British number one and defending champion Andy Murray eased into the second week at Wimbledon after winning all matches in the first three rounds without dropping a set. The third seed beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and will now play twentieth seed Kevin Anderson from South Africa in the last sixteen tomorrow. Murray open proceedings at this years Championships with a first round win against David Goffin 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 followed by a convincing display against Blaz Rola in round two 6-1, 6-1, 6-0
Defending Champion Murray will face tougher competition in the second week.(source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)
World Number One Rafael Nadal lost the first set but came back to beat Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 playing under the Centre Court roof in front of the Royal Box filled with sporting celebrities on Super Saturday. He will now play Australian teenage wildcard Nick Kyrgios in his next match. Fourth seed Roger Federer, who followed Nadal playing under the roof defeated Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. Eighth seed Milos Raonic also went through after beating Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 7-6 (7-2,) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Top seed Novak Djokovic beat Gilles Simon on Friday to book his place in the fourth round 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Queens Club champion Grigor Dimitrov became the first Bulgarian player to reach the last sixteen beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Nadal is happy to have made it through to the 4th round after losing in the early rounds in the last two years tournaments (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)
Over in the women’s draw, current women’s singles champion Marion Bartoli was joined on Centre Court by a young player from the Elena Baltacha Tennis Academy (EBAT) to remember the former British number one who died from liver cancer in May at the age of 30. Bartoli performed the coin toss at the start of the second day’s play at the championships as she has retired from the game in 2013 and will not be defending her title. The draw opened up yesterday after the shock defeat of five-time champion Serena Williams who suffered her earliest Wimbledon defeat since 2005. Williams lost to France’s Alize Cornet 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their third round match that was interrupted by rain delays. 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, who is fifth seed this year reached the fourth round with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 win over American Alison Riske and will now face ninth seed Angelique Kerber who defeated British Number One Heather Watson in round two 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. Romanian third seed and French Open finalist Simona Halep and thirteenth seed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard are also through to the last sixteen.
Serena Williams makes an early exit this year (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)
British number four Naomi Broady’s tournament ended in the second round as she lost 6-3, 6-2 to former world number one Caroline Wozniacki after she defeated Hungary’s Timea Babos on Monday in round one. British number six Tara Moore was beaten 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 9-7 by Russian Vera Zvonareva in the first round. Current Australian Open Champion Li Na, former champion Venus Williams and two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka all made early first week exits.
Murray and Peers beat British pair Ward and Evans (source:www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/)
In the Mens Doubles, Fourteenth seeds Britain’s Jamie Murray and partner Australian John Peers beat Britain’s Dan Evans and James Ward 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. Murray and Peers then beat another Brit Jamie Delgado and partner Gilles Muller from Luxembourg in the next round 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. In his interviews after the match Andy Murray joked that he is the number two son in the family after his mother Judy watched brother Jamie win his doubles match before catching the end of his match win over Bautista Agut on Centre Court.
TheBBC has the sport presenters at Wimbledon and the World Cup in Brazil fighting it out in a keep-uppy challenge and currently Murray is leading with an incredible number of 78 tennis ball keepy-uppies during practice. He heads the leaderboard of BBC 5 live’s Copa-Uppy challenge, way ahead of challengers such as Clarence Seedorf and Alan Shearer. Click out Murray’s skills here. The BBC is asking – Can you do better than Andy Murray? Film your own attempt and tweet it using #copauppy