Milliners smile as bare-headed Dutchwoman wilts

Wed Jul 1, 2015 3:41pm EDT
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By Ossian Shine

LONDON (Reuters) - Many cultures boast an age-old proverb centered on learning lessons from a loss.

"We learn little from victory, much from defeat," the Japanese say.

China leans on the Confucian saying with a similar message: "There are 1,000 lessons in defeat. But only one in victory."

The Dutch do not boast anything quite so pithy, but if Richel Hogenkamp takes anything from her swift second round exit on Wednesday, it may well owe much to a 1940s British advertising slogan: "If you want to get ahead, get a hat".

On a day when Wimbledon sweltered, the 23-year-old Dutchwoman, thrashed by Maria Sharapova, was almost the only person in the arena with an uncovered head.

While line judges sported pristine starched white caps, and ball boys and girls wilted under kepis, Hogenkamp stood out from the crowd.

Her blonde pony-tail swung and her increasingly-reddening face glowed beetroot, while all around watched the action shaded by flat caps, titfers, boaters, cloche hats and cricket caps.

Perched on the back of heads, or positioned at jaunty angles, others sported swooshes and stripes advising people to do something, or deny the concept of impossibility.   Continued...

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 1/7/15
Women's Singles - Holland's Richel Hogenkamp in action during the second round
Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Tony O'Brien