Underhand tactics

Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz was booed for serving underhand in his 6-4 6-4 6-2 loss to Argentina’s Maximo Gonzalez.

Published: August 29, 2013 3:12 am

Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz was booed for serving underhand in his 6-4 6-4 6-2 loss to Argentina’s Maximo Gonzalez,who is ranked 247th in the world. Hampered by a painful back injury he suffered training three days ago,the Polish world number 14 was in a foul mood,arguing with the chair umpire and throwing his water bottle on the court. Trailing 3-1 in the third set,he decided to try something different on game point. Janowicz quickly flipped the ball over the net with an underhand swing. The line judge apparently didn’t even realize he had served,and the chair umpire had to call the ball out. “The linesman didn’t see,the serve was too fast,” Janowicz deadpanned later.

Azarenka’s double bagel

For all of one game,Victoria Azarenka faced a bit of a test in her first round game. And after needing 10 minutes to break serve at the outset,the second-seeded Azarenka breezed the rest of the way putting together a 6-0,6-0 victory over 99th-ranked Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany. It’s the third time in Azarenka’s career that she managed to win a Grand Slam match by 6-0,6-0. This one was played in Arthur Ashe Stadium,where Azarenka lost in three sets to Serena Williams in last year’s final. This one was far,far less competitive or gripping,except perhaps for the opening game,which lasted 18 points spread over 10 minutes. The rest of the match took a total of 55 minutes.

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