Episodes 128, 129, and 130 of The Body Serve Podcast: Wimbledon preview, Week 1 wrap, and Recap.
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PART ONE: Previewing the Nature Valley WimbleBowl
We're back to regularly scheduled programming with our Wimbledon preview. First, we go over the grass court news: the seeding question that dominated the news cycle, Kyrgios' water bottle explosion, Petra's excellence, and Boris Becker's heretofore unknown career in diplomacy. Then we break down the gentlemen's and ladies' draws.
3:15 Nick Kyrgios pleasures a water bottle, owes 15,000 Euro; or: why we should stop criminalizing Nick
10:20 Odds and ends - Andy is back, Fed and Rafa trade no. 1, Petra Kvitova wins title no. 5
17:00 The Serena Williams seeding drama: here's how the Wimbledon seeding policy works
25:45 Draw preview - does Federer have any obstacles?
29:15 Nadal's fortunate draw avoids many of his bugaboos
36:50 Women's draw - Simona Halep's very tough quarter w/ Petra, Penko, Pova
45:55 Sloane is #4! A year after being #957
48:45 For some reason we really care about the #25 seed's draw
PART TWO: Wimbledon Week 1: Opportunities Earned
Maybe you've heard that Wimbledon 2018 has been full of shocking upsets, but just how shocking are they? Most of the early-round vanquishers have backed up their results with trips to the second week. In the words of tennis' poet laureate, Venus Williams, their places in the draw are not accidental, but "an opportunity earned." We comb through the draw, look at Federer's decision to leave Nike for Uniqlo, and take a look at Marion Bartoli and Nick Kyrgios' tiff.
0:30 Week 1 summary: Everybody lost
5:10 Wozniacki's unkind words for Makarova are belied by Makarova's actual results
10:25 Many of the early-round giant-killers are still slaying!
16:00 Other women's draw stuff - Serena, Venus, Kerber, Simona, Hsieh
24:20 Our women's draw predictions
25:55 Men's draw: Mackenzie McDonald is giving US fans a different look
31:45 Gulbis is rebuilding his career the hard way, knocks out #4 Sascha Zverev in round 3
37:00 Other men's draw stuff and predictions
41:30 Federer with Uniqlo in massive 10-year contract
47:30 Marion Bartoli goes all the way in on Kyrgios & Monfils
PART THREE: Postcards from Wimbledon: Pleading the Fifth
Wimbledon is (mercifully) over, and we've got two players making their returns to the winner's circle after rather tumultuous 2017 campaigns. Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in a much-talked-about semifinal before taking out Kevin Anderson in the final. Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber became the second ever player (Venus) to beat Serena Williams twice in a Grand Slam final. We then parse through the major stories of week two at the All England Club, including Dominika Cibulkova's appearance in this episode's #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas.
01:52 Kerber reasserts her class with third Grand Slam title
06:46 Serena has a ways to go yet, but what a ride!
14:26 Nadalovic, Rafole, Djokodal? Whichever you prefer, it was a hell of a match
32:17 AELTC relying on tradition, honour and empire to explain away bad organization
38:23 Women's final (non)scheduling: the issue is about R-E-S-P-E-C-T
45:06 Dedicated to Jana: doubles rundown
48:07 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Cibulkova gives ALL the bad looks
54:08 Rankings Watch: who's up and who's down after Wimbledon?
56:53 Chrissie Evert has had IT: she will name and shame
61:44 What will it take for the WTA to acknowledge its rich gay history and present?