Wimbledon 2022 Day 2 promised to be as exciting as day 1. Rafael Nadal had to fight it out on the Centre Court as he won in four sets. Earlier in the day, Iga Swiatek won her first-round match quite comfortably. Other top seeds also performed well on day 2 except #6 seed F.Auger Aliassime. He lost his first-round match in a four-set tight encounter. Serena Williams entered Wimbledon after three years and lost the match in three sets. It was an extremely close match as well. Apart from all this, most of the seeds performed nicely. Stefano Tsitsipas was also put in a challenge, but he managed to overcome it in four sets. Kyrgios managed to silence the crowd in an epic five-set encounter. He came out victorious.
Wimbledon 2022 is proving to be a splendor of a tournament. With so many close matches, five sets, and three-set matches, respectively. There is no surety as of now, and it looks like anything is possible in the tournament. But there was one really bad news that surfaced on day 2 of Wimbledon. Matteo Berrettini has been ruled out of the competition as he is covid positive. There are a few concerns over Rafael Nadal’s health as well. The Spaniard came in contact with the Italian last when they were seen practicing together on the Centre Court. Italian number 1 did not even get to play a single match in the tournament, and he was in such a good form.
Wimbledon 2022 Day 2: Rafa Stretches It Out
Rafa’s first-round matchup was against a young Argentinian F. Cerúndolo, who was unseeded in the tournament. Still early on grass, Rafa looked a bit rusty, but he managed his serve well and closed the first set 6-4. In the second, the story continued, though Rafa was not as sharp as he usually is, he managed to win the second set 6-3. Problems started in the 3rd when the opponent became more comfortable on the court with his movements and his shots. He overpowered Rafa and managed to win the third 3-6. The fourth set started in a very similar fashion for Rafa as he bundled away his serve, leaving him hanging 2-4. He then held his serve, made it 3-4, and then again broke the Argentinian. He made it 4-4, and from there, he held his ground. Rafa won the fourth set 6-4. Even though it was a tough fight, the good thing is Rafa managed to end the match in four sets only.
Iga Swiatek showed her class against the Croatian qualifier. Iga started off with a perfect score, hardly any errors, and forced her opponent to do all the hard work and make errors. She comfortably won the first set 6-0. However, the second set was completely different. The first half of the second set made Swiatek look like a completely different player. She struggled to find her shots, credit to her opponent for making her make errors. But as a true champion, she bounced back. Being 1-3 down in the second, she did not lose a single game after that. Turned around the entire set on her side and won the second set 6-3. Now she has a 36-matches unbeaten streak. What a terrific record!!
Serena Crashes Out
Things couldn’t have been worse for Serena Williams fans. Appearing after three years, fans were extremely happy to see her in all white. She faced H. Tan from France but was unfortunately crashed out in the first round itself. It was a really close match. Tan won the first set 5-7, and it looked as if it is all over for Williams. But she bounced back in the second and won it 6-1. That was a dominant second set. The third was nerve-wracking, and the French player somehow found a way to win against the American in a tie-break. The third set went 6-7 in Tan’s favor.
These were the major updates from day 2 of Wimbledon 2022. We will be back with more.