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Live Blog : Thursday 20 June 2013

by Caroline Cheese

17:14Well, the rain made a brief, unwanted appearance at Roehampton today but it wasn't enough to halt the progress of the 12 women who took their place in the main draw with victories today. They join 16 men's qualifiers from yesterday. Don't forget: the draw is at 10am local time tomorrow and it's LIVE on Live @ Wimbledon Radio. See you!

Tweet from @The_Boodles

16:54"Right then Britain. Lets get all the rain done this weekend so it's bright and sunshiny on Monday ready for @Wimbledon #wimbledon #excited"

16:38In case you missed it earlier, qualifying is now complete! Head to the Draws section on Wimbledon.com to see who earned those precious spots in the main draw. And be sure to be tuned to Live @ Wimbledon tomorrow from 10am local time to find out where they land in the draw.

16:25Here's a little bit of reading material for you: Five Things We Learned About Murray At Queen's. Surprisingly, one of the five things is not that he appears to enjoy hitting his coach Ivan Lendl more than anything else in the whole wide world.

Eastbourne Update

16:03Little surprise from the Aegon International where Elena Vesnina takes out second-seeded Li Na in straight sets.

15:55It continues to be like Piccadilly Circus over at Aorangi Park. Recommend you head to our social media channels - Twitter, Facebook, Google + etc etc - to see the best of the action.

Eastbourne Update

15:34American Jamie Hampton is through to the semi-finals after a three-set win over Lucie Safarova. Li Na and Elena Vesnina are battling it out on Centre Court right now, bidding to join her. In the men's, Feliciano Lopez saw off fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to reach the last four.

15:25And finally, the Order of Play for Monday should be out on Sunday around lunchtime. And the first balls will be hit at 11.30am (UK time) on Monday... weather permitting.

15:18Another thing I can tell you: on Saturday, Djokovic, Nadal, Sharapova, Robson, Azarenka and Murray will all be speaking to the media at the All England Club, so we'll bring you the highlights of that.

15:08You want to know when the draw is? I'll tell you when the draw is: it's tomorrow at 10am (UK time). It will be LIVE on Live @ Wimbledon Radio.

Full list of ladies' qualifiers

14:52Petra Cetkovska, Maria Elena Camerin, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Ajla Tomljanovic, Virginie Razzano, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Caroline Garcia, Eva Birnerova, Carina Witthoeft, Yvonne Meusberger, Galina Voskoboeva, Maria Duque-Marino.

14:51And that's it! Maria Duque-Marino of Colombia completes ladies' qualifying with an epic 6-7, 6-3, 8-6 triumph over An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium.

14:49Crikey, we're almost done at Roehampton. Second seed Galina Voskoboeva copes with the showers and a testing opponent to become the 11th player into the main draw, beating Nastassja Burnett of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

14:32Yvonne Meusberger is our latest qualifier. The Austrian beats Sesil Karatantcheva 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. Now just two singles matches to complete at Roehampton.

Qualifying Update

14:06Qualifiers so far: Petra Cetkovska, Maria Elena Camerin, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Ajla Tomljanovic, Virginie Razzano, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Caroline Garcia, Eva Birnerova, Carina Witthoeft. THREE places remaining.

13:55Carina Witthoeft continues a typically efficient qualifying tournament for Germany as she beats Casey Dellacqua 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to make the main draw. Four German players made it through men's qualifying on Wednesday.

13:49And we're back - and happily, play is back under way in the final round of women's qualifying at Roehampton. Eva Birnerova has beaten 16th seed Anna Schmiedlova to become the ninth woman into the main draw.

13:09How right you are, Pekka. And on that note, it's time for the Live Blog Lunchbreak. See you shortly...!

Email from Pekka

13:02"So I guess it was not the lunch but the threat of rain that kept some women winning their matches quickly today!"

12:54If you're new to Wimbledon, the words "play is suspended" may become very familiar to you over the next couple of weeks. You may not know this but the rain is actually brought in at specific times during the tournament by the All England Club so we can all sit back and relive the 1980 and 2008 finals.

Play suspended

12:45Just as they begin play in Eastbourne, the players are forced to run for cover at qualifying in Roehampton where it is now raining. Still five singles matches to complete there plus women's doubles.

Tweet from @GilbertHels at Roehampton

12:42"Virginie Razzano, who just qualified for the main draw, is tipping Federer or Djokovic to lift the 2013 #Wimbledon Men's Singles crown"

Qualifying Update

12:41Qualifiers so far: Petra Cetkovska, Maria Elena Camerin, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Ajla Tomljanovic, Virginie Razzano, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Caroline Garcia. FIVE places remaining.

Caroline Garcia re-grips her racket at qualifying12:34Caroline Garcia - the world No. 100 - can look forward to her first appearance in the Wimbledon main draw. She reached the junior semi-finals in 2011.

12:29And there goes the third American. Vania King loses 6-2, 6-4 to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Over on Court 16, third-seeded Caroline Garcia wraps up a 6-1, 6-4 win over Japan's Kurumi Nara.

12:27Three American women entered the final round of ladies' qualifying and two have lost already I'm afraid. Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia beats Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 and the 20-year-old will play in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

12:20And another! Everyone's in a hurry for lunch, it seems. Virginie Razzano beats Corinna Dentoni 6-1, 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon main draw for the 12th time. Her best was a fourth-round appearance in 2009.

Tweet from @TipsarevicJanko

12:16"Done for the morning. Great practice with the Argentinian giant Juan Martin del Potro"

12:06And more qualifiers: Maria Elena Camerin upends 20th-seeded Israeli Julia Glushko 6-3, 6-1. Michelle Larcher de Brito is another winner, comfortably seeing off Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-0. That leaves NINE spaces remaining. AAAH!

11:58We have our first qualifier for the women's singles main draw: step forward, Petra Cetkovska who has absolutely hammered poor old Grace Min 6-0, 6-2. The 28-year-old will play Wimbledon for the fifth time. She reached the last 16 in 2011, losing to Sabine Lisicki.

Maria Sharapova in an interview with the London Evening Standard

11:48“Billie-Jean fought a lot for us on and off the court: for getting equal prize money, for equal rights for the understanding of what we do, how powerful it is and how inspiring it is to women around the world. If it was not for her help we would not be in the position that we are today"

11:48Since 1973, 23 women have been ranked No.1 and many of them will be present at Wimbledon on the middle weekend to celebrate Billie Jean King and her fellow pioneers. There are also some great promotional images designed by the WTA which you should look out for featuring the stars of today and the legends of the game.

WTA chief exec Stacey Allaster

11:44"If we hadn't had Billie, our sport wouldn't be where it is today. She was the catalyst, the dreamer, the person who said 'we will do this and we will be successful'. She is as active today in the WTA as she was in 1973"

11:43As you may well know, today marks 40 years since Billie Jean King got her fellow female players into a room at the Grosvenor Hotel in Wimbledon and formed what we now know and love as the Women's Tennis Association. Plenty of recommended reading about that momentous meeting, so go google it!

Eastbourne Update

11:33It's raining by the sea so there'll be no play there until midday at the earliest.

11:26Petra Cetkovska is in no mood to play chicken with the weather today: the Czech is already 6-0 up on Grace Min. Also quick out of the blocks: Casey Dellacqua, who has a 5-2 lead, and Caroline Garcia, with a 3-0 advantage.

11:16The draw isn't out until tomorrow at 10am local time but the tipsters have already started. John McEnroe and Chris Evert both went for a Djokovic-Serena double. Agree? Let us know by tweeting us @Wimbledon or emailing us at socialmedia@aeltc.com

11:03Play is under way at Roehampton. Among the women trying to make the main draw: Caroline Garcia, Vania King, Shahar Peer, Casey Dellacqua. The United States had four men's qualifiers yesterday, they could have three more from the women's side today.

Tweet from @bentoscano

10:58"Wowweeee just ‘walked’ the champions walk with the new @Wimbledon iPad app. How I would love to be there one day"

10:49Big news coming out of Wimbledon this morning: and that is the launch of a brand new iPad app. And the best news is...it's free! Everyone loves free stuff. Among the highlights is the Walk of Champions 360 degree video. You can literally be Roger Federer.

10:40And Aorangi Park will be bursting at the seams today as the likes of Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Laura Robson, Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer hit the grass.


10:30Good morning from a slightly muggy and slightly cloudy south-west London. It's day four of qualifying for The Championships 2013 - and it's the ladies' turn to step up and claim their places in the main draw. There are TWELVE places up for grabs at Roehampton today.

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