It proved to be a good day for the top players on day 2 of Wimbledon. There were no problems for Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Martin del Potro and Svetlana Kuznetsova in their first round encounters. Meanwhile Nick Kyrgios hiccuped but got past Radek Stepanek in four sets.
Wimbledon 2016 Day 2
2253 hrs IST: Meanwhile play has been suspended on all outside courts. Just Coco Vandeweghe vs Kateryna Bondarenko up next on centre court.
2252 hrs IST: Wozniacki’s forehand sails long on Kuznetsova’s serve and she wins 7-5, 6-4.
2247 hrs IST: Superb service hold by Wozniacki. Almost a fresh player now but still has to break the Kuznetsova serve to prolong this set and maybe, just maybe, take it into the third. Not that we’re getting ahead of ourselves!
2246 hrs IST: Three unforced errors and a double fault later, Wozniacki breaks serve! It is 5-3 now. Dane still with a serve to break and hers to hold!
2244 hrs IST: And Woz holds serve. Kuznetsova to serve for the match at 5-2 in the second
2241 hrs IST: But she brings it back to 30-30 after two errors by the Russian.
2240 hrs IST: And it hasn’t started off well with Kuznetsova winning first two points – one with a Woz error and then on a backhand winner.
2239 hrs IST: Kuznetsova holds serve to go 5-1 up. Wozniacki with the pressure to hold serve.
2232 hrs IST: Kuznetsova has practically raced off in the second set within minutes. She’s up 4-0.
2221 hrs IST: In a bit of reshuffling, Coco Vandeweghe vs Kateryna Bondarenko has been moved to the centre court.
2218 hrs IST: Svetlana Kuznetsova races to the net and whips across a volley to seal the set 7-5.
2213 hrs IST: Meanwhile Kuznetsova has a crucial break of serve in the 11th game. She will serve for first set vs Wozniacki
2208 hrs IST: Six matches have been cancelled by the authorities then: Heather Watson (GBR) vs Annika Beck (GER), Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) vs Luksika Kumkhum (THA), Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA), Sloane Stephens (USA) vs Shuai Peng (CHN), Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Aleksandra Krunic (SRB), Mandy Minella (LUX) vs Anna Tatishvili (USA)
2200 hrs IST: Weather update, the heavy rain is expected to last an hour with more showers expected later.
2156 hrs IST: Wozniacki continues to struggle on her serve. 18/29 on the first serve but she’s somehow getting the job done. Holds once again to go up 4-3.
2153 hrs IST: From the press room,
Serena: “I’d be lying if I said I feel fresh, but I don’t feel fatigue. I feel real hungry, super motivated, extremely ready to do the best”
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) June 28, 2016
2146 hrs IST: And Wozniacki holds. Both players made to work hard on their serve. Another deuce game and another game that ends with a Kuznetsova forehand error into the net.
2140 hrs IST: Kuznetsova shanks a forehand into the net and Wozniacki has break back. 2-2!
2136 hrs IST: A deep, well struck backhand in the corner by Wozniacki on her backhand side and she holds serve. But the Russian is in the lead at 2-1.
2134 hrs IST: Kuznetsova holds after a few jitters and a deuce. She leads 2-0 in the first set.
2128 hrs IST: Things underway with Caroline Wozniacki and she gets broken in the very first service game. A few unforced errors and that’s advantage to Kuznetsova early on.
2115 hrs IST: With the roof closed, Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova are on centre court.
2109 hrs IST: The weather prediction early on said it was going to rain at 4 or 5 PM local time and it has. It is 4.30 PM right now. Luckily, we’ve got the roof here at Wimbledon – something that French Open envied for days at end!
2105 hrs IST: Just after Murray’s match got done, it has started to rain on centre court and the covers are on. Thankfully we’ve got the roof!
2052 hrs IST: GAME, SET, MATCH MURRAY! The 2nd seed seals the contest 6-2 6-3 6-4
2048 hrs IST: Broady with another hold, and Murray will now serve for the set, and match
2044 hrs IST: A very comfortable serving game for Murray makes it 5-3. The Brit is now a game away from entering second round of Wimbledon
2039 hrs IST: Broady has been impressive in the third set as he holds serve to make it 3-4
2027 hrs IST: Excellent serving game by Broady as he narrow’s Murray’s lead to just one game. 3-2 it is in the third set
2020 hrs IST: Long long game this. Murray had a break point but failed to convert as Broady fights back to effect deuce
2014 hrs IST: Murray continues to surf on grass against Broady as he takes a 2-0 lead in the third set
2008 hrs IST: TOO EASY! No.2 seed Murray seals the second set 6-3 against Broady. We, by now, know where this battle of Brits is heading
2003 hrs IST: Wawrinka advances with a 7-6 6-1 6-7 6-4 win over Taylor Fritz
2000 hrs IST: Del Potro returns in style with a 6-1 7-5 6-0 win over Stephane Robert
1951 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Wawrinka is 4-3 up against Fritz, and he’s on serve
1945 hrs IST: Murray takes a sizeable lead in the second set too. The no.2 seed is off to a dominating start at Wimbledon
1933 hrs IST: Set point, and Murray converts to pocket the opening set 6-2 in 25 minutes
1930 hrs IST: Fritz is holding on against Wawrinka, takes third set 7-6 to take the match into 4th
1926 hrs IST: Murray’s crosscourt back-hand goes long, and Broady holds on to make it 2-4 in the first set
1922 hrs IST: Broady is on the board against Murray. It’s 4-1 in Murray’s favour!
1916 hrs IST: Murray offers to a solid start in his Rd 1 contest. The Brit races to a 3-0 lead
1912 hrs IST: Murray produces an early break to go 2-0 up in the first set against Broady
1908 hrs IST: It’s a bit breezy in the middle now
1904 hrs IST: Murray takes court and he seals the first game on serve comfortably
1857 hrs IST: Andy Murray will lock horns with Liam Broady in a battle of the Brits. Stay tuned for all the updates
1852 hrs IST: Dominating second set by Wawrinka after Fritz tested him in the first. The Swiss pockets it 6-1, and is level at 1-1 in the third
1849 hrs IST: Serena Williams enters Rd 2 with 6-2 6-4 win over Sadikovic – who was playing her first Grand Slam match today
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1840 hrs IST: Serena in 4-3 lead over Sadikovic in the second set but Sadikovic continues to push the top seed in the Rd 1 contest
1838 hrs IST: Dominika Cibulkova beats Lucic-Baroni in straight sets – 7-5 6-3
1837 hrs IST: Dustin Brown wins the five-setter against Dusan Lajovic 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4
1835 hrs IST: Kyrgios is through to second round with a 6-4 6-3 6-7(9) 6-1 win over Stepanek
Tweener lob winner?
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 28 June 2016
1834 hrs IST: In other results: Tsonga bt Cervantes 6-4 7-6 6-4, Gasquet bt Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3
1831 hrs IST: Serena Williams leads Sadikovic 3-2 in the second set after she won the first 6-2
1830 hrs IST: Wawrinka, after taking the first set 7-6, leads 2-0 in the second against Fritz
1819 hrs IST: Kyrgios running away with the fourth set, and match as he leads Stepanek 5-0
1811 hrs IST: “Ms Williams wins the first set” Serena breaks Sadikovic to take the first set 6-2
1808 hrs IST: Stepanek seals the tie-break 11-9 to pocket third set against Kyrgios
1800 hrs IST: Sadikovic with a hold of serve, and she makes it 2-4 against Serena in the first set
1755 hrs IST: Kyrgios-Stepanek third set to be decided via tie break after the Australian holds his serve to stay alive
1754 hrs IST: Fritz testing Wawrinka as the two are locked at 3-3 in the first set
1752 hrs IST: Sadikovic with a hold of serve, and she’s on the board after 15 minutes of Serena domination
1751 hrs IST: Stepanek now holds to make it interesting, very very interesting. He’s a break of serve away from sealing the set
1750 hrs IST: Stepanek breaks Kyrgios to make it 5-5 in the third set. Tie-break on the cards?
1744 hrs IST: And, Serena is at her ruthless best now. 12 points on the trot, and she finds herself 3-0 up, in no time
1743 hrs IST: Serena with the early break of Sadikovic’s serve, moves 2-0 up in 1st set
1742 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Kyrgios leads Stepanek 4-3 in the third set. The Aussie has won the first two sets
1740 hrs IST: Serena made to work hard for the first hold of the match. Serena, off late, has become a slow starter but gathers steam as the game progresses
1738 hrs IST: Also in action is Stan Wawrinka who is taking on Taylor Fritz
1731 hrs IST: Serena Williams has arrived for RD 1 contest against Amra Sadikovic. The two players are warming-up before they start exchanging points
1724 hrs IST: Kyrgios opens up a lead in the third set as he, on the serve, is 2-1 up against Stepanek
1717 hrs IST: Game, Set Kyrgios as he seals the second 6-3 to lead Stepanek 2-0 in Rd 1 contest
1714 hrs IST: “Let’s go Nicky, Let’s go” chant the Aussie supporters as Kyrgios is a point away from taking the second set
1712 hrs IST: Stepanek holds to stay alive in the second set. Kyrgios, 5-3 up, will now serve for the set
1710 hrs IST: Stepanek, 2-5 down, is serving to stay alive in the second set
1706 hrs IST: Dustin Brown fights back against Dusan Lajovic as he takes the second set 6-3
1704 hrs IST: And the forehand skill is followed by a precise backhand drop from near the net. Kyrgios is exhibiting his complete range
1704 hrs IST: Stand and Volley! Kyrgios stands in the centre of the court and neatly volleys Stepanek’s powerful forehand
1702 hrs IST: Kyrgios hold puts him in a commanding position in the second set
1649 hrs IST: Stepanek gets on the second set with a hold. It continues to be in Kyrgios’ favour at 3-1
1651 hrs IST: Kyrgios produces an early break in the second set, moves 2-0 up
1647 hrs IST: In another men’s singles contest, Gasquet takes the first set 6-3 against Bedene
1643 hrs IST: Kyrgios couldn’t have timed the break better as he takes the 1st set vs Stepanek 6-4
1642 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes the opening set against Cervantes 6-4
1637 hrs IST: Kyrgios restores order with a good serving game to make it 5-4
1634 hrs IST: Hold, break, hold and Stepanek levels with Kyrgios 4-4 in opening set
1633 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Dusan Lajovic takes the opening set against Dustin Brown 6-4
1631 hrs IST: Double fault from Kyrgios and Stepanek hits back with a break to make it 3-4
1629 hrs IST: It’s Stepanek now who responds with a dominating serving game. It’s still 4-2 in Kyrgios’ favour
1627 hrs IST: SPRINT! Kyrgios with a very very quick hold to go 4-1 up in the opening set. Pressure on Stepanek, who is on serve now
1626 hrs IST: Kyrgios, on serve, with a powerful combination of forehands and backhands, and seals the winner with a precise cross-court volley near the net
1625 hrs IST: Stepanek tries hard but fails to hold serve. Kyrgios goes 3-1 up with the early break
1623 hrs IST: India’s ace tennis player Sania Mirza is cheering for Kyrgios
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) 28 June 2016
1621 hrs IST: Stepanek survives with break point with a big serve. Exciting game early in the opening set
1620 hrs IST: From a very good position in the serving game, Stepanek is locked at deuce with Kyrgios
1616 hrs IST: Clinical hold for Kyrgios. Stepanek played some impressive volleys but it wasn’t enough against the Aussie’s big serves
1614 hrs IST: In other men’s singles contest, Cervantes breaks Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first game of the match
1611 hrs IST: Stepanek with a big serve, uses the volley, gets little assistance from the net for a point. Early signs of Stepanek’s game plan – big serve, and a sharp volley/drop
1610 hrs IST: Kyrgios starts with a hold of serve. Decent support for both players
1609 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Richard Gasquet takes on Aljaz Bedene in his Rd 1 contest
1608 hrs IST: Nick Kyrgios takes the court against Radek Stepanek. Excellent conditions for tennis today
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1605 hrs IST: Petr Cech is in the house to catch some tennis under the sun
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 28 June 2016
1600 hrs IST: And, the action gets underway. Dusan Lajovic is up against Dustin Brown, and is already a game up in the opening set
Day 1 Recap
It was not quite the triple bagel that Novak Djokovic was aiming for during the opening 41 minutes of his first-round match but the Serbian is unlikely to be too disappointed after he beat Britain’s James Ward 6-0 7-6(3) 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday.
Roger Federer began his 18th consecutive Wimbledon challenge with a straight-sets win over Argentina’s Guido Pella on Monday but it was never straightforward for the Swiss as he won 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3.
Former world number Ana Ivanovic blamed a wrist injury for a surprise first-round defeat by lowly-ranked Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova at Wimbledon on Monday.