Posted: Sunday June 26, 2005 11:31PM; Updated: Tuesday June 28, 2005 5:31PM
Two-time defending Wimbledon champ Roger Federer has won 32 consecutive matches on grass and 17 in a row at the All England Club.
Jon Wertheim will answer questions from SI.com users in his mailbag every Wednesday.
Term life annuities? Long-term care? I can't make any sense of it. So let's dispense Wimbledon midterm grades instead ...
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova: Last year's champs are looking like strong contenders to repeat.
African-American women: Five reach the second round, which doesn't include the winsome Angela Haynes, who gave Serena Williams a terrific scare in round one.
Russian women: The revolution lives after all. Six reach round of 16.
Mixed doubles:Mark Knowles and Venus Williams? Kim Clijsters and Oli Rochus? Mary Pierce and Mahesh Bhupathi? Mike Bryan and Martina Navratilova. It's like they put all the names in an iPod and used shuffle to form team. We love it.
Jill Craybas: The pride of Rhode Island scores the biggest win of her career, taking out Serena Williams in round three.
Justin Gimelstob: Terrific week one story. Wins two matches and then plays gallantly in well-contested loss to Lleyton Hewitt. Nice week of tennis surely salves all that physical pain, plus the knowledge he passed up a great Manhattan real estate opportunity earlier this year.
Andrew Murray: Scottish teen reaches round three before running out of petrol against David Nalbandian. His reward? A dozen or so more years of carrying the hopes of a nation.
ESPN: The caliber of "talent" is all over the map, but the coverage choice has been close to unassailable.
Andy Roddick: Wins a five setter against fearless Dan Bracciali; but this chip-on-my-shoulder routine doesn't become him.
Katarina Srebotnik: Loses third-round match to Sharapova; on the plus side, she was the clue in last Thursday's New York Times crossword.
Rafael Nadal: Good for him for taking Wimbledon seriously -- he's even considering installing a grass court near his Mallorcan home. But his second-round loss to Gilles Muller demonstrates how much work there's left to be done.
Marat Safin: Looked downright grassaphilic for first two rounds. Then reverted to form in desultory loss to Feliciano Lopez.
Double standards: When Bracciali gives Roddick a scare, it's a testament to depth men's tennis. When sub-top-100 Angela Haynes takes Serena to the limit, it's testament to Serena's apathy.
Best-of-five matches: Especially noisome in the early rounds. Let's see, they clog the schedule, exhaust the participants, ravage the grass, and saddle the television schedules all so that ... what? Fans can get five hours of Novak Djokovic against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez? Best-of-three is plenty, thanks.
Serena Williams: As shabbily as she played, it was in her postmatch remarks that she really disgraced herself. "[Craybas] didn't do anything -- she didn't have to do anything exceptionally well today. She just pretty much had to show up."
Justine Henin-Hardenne: For a player who projected an air of invincibility in Paris, J2H showed a puzzling absence of confidence in her first-round loss to Eleni Daniilidou.
Henmania: Disappointment has become an annual ritual but it sure came early this year.