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Wimbledon Diary: Day 3

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Originally published on: 28/06/12 00:00

The secret of my success
Heather Watson, who became the first British woman to advance to the third round for ten years on Wednesday after beating American Jamie Lee Hampton 6-1 6-4, revealed that she has been having the same food for breakfast each day. “I’ve been having eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast every morning,” says the Brit.

Aussie woes
Sam Stosur, not known for her love of grass courts, became the highest women’s seed to exit the tournament after losing 6-2 0-6 6-4 to Arantxa Rus. Following the exit of all four of her male compatriots yesterday, the No. 5 seed displayed typical Aussie candidness when she commented: “It’s a pretty woeful performance by all of us.”

Royal box
Popping up in the royal box today were HRH Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, plus Bruce Forsyth, correction, Sir Bruce, and Lady Forsyth along with the Rt Hon Lord and Lady Coe. They watched on as Roger Federer dropped just nine games in his three set victory over Italian Fabio Fognini before dashing off to join the VIP party. Federer’s mum and dad were also guests in said box. Arise Sir Roger.

Better late than never
Mardy Fish thankfully made it to press today to talk about the match he played yesterday against Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. Fish had not been feeling well enough to attend press after the match and despite recent heart problems explained his absence was not related to that condition. “I have been taking a lot of pain meds for my arm. Balls are extremely heavy here. I had a pretty bad stomach thing yesterday.”

Equal prize money
The debate, which has reared it’s ugly head again as a result of comments made by newly-elected ATP council member Gilles Simon, is arguably as old as the hills. Is our sport in danger of imploding by raising the same old issues? Equal prize money exists. tennishead respectfully launches its campaign: “no more column inches about EPM.”

How to win without hitting a ball
Sara Errani, French Open finalist, will be able to share the answer to that question down the pub. Her first round match was suspended Tuesday night at match point. Her opponent Coco Vandeweghe came back on today, played the warm up, and promptly served a double fault. Game, set, match Errani 6-1 6-3. The Italian plays Britain’s Anne Keothavong in round two.

Rewards
It made us smile that at 5.50pm when it was announced the rain covers would be taken off, the words were: “Thank you for your patience and you have been rewarded.” Who said hanging around drinking Pimm’s doesn’t have its rewards?

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