Year of the underdog
- India goes to poll in 9 phases from April 7 to May 12; vote count on May 16
- Sheila Dikshit appointed Kerala Governor; Congress-RJD pact likely today
- You told us go to hell, says Supreme Court, sends Subrata Roy to jail
- For âcheeringâ Pakistan in India match, university in Meerut suspends 67 Kashmiri students
- Attacker, victim: 2 faces of Gujarat riots come together for âHindu-Muslimâ unity
2013 at Wimbledon throws up an unprecedented number of underdog achievers and heartbroken superstars
Wimbledon will always remember Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams for their all-conquering run on grass. At the same address, Peter Doohan, George Bastl, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Steve Darcis, Lori McNeil, Sabine Lisicki will stay in memory for conquering Becker, Sampras, Federer, Nadal, Graf and Williams. Historically, at SW19, the ATP/ WTA form-book is as unreliable as the English weather and first-week upsets as much a part of the tradition as the all-white dress code, green and purple colour code, umbrellas, strawberries and cream. This is the only Grand Slam to have an arena infamous for being the graveyard of seeded players and therefore called, well, Graveyard Court. But this Wimbledon, an alarming number of reputations have been buried under many more courts.
Nadal fell at the first hurdle, Federer and Maria Sharapova at the second, all three falling to players not in the top-100 bracket. The bizarre first week had some spoilsport firsts: the fewest top-10 men and women who reached the third round and the highest withdrawals due to injuries. It didn't end there. The second week started with Superwoman Serena Williams, till last month seen as the best woman player ever, losing in the fourth round.