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Wimbledon Day 1: How Did The Brits Do?

You already know that Andy Murray and Jo Konta are through in straight sets, but what about the other Brits?

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Almost everyone already knows that the biggest British favorites- Andy Murray and Johanna Konta are through without losing a set. But what about the rest of the Brits? Read to find out!

 

Best result from a Brit today was definitely by Aljaz Bedene. Bedene isn’t known for his grass prowess, so when he was drawn against 21st Ivo Karlovic, there wasn’t much hope. The Brit led the head-to-head 3-0, but two of the matches were retirements and the other one was on clay. Bedene not only held his own on serve and pushed Karlovic to tiebreaks, but came out on top.

The final scoreline for Bedene was 6-7(5) 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 7-6(7) 8-6 after 4 hours and 31 minutes. It was wonderful to see the crowd line up behind Bedene for all his struggles with Olympic and Davis Cup eligibility. Th Brit fired 27 aces to Karlovic’s 44. The Croat failed to convert any of his 8 break points. Bedene’s consistency was definitely one of the keys, getting 79 winners to only 18 unforced errors.

Bedene’s next opponent will be Damir Dzumhur

Post Match Quotes:

“Yeah, I mean, it wasn’t easy to see because he was getting actually tired. Basically the only thing he can do at the end was serve. I was still okay. I wouldn’t say I was fresh, but I felt good on the court. I was hoping we’re going to finish today, end the match.”

“Well, I don’t think I was dreaming about winning 8-6 in the fifth set. But any win’s a good win. It’s a good win. I was getting goosebumps even before that when everyone was clapping. I think it was maybe 5-4 in the fifth set. I mean, I was enjoying the match. Probably I wouldn’t say that if I would lose, but I was enjoying it that moment as well.”

I know Damir for a long time. I actually lent him two match shirts and two shorts for today’s match. He’s a really nice guy. We hang out a lot.

Heather Watson is another Brit that scored a win today. Watson was given an alright draw, opening against the Belgian Maryna Zanveska. The wild card took the first set 6-1, but struggled a bit to close the set out. Watson was leading 5-3 in the second set, but after dropping 3 match points at 5-4, she was in trouble. The second set went to a tiebreak, but Watson regrouped and won the match 6-1 7-6(5).

Heather Watson will play 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova, hoping that she could pull off the upset in front of a crowd on a big court.

Post Match Quotes:

“Yeah, well, first I’m happy to get through the first round. First rounds are always tough. I’d never played Maryna before. I wasn’t really sure. Like, you can watch as many videos as you want, but it’s different being out there on the court against them. I felt I got off to a great start. I felt very solid. In the second set, I felt the same. I just felt that she served extremely well in that second set, especially on the deuce side she hit a lot of aces down the T. Then that game at 5-4, you know, I thought I served very well. She just made me play the extra ball. It didn’t go my way.”

“I feel like the grass for me always takes a few weeks to get used to it, then I start playing really well on it, which is the same for every surface really with me. But especially last week is some of the best tennis I’ve played in a long time.”

Laura Robson did not please the British crowd with her loss to Beatriz Haddad Maia. Haddad Maia does have a solid game on grass, especially with her big serve. The Brazilian wasn’t broken in the match, winning 79% of 1st serve points. She also converted 3 out of 3 break points on Robson’s serve. Robson kept on misfiring, giving Haddad Maia a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win.

Post Match Quotes:

“No, it was just how I felt going into the match. I thought I had a really good chance. With the way that I’d been playing the last few weeks, there is no reason I couldn’t have won that match. Yeah, just let myself down.”

“Well, I definitely would like to qualify for US Open again. That’s always a highlight, playing in New York, for me. Ranking goals, I’m not really overly concerned. It is what it is. I think as long as you get as many matches as you can, you know, grind through these 60Ks and things like that, you move up with the wins.”

Cameron Norrie faced a great challenge this morning in his first Wimbledon appearance. No smaller than 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Norrie is playing his first Wimbledon with a wild card after a successful career in the NCAA college tennis. However he was quite far behind the sheer power and experience of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga took control at 2-3 in the first set, and remained in control throughout. The final score between No. 10 Tsonga and No. 221 Norrie was 6-3 6-2 6-2 after 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Post Match Quotes:

” I think I just lost a little bit of focus. Missed a few easy volleys in the first set, got broken, and then I think it was just the same in each set. I played one loose service game in each set, and it cost me. I’m not used to playing guys at this level. It’s a good learning experience, and I will know next time to work on my concentration and work on my volleys a little bit (smiling).”

” Oh, no, no. I have turned pro now. I can’t actually play for the uni at all anymore. I’m going to head back to the States and play a lot of tournaments on the hard courts over there and kind of look to base, if I have like an off week or something, then I will go to my uni at TCU and kind of base out of there. My favorite surface is the hard, so it’s the best time of year for me now.”

Naomi Broady was also a wild card recipient this year. Broady was drawn against Irina-Camelia Begu. The match was deemed a coin flip, decided by the particular form on the day. Broady had a chance to break for 3-2, but Begu held and she was the one to take the break and win the first set. Begu was in charge of the second set, and won 6-4 6-2 after an hour and 17 minutes.

Post Match Quotes:

“With my ranking being just on the border of not being enough ranking anyway, I don’t think I felt as much pressure as maybe if I was ranked in the 200s and I was way off, because I know that I have played in main draw here off ranking and in the other Grand Slams before. As I said, I’m only a couple spots off. In the bigger picture I really wanted to win to get in the US Open main draw. That was my goal for the grass season. I think I’m going to be literally two or three spots off that. I don’t know if the tournament after Wimbledon counts or not, but I’m entered in it, so I’ll probably go play there in Kazakhstan and try and get the last couple points I need to get up for that.”

“Well, I have women’s doubles here. I don’t know if I play tomorrow. I haven’t checked the schedule. Does women’s doubles start tomorrow? I don’t know. And I’m going to sign up for mixed doubles. I will see with that, as well. Then I’m entered in a 100,000 in Kazakhstan directly after Wimbledon, the second week of Wimbledon. Then it’s over to the U.S. for the hard court season. Possibly some more ITFs mixed in with the WTAs and then potentially qualifiers for US Open if my ranking is not with the main draw.”

 

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Wimbledon Daily Preview: Compelling Matchups Scheduled All Around the Grounds on Thursday

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A look at the grounds of The All-England Club (twitter.com/wimbledon)

Day 4 play is headlined by top names such as Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.  Those names are all considerable favorites in their second round matches, so other matchups on Thursday’s schedule may be more compelling and competitive.  And with many of those encounters scheduled at the same time, multiple screens are recommended.

 

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the day’s five most prominent matches, while highlighting the other notable matches on the schedule.  Thursday’s play begins at 11:00am local time.


Filip Krajinovic (26) vs. Nick Kyrgios – Second on No.2 Court

Despite his usual poor behavior, Kyrgios survived in five on Tuesday against British wild card Paul Jubb, who is ranked outside the top 200 in the world.  But Nick is in strong form this month, with an 8-3 record on grass, having reached the semifinals of both Stuttgart and Halle.  Krajinovic is also in the midst of a strong grass court season, coming off a run to the final of Queen’s Club.  Like Kyrgios, he also required five sets to advance in the first round.  That was actually Filip’s first-ever win at SW19, as he was 0-4 prior to this fortnight.  Krygios leads their head-to-head 3-0 at all levels, though they haven’t played since 2015.  On grass, Nick’s formidable firepower should be plenty to prevail again over Filip, as long as he can maintain his composure.


Elena Rybakina (17) vs. Bianca Andreescu – Second on Court 12

On Tuesday, Andreescu achieved her first career victory at The Championships.  Bianca had only played five tour-level matches on grass ahead of this year, though she’s now 5-2 on grass this month.  Rybakina reached the fourth round of Wimbledon a year ago, but lost two of her three grass court matches coming into this event.  In their first career meeting, I give the slight edge to Andreescu based on recent form.  And while Elena has accumulated 22 wins this season, only four of them have come at Majors, and none of those four against a top player like Bianca.


Barbora Krejcikova (13) vs. Viktorija Golubic – Second on Court 18

This is only Krejickova’s fourth singles match since February due to an elbow injury.  Her opening round victory was her first since returning to the tour.  Golubic was a surprise quarterfinalist here a year ago, when she defeated both Danielle Collins and Madison Keys.  Yet she has not been able to follow-up on that result, as she has a losing record since that run.  They have split four previous meetings at all levels.  Their most recent clash occurred two years ago in Dubai, with Barbora prevailing 6-1, 6-2.  But her lack of match play, along with Viktorija’s grass prowess, make Krejcikova an underdog on this day.  While results on other surfaces have not followed, Golubic is now 13-7 on grass since last season, which includes a semifinal appearance earlier this month in Nottingham.


Karolina Pliskova (6) vs. Katie Boulter (WC) – 1:30pm on Centre Court

Pliskova was the runner-up a year ago, losing the championship match to Ash Barty 6-3 in the third.  Unfortunately a hand injury forced her to miss the first two months of 2022, and she’s only 9-10 this season as a result.  Boulter is a 25-year-old Brit who pushed Aryna Sabalenka to three sets at last year’s event, and is 8-3 on grass at all levels this season.  And just like week, Boulter beat Pliskova on grass in Eastbourne 6-4 in the third.  Now can Katie repeat that result on her country’s most prestigious court?  She’ll certainly have the full support of the Centre Court audience, and her experience last year on this court could prove extremely valuable.  Considering Pliskova has only twice won back-to-back matches this year, an upset on Thursday feels entirely possible.


Alex de Minaur (19) vs. Jack Draper – Third on No.1 Court

This could easily become the most competitive show court match of the day.  And the British crowd will be vociferously behind Draper, especially late in the day on the tournament’s second biggest court.  Jack is a 20-year-old Brit who last year took a set off Novak Djokovic on Centre Court.  And he’s collected 31 match wins at all levels this season, which includes four Challenger titles as well as a semifinal run just last week in Eastbourne.  But de Minaur is also having a strong season.  The Australian has 25 wins, all at tour level, and was also a semifinalist in Eastbourne.  Both players won their first round matches in straight sets, so they’re surely feeling fresh and confident.  While Alex’s defensive skills will force Jack to strike some extra balls, Draper’s offensive weapons will be rewarded on this surface.  And the crowd’s encouragement may be the x-factor Draper needs to prevail.


Other Notable Matches on Thursday:

Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) vs. Jordan Thompson – Tsitsipas prevailed in four sets on Tuesday, bringing his Wimbledon record to just 4-4.  He’s 1-0 against Thompson, who is only 8-12 this season at tour level.

Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Ricardas Berankis – Nadal is now 31-3 on the year, and seemed rather unbothered by his chronic foot injury in the opening round.  Earlier this season in Australia, he defeated Berankis in straight sets.

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove (LL) – A victory for Swiatek on Thursday would be her 37th consecutive win, tying her with Martina Hingis for the longest women’s singles win streak across the past three decades.  Lesley is a 30-year-old ranked 138th in the world who at last year’s Wimbledon earned for first-ever main draw win at a Major by defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Simona Halep (16) vs. Kirsten Flipkens – Halep is on an eight-match win streak at Wimbledon, dating back to her title run in 2019.  36-year-old Flipkens has said this will be her last-ever singles tournament.  She was a semifinalist here in 2013. 

Coco Gauff (11) vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu – Gauff scarcely survived the first round, overcoming Elena-Gabriela Ruse 7-5 in the third.  But Coco should be able to settle into the tournament from here, especially against Buzarnescu.  She’s currently 127th in the world, and on Tuesday won her first WTA-level match in nearly a year.


Thursday’s full Order of Play is here.

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WIMBLEDON: Bianca Andreescu blasts Canadian broadcasters for showing men’s over women’s coverage, and Nick Kyrgios could face fine

Bianca Andreescu and Nick Kyrgios made headlines at Wimbledon.

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Kyrgios could face fine  

 

Tennis doesn’t always dominate the headlines and yesterday in the case of Bianca Andreescu and Nick Kyrgios, this was certainly the case.

What the former US Open champion posted on Instagram last night was very interesting.

Andreescu was referring to the fact that both Canadian men’s players Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger Aliassime matches were being shown but not her own.

This meant her family and friends and fans struggled to support and watch her in action on Court 14.

The former world number four came through against American Emina Bektas 6-1, 6-3.

But her post raises the argument again that there is a gender bias in tennis and sport towards men’s coverage over women’s.

(Via Bianca Andreescu’s Instagram Story)

When the Canadian broadcasters could have shown one men’s match and one women’s match in a fair outcome.

As it happened, Shapovalov struggled but overcame Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in five sets.

But Auger Aliassime was not so lucky as he lost to American Maxime Cressy in four sets.

Kyrgios loses his cool again

And how often have we seen fiery Australian Kyrgios lash out at spectators.

This happened again yesterday with the Canberra native spitting at a fan.

In a press conference afterwards, he admitted to the allegation.

“Of one of the people disrespecting me, yes. I would not be doing that to someone who was supporting me,” he said.

“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything.

“He literally came to the match to not even support anyone really, just to stir up disrespect.

That’s fine. But if I give it back to you, that’s just how it is.”

The All England Club must now decide what action to take against Kyrgios with The Guardian reporting that they are considering fining the Australian.

But others believe this doesn’t go far enough and that being banned from the tournament would reflect the nature and severity of the incident, which has again given bad publicity towards Wimbledon.

It remains to be seen what action officials will take in a never-ending series of controversies that continue to beset the talented Aussie.

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WIMBLEDON: Day Two Talking Points as Rafa Nadal wins but Serena Williams falls agonisingly short

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams had contrasting results on day two of Wimbledon.

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Yesterday at SW19 again saw crowds flock to see the world’s most recognised tennis faces.

 

And it did not disappoint.

Contrasting comebacks for the sport’s stars

Two-time champion Rafa Nadal was playing at Wimbledon for the first time in three years.

And the Spaniard showed some majestic touches on his return to the surface.

He stormed into two sets to love lead against Argentina’s Francisco Cerúndolo, 6-4, 6-3.

But the Argentine fought back to take the third 6-3.

The crowd sensing an upset on the cards where cheering every time Nadal staved off some dangerous moments.

In particular, midway through the fourth as Cerúndolo was up 4-3 and had a sniff on the Spanish legend’s serve.

But he came through and went onto break the 23-year-old from Buenos Aires, and made no mistake in serving for the match.

6-4 in the fourth as the 22-time Grand Slam champion breathed a huge sigh of relief.

The win keeps alive his hopes of winning an unprecedented calendar Grand Slam after taking the Australian and French Open titles.

Meanwhile, for Serena Williams it wasn’t to be a fairytale comeback after a year away from the sport.

But she did play very well against an inspired Harmony Tan.

A nervous start saw the American surrender her serve. 

She then come back to lead in the opening set before losing it 7-5.

We then witnessed the Serena of old as she dominated the Frenchwoman to take it 6-1.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion then came out of the blocks fast in the third, forging a 3-1 lead.

But she was pegged back by the plucky Tan and it took some vintage Serena to seize the break, meaning the 40-year-old would serve for the match.

Some loose serves cost her the game and Serena was forced to save a match point as a final set tie-break was the only way to separate the two.

The tennis icon zoomed into a 4-0 lead and looked the likely winner but Tan again fought back with some sublime shots of her own.

In her first match on Centre Court and with such little Grand Slam pedigree, Tan continued to relish the big stage as she saw off some nerves to take the breaker 10-7 and the biggest win of her career.

This was arguably the match of the tournament so far.

Serena can hold her head up high as it was a strong performance and a couple of points here or there and we would have been talking about a stunning win.

Another good day for the Brits

More Brits are through to round two!

Jack Draper continued his impressive form as he saw off Zizou Bergs in straight sets.

The Belgian going down 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

And Ryan Peniston, fresh from making the quarter-finals of Queen’s is also through.

He saw off Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen comfortably 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Katie Boulter beat Frenchwoman Clara Burel 7-5, 6-3.

And Heather Watson beat Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch 6-7 (7-9, 7-5, 6-2.

But British number two Dan Evans was left stunned after he lost to Australia’s Jason Kubler in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

Iga breaks Venus’ record

One stat that seemed to fly under the radar with Rafa and Serena taking all the headlines was Poland’s Iga Świątek breaking Venus Williams 35-match unbeaten run.

The pole extended her own streak to 36 with a convincing performance against Croatia’s Jana Fett.

The world number one opening Centre Court in style 6-0, 6-3.

There were also wins for 2019 champion Simona Halep, fifth seed Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa, Coco Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Grigor exits along with Sloane Stephens

Former semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov was forced to pull out injured after being a set up and 5-2 down in the second set against American Steve Johnson.

Whilst, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens slumped to China’s Qinwen Zheng 7-6 (7-1), 7-5.

And the oldest man in the draw, Feliciano Lopez who in doing so, equalled Roger Federer’s record of 81 main draw appearances at Grand Slams.

But the Spaniard lost in straight sets to Botic van de Zandschulp.

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