The Wimbledon Day 3 was full of action as the players fought to their lives for a place in the 3rd Round of the grass-court Grand Slam. Let us take a look at how the things unfolded.
The Centre Court action started with the British national, Johanna Konta in action as she battled for her first Round 3 entry. Konta took on Vekic in a match that was a complete 3 set thriller. Both the opponents played their best as Konta was made to struggle for a pass to the 3rd Round. Konta’s counterpart was competing well since the first set itself as she managed to take the set to a tiebreaker but unfortunately succumbed to the local. But the 2nd set saw Vekic gain the result she deserved with a win in the second set, 6-4. Konta, though managed to get back to her best in the 3rd and deciding set as the players saw it go for a tie-breaker, a thrilling one that saw Konta win after a toiling match, 10-8.
Next up for the matches on the centre court was the World No.1 Andy Murray followed by a match of Rafael Nadal. Andy took on Dustin Brown, the player who probably hit the shot of the tournament in his first round win. Andy won rather comfortably, with a straight set win, taking the toll to 4 out 4. Murray won the match 6-3 6-2 6-2.
On the other hand, Nadal took on the American Donald Young in his Round 2 match. The Spaniard was completely dominant in the first 2 sets though had some hiccups in the final set. Despite that the King of Clay continued his red-hot form on grass court as well, sealing his place in the 3rd Round, 6-4 6-2 7-5.
Talking of the Court 1 drama, it witnessed matches from the 9th seed Kei Nishikori, Venus Williams and Simona Halep. Nishikori won in a hard fought battle against Sergiy Stakhovsky, in a 4 set tantalising match that saw him win a deserving match, 6-4 7-6 6-1 7-6.
While the Women’s singles saw the top favourites, Venus Williams and Simon Halep in action on the Court 1. They took on Q.Wang and Beatriz Haddad Maia respectively. While Williams came from one set down to win the match 4-6 6-4 6-1, Halep was delighted after her straight-set win over her opponent, 7-5 6-3.
The major headlines were created after the top favourite Petra Kvitova was thrashed by the American Madison Brengle in what was a well-deserved win for the American. Kvitova was defeated 6-3 1-6 6-2.
Other players like Victoria Azarenka, Elina Svitolina and Marin Cilic and Bautista Agut also got themselves a ticket to the 3rd Round of Wimbledon.