Ivanovic and Clijsters win opening matches at the 2012 London Olympics

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The London 2012 Olympic games started with a fantastic opening ceremony.  Showing some of the history of Britian (from the industrial revolution, through to modern day and even possibly into the future).  Now that the 30th Olympic games have officially begun, all the sports and matches are also officially underway.

Today saw the start of the Tennis, this is being held at Wimbledon as this is the well known Courts used throughout the year by Londoners and of course the Wimbledon Championships.  So, let’s focus on a couple of matches that took place today.  Firstly we will look at Ana Ivanovic against Christina McHale.  This interesting match between Serbian Ivanovic and American McHale was full of drama all the way.  In the first set it was all square with each player holding their serve to 5-4, at this stage the set looked to be heading for a tie break.  However, in the very next game Ivanovic broke McHale to take it 6-4.

The second set was just as exciting.  McHale broke early and took a 2-0 lead, this gave the American the possiblity of taking the match to a 3rd set.  Ivanovic however, had other ideas, and took the next 5 games to lead 5-2, could it all be over in the next game?  No! Mchale then broke back and held her own serve to level again at 5-5.  Looking like heading to a tie break again, however, Ivanovic broke McHale’s serve again and served out for the match.  The first Olympic ladies singles match was over with Ivanovic winning 6-4, 7-5.

Kim Clijsters first ever Olympic match lasted just over an hour as she breezed past Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets.  This is her first and only Olympics as she will retire in September.  She won the first set easily, overpowering the Italian and breaking her serve twice to win 6-1.  Clijsters then broke early in the second set, however, Vinci managed to cancel this out and broke back to level the set again.  This didn’t stop Clijsters though, she managed to break again, and that was then the end as she held her serve and won the 2nd set 6-4.

Most of the rest of today’s matches went with form, however Roger Federer did have a scare in his match.  He was well on his way to winning, leading 6-3, 5-3 but the Columbian Falla somehow managed to break Federer and level to 5-5, and then break again to win the set 7-5.  This seemed to spur Federer as he then outplayed Falla to eventually win the match 6-3, 5-7, 6-3



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