melted trying to keep up with all the results and news when I got in from work and that wasn't even the heat. Even Roger Federer tried to do that move that Andy Murray keeps doing and succeeded in fashionable style! I'm not quite sure why it's called the Hot Dog. Why not the Alley-Oop? I'm sad that Federer has to play Tsonga in the next round too. They should both go through and be a tag team of awesome against the rest of the singles guys. Much better idea. Enjoy Day 8, tennis fans!

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