That's your lot from me today but the video streams will continue, with Hingis & Kournikova among the evening attractions. We'll be back on Wednesday from 0900 BST
with the build-up to the men's quarter-finals. Federer v Berdych kicks off Centre Court at 1300 BST, with Murray v Tsonga
to follow. I'm going for 1530 BST
. Djokovic v Lu opens play on Court One, with Nadal v Soderling the second match. So, Zvonareva v Pironkova and Serena v Kvitova. Who'd have thought it?
"It's something incredible and I'm very happy," says Petra Kvitova
. I think she was more nervous for the post-match interview than in the match. A great effort from the 20-year-old, and she'll hope that lefty serve can cause Serena a few problems on Thursday.
1734: Petra Kvitova
of the Czech Republic beats Kaia Kanepi 4-6 7-6 8-6 and the world number 62 will face Serena Williams in the semi-finals on Thursday. Kaia sportingly waits for the winner before they depart Court One together.
Inevitably, Kanepi thumps a forehand into the net on break point and from 4-0 up, and after at least five match points, she is on the verge of losing. Kvitova to serve for the match at 7-6
Estonia's Kaia Kanepi is there now, surely. Two match points
... and one goes long, the other finds the net. Kvitova has a habit of yelping after every point she wins. It will haunt my dreams. It's 6-6
in the third.
Amid much squealing and edginess, Kanepi does well to steady the ship and move 6-5 ahead. Remember, no tie-break in the final set so this could go on a while. I wouldn't be too worried if I were
John Isner or Nicolas Mahut
though. Brit junior Ashley Hewitt
has lost 6-1 6-3 to Damir Dzumhur.
Great news! More tennis on the BBC! In November! You'll appreciate it then, believe me, because last year was pretty special. "The BBC has agreed a two year deal with the ATP to broadcast the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
at The O2, 21-28 November. The deal will see the BBC broadcast a live match every day of the tournament including the opening match, one semi-final and the final." Will
Nikolay Davydenko retain the title?
Will Andy Murray win on home soil? Will they play London Calling
before every match again? There will be
changes for the better this year,
the scoring chaos of last year
should be removed with the use of big screens to communicate to the fans and players. And evening matches have been moved forward to help with public transport.
Yikes. Kanepi hooks a forehand wide on break point when serving for the match and sees a double-break lead slip away. Kvitova is back to 5-5 and we could be in for a nerve-shredding finale on Court One.
Kanepi gets the double break, and is then broken for the first time in the match. Not a Court One classic by any stretch but Kanepi is a game away from a Grand Slam semi-final at 5-2 in the third, so there's still time for nerves to take hold.
Kanepi has put the disappointment of missing three match points in the tie-break behind her impressively and leads 3-0 in the decider against Kvitova. Things are not going so well for Brit junior Ashley Hewitt on Court 14 as he trails Damir Dzumhur 6-1 2-1.
1645: Serena Williams -
"I didn't have a great practice so I was a little nervous, but I was able to hang in there. I can't believe I'm in the semis - it's probably not as good as the first time, but it never gets old, it's always something I want to do. Me and Venus are best friends and do everything together but it was a tough match for her and there's always next year."
After a bit of a lull, we have drama. Li Na breaks serve for the first time in the match on Centre but Serena Williams
returns the favour to seal a 7-5 6-3 win. Her semi-final opponent remains unclear though. On Court One, Kaia Kanepi misses wildly with a forehand on her first match point in the second set tie-break, double-faults on her second and can do nothing about a Kvitova serve and rush to the net on the third. The Czech takes it 10-8 and we're into a decider.
1629: Breaking News -
Wednesday's order of play is out, and Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych will open play on Centre Court before Andy Murray takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. On Court One, Novak Djokovic plays Yen-Hsun Lu before Rafael Nadal faces Robin Soderling.
1625: Venus Williams:
"I didn't get enough balls in today and let it spiral. I had a lot of opportunities and short balls and hit a lot of them out. Obviously, she's played well but I don't think I did anything right today." She adds: "I hate losing. Any time you accept losing it's time to walk away but I feel like I'm playing great tennis, I just have to cut out performances like today."
takes to Court 14 for his boys' singles clash with sixth seed Damir Dzumhur. I watched a bit of Ashley at the French Open, very sprightly.
The sun is belting out now and it's hard work for our remaining quarter-finalists, with Serena a break up on Li at 3-2 in the second and Kvitova leading Kanepi 6-5 on serve in the second.
Britain's Lewis Burton
has gone for a Burto.... lost 6-3 6-7 6-3 to Argentine ninth seed Renzo Olivo on Court 14. Serena takes the first set against Li 7-5, while Kvitova fights off a couple of break points and is 4-4 in the second with Kanepi.
Is anyone out on Court Five? With the score at an inexplicable 5-0 to Woodbridge & Bjorkman I flick over to see what's occurring, only to find the match is over as Rusedski & Martin
have "retired". The umpire delivers the chilling news: "Ladies and gentlemen, the match is over because Greg Rusedski has had to retire." Anyone know what's up with the great man? I'm going to have to break this to the Mole.
"I saw that the person
who writes on the Wimbledon website
says I start every sentence with 'um', so I'm trying not to do that," says Laura Robson
. You'd never get that sort of trivial chat here, Laura.
Who's laughing now, Henri? Leconte & Bahrami are quite simply battered 6-2 6-2 by Bates & Jarryd
in the Invitational Doubles. The losers hang around signing autographs for the kids, while the far more professional winners head off to the locker room, no doubt to talk tactics ahead of their next match. One match at a time, lads, one match at a time... Brit junior Lewis Burton is on serve in the decider against Renzo Olivo on Court 14.
"I didn't have a particular strategy," says Pironkova
on beating Venus. "I expected a longer match."
Hello there. Please manually refresh to bring me alive on your page. At last, the trifling matters are put to one side and Wimbledon can truly get under way with the Invitational Doubles. Bates & Jarryd
are ignoring all japery as they scream into a 6-2 2-2 lead on Court 12, while the fleet-footed pairing of Rusedski & Martin
are knocking up on Court Five with Woodbridge & Bjorkman. Never heard of the last two, so we can chalk this one up to Ruser. And we still have Hobbs & Smith v Kournikova & Hingis
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
I've done Eleanor Dean a bit of a disservice. She came back from 4-1 down in the final set. True Brit grit there. Lewis Burton now into a must-win second-set tie-break on Court 14. Piers Newbery is champing at the bit to bring you news on that - and Jeremy Bates and Anders Jarryd's magnificent start to their Senior Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles. And Kvitova v Kanepi.
Kim Clijsters admits she's "disappointed" after losing to Vera Zvonareva, but she adds: "This is my first Wimbledon and I haven't been back for a year and it takes time."
Never doubted it. Despite a second-set bagel, 14-year-old Eleanor Dean
beats Ksenia Kirillova 6-4 0-6 6-4 to reach the third round, joining Laura Robson and Tara Moore on today's British winners' list. Not such good news for Lewis Burton, who has dropped the first set against Renzo OLivo of Argentina.
Next on Centre, Serena Williams against Li Na - and if you were thinking that looked predictable, maybe not on what they're already calling Titanic Tuesday. Over on Court One, Petra Kvitova and Kaia Kanepi are just getting going in their quarter-final. Elsewhere, British junior Eleanor Dean
is serving for the match against Ksenia Kirillova after dropping the second set 6-0. Jeremy Bates
and Anders Jarryd are steadfastly ignoring the tomfoolery on the other side of the net and lead Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte and lead 4-2.
As expected, it's a Tsvetana Pironkova v Vera Zvonareva semi-final in the bottom half of the draw. What do you mean you didn't expect it? "It's one of my dreams to play in the semi-final here," Zvonareva tells BBC Sport after a three-set win over Kim Clijsters on Centre Court.
InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"Tsvetana Pironkova first Bulgarian player to reach semi-final at a Grand Slam tournament in the women's singles."
From anon via text:
"Spooky or what - both Roddick and Venus lost to the world number 82."
Crumbles, I wasn't expecting that - even if Venus did lose to Pironkova at the the 2006 Australian Open. Venus at the Aussie Open and Venus at Wimbledon are two totally different players. What a great attitude though. "I actually thought I could win." You don't have the impression many players think that when they face the likes of Venus.
Tsvetana Pironkova speaking to the BBC:
"It seems like a dream. Coming here, I never thought I'd play this well and reach this part of the tournament. I'm very happy. I think I played pretty well. I'm happy with my game. She also did well, but I have one win over her and I actually thought I could win and I was going for it. I love this tournament. Every time I come here I enjoy it, the atmosphere and everything. I can imagine people are really happy in Bulgaria and maybe I'm on the news there
Not sure Tsvetana Pironkova knew quite what to do with herself there. The Bulgarian covered her eyes and fell on her back when Venus's final volley went wide. The Court One crowd gave her a standing ovation as she went off - but the 22-year-old actually walked off ahead of the beaten Venus Williams.
1439: TSVETANA PIRONKOVA BEATS VENUS WILLIAMS 6-2 6-3 1438:
Venus opens with a forehand winner to really put the pressure on, but then belts a backhand long. Now the return - off an excellent first serve - is long, and another one goes awry. Two match points
for the world number 82. SHE'S DONE IT! Venus pushes a volley into the trams and Pironkova wins 6-2 6-3.
Pironkova finds another cunningly sliced forehand to force Venus to dump a volley into the net and it's match point.
Venus finally finds her first serve and follows it up with a hefty backhand. Danger averted... but not for long, Venus sprays a wild forehand into the trams. Awful shot. It's match point again.
First serve into the net, murmurings from the crowd which forces Venus to delay her second serve, but the five-times champ swings a forehand onto the sideline and then comes up with a massive serve. Another WILD backhand though, and we're back to deuce. Crunching volley to bring up game point. Surely this time... Yes, Pironkova's pass misses and the Bulgarian will now serve for the match at 6-2 5-3.
Probably the biggest game of her career so far, but no pressure... Elsewhere, Laura Robson
Two forehands over the baseline and Pironkova is in trouble at 15-30, but Venus lets her off the hook with two loose errors. Venus looks at the sky in desperation - and that's not going to help her mood! - Pironkova's backhand clatters the net and dribbles over. Pironkova leads 6-2 5-2
and is a game away from the upset of the tournament so far (except Inglot and Eaton's win over Nestor and Zimonjic).
Fourth and fifth double from Venus in the game and she trails 15-30. The screeching is getting noticeably louder from the five-time champion, and she battles back to 40-30, but is then left swishing at thin air as Pironkova's backhand comes flying past. Another backhand sizzler (why does Venus keep going there?) and it's break point.
Venus dances with danger by going to the backhand again, but Pironkova nets. Venus overcooks another one! Break point
for a second time - and a deep, loopy forehand from Pironkova draws the error. Pironkova leads 6-2 4-2.
Amazing. Quick Brit update: Laura Robson
took the first set 6-0 against Krista Hardebeck but is down a break in the second. Eleanor Dean
is a set to the good against Ksenia Kirillova.
I hope they've got big screens up all across Bulgaria, because whatever happens, this is a fabulous effort by Tsvetana Pironkova. Venus is struggling to keep the ball in court, but the American has been rattled by the bravery of her opponent. Pironkova leads 6-2 3-2.
Pironkova scampers up to net and dinks a delicious backhand crosscourt to earn two break-back points... And she takes the second when Venus's forehand lands halfway up the net - if that. Back on serve and Pironkova leads 6-2 2-2.
Oh. Pironkova plays a very awkward-looking slice forehand, which bends into the trams. Venus nails a passing shot to bring up two break points and she only needs one. Venus leads 2-1 with a break, and seems to have figured out that Pironkova's backhand is quite good, whereas her forehand is not.
Venus dumps a volley into the net and she's facing break point
again. One of the best serves in the women's game under real pressure here, but Venus gets a first serve in, pummels the short ball and crunches a smash to save it. She stops a run of five games against. Might be crucial.
Pironkova jogs to the other side of Court One after coming from 15-30 down to win the opening game of the second set. Venus still struggling to work her opponent out. She has made 15 unforced errors, to Pironkova's three, while the American could do with upping her first-serve percentage from 54%.
Sam Smith on the BBC Red Button:
"Pironkova has some big weapons: big serve, huge forehand and great footwork. The most remarkable thing is she's played this match on her terms - against Venus Williams."
From MayaStanulova on Twitter:
"I'm Bulgarian and very excited about Pironkova v Williams. Whatever happens today, Bulgaria will be proud of Pironkova :)"
Two double faults and a forehand into the trams give Pironkova three set points.
Venus saves the first with a forehand which just clips the back of the line, backed up by HawkEye. Two errant returns later and we're back to deuce. Backhand drifts into the trams and it's another set point
for the Bulgarian - and this time she rifles a stunning backhand down the line. Crikey. Pironkova takes the first set 6-2.
It's all (mostly) good news from a British point of view... Tara Moore
prevails 7-6 6-2 against Eugenie Bouchard. Ninth seed Kristyna Pliskova awaits in the third round. Eleanor Dean is just getting going against Ksenia Kirillova of Russia on Court Five.
Hmmm, lots of cheeky slicing from Pironkova, who has come out here with a refreshing attitude, trying to take Venus right out of her comfort zone. If she can hold her nerve when it comes to the crunch, this could be interesting. She is pegged back to 30-30 but wins the next two points to sit down with a 5-2 lead.
Cheeky slice from Pironkova and Venus is up at the net to put away a smash, but the Bulgarian somehow spoons it back - and wins the point when Venus nets. Crowd fully engaged in this one - and loving it. Error from Venus and Pironkova has a break point - and she takes it when Venus drags a backhand into the trams. Pironkova leads 4-2.
Well, well, well.
Tsvetana Prinkova saves two break points to take a 3-2 lead, and gets a very warm round of applause for doing so. Excellent stuff. It has all been going a bit too well from a British point of view so here's a reality check: Liam Broady
loses 7-5 6-2 to seventh seed Denis Kudla.
His days of advertising Nik Naks are long gone as Oliver Golding
celebrates a 6-4 6-4 win over 14th seed Juan Sebastian Gomez. Next up: top seed and earlier winner for the loss of two games, Jason Kubler.
Oh well. Tsvetana Pironkova continues to impress on Court One... although I have just looked up to see her double-fault. It's 2-2 against Venus. And it's not raining any more, by the way, in fact it's positively sunny.
Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova makes a solid start on Court One, sending an ace out wide to seal the opening game for the loss of a point against Venus Williams. Tara Moore,
who has spent time at the renowned Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida, takes the first set against Eugenie Bouchard on the tie-break. Oliver Golding
is serving for victory on Court Five...
From anon via text:
"Re 1222: I saw Sloane Stephens lose to Laura Robson in a close third set at Eastbourne 10 days ago. They were both really tired and the only difference was that Laura had more self-belief. Even a bar of chocolate from her US supporters sent over via a ballgirl as Sloane sat at changeover didn't raise her game."
Liam Broady loses the first set against American Denis Kudla. Oliver Golding is a set and a break up. Tara Moore is into a first-set tie-break. IT'S RAINING!
Here's Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva on Centre Court, prompting Lindsay Davenport to recall the time she won the first set against Zvonareva, looked over and saw her Russian opponent sobbing. Don't be surprised if there are more tears today, she has a 0-5 losing record against Clijsters, but if there are, I'm sure
Ben Dirs will be first in line with tea and sympathy.
If it's updates on Venus-Pironkova you want, stick around here.
"To me, the only person who can stop an an all-Williams final is Kim Clijsters," says Lindsay Davenport.
"I agree with Lindsay," says Virginia Wade.
And I agree with them both. Under half an hour to go until the women's quarter-finals begin. Before then, Britain's Liam Broady
is going big-time with a spot on BBC Two. He has allowed an early break of serve to slip and now leads Denis Kudla 3-2. Oliver Golding
going great guns over on Court Five with a 5-3 lead over Juan Sebastian Gomez.
American Sloane Stephens is a 6-0 6-4 winner over Daria Gavrilova. Wimbledon champion of the future, mark my words. Two brave Brits now in action: Oliver Golding, who once starred in a Nik Naks advert, is up against Juan Sebastian Gomez on Court Five. Liam Broady, who has never starred in a Nik Naks advert or any other snack advert, faces seventh seed Denis Kudla.
Lindsay Davenport is so tall, it looks like Virginia Wade is standing in a hole - but there can't be any holes on Centre Court. They both seem fairly confident that Serena Williams will get the job done against Li Na today.
From Michael from Letchworth, via text:
"Re 1115: We could play the slightly more subdued What's Tim Wearing? game."Suit. What do I win?
Aussie wonderkid Jason Kubler
wins 6-0 6-2 and he's just in time for the start of BBC Two's
Wimbledon coverage. He doesn't like to miss a minute, I've heard.
1153: Yen-Hsun Lu can catch a chicken.
No, really, he can. The giantkiller from Chinese Taipei revealed all in
his press conference after beating Andy Roddick yesterday.
He said he tried working on his dad's chicken farm but he didn't really like it because it "smelt really bad". Instead, he became his country's finest tennis export.
I apologise, because I've accidentally ruined our daily What's Boris Wearing? game. How about I cheer us all up with the celebrities to be spotted in the Royal Box today? Er, Elaine Paige... that's all I got.
The tennis legend being interviewed on Centre Court (see 1127) has revealed himself to be... Boris Becker. Wrong BB. I think I was put off my stride by the sensible grey suit. When he turned around, though, he did reveal a fairly daring shirt underneath, so all is right with the world.
Sloane Stephens, who I hereby predict is a future world number one, sits down at the changeover and tucks into a bagel, 6-0 against 16th seed Daria Gavrilova. Seedings don't mean much in junior tennis, from my experience... Unless a British player has knocked out a seed, in which case they count for an awful lot obviously. Jason Kubler also posted a 6-0 opening set, but has dropped a game in the second.
I think I can see Bjorn Borg being interviewed on the other side of Centre Court. Looks quite tall (even though he's sitting down), smartly dressed, grey hair - and plenty of it. But maybe after eight days at Wimbledon I'm starting to see visions of tennis legends...
Jason Murray Kubler is the number one seed in the boys' singles. He's Australian, you won't be surprised to learn, and he's thrashing Tunisia's Ahmed Triki on Court 19, leading 4-0. And by the way, big thanks to
for making our order of play dreams come true (see 1047).
Clothilde de Bernardi will always remember the day she won the first point of the day at Wimbledon. She'll probably put it in her diary and everything. The elaborately-named French junior is up against Ester Goldfield on Court 17, and leads 2-1 already. Tres bien.
Incidentally, what do you do when you've won the longest ever tennis match? You appear on David Letterman's Late Show, of course.
John Isner read out the Top 10 list last night.
My favourite of Isner's Top 10 Thoughts during his 70-68 fifth-set win over Nicolas Mahut were: "I'm going to lay back until 51-50, then make my move." and "Why couldn't I have played Federer, it would have been over in 15 minutes."
The ever-reassuring Voice of Wimbledon
says the weather "will be brightening up nicely with sunny spells and the risk of a shower, especially during mid-afternoon. It won't be quite as hot, with the temperature peaking at 26C." Brrr...
By the way, in case you haven't heard, there's been a
change to the order of play on Centre Court today.
Top seed Cheese plays second seed Newbery. I have insisted on best of three... although Newbery's back would never last five sets anyway. Send your predictions to 81111
but bear in mind that I will ignore any in favour of Newbery.
Murray is now the only Andy left in the men's draw after a shock defeat for Andy Roddick
yesterday. The three-time finalist lost in five sets to unseeded Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei, who had never gone beyond the third round of a Grand Slam before arriving at Wimbledon. There followed
a fairly excruciating press conference
featuring a sullen and red-eyed Roddick. Do you think you're going to be disappointed when you wake up tomorrow, Andy? "I'm going to be thrilled," came the sarcastic reply. "I mean, c'mon. Of course I'm going to be [annoyed] when I wake up tomorrow. I mean, if you got fired from your job, you probably wouldn't wake up the next day in a great mood. I mean, c'mon, let's go. We're better than those questions. [But none are forthcoming, not surprisingly]. All right, thank you." And with that, he was off.
The gates are open, and in just half an hour, the juniors will be kicking off the action on the outside courts. Sloane Stephens
might be worth a look on Court Six. The 17-year-old American was watched by Richard Williams in her first-round match the other day and says Venus, Serena and Kim Clijsters are her inspirations.
Next up for Murray is 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,
who beat the Brit in the first round at the Aussie Open two years ago. "Tsonga is another big hitter and anyone he comes up against must be capable of absorbing pressure and chase down ball after ball,"
former British number one Tim Henman told the BBC Sport website.
"Fortunately, Murray is one of the best retrievers in the game but that still paints a fairly reactive picture - I'd like to see Tsonga doing some of the running because when Murray is a little bit defensive and lets his opponent dictate that's when he makes life difficult for himself."
While the nation takes the weight of expectation off England's footballers and piles them on Andy Murray, Britain's number one tennis player will be... asleep. "On Tuesday, I'll try and sleep in as much as possible, until 10.30am or 11.00am, before heading in to practise at 1pm and see the physio,"
Murray said in his latest EXCLUSIVE column for the BBC website.
"I always sleep well - I've never had a problem not sleeping through nerves - but when you get up on the morning of a match there's a different feeling. The butterflies are going and you don't feel as hungry as you do when you wake up most mornings."
Justine Henin on Twitter:
"Difficult wake up this morning... ;-( Take the plane back to Belgium this morning... Thanks for your support."
Goodbye roof, hello sun. Who said it was raining? Nonsense.
routine win over Sam Querrey
yesterday left him as the only man yet to drop a set at Wimbledon, and it's enough for the Daily Telegraph to
"raise the spectre of Fred Perry".
"There is not even a German left in the competition," observes Mark Reason, in a rather unnecessary piece of gloating.
"And so a nation - or that part of the union that once was a footballing power - turns to a Scot to love..." Not my words, those of the
Guardian's Kevin Mitchell,
who sums up the mood of the nation's newspapers this morning. After England's pitiful World Cup exit, it's over to Andy Murray to salvage our sporting summer. "Andy has the golden look" reckons
and Charlie Wyett isn't the only journalist to highlight the fact that Murray has been on court for a total of seven hours and 19 minutes in four matches, 52 minutes less than the final set between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.
And if you're looking for other places to wave your Union Jack, you could head to Court 12 where 16-year-old Liam Broady takes on seventh seed Denis Kudla of the USA at 1200 BST. Former child actor Oliver Golding is on Court Five at the same time. Laura Robson, Eleanor Dean, Francesca Stephenson and Tara Moore are also in action today. And if all else fails, there's always Greg Rusedski and Todd Martin in the vets. A more terrifying serving combination I cannot imagine.
Yes, Jeremy Bates and Anders Jarryd are back to defend their Gentlemen's Senior Invitation Doubles title. They begin their march to glory against court jesters Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte. Don't fall for their mind games, Jezza, that's all I'm saying. On Court Two, some fresh faces in the Ladies Invitation Doubles: Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova. Never heard of 'em, and I doubt they'll pose much of a threat to British duo Sam Smith and Anne Hobbs.
Rain or no rain, we'll definitely be watching two women's quarter-finals on Centre Court
today. Clijsters v Zvonareva kicks us off at 1300 BST, before Serena takes on Li Na. On Court One
where they'll have to dodge the showers, it's Venus v Pironkova followed by Kvitova v Kanepi. And there is all manner of excitement elsewhere - not least the return of a dream team...
The lid is on Centre Court...
This rain has caught me quite by surprise, although the good thing about flip-flops is they do dry quickly. Think my straw hat may be ruined though. Anyway, the
BBC weather forecast
appears quite confident that the showers will clear shortly, and the roof may be able to come off Centre Court by the time play begins at 1300 BST. A certain daily newspaper will be delighted about the first rain of the Championships, as their branded shower capes were the uniform of the queue this morning.
Morning. Strange phenomenon at Wimbledon today. Wet stuff, lots of it, falling out of the sky. It's probably coming from
over Court 18...