BACK from Centre Court where Venus Williams was almost stung by a bee – and a British opponent.
Naomi Cavaday, 19, shocked the crowd by breaking the serve of the defending champion in the very first game.
That opening game also featured a little dance from Venus as what she described as a “big old bumblebee” – obviously British – buzzed around her leg on the baseline.
“I didn’t want it to sting me – then I ended up losing that service game, so I guess the bumblebee got me off to a bad start,” she told us later.
What can only be said to be a hubub broke out when the world No 197 raced into a 3-1 lead against the four times Wimbledon champion.
There were roars of approval as our girl matched the No 7 seed shot for shot.
Naomi eventually took Venus to a first set tie break, which the battling Brit sadly lost.
Ms Williams got her game together in the second set and prevailed 6-1.
She wrapped up victory in one hour and 17 minutes, which was an hour longer than some had predicted.
Afterwards, Naomi said: “Obviously it was a great experience for me.”
While Venus added: “She took her chances, really took advantage of her opportunities and played with poise on this occasion, which is Centre Court in front of a home crowd.”
They were followed on court by Rafael Nadal, wearing much the same as his pirate look of 2007.
No cardy for him.
Rafa did his usual boxer routine at the net for the toss, before racing back to the baseline.
Several ladies left their seats during the warm-up to get closer camera shots of their hero.
Many looked ever so slightly over-excited. No doubt it was the sun.
And Sir Trevor McDonald appeared in a seat near to the press area, shunning the pirate look for full suit and tie.
The News At 4.30pm is that Rafa is currently two sets to love up against German Andreas Beck and on course for victory – bees allowing.
Next on Centre is Andy Murray.
Wylie’s Wimbledon 2008