Wimbledon Day 5 - headlines and sidelines
London (AFP) –
Headlines and sidelines at Wimbledon on Friday:
- Headlines -
+ Qualifier downs Keys, 7 of women's top 10 out
+ 4th seed Zverev beats Fritz in five
+ Federer faces German comeback specialist
+ Serena up against Mladenovic
+ Venus versus Bertens
- Who's saying what -
"If he fills himself up on pigeon, I'm basically redundant for 24 hours."
-- Rufus the Hawk's handler Imogen Davies on the downside of killing Centre Court pigeons.
"It's nice to go back to Toronto and see my dogs."
-- Denis Shapovalov on the up side of being knocked out of Wimbledon.
"The thing about Novak: he does a lot of things very well."
-- Kyle Edmund on the secret to his next opponent's Grand Slam-laden career.
"Stopping yesterday with two sets to one down is not a nice feeling to go to bed with."
-- German fourth seed Alexander Zverev after returning Friday to beat Taylor Fritz.
"Today was a massive mishandle of nerves."
-- US 10th seed Madison Keys on her shock loss to Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.
"I can only tell you why I lost today. I don't know why other people are losing."
-- Keys on the exodus of top 10 players in first week of Wimbledon.
- Numbers up -
41,588 -- spectators at Wimbledon on Thursday. The grounds can hold 39,000 at any one time.
1,469 -- days since Serena Williams last lost a match at Wimbledon: her surprise 2014 defeat to Alize Cornet.
123 -- fastest serve (miles per hour) in the women's championship after the first two rounds, hit by Venus Williams.
4 -- Russian women in the third round. At least one Russian woman has reached the third round at Wimbledon every year since 1996.
3 -- highest number of qualifiers in men's third round since 2011: Ernests Gulbis, Dennis Novak and Thomas Fabbiano.
3 -- women outside the top 100 who made the third round: Yanina Wickmayer (101), Evgeniya Rodina (120), Vitalia Diatchenko (132).
1 -- Caroline Wozniacki's exit means Simona Halep is guaranteed to remain at number one in the world rankings after Wimbledon.
0 -- confirmed kills so far by Rufus the Hawk.
- Royal Box watch -
Queen Elizabeth II's cousin Prince Michael of Kent, former British prime minister David Cameron and former British foreign secretary William Hague led the bigwigs in Centre Court's luxury seats.
Sports stars included London 2012 Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe; Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia; Britain's most decorated female Olympian, the five-time rowing medallist Katherine Grainger; and England and Ireland's most capped rugby players, Jason Leonard and Brian O'Driscoll.
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