Daily Bagel: Wimbledon scorers are generous when tracking unforced errors
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• Video: Here's a clip from Venus VS, the Nine For IX documentary on Venus Williams fighting for equal prize money at Wimbledon, which premiered on ESPN on Tuesday night. And here are some of the top moments.
• Great piece in The Wall Street Journal on how generous the Wimbledon stat-minders are when it comes to tracking unforced errors.
The scorers at Wimbledon have a reputation for being generous. Take Novak Djokovic's third-round contest against Jeremy Chardy. Djokovic was assigned just three unforced errors, and none until he double-faulted late in the third set. Tim Henman, commenting on the match for the BBC, was skeptical of Djokovic's perfection. "I'm not having it," he said early in the third set.
Nor should he. In the fourth game of the match, Djokovic hit a backhand into the net and threw back his head, clearly annoyed that he had missed. It wasn't scored an unforced error. Djokovic didn't even have to move to hit the shot, though the ball did bounce high, which is something scorers could have deemed a quirky grass-court bounce. "The surface can force errors that wouldn't be errors on a hard court," Sohl said. In all, we found 11 unforced errors, eight more than the scorers.
• Sloane Stephens showed bits of greatness, writes FoxSports.com's Greg Couch, but she's still affected by the learning curve.
• Before she left England, Stephens asked Laura Robson for a bit of advice on how to manage the likely onslaught of media attention she'll face in the States.
• Think the name Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul is difficult to pronounce? Well, the umpire for the Thai teenager's Wimbledon boys' singles match had no trouble with it.
• Novak Djokovic draws comparisons to Gumby.
• No matter who prevails, Poland considers the men's quarterfinal match between Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot to be a win-win situation.• All of the women's stars were knocked out of Wimbledon, but that's the way it goes in sports sometimes.