Welcome to Day 3 of Wimbledon 2022! Days 1 and 2 were played at breakneck speed, but now that we’re into Round 2 things are calming down a bit. Instead of 64 games, we get a slightly less crazy 32. Novak Djokovic will play, as will Emma Raducanu, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Frances Tiafoe, Andy Murray and Reilly Opelka.
Catch up on the biggest news from Day 3 below.
Sakkari continues by defeating Tomova
Maria Sakkari has achieved her best Wimbledon result after beating Viktoriya Tomova 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. She played with confidence, netting 27 times in a competition that never felt as close as the result suggested. Sakkari has two modes in Grand Slams: full throttle or early exit. She was eliminated early at the French Open with a second-round loss last month and did not advance past the second round at Wimbledon last year. But she reached the semifinals at two other Grand Slams last year, and she’s aiming for even more now. Your section of the draw is wide open. So if she can keep playing like she did on Wednesday, she has a great chance of making it to the late rounds.
Raducanu upset with Garcia
Caroline Garcia of France earned an angry second-round win over No. 10 Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Garcia’s aggressive returns helped her dominate in the opener after claiming 53 percent of Raducanu’s serves had won. Raducanu took an early 2-1 lead in the second set before losing four of the next six sets and the loss. It’s been a short stint at Wimbledon for the 19-year-old Briton, who has been plagued by injuries, coaching changes and intense press scrutiny since her outbreak at the US Open in 2021.
Djokovic easily defeats Kokkinakis
Novak Djokovic could be the same again. The no has so little when he’s at his game’s peak. Kokkinakis had a surge in set number two and it felt like the momentum was shifting, but Djokovic fended that off so easily. He played clean and that’s exactly what he needs to do on these grass pitches. It has been 1,812 days since Djokovic’s last defeat at Wimbledon and it will still be two days before another competitor attempts to reset that clock. Good luck to them because Djokovic doesn’t brake for anyone.
Pegula defeats Vekić in first-round make-up
Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American left in the competition, defeated Donna Vekić of Croatia in straight sets after their original game time was postponed Tuesday due to weather. Pegula, seeded eighth, won the opening set easily but had to grind out a second set tiebreak to win the match 6-3, 7(7)-6(2).
Ruud out after losing to Humbert
Casper Ruud’s time at Wimbledon 2022 is over. The No. 3 lost to unseeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert in a four-set fight, with Humbert prevailing 3-6 6-2 7-5 6-4. At first, it didn’t look like Ruud was in much danger. He won the first set but couldn’t get a grip on Humbert in the second. Then Ruud lost in a very close third set and his comeback attempt in the fourth just wasn’t enough. Ruud, who made it to the final of the French Open last month (only to be beaten by Rafael Nadal), must try to improve on his career-best second-round result in 2023.
Tiafoe rolls past Marterer
American Frances Tiafoe had no problem defeating Germany’s Maximilian Marterer, winning 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) in just an hour and 36 minutes. Tiafoe, number 23, has already achieved his best result at Wimbledon, having been eliminated in Round 2 in 2021. The 24-year-old has looked superb in his previous games and is part of a fleet of American men trying to end the Grand Slam quarterfinals drought. The last time an American reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam was in 2020 when Tennys Sandgren lost to Roger Federer at the Australian Open.
Kontaveit annoyed in straight sentences by Niemeier
Wimbledon No. 2 and world No. 3 Anett Kontaveit was eliminated in straight sets by world No. 97 Jule Niemeier on Wednesday. It was a pretty thorough victory for Niemeier, who defeated Kontaveit 6-4, 6-0 in just 58 minutes. Kontaveit was competitive in the first set, but completely ran out of breath in the second. It doesn’t appear she was hurt, although she withdrew from Berlin and Eastbourne earlier this month as she struggled with the aftermath of COVID-19. It is unknown if she is still struggling with this and if it affected her performance in the second round.
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