Two days after she first took to the court, women’s sixth seed Ana Ivanovic advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Aravane Rezai of France. The 19-year-old Serb will be relieved by her rain-interrupted win, for the straight sets scoreline belies a close fought match, at least in the first set.
Justine Henin headed the field into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the left-handed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland that proved she is in convincing form for the countdown to winning the Wimbledon title for the first time.
Venus Williams made heavy weather of her rain-disrupted clash with Japan's Akiko Morigami before sealing victory in three sets and escaping the “Graveyard of Champions” curse of Court 2. In a match split into two fairly even halves by the showers which ended play on Saturday, Williams finally squeezed through 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, but only after a few struggles in the Monday half of the match.
Some players court controversy, while others prefer to “take every day as it comes, one game at a time”. Justine Henin belongs to the latter brigade. Not that she hides behind clichés – when she does talk, she invariably says something worth listening to. When she’d rather not speak out, however, it is very difficult to get a quote from her.
16-year-old Tamira Paszek of Austria has knocked out another seed after dumping former French Open finalist Elena Dementieva out of Wimbledon. Paszek came back from a set down to defeat the twelfth seeded Dementieva, 3-6, 6-2. 6-3 in 128 minutes.
Nadia Petrova was asked a few tough questions as Virginia Ruano Pascual staged a late fightback but answered them all to dash the Spanish doubles veteran's hopes of reaching the fourth round for the first time since 1998.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts might have been celebrating Canada Day but Chile paid no heed to the spirit of celebration on the national holiday as they opened up their Group A campaign with handsome 3-0 victory. Elsewhere, Japan outclassed Scotland, Jordan held Zambia, Uruguay were pegged back by a resurgent Spain and Nigeria squeezed past Costa Rica amid a hectic schedule across the country.
Lone Oceania reps New Zealand arrived in Canada with a large contingent of talented but largely inexperienced amateur players and one out-and-out star. However, now the All Whites have had to shuffle their pack considerably after news broke that Fulham man and former England junior international Chris James would be returning home on the eve of the finals for family reasons.
The first game from Toronto's brand-new National Soccer Stadium saw South American runners-up Chile soundly thrash lethargic-looking hosts Canada 3-0 in front of a packed house of 20,000 in the first of Group A's clashes.
The second round of games in Group B saw Robinho turn on the style as Brazil eased aside Chile 3-0 to revive hopes of a second consecutive Copa America title. Their opening-day executioners Mexico all but assured a place in the last eight with a 2-1 defeat of Ecuador in a rainswept Maturin, a result that leaves Luis Fernando Suarez's side virtually down and out.
The All England Club, Wimbledon, has announced it will be taking extra steps to enhance security at The Championships 2007 by installing vehicle blockers at gates to the Club with immediate effect. The move comes on the advice of the Police following recent events in London and Glasgow.