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Five to follow on Day Five

There are plenty of British players in action on Day Four particularly Laura Robson on No.2 Court.
by Nicholas McCarvel
Friday 28 June 2013

When was the last time two Britons were scheduled for Centre Court in one day? It's been a while, but on Friday, 19-year-old Laura Robson looks to continue her run at Wimbledon before Andy Murray takes to tennis' most famed court to close the day's proceedings. But what's happening in between? We pick five must-follow storylines as week one approaches the end.

Laura Robson Opens Centre Court
Did we mention Laura Robson is opening Centre Court? It comes as a surprise to see the London resident's name there, as she was scheduled to play on No.2 Court on Thursday before rain foiled play. Robson is making her debut at Wimbledon on Centre Court days after she beat No.10 seed Maria Kirilenko, though she has played there before, in a second-round match at last year's Olympic Games against Maria Sharapova. Friday's opponent is a little-known clay courter named Mariana Duque-Marino, ranked No.117. Should Robson win this encounter she has another lower-ranked foe in the third round: No.71 Marina Erakovic. Can Laura taste week two already?

Dimitrov Serves to Stay in it on No.3 Court
Much like Robson, Grigor Dimitrov is set for the first match on his court, but the Bulgarian seeded No.29 will serve to stay in his battle, which was halted at 8-9 in the fifth set, deadlocked at two sets a piece with Grega Zemlja. Maria Sharapova, the 21-year-old's girlfriend, was courtside for Grigor's battle on Thursday, willing her beau along as he fought for a place in the third round against No.8 seed Juan Martin Del Potro. But can one of the supposed future stars of men's tennis survive an overnight case of icing and come out firing? It's a tough ask for any player.

Petra's Winning Position
Do you think Petra Kvitova has peeked at the draw? We sure would have. With former world No.1s Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka both crashing out on Wednesday (Vika due to an injury she sustained in the first round), the 2011 Wimbledon champion has the chance to recapture the glory and gusto that brought her a first Grand Slam title. Kvitova is tasked with Russian Ekaterina Makarova, a player she has a 2-1 record against. But Makarova won their last meeting on grass at Eastbourne a year ago. And who else is in the lower half of the draw. Nos.15 and 17 Marion Bartoli and Sloane Stephens are the other highest seeds. No pressure, Petra.

Upset Alert? Kerber vs. Kanepi
Is Angelique Kerber's golden run done? The German lefty came out of nowhere to make the US Open semi-finals in 2011, and followed that up by making herself a top 10 stalwart and advancing to the final four a year ago at the All England Club. But in 2013 the diminutive Kerber's game seems to have stalled, and injuries have left her vulnerable to the occasional upset. On Friday that could be at the hands of the big-hitting Estonian Kaia Kanepi, who has been praised for her new-found fitness and a game that bursts with energy and mobility because of it. The world No.45 was a quarter-finalist here in 2010 and fought off Briton Tara Moore in her opener.

Court 18: Wang, Bouchard, Paire
Before Centre Court becomes the ONLY place you can watch tennis in week two, there is nothing more entertaining than staking out a court to watch a day's worth of tennis and then just doing that - sitting and watching tennis. On Friday, that court is Court 18, where Jimmy Wang, Genie Bouchard and Benoit Paire are all scheduled to play, three players with electric games that could bring big things to tennis. Wang takes on ironman Tommy Haas, the 35-year-old No.13 seed, while Bouchard - who took out Ana Ivanovic - has No.19 seed Carla Suarez Navarro. Paire, the 25th seed for France, gets a journeyman: 31-year-old Lukasz Kubot of Poland.

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