Sunday 25 February 2018 / 03:03 AM


Top seeds Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Johanna Konta starred in action on day three as they all booked their place in the third round, while two-time champion Petra Kvitova was the big name player to be stunned, going down to 95th ranked Madison Brengle.

Kvitova made an inspiring comeback from a hand injury – she was stabbed by an intruder in December last year – to win the Birmingham title last week in the lead up to the Championships. However, she wasn’t able to continue her resurgent run at the All England Club. Kvitova hit 50 unforced errors, compared to only 16 from Brengle, and struck six double faults in her 3-6, 6-1, 2-6 loss.

“No one knows how hard I had to work to be back, so probably that feels more disappointing than it normally is,” she said.

“But on the other hand, it’s been great to be here again. I mean, it was my goal to play this event this year, and that’s what I did.

“So probably deep in myself I feel very grateful to have this option to play, but on the other hand, I feel sad that I have to leave so early.”

Johanna Konta was also forced to fight for her place in the third round, battling deep into a third set before eventually edging Donna Vekic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8 in a match that lasted three hours and 10 minutes.

“We were out there for a long time and both of us battled incredibly hard and whoever was going to draw the (short) straw was going to be hurting and obviously I feel very fortunate to have got through that,” Konta said.

It was easier work for the men’s top seeds as Andy Murray continued his title defence with a straightforward 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory against the unpredictable Dustin Brown. Earlier in the week Murray insisted his lingering hip injury would not hamper his campaign and despite showing signs of limping in between points in his opening round encounter, the World No. 1 was able to negate the flamboyant pressure of Brown rather comfortably.

“If he has a problem with his hip, I don’t want to play against him when his hip is good,” Brown said in his post-match news conference.

Up next for Murray is 28th seed Fabio Fognini. The head-to-head record is currently level at 3-3 between the pair, with Fognini winning their most recent meeting, although they have never played on the grass surface.

Rafael Nadal also kept his charge for his third Wimbledon title on track, as he brushed aside Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.

There is no doubt Nadal is on a mission this fortnight, especially given he missed Wimbledon last year with a wrist injury. He entered the Grand Slam, fresh off the back of his Roland Garros victory, as he enjoys a spectacular resurgence to the top of his game.

Fan favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also booked his place in the third round, defeating Simone Bolelli 6-1, 7-5, 6-2. Victoria Azarenka continued her comeback since giving birth, knocking out 15th seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3. The former World No.1 is currently ranked 683rd in the world because of her absence from the tour, but there is no doubt the two-time semi-finalist can still be dangerous at the All England Club. She will take on Heather Watson in the third round on Friday. Kei Nishikori, Simona Halep and Venus Williams also advanced.


It’s been widely publicised that it’s been a disappointing Grand Slam for Australian players, with Arina Rodionova singlehandedly carrying the nations’ hopes as she remains the last Aussie standing. As a consequence, no Australians were in singles action on day three. However, there were some Australians in doubles action:

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson def Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau (9): 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6(4)

Matt Reid and John Patrick Smith (AUS) def Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez (1): 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4

Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (15) def Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova (AUS): 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders (AUS) def Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato (16): 6-1, 6-2

Day 3 upsets – Top seeds who bundled out:

Petra Kvitova (1) lost to Madison Brengle 3-6, 6-1, 2-6

Anastasija Sevastova (18) lost to Heather Watson: 0-6, 4-6

Madison Keys (17) lost to Camila Giorgi 4-6, 7-6 (10), 1-6

Lucas Pouille (14) lost to Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-6

Day 4 schedule


  1. Gael Monfils (FRA) [15] v Kyle Edmund (GBR)
  2. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [3] v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
  3. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Roger Federer (SUI) [3]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Adam Pavlasek (CZE) v Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
  2. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] v Gilles Simon (FRA)
  3. Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [13] v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
  2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [9] v Christina McHale (USA)
  3. Milos Raonic (CAN) [6] v Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
  4. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5]

NO.3 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [7]
  2. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [29] v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
  3. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [14]
  4. Frances Tiafoe (USA) v Alexander Zverev (GER) [10]

COURT 12 – 11:30AM

  1. Dudi Sela (ISR) v John Isner (USA) [23]
  2. Ryan Harrison (USA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [11]
  3. Kristina Kucova (SVK) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [19]
  4. Shelby Rogers (USA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE) [32]

COURT 18 – 11:30AM

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) v Polona Hercog (SLO)

Not Before: 1:00pm

  1. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [12] v Alison Riske (USA)
  2. Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) [25]
  3. Jack Sock (USA) [17] v Sebastian Ofner (AUT)


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