Wimbledon 2017, Day 3: Rafael Nadal, Murray, Nishikori, Azarenka, Konta, Venus through to third round; Kvitova stunned

Day 2 didn’t have the activity and big hitting as one would like to see at a Grand Slam. It brought to the fore motivation of players after two consecutive pull outs on Center Court. Moving on to Day 3, Wimbledon organisers hoped to that the talk returned to the activity on the court – […]

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Day 2 didn’t have the activity and big hitting as one would like to see at a Grand Slam. It brought to the fore motivation of players after two consecutive pull outs on Center Court. Moving on to Day 3, Wimbledon organisers hoped to that the talk returned to the activity on the court – of matches finishing and that is how it remained. Murray, Nadal, Cilic, Nishikori, Tsonga all advanced. On the women’s side, Konta, Azarenka, Venus were pushed but the shock result came in the form of Kvitova’s exit from the tournament. For Indian players, Purav Raja/Divij Sharan and Sania Mirza won while Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan lost.

Wimbledon 2017, Live Score and Updates, Day 3:

0107 hrs IST: Rafael Nadal is through to the third round despite a spirited effort by Donald Young to prolong the contest – by holding serve at 3-5 and forcing the Spaniard into serving for the contest. Eventually, Rafa won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5

0009 hrs IST: Indian players watch: Sania/Flipkens are through to the second round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Osaka/Zhang

0002 hrs IST: UPSET! Madison Brengle sends 11th seed Petra Kvitova out! American wins 6-3, 1-6, 6-2! So one of the two women in the draw to have Wimbledon in the past is out. Venus Williams the other

2239 hrs IST: Indian players watch: Sania Mirza and Flipkens win the opening set 6-4 vs Osaka/Zhang on Court 12. Meanwhile, Jeevan and Donaldson lead 6-5 in the third set. Nervously locked at deuce there.

2320 hrs IST: Fourth seed Elina Svitolina beats Schiavone 6-3, 6-0.

2315 hrs IST: Petra Kvitova levels things at one set all against Madison Brengle. From 23 unforced errors in the first set to five in the second. 3-6, 6-1 to the two time champion now

2314 hrs IST: Rafael Nadal like the first round is off to an explosive start. This time Donald Young getting the treatment. Early break going Rafa’s way with Centre Court partially covered in sunlight.

2309 hrs IST: Venus Williams gets out of a cage to beat Wang 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Takes on Naomi Osaka next

2240 hrs IST: Two match points for Murray. Brown saves one with a strong confident volley. Another chance now at 5-2 in the third set. 40-30. The German goes for a cute drop shot on the serve but fails to execute it. Briton through to the third round: 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

2239 hrs IST: Indian players watch: Divij Sharan/Purav Raja through to the second round. Beat Edmund/Sousa 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. Jeevan and his American partner Donaldson lead 7-6, 7-5

2235 hrs IST: Andy Murray on the verge of a comfortable passage into the third round then. Dustin Brown serving at 1-5 in the third – trying to stay in. Or at least prolong the inevitable by some minutes. Meanwhile on Court 1, Venus Williams has evened things out against Wang from China

2140 hrs IST: Murray wins the opening set 6-3! Been a steady show from Andy and deservedly takes a set lead

2136 hrs IST: Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium has beaten Daniil Medvedev of Russia in straight sets. Medvedev had beaten Wawrinka in the opening round. No trouble for Bemelmans in picking up just his second win in a Grand Sleam second-round match

2134 hrs IST: Over on Center Court, it is on serve between Murray and Brown. 3-4 as the German serves and bullets a backhand down the line to bring up game point at 40-30. Then tries to go for one on the forehand side but nets it. Deuce. Comes back to bring up break point and then serves a double fault. Murray to serve for first set at 5-3.

2133 hrs IST: Divij Sharan and Purav Raja win the third set 6-4 to lead two sets to one going into the fourth

2113 hrs IST: Underway on Center Court is Andy Murray against Dustin Brown. Make yourself comfortable – this could get interesting. Murray serving first

2108 hrs IST: Kei Nishikori nearly stretched to a fifth set by Sergiy Stakhovsky before closing out a 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1, 7-6(6) win. It will be Spain’s Robert Bautista-Agut next for the Japanese no.1.

2050 hrs IST: Indian doubles pairing of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja are in the third set against Edmund/Sousa: 7-6, 3-6, 1-0.

2044 hrs IST: Konta brings up a second match point with a glorious cross court forehand winner. It is 8-9… Second serve. Vekic sends her forehand into the net and Konta punches the air in celebration. WHAT A BATTLE! Emotional embrace between the two at the net. Vekic is in tears. It has taken 3 hours and 10 minutes for Konta to beat Croatian Vekic: 7-6, 4-6, 10-8!

2027 hrs IST: From 0-30 down, Konta comes back to hold her serve and keeps things going in the third set. 8-7 now and things on to Vekic to hold her serve

2020 hrs IST: Konta and Vekic going the distance in the third set. Konta leads 7-6 in the third set and it is on serve. Has been a battle this with neither ladies giving up. The heat not helping them

1930 hrs IST: No dramatics once again for Tsonga on Court 2. He gets done with a straightforward 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli

1930 hrs IST: It is all even on Court No 1. Nishikori led 5-2 in the tiebreak against Stakhovsky and then had a set point but he’s let go of both of them and gone on to drop the second. One set all!

1755 hrs IST: Our focus now shifts to Kei Nishikori’s second round match against Sergiy Stakhovsky. Meanwhile Tsonga has raced off to take the first set 6-1 against Bolelli and it is on serve between Konta and Vekic

1755 hrs IST: Azarenka will take on Heather Watson in the third round.

1743 hrs IST: Vesnina sends her backhand into the net after a lengthy rally with Azarenka. Brings up match point. Lovely hitting from the Russian – keeping the ball deep and moving Vika around. Follows it up with a lovely drop shot but Azarenka pushes at it and gets an error in return. Match point number 2. Another one saved as Azarenka’s forehand hits the top of the tape. Game point now for Vesnina with Azarenka erring on the service return. Back to deuce – the third – after Vesnina hits the net. Azarenka goes for one off the line on the backhand but it is into the tramlines. Another chance to hold. Big serve to start, forced to play two more balls than she should have by Azarenka and sends the half-smash into the net. Not the right height for a smash from the back of the court. But she is still fighting at it courtesy a beautiful forehand drive down the line. Sweet exchange at the net between the two players before Azarenka creates the space to volley into open court. Deuce. And the match finishes with a double fault! Worst way to lose a match. Azarenka won’t complain. She is through to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 win

1732 hrs IST: Vesnina has the trainer out. Doesn’t look okay. Azarenka up a set and 4-3 in second. Meanwhile Azarenka is keeping herself warm and ready by serving in an open court. Read from a paper at the change of ends. After serving on an empty court, the Belorussian hit groundstrokes with the ball boys and ball girls throwing the balls at her. Going back to the drawing board to stay warm and keeping her body ready when play begins

1726 hrs IST: Players arrive on: Centre Court: Konta vs Vekic; No 1: Kei vs Stakhovsky; No 2: Tsonga vs Bolelli

1722 hrs IST: No trouble for Heather Watson in getting the better of Sevastova on Court 2. The Briton wins it 6-0, 6-4

1658 hrs IST: An ace at 30-15 and it brings up two set points for Azarenka and she gets the opener after Vesnina nets her forehand

1645 hrs IST: Lovely backhand winner down the line from Azarenka and that gives her the break. After that, a spectator is tended to by the medical officials for possible heat exhaustion.

1611 hrs IST: Heather Watson-Anastasija Sevastova match under way at Court 2. The Brit has taken a 2-0 lead in the first set. Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka leads 1-0 at Court 3 against Elena Vesnina.

1605 hrs IST: He might not be in action today but a memorable day for the seven-time Wimbledon champion — Roger Feder.

1600 hrs IST: Venus will set a new record as she will be playing her 97th Wimbledon match. It will take her past sister Serena, who has competed in 96 at the All England Club.

1553 hrs IST: Johanna Konta and the defending champions Andy Murray to lead Great Britain’s challenge.

1544 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 3 of Wimbledon. As the tradition goes, first women’s match will be played at Centre Court. Johanna Konta will begin the day against Donna Vekic. On court 2, Nishikori to be up against Stakhovsky. 

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