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Live Blog : Tuesday 19 June 2012

by Caroline Cheese
Bye for now

20:22Time to shut up shop for the day. Still a few matches to finish and you can follow those on the ‏live scores. Quick congrats to Kenny de Schepper who beats Ivo Minar 10-8 in the third. He gets to face Marcel Felder next. See you tomorrow...


20:19Marcel Felder completes the comeback, beating Kyle Edmund 0-6, 7-6, 6-2 to end Britain's interest in men's qualifying. Felder's dad is called Geraldo, his brother is Andres, and his sister is Celine. There endeth my facts about Marcel Felder.

19:55Guillaume Rufin of France upsets 25th seed Marsel Ilhan 6-4, 6-4. Kyle Edmund now a break down in the third against Marcel Felder.

Eastbourne update

19:40Yet another shocker at the AEGON International as men's top seed Richard Gasquet crashes out 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 to Australian Marinko Matosevic. Aorangi Park is going to be busy this week...

19:31Kyle Edmund drops the second set against Marcel Felder 7-2 in the tiebreak and they're into a decider. Felder is Uruguay's No. 1 tennis player. His mother is called Judith. Those are facts that may come in useful one day, you never know.

19:24If you have a hat, hold on tight. Kyle Edmund and Marcel Felder are into a second-set tiebreak. If Edmund wins it, he'll have the chance to play for a spot in the Wimbledon main draw. Decent prize.


19:17Simone Bolelli didn't hang around. The ninth-seeded Italian beats Martin Fischer 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final round of qualies.

19:09Tense times on Court 14 where Britain's Kyle Edmund and Marcel Felder are locked at 4-4 in the second set. Edmund took the first set 6-0.

19:06Tweet from ‏@birdman395pkp: "there ya go Brian Baker, onto the 3rd round of Wimbledon Qualifying #movinonup"

18:45I don't know Alla. Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life? Don't Look Back In Anger?

18:43Tweet from ‏ ‏@AllaK11 (Alla Kudryavtseva) : If you lost in first round Q of @Wimbledon,what music would be on your play list for that evening?

18:35What's this? Kyle Edmund is now flying the flag for Great Britain in men's qualifying and he's only gone and bageled Uruguay's Marcel Felder in the first set.

18:27Sergei Bubka is out, beaten 6-3, 7-6 by 10th seed Roberto Bautista-Agut. Always wonder if Sergei might have been better off giving the pole vault a try...

And another!

18:16Brian Baker is through now, beating Denis Gremelmayr 6-2, 6-4. I really think this might be the one of the great days in American history. The United States have SEVEN players into the third round. That's just greedy.

Yet more American wins

18:10What is this? The US Open? Jesse Levine and Denis Kudla are the latest Americans to move into the deciding third round of qualies. Levine will play another American, Wayne Odesnik. Could be tasty...


17:56Bah. There will be no dream Wimbledon run for Chris Eaton in 2012. He loses 7-6, 7-6 to top seed Jurgen Zopp. Decent effort for the world No. 520 against the No. 94.

17:48Maybe the fact that ‏our precious trophies have just been on a trip to New York has proved to be a lucky charm for our American friends? It was the first time the trophies have been outside the hallowed grounds of the All England Club. We made them travel economy, it's not like they know any different.

17:40Yet more good news for the US of A. Comeback king Brian Baker a set to the good over Denis Gremelmayr and Michael Russell beats Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 6-4. They'll be moving Wimbledon to New York at this rate... BUT WAIT! Finally a blot on the copybook as Jesse Levine drops the second set tiebreak 7-2 against Hiroki Moriya of Japan.

17:36Disturbing news from the ‏Telegraph, who claim there could be a shortage of strawberries at this year's Championships. I reckon we'll manage. Just eat cream on its own. There'll never be a shortage of cream.

17:24Tweet from Aussie ‏@jonie1303: ‏ looking forward to being a coach potato from next monday for 2 weeks roll on #wimbledon

17:06Good grief, it's an epic on Court 14 where Jurgen Zopp has just bagged the first set against Britain's Chris Eaton 9-7 in the tiebreak. Eaton once beat fellow Brit James Ward 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(3), 2-6, 21-19 in a play-off for the Davis Cup team. It took 6 hours, 40 minutes...

More Results

16:54It's Stars and Stripes all the way at Roehampton. Wayne Odesnik is through to round three after beating poor Peter Polansky (now available for superhero work) and Ryan Sweeting defeats Stephane Robert. We've lost another Brit: Emily Webley-Smith goes down 6-3, 6-3 to Camila Giorgi.


16:40We have our first gentlemen winners of the day. American Rajeev Ram beats Carlos Salamanca 7-6, 6-4, while Dustin Brown knocks out 17th seed Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-0. They will face each other in the third round for a chance to win one of 16 precious qualifying places in the main draw.

16:22Bad news for our superhero-by-night Peter Polansky. He's just lost the first set on a tiebreak against American Wayne Odesnik. Over on Court 14, Chris Eaton is just getting under way against top seed Jurgen Zopp - or zopp seed Jurgen Top, as I'll almost certainly call him at some point today #tonguetwister

Eastbourne update

16:10Andy Roddick is through to the second round for his first win since March - but it's not the way he would have wanted it. Fellow American Sam Querrey retires while trailing 5-2 down in the first set.

16:01Speaking of our friends from over the pond, four-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has made her first appearance of the year on the Aorangi practice courts. ‏Pictures on our Facebook page.

15:58The results are flooding in. Alison Riske marches into round two with an easy 6-2, 6-4 win over the gifted Caroline Garcia, and it's a good few minutes for the Americans as Alexa Glatch thumps Anna Floris 6-1, 6-0.

15:49Tweet from ‏@thetennisspace at the Wimbledon practice courts: Djokovic walks past Del Potro's practice court at Wimbledon chanting "Delpo, Delpo, Delpo"

15:40Not great news for Great Britain. Tara Moore loses 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 to Erika Sema. Mel South goes out to 11th seed Lara Arruabarrena-Vecin.

15:36Meanwhile, back at Roehampton, I can reveal there are MEN on court as the second round of the gentlemen's singles gets under way. Names that jump out: Dustin Brown, Rajeev Ram and my own favourite, Peter Polansky - who is a tennis player by day, superhero by night.

Another Eastbourne update

15:29So that's the top three women's seeds gone in one day. Christina McHale completes a 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 win over third seed Caroline Wozniacki. That leaves Marion Bartoli as the highest surviving seed.

Eastbourne update

15:15Four names don't scare Laura Robson. The qualifier has beaten Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez at the AEGON International to reach the second round. The first and second seeds are both out. No. 1 Agnieszka Radwanska lost to Tsvetana Pironkova, and Petra Kvitova was beaten by Ekaterina Makarova. I'm telling you: everyone's in a hurry to get to SW19, it's the only explanation.

15:05Jeremy Bates is 50 today. FIFTY! GAH! Either he was very old when he was making those glorious runs at Wimbledon, or I'm a lot older than I think. Anyway, back at Roehampton, the ever-popular Gisela Dulko is on court, leading 7-5, 2-2 against Britain's Samantha Murray (no relation). Mirjana Lucic - the 1999 Wimbledon semi-finalist - is through to the second round after a 6-1, 6-1 win over Elena Bogdan of Romania.

15:00Intriguing match just getting under way on Court 3 between Alison Riske, the 2010 semi-finalist in Birmingham, and Caroline Garcia, who Andy Murray once tipped as a future world No. 1. Riske has the early break in the first set. The wheels have come off for Tara Moore, who lost the second set against Erika Sema and is now a break down in the third.

14:51Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova after losing at Eastbourne today: "It's not as great preparation for Wimbledon as last year, but I think that it's better to happen here than in Wimbledon."

14:47You want photos? We have ‏photos. Look out for an appearance from Judy Murray. She's not trying to qualify for Wimbledon I hasten to add...

14:38Tense times on Court 15 as Tara Moore and Erika Sema head into a tiebreak. Happily, the sight of Bibiane Schoofs making smooth progress on Court C has cheered me no end - a truly great tennis name. Rumours that Serena Willliams has arrived at the All England Club for her first hit on the lawns - although I would have expected to hear thunder overhead or something.


14:26It's mixed news, Great Britain. Lisa Whybourn beats Germany's Sarah Gronert 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Tara Moore has twice served for the match against Erika Sema of Japan but it's now 5-5 in the second. A nation holds its breath.

14:23Tweet from ‏@ashleyactually: I can't wait to do nothing but watch Wimbledon all of next week.


14:10Remember Alla Kudryavtseva? The Russian knocked out Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2008 and said afterwards she was motivated by her dislike of Sharapova's tuxedo-inspired outfit. No chance of a rematch this year. Kudryavtseva has just tumbled out in the first round of qualies, beaten 7-6 (3), 6-3 by Jana Cepelova. Somewhere, Sharapova is smiling.

13:45Time to cheer up the home nation. Tara Moore is a set and a break up against 16th seed Erika Sema of Japan. Lisa Whybourn is into a decider against Germany's Sarah Gronert.

Eastbourne update

13:35Another shock on the cards at the AEGON International warm-up event where Christina McHale takes the first set 6-1 against former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. McHale is coached by Jay Gooding, who also looks after Melanie Oudin, who won her first WTA title in Birmingham yesterday. Not a bad couple of days work for him...


13:22It wasn't quite a double bagel but Irena Pavlovic trounces fellow Frenchwoman Iryna Bremond 6-0, 6-1. No way to treat a compatriot, or a fellow Irena/Iryna. Another win for France as Kristina Mladenovic completes a three-set win over Britain's Anna Fitzpatrick.

13:15Tweet from Aussie ‏@caseydellacqua: ‏Having lunch & enjoying the amazingggg view. I love being here #wimbledon

13:12Apols. It was a bit more than 10 minutes. Too much choice at the salad bar. We're rocking and rolling along. Watch out for a possible double bagel on the mysteriously named Court C where Irena Pavlovic leads Iryna Bremond 6-0, 4-0. Eek


12:52As the title suggests, it's lunchtime. I will return in 10 minutes. Feel free to pop out for a tea or something.

Eastbourne update

12:46Wow. Petra Kvitova goes out of the AEGON International in the first round, beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova. Just couldn't wait to get to Wimbledon I guess. See you soon champ.

Upset o'clock

12:40The second seed is out. Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic is beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Petra Rampre in the first round. Birnerova says her favourite surface is grass. Maybe not anymore?


12:35Some more scores on the doors: top seed Melinda Czink comes through a tough opener against Victoria Larriere 7-6 (1), 6-4. Fourth seed Misaki Doi is also through and look away now Brits, because we've already lost Katy Dunne and Jade Windley. Anna Fitzpatrick going nicely against Kristina Mladenovic though, they're into a decider.

12:22Already seen Ana Ivanovic, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray at Wimbledon this morning. Pictures of all the build-up to this year's tournament are on Wimbledon's splendid ‏Facebook page. Try it, you might 'like' it.

12:10Tweet from ‏@hollygallacher: A week today and I'll be watching the tennis on a sweet grass court with strawberries and cream down my chin

Eastbourne update

12:07Meanwhile, down at the AEGON International on the sunshine coast of Eastbourne, our Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova is in a bit of bother after losing the first set against Ekaterina Makarova 7-5. Tough first match on grass for Kvitova against a player who reached the semis at Birmingham on Sunday.


12:03Ding ding. We have our first winner of the day and it's Ukraine's Yuliya Beygelzimer who beats Argentina's Florencia Andre Molinero 6-2, 6-0. Yvonne Meusburger quickly follows into round two with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Monique Adamczak.

11:57The most famous bandana-wearing, sunglasses-sporting tennis player in France - Arnaud Clement - lost in the first round of qualies yesterday and immediately announced "c’était le dernier match en simple de ma carrière." The 2001 Aussie Open finalist has retired. Au revoir, merci pour the memories.

11:52Tweet from @emmaacap: just seen the advert for #Wimbledon can't wait for it to start!

11:34Things went a bit downhill for Reka-Luca Jani after she won the first point of the day. She lost the first set against 11th seed Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-3. Former junior No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic, Maria Elena Camerin and Yvonne Meusburger have also bagged the first set in their matches.

11:27O Canada! Heidi El Tabakh already 4-0 up against Kurumi Nara - the 22nd seed from Japan. El Tabakh is a recent convert to Canada, having represented Egypt until 2005. Pharaoh enough.


11:14Should you wish to contact me (point out mistakes), please do so on Twitter @carolinecheese or @wimbledon. or just use the #Wimbledon hashtag. I will find you, don't worry about that. Sorry if that sounds slightly threatening.

Play is under way

11:05Reka-Luca Jani of Hungary wins the first point of the day. Something to tell her grand-kids anyway. She's up against 11th seed Dinah Pfizenmaier. Reka-Luca likes snowboarding and kiting I've just learnt. There we go.

11:00The ladeez are only just getting under way today. Top seed is Melinda Czink of Hungary. No doubt she'll be throwing the kitchen si... yeah, think you know where that's going. Look out also for Japan's Misaki Doi, the fourth seed who had a decent run in Birmingham last week. From a personal point of view, sort of hoping Garbine Muguruza Blanco doesn't make too much of a splash...

10:46The men started up yesterday - with Chris Eaton and Kyle Edmund pulling off upset wins for the Brits. If the name Chris Eaton is familiar, he made the second round of Wimbledon in 2008 after coming through qualies. He's back in action today against top seed Jurgen Zopp of Estonia.

You can catch up with yesterday's action right here.

10:29Sixteen courts in action today which means a whole cavalcade of names I will almost certainly have to copy and paste - or just spell wrong. Play under way at 11 am, and you'll forgive me for mentioning again that it is SUNNY! Having endured days of relentless rain in Birmingham, it has gone to my head in a big way.

Welcome back

10:24Welcome back to the Bank of England Sports Grounds at Roehampton, where the second day of qualifying will be getting under way in roughly half an hour. And once again, the sun is shining brightly.

In the meantime, check out the schedule of play.

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