August 13, 2022

Wimbledon 2022: Emma Raducanu wins center court debut as Andy Murray starts with victory

Wimbledon enters matchday three at the All England Club with Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in the lead, following Serena Williams’ dramatic defeat last night.

Today’s order of play sees Raducanu back after his center court debut and looking to move past Caroline Garcia, with Murray set to be third at center with the prospect of late drama against the great John Isner. The home favorites are expected after Djokovic’s opener against 26-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Cameron Norrie (vs Jaume Munar), Heather Watson (vs Qiang Wang) and Harriet Dart (vs Rebeka Masarova) will be looking to maintain the momentum of an impressive first two days for British players at SW19, as will Ryan Peniston, the 26-debutant year-old who won his first Grand Slam victory in the first round. He will first face the experienced American Steve Johnson on Court 3.

Elsewhere, exciting Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz (against Tallon Griekspoor) and women’s world No. 2 Ons Jabeur (against Katarzyna Kawa) will hit courts 2 and 3 respectively this afternoon, while Wimbledon champions Angelique Kerber Garbine Muguruza will also feature on Court 2.

Follow all the action from day two live, including the latest results, reactions and analysis from the All England Club

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The game is now delayed until at least 12:30 p.m.

The roofs are in place on the Center and Court 1, while on Court 3 a surface inspection is in progress. Nerves will be on edge for Ryan Peniston, who has to wait for his second Grand Slam match.

Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 12:20 p.m.

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The remarkable story of Ryan Peniston

First on court 3, when play finally begins, is Ryan Peniston, who has an amazing story.

He said having childhood cancer was a “blessing in disguise” for making him “tougher as a player” after winning his first singles match at Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old wildcard was cheered loudly by his parents, Paul and Penny, from the sidelines of a packed court watching his triumph over Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen.

At the age of one, Peniston was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a tumor near her stomach, which required surgery and chemotherapy before years of regular checkups.

The Essex-born player has previously attributed his late blossoming in tennis to his struggle with it as a youngster, as he grew “a foot smaller than all my peers”.

Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 12:16 p.m.

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Some pictures of a rainy morning at SW19:

Novak Djokovic warming up on the training ground

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People sit under umbrellas as the rain delays the start

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Water is drained from the outdoor courts on the third day

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A bird hops on the grass

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Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 12:04

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Play will now be delayed until at least 12:15 a.m. after a series of mini drizzles soaked Wimbledon and greased the many courts which hopefully had their covers removed after the heaviest downpour ended around 11 a.m.

Positioning myself on Court 3 this morning, where there is no shelter from the rain, was a big mistake.

Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 11:56 am

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Order of play at Wimbledon today

And some of the main actions on the outdoor courts:

  • Anhelina Kalinina vs. Lesia Tsurenko (29)
  • Tommy Paul vs. Adrian Mannarino (30)
  • Panna Udvardy v Elise Mertens (24)
  • Tim Van Rijthoven vs. Reilly Opelka (15)
  • David Goffin vs Sebastian Baez (31)
  • Alexander Bublik vs. Dusan Lajovic
  • Diane Parry vs. Mai Hontama
  • Lucie Hradecka and Sania Mirza (6) against Magdalena Frech and Beatriz Haddad Maia
  • Alejandro Tabilo against Miomir Kecmanovic (25)
  • Marie Bouzkova vs. Ann Li
  • Elisabetta Cocciaretto versus Irina-Camelia Begu
  • Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares (9) against Benjamin Bonzi and Arthur Rinderknech
  • Jodie Anna Burrage and Eden Silva vs. Arianne Hartono and Demi Schuurs
  • Oscar Otte (32) vs. Christian Harrison
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili (22) against Quentin Halys
  • Sarah Gray and Yuriko Miyazaki vs. Asia Muhammad and Ena Shibahara (5)
  • Shuai Zhang (33) vs. Marta Kostyuk
  • Jiri Vesely vs. Alejandro Davidovitch Fokina
  • Dalma Galfi vs. Kaja Juvan
  • Aljaz Bedene and Soon Woo Kwon vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios (10)
  • Frances Tiafoe (23) against Maximilian Marterer
  • Tatjana Maria vs. Sorana Cirstea (26)
  • Maja Chwalinska vs. Alison Riske (28)
  • Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (1) against Daniel Altmaier and Carlos Taberner

Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 11:46 a.m.

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Order of play at Wimbledon today

Here’s what’s happening on the four main courts today:

Center Court (from 1.30 p.m.)

  • Novak Djokovic (1) against Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Caroline Garcia vs. Emma Raducanu (10)
  • Andy Murray vs. John Isner (20)
  • Jule Niemeier against Anet Kontaveit (2)
  • Karolina Pliskova vs. Tereza Martincova – to finish, 7-6(1) 5-5
  • Cameron Norrie (9) vs. Jaume Munar
  • Maria Sakkari (5) against Viktoriya Tomova
  • Casper Ruud (3) vs. Ugo Humbert (15)
  • Greet Minnen vs. Garbine Muguruza – to finish, 6-4
  • Angelique Kerber vs. Magda Linette
  • Tallon Griekspoor vs. Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (5)
  • Qiang Wang vs. Heather Watson
  • Ryan Peniston vs. Steve Johnson
  • Yanina Wickmayer against Jelena Ostapenko (12)
  • Jannik Sinner (10) vs. Mikael Ymer
  • Katarzyna Kawa vs Ons Jabeur (3)

Ons Jabeur became the new world number two after winning the first round at Wimbledon (John Walton/PA)

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Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 11:37 am

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In the meantime, here is a photo of Rufus the hawk, who has been keeping pigeons away from the All England Club for 15 years now, having taken over from Hamish (also a hawk).

Rufus the Harris Hawk at work on day three of Wimbledon 2022 (Aaron Chown/PA)

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As PA explains, the Wimbledon Falcons coach revealed he was told to ‘get a good job’ in the early years of his now hugely successful career. Wayne Davis, from Corby in Northamptonshire, has been training hawks – Hamish and later Rufus – to knock out All England Club pigeons in south-west London for 22 years.

Wayne Davis and Rufus the Harris Hawk on day three of Wimbledon 2022 (Aaron Chown/PA)

(PA wire)

Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 11:29 a.m.

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No tennis for the moment this morning, but the forecast promises to be sunny and dry this afternoon. It will be a relief for the organizers who are already behind schedule, with several first-round matches still to be played, including Britain’s Harriet Dart, who takes on Rebeka Masarova on Court 12.

The covers are peeled off the outside courts

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Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 11:23 a.m.

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Another update on Court 3, where Peniston is due to arrive this morning: “As there is light rain in the area, there will be no play until 11.45am.”

Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 11:20 a.m.

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Rain delays begin at Wimbledon

The rain is easing here at Wimbledon and the outdoor courts are being prepared for the start of play, which has been slightly delayed from its original 11am start.

Umbrellas slowly descend around Court 3, where Britain’s Ryan Peniston, 26, tries to pursue his dream run in his first grand slam, against experienced American Steve Johnson.

Laurent OstlereJune 29, 2022 11:04 a.m.