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Live Blog : Tuesday 18 June 2013

20:35Bobby Reynolds makes it SIX American men into the final round of men's qualifying with a late win over Brazil's Marcelo Demoliner. That's where we'll leave it today: don't forget to catch up with tomorrow's Order Of Play and we'll see you back here tomorrow, same time same place, when we should have our first qualifiers (weather permitting...)

20:29Tomorrow's practice schedule is in and as if to make up for his no-show today, Roger Federer is down for a double session - as are Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. We'll keep you up-to-date with the inside track, don't you worry.

20:24The American charge continues at Roehampton as Rhyne Williams makes it five US players into the final round of men's qualies. Bobby Reynolds is a set up and into a second-set tiebreak...

Tweet from @ovafanboy

20:13"The last time Venus missed #Wimbledon (1996), the Spice Girls released Wannabe, their first single, in the UK."

Tweet from @Vickatronic

20:07"I'm genuinely really sad Venus is no longer playing #Wimbledon. She's been such a massive part of it for so long."

20:01The shadows are lengthening at Roehampton but five matches are still on court. Mischa Zverev is locked in a tight battle with fellow German Bastian Knittel. The man double-bagelled by Federer at his home tournament last week leads 7-6, 3-3.

19:51Great day for the US in men's qualies: Tim Smyczek, Alex Kuznetsov, Denis Kudla and Wayne Odesnik are all through to the final round.

19:40Wow. This is the first time Venus Williams has missed Wimbledon since 1997, a run of 16 straight appearances.

19:37Um, and a bit more bad news if you're a Brit watcher, Jamie Baker succumbed 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 to Igor Kunitsyn so there'll be no British representation in the final round of men's qualifying.

Venus Williams.19:34Oof, that's put a bit of a dampener on the day, no? Venus is one of the grasscourt greats, a Wimbledon champion in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Hope we get to see her at The Championships next year.

Breaking News

19:27Venus Williams - the five-time champion - is out of Wimbledon with a back injury. She tells her official Facebook page: "I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved The Championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal... Many thanks to my fans for the love and support and I will be seeing you very soon back on the courts."

19:08A little Brit update for you: David Rice was beaten in straight sets by Flavio Cipolla so that means British hopes in men's qualifying lie with Jamie Baker, who is into a third set against Igor Kunitsyn.

18:53Apologies, I am still reeling from Serena's outfit. Where can I get one? Denis Kudla wins the battle on Court 13, seeing off 2012 Wimbledon Junior champ Filip Peliwo 6-1, 5-7, 6-1. Peli-woe.

18:48Meanwhile, at Wimbledon, five-times champ Serena Williams has been belting balls on the practice courts. For a photo of Serena's quite SPECTACULAR outfit, head to the Wimbledon Google + page. You really won't regret it.

18:44Decent battle going on over on Court 13 at Roehampton where Denis Kudla of the US - a Queen's quarter-finalist last week - is up against last year's Junior Wimbledon champ Filip Peliwo. Sixth seed Kudla leads 3-0 in the third.

18:21Quite honestly, I don't know why they bother putting Jimmy Wang into qualifying. He's crushing it. The man from Chinese Taipei thrashes Frank Dancevic 6-2, 6-2 and is through to the final round of qualifying. Wang has competed at Wimbledon four times, going back to 2004. He reached the second round in 2006 and 2007.

18:16Jamie Baker is on a roll... A roll... Baker... Never mind. The Scot has taken the first set 7-6 against Igor Kunitsyn. Not such good news for fellow Brit David Rice, who's in a bit of a sticky situation at a set and a break down against 24th seed Flavio Cipolla.

Tweet from @GilbertHels at Roehampton

18:06"I always listen to hip hop, dancehall, R and B - I even listen to music when I sleep," Dustin Brown chats about his music tastes after his win.

17:51Stop whatever you're doing because it's Wang Time once again. Live blog favourite Jimmy Wang is taking on Canada's Frank Dancevic and it's easy pickings so far. He already has the first set 6-2.

17:44Alex Bogdanovic lost 6-3 in the third to Evgeny Korolev. British attention moves to Court 14 where Jamie Baker is up against Igor Kunitsyn and Court 16 where David Rice takes on Flavio Cipolla. Both those matches in the early stages.

17:32It's official. Rafael Nadal is BACK at Wimbledon for the first time since he was comprehensively Rosol-ed in the second round last year - after which he spent seven months recovering from knee problems.

Tamarine Tanasugarn at qualifying17:25"I'm lucky Kimiko (Date-Krumm), she's still playing so I'm not the top ranked." The 36-year-old Tamarine Tanasugarn gently reminding us earlier that she's not quite the oldest on Tour following her first-round qualifying win earlier today. Date-Krumm is 42...

17:20With Ormaechea's win, the first round of ladies' qualifying is DONE. See how the second round lines up in the draw.

17:18Top seed Paula Ormaechea sidesteps the upset in qualifying, coming through 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 against Varatchaya Wongteanchai - which at least means my spellcheck can rest easy for a little while.

17:162002 champ Lleyton Hewitt is out on the practice courts at Wimbledon - with son Cruz acting as ball boy. Is he getting paid for that?

Tweet from @SI_BTBaseline in Eastbourne

17:11"Jamie Hampton knocks out top seed Aga Radwanska 7-6 6-2. Second Top 10 win in three tournaments. Gets Hsieh next."

17:08You couldn't move for big names over at the Aorangi practice courts today - and our Wimbledon.com camera caught most of them in action.

17:01Boggo alert: great effort from the Brit as Alex Bogdanovic claims the second set 6-2 against Evgeny Korolev. They're into a decider there too.

16:45Yesterday, we lost the top two seeds in men's qualifying, but the women's top seed is fighting back. Paula Ormaechea takes the second set 6-2 against Varatchaya Wongteanchai and they're into a decider.

Tweet from @_PrinceKhan

16:39"Great stuff from Laura Robson! Bring on #Wimbledon"

Tweet from @FortyDeuceTwits at Eastbourne

16:34"What part of your game would you like to improve?" "Um...I'd just like to win more often. That would be nice" - Robbo

16:30Eastbourne update: Britain's Laura Robson beats Yulia Beygelzimer 6-3, 6-2 for her first win on the grass in 2013 and her first win since beating Venus Williams in Rome in May. Caroline Wozniacki - who beat the Brit at the French Open - next up for Robbo.

16:17Agony for the Boggo Army. Alex Bogdanovic has just narrowly lost the first set against Evgeny Korolev 7-5 in the second round of men's qualifying. The top-seeded woman is in a bit of bother: Paula Ormaechea has dropped the first set 6-1 to Varatchaya Wongteanchai. I think spellcheck just overheated :(

16:09Now then, some information: the seedings are announced tomorrow. The all-important draw for the 127th Championships is at 10:00am on Friday. You can follow it on Live @ Wimbledon Radio.

Richard Gasquet returns a shot from Florian Mayer during their first round match.15:50Too late to get a card in the post but it's Richard Gasquet's birthday today. He turns 27. Incredibly, it is 11 years since he beat Franco Squillari in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters in his first ATP match at the age of 15 years, 10 months. The Frenchman has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon for the last three years - reckon he can go a step further this year?

From Wimbledon.com reporter Dan Imhoff at Roehampton

15:49"Former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina is here watching some of the young Russian players."

15:45Hopefully you're following @Wimbledon on Twitter and if you are, you'll know Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic have been playing a practice match at Aorangi this afternoon. No word on the winner...

15:36Women's qualifying first round matches are almost done now, and we're beginning to see second-round men's matches get under way. Check the latest results via the website.

15:18Britwatch from qualifying: defeats for Emily Webley-Smith, Mel South, Anna Smith and Lisa Whybourn, but Naomi Broady joins Jade Windley in the second round after seeing off Stephanie Dubois 6-2, 7-6.

15:12Results coming in thick and fast from the Aegon International at Eastbourne. Usually a few upsets early doors there but not this year - not yet anyway. Li Na beats Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4. Earlier Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber were both winners.

Roger Federer reacts between points during his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic.14:54Now then, if you were awaiting news of Roger Federer's practice session at Wimbledon today. He has rescheduled for tomorrow, so you can rest easy. Probably gone up west for a bit of shopping, I'd imagine.

14:51The Barty's over - which is great news if you hate abysmal puns. To be fair, the Barty never really got started as former Junior Wimbledon champ Ashleigh Barty went out 6-2, 6-0 to Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France. Colour me mildly surprised.

Elena Baltacha celebrates her win14:37Great win for Elena Baltacha at Eastbourne, beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6, 7-5. That's only her second WTA Tour win since returning from a long-term injury. Ballyhoo.

Tweet from @GilbertHels at Roehampton

14:35"I hasten to add that Ann Jones is WATCHING. Not competing." (see two entries ago)

14:31There ain't no Barty like an Ashleigh Barty... but unfortunately, the 2011 Junior Wimbledon champion has lost the first set 6-2 against Stephanie Foretz Gacon in the first round of qualifying.

Tweet from @GilbertHels at Roehampton

14:29"A British former Wimbledon champion is here at Roehampton! Ann Jones won the title in 1969 when she defeated Billie Jean King."

14:16An update from Eastbourne: our former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova opened her campaign with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win over Romania's Monica Niculescu.

14:04Life as a British tennis fan: it's ups, it's downs. And we have a snapshot of that rollercoaster existence at qualifying right now. Anna Smith, Emily Webley-Smith and Lisa Whybourn are down. Naomi Broady is up a break.

13:57Refreshed and re-energised by a jacket potato (with tuna, since you ask), I can tell you that 17-year-old Aussie Ashleigh Barty is up and running in qualifying. She plays the experienced Stephanie Foretz Gacon.

13:22Huh. Sesil Karatantcheva made quite the comeback to beat Sandra Zahlavova 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. And with that, I'm out to lunch. Back sooner than you think...

13:16An update from the Top Shelf Open in the Netherlands. Pretty sure I'm not going to tire of that tournament name. Top-seeded David Ferrer - the likely fourth seed for Wimbledon - has lost in straight sets to Xavier Malisse in his opener. Seedings are announced on Wednesday, by the way.

13:03Quick doesn't always win the race. Ons Jabeur won the first set of the day in qualies, but she goes out in three to Alla Kudryavtseva. A British win over on Court 16 where Jade Windley beats the rhyming Tereza Mrdeza 6-4, 6-4.

13:02If you're thinking competing in 17 Championships sounds like it might break some kind of record, think again. The record is held by J.R. Borotra of France, who played in 35 Championships over 43 years from 1922 onwards. Martina Navratilova holds the women's record at 31, including 24 consecutive.

12:47Over-30s everywhere, rejoice. Tamarine Tanasugarn has rolled back the years to see off pesky teen Jovana Jaksic 7-6, 6-3. She is two wins away from playing in her SEVENTEENTH Wimbledon.

12:42Andy Murray fans, you may be interested to know that the world number two has only just left the practice courts at Wimbledon - after a two-hour session on the grass. I think he might be taking this tournament quite seriously...

12:40I know you, like me, will be fretting on the progress of 36-year-old Tamarine Tanasugarn. She's in a bit of a battle with 19-year-old Serb Jovana Jaksic, but she leads 7-6, 4-3 with a break.

12:23Some news from the grasscourt warm-ups: 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic has posted his first win since April. The Aussie beat Britain's James Ward in straight sets at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

Tweet from @GilbertHels at Roehampton

12:16"Weather update: The glorious sunshine has been replaced by thick cloud. Boo."

12:11Irina Falconi WINS! The American beats Kateryna Kozlova of the Ukraine 6-2, 6-1 to become the first woman into the second round of qualies. She is quickly followed by Yurika Sema of Japan and Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Tweet from @BenRothenberg

12:04"My bus to Roehampton just passed someone running up a hill. It was Juan Martin del Potro #Wimbledon"

12:02The race is on between Yvonne Meusburger and Irina Falconi for the first win of the day at qualifying - both are two games away.

11:40The first set is on the board at Roehampton - and it's gone to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia over Alla Kudryavtseva. Not a great start for Sesil Karantcheva - the 2005 French Open quarter-finalist. She drops the first set 6-1 to Sandra Zahlavova.

11:28If you missed yesterday's qualifying action - when we lost the top two seeds in the men's - there's a comprehensive report and a photo gallery awaiting you on the website as well as video highlights.

11:12Meanwhile, in early action at the Aorangi practice courts at Wimbledon, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych are continuing their grass-court prep. Ivan Lendl was apparently in jovial mood - maybe the spill-over from he and Murray's charity knockabout on Sunday.

11:09Not surprisingly, Tamarine Tanasugarn's match against Jovana Jaksic of Serbia is last out onto court at Roehampton. Hey, she's 36, those muscles take a little while to warm up. Jaksic is 19, so Tammy is giving away 17 years here.

10:51Tamarine Tanasugarn is now 36 years old, by the way. She turned pro 19 years ago. She has played 943 professional singles matches. Any more TT facts? Let us know via Twitter @Wimbledon or send us an email on socialmedia@aeltc.com

10:40Ladies' qualifying begins today, as I'm sure you know. Among the names you might be familiar with: Vania King, Paula Ormaechea, Tamarine Tanasugarn and Caroline Garcia are all on court at Roehampton. The men, meanwhile, begin their second-round matches.

Welcome back!

10:30Day two of Wimbledon - or is it day minus six? Either way, welcome along. Plenty of qualifying action at Roehampton to keep us entertained today, as well as a packed practice court schedule at Wimbledon: Federer, Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Serena all due to appear at Aorangi today.


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