Everyone's favourite umpire

Credit: Lou

Everyone's favourite umpire

We're now rolling towards the end of Wimbledon, with each day bringing closer and closer matches, and more and more excitement. Yesterday saw the surprising defeat of Roger Federer, who took it very gracefully, as he always does. We also saw Murray and Nadal both beat off their opponents to secure a meeting between them tomorrow. That's going to be a tough one for Murray.

Today, though, we are back to the women's side of the draw, with Ladies' Semi-Finals Day. On Centre Court today, we have up first Victoria Azarenka versus Petra Kvitova. I don't know much about these two, except Azarenka is a shrieker, but she comes on court listening to her iPod which is fun. Kvitova knocked out Pironkova who I quite liked, so I'm not sure about her yet.

After that match, we'll see Maria Sharapova versus Sabine Lisicki. I'm torn on this one. Lisicki has been doing an amazing job, and she's very smiley which helps. But Sharapova seems to have improved her attitude tenfold this year, and it'd be nice if she could do well after her shoulder thing.

On the other courts, there are all kinds of doubles matches taking place. I'm not particularly partial to doubles myself, but I like spotting names such as Goran Ivanisevic. He was in the crowd yesterday, but will be out on court in the Invitation Doubles Final event.

Court 12 has the event with Mansour Bahrami and Andrew Castle that Lou has been waiting for, but the only question is if it will be shown on any streams. The action gets underway at 12pm, and the Centre Court battles will begin at 1pm.

124 responses

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 11:32

    Another dramatic start from Ms Barker.

  • lou30/06/2011 at 12:15

    ooohhh! Bahrami is playing now!! Christine you're awesome, thank you for pointing it out. tis on red button too!

  • lou30/06/2011 at 12:15

    i've missed two sets cause ive been packing but i dont care :)

  • lou30/06/2011 at 12:16

    also thanks to wimbledon 3 of my pics are on the spc homepage :)

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:18

    also thanks to wimbledon 3 of my pics are on the spc homepage :)

    We don't have many tennis correspondents :)

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:19

    I do like that Azarenka's top has longer sleeves.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:27

    That silly alarm came back!

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:28

    Interesting that these two stopped and stared at the umpire, whereas the other two got on with it last time.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:30

    Looks like Kvitova has the edge so far. 4-1 at the moment.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:32

    Azarenka took the long sleeves off and now she's losing. Coincidence?

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 12:33

    Azarenka took the long sleeves off and now she's losing. Coincidence?

    she has detachable sleeves?

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:34

    she has detachable sleeves?

    I think it might have been a jumper.

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 12:35

    I think it might have been a jumper.

    oh.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:37

    First set Kvitova 6-1. Took 27 minutes.

  • lou30/06/2011 at 12:41

    Branson is there.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:49

    Blimey, Azarenka 3-0 in the second set. Weirdest match ever.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:50

    Robert Redford is there.

  • Marti30/06/2011 at 12:50

    Blimey, Azarenka 3-0 in the second set. Weirdest match ever.

    Then she's won, hasn't she?

    Quite shocking to see Sharapova losing that way.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:51

    Quite shocking to see Sharapova losing that way.

    Sharapova hasn't started her match yet.

    If Azarenka gets this set, they'll go into a third.

  • Marti30/06/2011 at 12:53

    Sharapova hasn't started her match yet.

    Thanks, it seems I am still asleep hehe.

    If Azarenka gets this set, they'll go into a third.

    One question. Will you go to the Wimbledon before the tournament ends?

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 12:56

    One question. Will you go to the Wimbledon before the tournament ends?

    Me? No.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:03

    Kvitova's coach has left his seat. Perhaps he got bored.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:10

    He came back again.

  • Mav30/06/2011 at 13:11

    He came back again.

    Did he find her mojo?

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:11

    Did he find her mojo?

    You know, I think he did.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 13:11

    Gooo Vika!

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:12

    Gooo Vika!

    (which one is that?)

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 13:14

    (which one is that?)

    Azarenka :)

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:15

    Second set to Azarenka.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:22

    Uh oh, early break points to Kvitova.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 13:25

    Uh oh, early break points to Kvitova.

    boo I want a super screechy masha Vika final

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:26

    boo I want a super screechy masha Vika final

    That is definitely what mute buttons were made for.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:29

    Kvitova sounds like she's barking.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:40

    Cliff Richard's suit is the Wimbly green and purple.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 13:46

    Random guy from the crowd playing in jeans and tshirt in the over 45s doubles. Officials won't like that!

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 13:54

    Double faults to end the match are never great

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 13:54

    Azarenka loses. Boo.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 13:56

    Double faults to end the match are never great

    That wasn't nice

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 13:57

    Azarenka loses. Boo.

    I am interested to see a leftie in the final. I think I'm hoping for Lisicki to meet her in the final.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:03

    Lisicki is also listening to something as she walks out. Mr C will approve.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:03

    I am interested to see a leftie in the final. I think I'm hoping for Lisicki to meet her in the final.

    Lisicki is clearly just trying to finish a podcast before the match... #affinity

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:09

    I think she just said, "that's unchartered territory"

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:10

    I think she just said, "that's unchartered territory"

    I haven't personally booked this territory to take me to Spain?!?!

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:10

    I think she just said, "that's unchartered territory"

    :)

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:11

    Of all the places to explode into life... I wasn't expecting Birmingham to be the place.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:15

    I can exclusively reveal that Lisicki was listening to the Farming Today podcast. She's well behind though, and if she loses it will be because she's worried about a proposed badger cull in September 2009

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:15

    I can exclusively reveal that Lisicki was listening to the Farming Today podcast. She's well behind though, and if she loses it will be because she's worried about a proposed badger cull in September 2009

    Shh, spoilers.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:16

    Shh, spoilers.

    He he :)

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:16

    Shh, spoilers.

    He he :)

    How far behind are you really?

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:17

    What is up with Sharapova? Lisicki breaks already!

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:17

    Unexpected!

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:17

    How far behind are you really?

    A few months. I don't want to talk about it :)

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:18

    A few months. I don't want to talk about it :)

    Ok :)

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 14:18

    2 Aussies in the junior boys semifinals, commentators are stoked.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:19

    A few months. I don't want to talk about it :)

    Every morning I go down my list of podcasts and update all of the ! ones so I don't lose any BBC ones. #sameproblem

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 14:19

    What is up with Sharapova? Lisicki breaks already!

    perhaps she knew I went and had a shower between matches and wasn't watching. Back now though. I don't mind who wins this one, I like em both :)

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:22

    Double faults galore for Maria.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:22

    Sue Barker earlier said Lisicki had a misdiagnosed ankle. Misdiagnosed as an elbow? A shoulder? Sue didn't say.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:25

    Four double faults!

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:25

    Sharapova is too tight. She needs to take a break, have a kitkat or something.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:26

    Lucky

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:27

    Sharapova is too tight. She needs to take a break, have a kitkat or something.

    It would be awesome if they sat down and had a drink and a kitkat. That running guy eats chicken nuggets, I don't see what harm some chocolate would do.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:28

    It would be awesome if they sat down and had a drink and a kitkat. That running guy eats chicken nuggets, I don't see what harm some chocolate would do.

    Exactly. They could order up interval drinks and snacks.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:28

    Exactly. They could order up interval drinks and snacks.

    Or have a vending machine!

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:28

    Or have a vending machine!

    Perfect!

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:30

    Perfect!

    You'd have somebody sneaky like Nadal paying for everything in 5ps so it took ages and the other player didn't get a go.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:31

    You'd have somebody sneaky like Nadal paying for everything in 5ps so it took ages and the other player didn't get a go.

    And then it would get stuck and they'd have to give it a shove.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:32

    And then it would get stuck and they'd have to give it a shove.

    McEnroe getting frustrated when they didn't have a twix.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 14:32

    And then it would get stuck and they'd have to give it a shove.

    better getting stuck in the machine than stuck in his throat

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:33

    Rrubbish.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 14:34

    These tennis players seem to have been in the wars.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:36

    better getting stuck in the machine than stuck in his throat

    Now I've seen everything.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 14:37

    Now I've seen everything.

    needless to say "i have a banana stuck in my throat" is a tag on my tennis community :)

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 14:37

    These tennis players seem to have been in the wars.

    plenty of the serbs and croatians have been :)

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 14:51

    Sharapova ahead now.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:04

    Good grief. Two more double faults in a row for Maria.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:06

    Now she is "come on" ing every point. Bah.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:06

    Now she is "come on" ing every point. Bah.

    go lisicki? i find it hard to look past the word sick in her name though.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:09

    That might well be it for Lisiki

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:10

    did she have sleeves on before? is london cold today?

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:10

    did she have sleeves on before? is london cold today?

    I think she put them on. Whereas whatshername earlier took them off.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:11

    I think she put them on. Whereas whatshername earlier took them off.

    i like it when they wear things that make me go 'ooh i could run in a top like that' because i certainly can't run in a tennis dress.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:11

    did she have sleeves on before? is london cold today?

    I have shorts on. But i'm inside.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:11

    I have shorts on. But i'm inside.

    giggles, you don't have legs. i don't believe it.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:12

    giggles, you don't have legs. i don't believe it.

    Good point!

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:13

    Good point!

    blue shirts and trousers, it's the only way. Otherwise your wee girl won't recognise her daddy :)

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:14

    i like it when they wear things that make me go 'ooh i could run in a top like that' because i certainly can't run in a tennis dress.

    you could with those leggings things they wear (no idea if that's the right word), but then you wouldn't need the dress then i guess. which raises the question, can women tennis players wear shorts for a game?

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:15

    you could with those leggings things they wear (no idea if that's the right word), but then you wouldn't need the dress then i guess. which raises the question, can women tennis players wear shorts for a game?

    Venus is wearing shorts. Sorta.

  • Liss30/06/2011 at 15:15

    you could with those leggings things they wear (no idea if that's the right word), but then you wouldn't need the dress then i guess. which raises the question, can women tennis players wear shorts for a game?

    You knew they were leggings....trying to play it down and all cool like ;-)

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:15

    Venus is wearing shorts. Sorta.

    ah-ha!

    You knew they were leggings....trying to play it down and all cool like

    it didn't look right written down :)

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:16

    Venus is wearing shorts. Sorta.

    ...hold on, venus is playing?

  • Liss30/06/2011 at 15:16

    it didn't look right written down

    Sure ;-)

    I'm sure you'd look quite the catch in leggings :-)

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:16

    you could with those leggings things they wear (no idea if that's the right word), but then you wouldn't need the dress then i guess. which raises the question, can women tennis players wear shorts for a game?

    some of them wear shorts, and some more successfully than others. I do own a pair of shorts that are technically tennis shorts :)

    Before I bought all this running stuff I did sometimes used to exercise in my house in a tennis dress because it was the only thing I owned that was made of that fancy dri-fit fabric. I looked ridiculous.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:17

    ...hold on, venus is playing?

    No, shoulda been past tense.

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:17

    I'm sure you'd look quite the catch in leggings

    *looks down*

    erm...

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:18

    that fancy dri-fit fabric

    whu?

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:20

    whu?

    stuff that you can sweat in without it getting soaking wet making you feel like you've sat in your clothes in a bath :)

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:20

    stuff that you can sweat in without it getting soaking wet making you feel like you've sat in your clothes in a bath

    in need that for podcasting!

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:24

    Lewis met the Judy! I'm so jealous of him.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:27

    blue shirts and trousers, it's the only way. Otherwise your wee girl won't recognise her daddy :)

    To be fair here is the entire gamut of clothing options...

    Top

    Are you on holiday?

    - Yes - White or Blue shirt or the pink and blue short sleeved random shirt

    - No - Blue Shirt

    Is it Cold?

    - Yes - Add a Blue Jumper

    Are you going out and it is cold?

    - Yes - Is it a work day?

    ----Yes - Suit Jacket

    ----No - Brown Jacket

    Bottoms

    Is it a work day?

    - Yes - Suit Trousers

    - No - Is it summer?

    ---- Yes - Tan shorts

    ---- No - Tan Trousers

    Shoes

    Are your legs wearing something tan?

    - No - black shoes + socks

    - Yes - Are you wearing shorts?

    ---- Yes - Deck shoes + no socks

    ---- No - Other brown shoes + socks

    I think that's everything :)

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:27

    maria is getting louder

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:28

    maria is getting louder

    And more annoying.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:29

    And more annoying.

    i'd hate to see how Ana would behave if she ever made it this far into a slam again.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:29

    I think that's everything :)

    being male sounds easy :)

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:30

    being male sounds easy :)

    It sure is.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:30

    It sure is.

    But we do get man flu which is very bad.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:31

    But we do get man flu which is very bad.

    :D

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:40

    well done maria, its been a long time since you've been in a final!

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:41

    well done maria, its been a long time since you've been in a final!

    ooh, i'll get to watch.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:41

    Boo. I've decided I don't like her.

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:43

    Boo. I've decided I don't like her.

    What did she do? I was away for a moment.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:43

    Boo. I've decided I don't like her.

    ive never been a big fan. i feel like if she loses kait might crawl into a hole and i'll never see her again, she's taken this roger thing very hard :(

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:45

    What did she do? I was away for a moment.

    Dunno. Just annoying. The screaming, the come ons even when it's not you doing well, it's the other playing doing badly, that she beat Lisicki, and that she has some kind of perfected routine of waving to every side of the court when she wins.

    None particularly bad but all together too much :)

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:46

    What did she do? I was away for a moment.

    :)

    i fully expect to be dumped via that same due process.

    - "mr c, i've decided i don't like you"

    - "but, but... i've just been sat here? i didn't move."

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:46

    None particularly bad but all together too much :)

    I don't like that her legs are so long. I feel stumpy just looking at her :D

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:47

    None particularly bad but all together too much :)

    Ah ok. That was what I had been thinking too and why I was backing smiley lisicki.

  • Amy30/06/2011 at 15:47

    Ah ok. That was what I had been thinking too and why I was backing smiley lisicki.

    her smile is awesome :)

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 15:47

    - "but, but... i've just been sat here? i didn't move."

    :)

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:47

    - "but, but... i've just been sat here? i didn't move."

    - "exactly"

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:48

    - "exactly"

    :)

  • Alex Andronov30/06/2011 at 15:48

    So I'm backing kivititititica

  • Mr C30/06/2011 at 15:58

    anyone talked about netmix this tournament?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/wimbledon/netmix/

    turn down the grunting, but keep the commentary loud.

  • Christine30/06/2011 at 16:00
  • Amy30/06/2011 at 16:01

    www.bbc.co.uk/5li…wimbledon/netmix/

    very fun! I don't like grunting but I do like the thwack thwack thwack of the ball though so that makes life tough