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Bite-sized highlights from day 3 at the Olympic tennis

Caroline Wozniacki serves against Anne Keothavong
by Alexandra Willis
Monday 30 July 2012

Late night lock-in

Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane is getting rather used to three-setters on Centre Court, taking three tough sets to beat Yanina Wickmayer.

Sister act

There were no troubles for either Serena or Venus Williams, the former winning her second round match easily against Urszula Radwanska, the latter her first round match easily against Sara Errani. The duo then combined to win their first doubles outing of the Olympics in straight sets.

Avoiding the upset

Victoria Azarenka. The top seed got her Olympic campaign off to a slightly odd start, taking three sets to beat Irina Camelia-Begu 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in the first match of the day on Centre Court.

The same proved true of Petra Kvitova, who battled from behind to win the first set 7-5 over Peng Shuai, slumped through the second 2-6, before gritting through 6-1 in the third.

Brilliant Brits

Heather Watson and Laura Robson won within minutes of each other to give GB four out of five singles competitors in the second round. Elena Baltacha almost went one better, but could not disrupt Ana Ivanovic despite a brave performance. 

Big win

Lleyton Hewitt. Competing in what could be his last week at Wimbledon, the Aussie legend got off to the perfect start against Sergiy Stakhovsky, winning the opening set, only to fall behind and look like the momentum might be sailing the wrong way. But the former world No.1 found form just when he needed to, coming through 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Marin Cilic.

Strange scoreline

For Sabine Lisicki and Ons Jabeur, the German winning 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. The duo resumed with the Turkish player leading 4-3 on serve, Lisicki managing to win just one more game as she dropped the opening set. But the Wimbledon quarter-finalist pulled it back in rip-roaring fashion, racing through the next set without dropping a game. Taking time to find her feet, perhaps? She was more severely tested again in the third, eventually winning it 7-5.

Straight sets wins for…

Richard Gasquet over Robin Haase, Milos Roanic, over Tatsuma Ito, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez over Polona Hercog, Marin Cilic over Jurgen Melzer, Andy Roddick over Martin Klizan, Aleksandra Wozniak over Marina Erakovic, Angelique Kerber over Petra Cetkovska (retired), Juan Monaco over David Goffin, Nikolay Davydenko over Radek Stepanek, Roger Federer over Julien Benneteau, Daniela Hantuchova over Alize Cornet, Vera Zvonareva over Francesca Schiavone, John Isner over Malek Jaziri, Gilles Simon over Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Martin Del Potro over Andreas Seppi, Nicolas Almagro over Alex Bogomolov Jr, Nadia Petrova over Zheng Jie, Kim Clijsters over Carla Suarez Navarro, Maria Kirilenko over Maria Duque Marino.

Marathon matches

Varvara Lepchenko took two hours and 34 minutes to beat Veronica Cepede Royg 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, longer than it took Feliciano Lopez to win 9-7 in the third against Dmitry Tursunov. Marcos Baghdatis also took three to come through against Go Soeda, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, as did Janko Tipsarevic over Philipp Petzschner, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. True also, of Steve Darcis, who needed three to beat Santiago Giraldo in a battle of the giant-killers, and Denis Istomin, who took three to see off Gilles Muller.

Double-tastic

The doubles competitions are hotting up, with notable wins for: Defending champs Federer and Wawrinka, who took three sets to get past Nishikori and Soeda, Ferrer and Lopez, who beat Melzer and Peya 11-9 in the third, and Bhupathi and Bopanna, who beat Bury and Mirnyi 8-6 in the third.

In the women’s, the tournament’s other sister act, the Radwanska’s, had a breeze, Peng and Zheng knocked out the eighth seeds, third seeds Kirilenko and Petrova won, but Hlavackova and Hradecka had a tough one.

Thanks for showing up

Vishnu Vardhan, the world No.304, who replaced Philipp Kohlschreiber when the German pulled out so close to the event that only a player already in the Olympic draw could replace him. The Indian was ousted in two by Blaz Kavcic.

Quote of the day

“I just said, Are you winning? Then he said, of course. He came and he was like Hi, Heather, great job so far. I was like, What, how did you know? So that was cool that he knows what’s going on.”

Heather Watson on her latest fan, Roger Federer.


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