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Five to follow on Day Two

A full house on Centre Court.
by Nicholas McCarvel
Tuesday 25 June 2013

What is there to watch on Day Two of The Championships? Well, plenty of tennis. There are a whopping 74 matches scheduled on 18 courts for the second day of the tournament as first-round action wraps up. But what should you keep your eye on? We pick five storylines that are must-follows.

Top Seeds, Meet Grass

Defending champion Serena Williams opens play on Centre Court, an honour she hasn't had since 2011. That's the year that Novak Djokovic, the other No.1 seed in this year's Championships, won the title here. But while they both have the number "one" next to their names they also share the common the fact that neither has played on the grass leading into Wimbledon this year. Serena is riding a 31-match win streak - including her first Roland Garros title since 2002 - and Novak is coming off a dramatic loss to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the French Open. Will they show signs of being green to the grass in their respective openers? Let's find out.

Future or Present? British Ladies Take Centre Stage

Are they the next big things? Or the big things of the present? Both Laura Robson and Heather Watson of the UK have big asks in round one, providing no better way to answer the aforementioned questions. For the world Nos. 38 and 56, respectively, the "what's next?" talk has been brewing for years, and Tuesday would prove to be the challenge they've waited for as Robson takes on No.10 seed Maria Kirilenko (second on No.1 Court) and Watson meets up-and-coming American Madison Keys (first on No.2 Court). Robson has the bigger game of the two and the results thus far have proved that, reaching the fourth round at the US Open a year ago and registering wins in the last year over players like Kim Clijsters, Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams. A deep run by a British woman at Wimbledon? It hasn't happened since Sam Smith's fourth round effort in 1998.

Welcome Back, Delpo

He's no grass-court expert, but the game missed Juan Martin Del Potro at Roland Garros last month after an illness sent him home following the tour stop in Rome. The Argentine with a gargantuan forehand looks to capitalise on the booming game that gave him the 2009 US Open title when he plays fellow dirt baller Albert Ramos in his opener. The No.8 seed has reached the fourth round the last two years at Wimbledon, and made a run to the quarter-finals at The Queen's Club two weeks ago. Plenty of tennis aficionados have their eyes pinned on Del Potro's potential third-round showdown with Grigor Dimitrov, one who many have made out to the "next big thing" following the era of the big four.

No Glass, But Can Bethanie Roll On?

Bethanie Mattek-Sands knows no bounds with her fashion or her style - and that's no different at Wimbledon in 2013. The 28-year-old American is experiencing a career resurgence of sorts following a fourth-round run at the French Open last month and arrived at The Championships with a pair of Google Glasses on to record her pre-tournament preparation, including some tremendous footage of her practice sessions. Now with green (and blue!) hair, the American fashionista will be without the glasses when she takes on No.7 seed Angelique Kerber. It's no easy ask for Mattek-Sands, as Kerber was a semi-finalist here a year ago. And though Bethanie won't have the glasses on hand (or head) on Tuesday, it's hard to say Googling an instruction manual on how to win at Wimbledon would have helped her, anyway.

No.3 Court, the Place to Be

There really is no better place to watch tennis than the Show Courts at Wimbledon - and Tuesday that includes No.3 Court, in the shadow of the Millennium Building - which is chock-full of popcorn-worthy matches. It starts with 2011 US Open winner Sam Stosur, the No.14 seed, who meets Anna Schmiedlova in her opener. To follow, No.21 seed Sam Querrey, the second-ranked American, faces Australian Bernard Tomic in what could be a cracker. Then it's time for Mattek-Sands v Kerber (though we're certain fans can wear Google Glasses should they choose, before No.19 Gilles Simon meets Feliciano Lopez in a match of contrasting styles. Simply put: if you have a ground pass, No.3 Court is the place to be.

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