Wimbledon Day 4 photos: Kimiko Date-Krumm scores a win for the ages
WIMBLEDON, England -- The rain held off at the All England Club until Day 4, most likely sent by the tennis gods to wash away the debris left behind by Wimbledon's "Black Wednesday." While the loss of Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was still the talk of the day, world No. 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic set things right with easy wins to advance to the third round.
Before rain could wash out play in the evening, 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm stood tall (despite her 5-foot-4 frame) as Thursday's feel-good story. The last time Date-Krumm made the third round of Wimbledon was in 1996; she eventually lost in the semifinals that year. After a 12-year break from the game during which she got married, she returned in 2008 and now earns a shot at Serena Williams in the third round.
Also Thursday, the last of the American men were eliminated, meaning that none advanced to the third round for the first time since 1912. Keep in mind, that was the same year the Titanic met its doom. Don't worry, I'm not ignoring the symbolism.
Here are some of our favorite photos from a damp day at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams: It's easy to blink and miss Serena's presence in the draw these days. She rolled over Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2. No drama, no problem. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic: The same goes for Djokovic, who ended the American men's hopes by ousting Bobby Reynolds 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1 under the Centre Court roof. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Agnieszka Radwanska: Radwanska, playing on Centre Court for the first time since last year's final, beat Mathilde Johansson 6-1, 6-3. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Andrea Petkovic: It's nice to see the German smiling during her doubles match with partner Flavia Pennetta after a close loss to Sloane Stephens in the second round. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Juan Martin del Potro and Jesse Levine: We love height differentials. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Igor Sijsling: After beating Milos Raonic in straight sets, Sijsling barked like a dog at his supporters. I'm not making a joke here. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
Milos Raonic: The No. 17 seed struggled again on the grass, proving once again that having a big serve and forehand isn't enough to dominate the green stuff. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
Sam Stosur: The Aussie has never made it past the third round of Wimbledon, but she'll have another chance this year after defeating Olga Puchkova. 6-2, 6-2. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Grigor Dimitrov: With Maria Sharapova looking on, his match was suspended for rain with Grega Zemlja leading 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 9-8. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Henman Hill/Murray Mound/Robson Ridge: More rain is expected on Friday. As they say around these parts: Bring your brollies! (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)