Venus will retire on her own terms

There will be no echo of Tatiana Golovin's arresting red knickers (circa 2007), Serena Williams' lovely lavender headband (2012) or Roger Federer's loud orange sneaker soles from a year ago. Any player wishing to emulate these Wimbledon classics will be escorted to the referee's office where a "supply of suitable clothing" awaits.

No player will be allowed to display a swath of color more than one centimeter thick on shirts, shorts or dresses, and the ban extends to undergarments, even when revealed "due to perspiration."

This is the biggest crackdown since 1995, when the club amended the rule that had previously been "predominantly white" to the present "almost entirely white."

A royal treat

If the first title defense of Andy Murray was described by one British tabloid as a "clinical dissection" well, then, what was this?

The No. 3-seeded Murray dispatched Slovenia's Blaz Rola 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 -- in a sporty 84 minutes -- and advanced to the third round. Murray has lost all of 12 games in the minimum six sets.

The real news was that the Duchess of Cornwall left her seat in the royal box on Centre Court and attended Murray's match on Court No. 1. When Murray threw his sweaty wrist bands into the crowd, he very nearly hit the Duchess.

Was he aiming for her?

"No," Murray said. "I've been doing that for about seven, eight years. I wasn't trying to throw to anyone in particular."

Stak Man scores again

This wasn't quite as momentous as last year's shocker over a seven-time Wimbledon champion, but it wasn't half bad.

Sergiy Stakhovsky, a 28-year-old from Ukraine, wrecked the reigning French Open semifinalist, Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5). The No. 12 seed went without a service break, and Stakhovsky was exceptionally clean, stroking 34 winners and only eight unforced errors.

Last year, despite an 0-20 record against top-10 players, Stakhovsky sent Federer home, which ended the Swiss champion's streak of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals. Stakhovsky equals his best Wimbledon effort ever and now takes on the winner of Jeremy Chardy- Marinko Matosevic.


Tuesday, No. 7 seed Jelena Jankovic crashed out in the first round. A day later, it was No. 7 seed David Ferrer in the second round, falling to Andrey Kuznetsov 6-7 (5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a match that ran 3 hours, 12 minutes ... Three of the top women's seeds breezed through Wednesday: No. 2 Li Na hammered Yvonne Meusburger 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska beat Casey Dellacqua 6-4, 6-0; and No. 6 Petra Kvitova took down Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-0. Meanwhile, Venus and Serena Williams won their first-round doubles match in scratchy fashion, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 over Oksana Klashniko and Olga Savchuk a team from two republics of the former Soviet Union.

-- Melissa Isaacson contributed to this story

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