WIMBLEDON, England — Count ’em: 7 seconds.
That’s how long French Open runner-up Sara Errani “played” on Wednesday against qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., – enough time to wrap up a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the first round.
How’s that possible? Because action was suspended by rain a night earlier, with the 10th-seeded Errani at match point as the 132nd-ranked Vandeweghe served.
When they resumed, after the customary several-minute warmup ritual of baseline strokes, volleys, overheads and serves, Vandeweghe tossed up a ball and hit it into the net. Moments later, she hit her second serve into the net, too, to complete the double-fault that ended the match, right then and there.
SLIDE CONTINUES: Caroline Wozniacki believes her recent slump and slide in the rankings has more to do with bad luck than bad tennis.
The former top-ranked Dane lost two match points in the second set before falling to Tamira Paszek, of Austria, a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round on Wednesday.
Having ended both 2010 and 2011 as the top-ranked woman she has fallen to No. 7.
So could it be that her highly publicized relationship with golf Rory McIlroy – which began a year ago – is affecting her tennis?
“No,” was the terse answer.
Instead, she pointed to factors like luck and Paszek hitting two balls on the line when saving one of her match points.
“I didn’t think it was a bad match today,” Wozniacki said. “You’re going through periods where you’re lucky, the luck is turning your way, you’re not playing great, but you win the matches anyway.
“You go through periods where it’s just not going your way. You just need to get through this. Hopefully, sooner than later, it will start turning my way.”