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07/31/2012

This day had balls!

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos

When I decided to cover the four Canadians competing in tennis today I was a little worried.

We have all watched Wimbledon over the years, and when I got this chance to go I was a little worried.

You watch the grand slam tournament on television and you get the impression that it might be very photographer unfriendly.

Was I wrong, large pictures of past champions are on the walls of the main press building, even in the stairwells and throughout Court One. The photo area of the media centre allows for photographers to protect our gear like no other venue I have been too! 

And the photo positions and access to those photo positions, incredible!

The place drips history.

Canada had a great day on the courts, Raonic, Wozniak, Nestor and Pospisil were all winners and I couldn't help but think I won too!

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Aleksandra Wozniak defeats New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2 6-1 in first round action in the Olympic Tennis tournament at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon. 

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Aleksandra Wozniak serves.

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Aleksandra Wozniak wipes away sweat after dispatching her opponent.

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Canada's Milos Raonic played Japan's Tatsuma Ito.

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Milos Raonic is playing in his first Olympics.

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Canada's Milos Raonic and his big serve defeated Tatsuma Ito 6-3 6-4.

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Serena Williams tosses the ball up for a serve in  her match on Court One against Poland's Urszula Radwanska.

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Serena Williams yells "Come on", encouragement to herself after missing a point.

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Serena Williams wins her match on Court One, 6-2 6-3, against Urszula Radwanska.

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A fan sneaks a peek of Roger Federer's game through a little usher's window at Centre Court

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A boy cheers for Argentina.

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Clouds threaten Centre Court.

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Daniel Nestor and doubles partner Vasek Pospisil congratulate each other on the grass after a point.

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Daniel Nestor, serving, and doubles partner Vasek Pospisil defeated a Romanian pair, 6-3 7-6, within the normally green walls of Wimbledon. 

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Daniel Nestor serves.

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Vasek Pospisil returns a serve.

Off to a different court,

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Simply called Basketball Arena, it has been nicknamed the marshmallow, although I think it looks more like meringue.

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The Canadian women's team listens to the national anthem.

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After scoring 20 against Russia Kim Smith drew a crowd of British defenders.

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Tamara Tatham loses the handle on the ball as Canada plays Great Britain.

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Chelsea Aubry cuts between a pair of British defenders.

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Shona Thorburn had 18 points for Canada.

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Natalie Stafford had 15 points against Canada.

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Kim Smith celebrates a crutial basket in the last minute as Canada defeats Great Britain 73-65.

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Canada celebrates after defeating Great Britain 73-65 in the women's basketball tournament.

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The Meringue! Mmmmmmmm, meringue!

 

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Excellent shots. I particularly loved the fan sneaking a peek of Federer's game and of course, pictures of Serena are always a treat.

Thanks for the great pics of the women's basketball team! Much appreciated! :)

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