Royal newlyweds grace Centre Court
Royal command performance
The All England Club usually prides itself on precision, running Wimbledon as a well-oiled machine.
So when the traditional Royal Box list was not in its usual media room pigeonhole this morning, there was no doubt something was up. Speculation was immediate: The Royal Box was going to host some visitors high up the royal lineage.
Just a few minutes before 1 p.m. when Centre Court action was about to start, the list came out and didn't disappoint. The newlyweds were here -- the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at the top of the list. Prince William wore a traditional suit, and his wife, Kate, wore a stylish, sleeveless white dress that made her look cool and collected.
The Royals watched Britain's Andy Murray convincingly beat Richard Gasquet of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2. Murray learned only right before the match that two of the most watched people in the world would watch him. He was given no official instructions to bow to them, as he had been last year, when the queen came to watch.
After winning, Murray went to the middle of the court and waved to the fans. He then made an impromptu decision to make a deep bow to the duke and duchess, which had the young couple laughing.
"I think it's great for tennis any time you can get the royals to come along and watch," Murray said. He had an opportunity to meet the couple later on, then quipped about the audience. "I would have shaved. I was thinking to myself as I came off [that] I was sweaty and very hairy."
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has now played in 18 consecutive Grand Slam main draws and reached a major final only once, at the 2009 U.S. Open.
She has reached at least the quarterfinals at every Grand Slam except Wimbledon. And after her third consecutive Wimbledon fourth-round loss on Monday -- Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia sent her packing 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 -- Wozniacki will once again fail to win a Grand Slam trophy.
ESPN commentator Pam Shriver put Wozniacki's inability to make an impact at a Grand Slam under the microscope.
"We're just not used to seeing the No. 1 player in the world crumble at majors," Shriver said. "I think it's getting to be more of a burden on Wozniacki, the No. 1 thing. She's there by an unusual set of circumstances; Venus and Serena [Williams] out and Justine [Henin] retiring a couple of years ago. She'd be better off being under the radar a little bit more and developing her game than having this pressure, which is not doing her any good right now."
It's no secret that many of the players have superstitions they adhere to while they're playing. We all know how Rafael Nadal lines up his water bottles and pulls at his shorts, to name just a few of his rituals.
Nadal is not the only player who likes to follow patterns. Novak Djokovic, ranked one spot below Nadal at No. 2, also has his shtick.
"I do not have a superstition," Djokovic said after moving into the quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Michael Llodra of France. "I have routines. I would call them routines that I try to respect prior to each match. More or less, I don't take a shower in the same shower [in the locker room], for example."