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Live Blog : Tuesday 17 June 2014

  • US trio Harrison, Smyczek, Kudla through to final round of Qualifying
  • 16-year-olds Gabi Taylor & Ana Konjuh post Ladies' Qualifying wins
  • Larcher de Brito, Kudryavtseva also through
  • Azarenka loses on injury return in Eastbourne
by Caroline Cheese

19:32And that's where we must leave it for today. Still a few results to come from Roehampton and I urge you to follow the latest scores to see how those matches turn out. We'll see you tomorrow for the continuation of ladies' Qualifying.

19:31Saving the best for last, our man Jimmy Wang crushes the challenge of Ze Zhang 6-0 in the final set.

19:28Luke Saville follows fellow Aussie James Duckworth into the final round with a three-set win over Rhyne Williams while Marco Chiudinelli ends British hopes in Qualifying with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Oli Golding.

19:26Victoria Azarenka, in case you missed the news, lost in three sets to Camila Giorgi on her injury return in Eastbourne earlier. Wimbledon comes next for the former world No.1.


19:19Aussie James Duckworth survives a nailbiter against Farrukh Dustov to reach the final round of qualies. Can Luke Saville join him? He's 5-1 up in the decider...

19:16Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis is through to the final round of qualifying. A colleague has just informed me that his name translates as 'no arms' in Lithuanian. So there you are.


18:54After a bright start, the wheels have come off for the British challenge in men's Qualifying. Brydan Klein nabbed the first set before going down in three to ninth seed Denis Kudla. And Oli Golding stunned Marco Chiudinelli by stealing the opening set but he is now a break down in the decider.

18:32Miloslav Mecir Jr is one step closer to a Wimbledon debut. The 26-year-old - son of the former Olympic gold medallist - beats Canadian 11th seed Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-2. Mecir made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros last month. Bit of a late bloomer apparently.

18:23Ryan Harrison was taken to three sets on Monday but no hanging about today, the American seeing off Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-1, 6-3. Harrison faces an intriguing clash against either Daniel Brands or Steve Darcis in the final round.

Eastbourne Update

18:15Former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova is through to the second round after a terrific tussle with Lucia Safarova, prevailing 6-1, 5-7, 7-6. Earlier, the No.3 seed Jelena Jankovic lost, beaten by American Madison Keys.

18:06It's Zhang v Wang on Court 4, and my man Jimmy Wang is struggling. The 23rd seed is a set down against China's Ze Zhang.

17:55That leaves 48 women competing for those 12 main-draw places. Winners today include 16-year-olds Gabi Taylor and Ana Kunjoh, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Mel Oudin and Ashleigh Barty. Check the updated draw.

17:51The women's first round is complete! Our old friend Sesil Karatantcheva beats Diana Marcinkevica 6-4, 6-2 to bring the opening round to a close.


Den Bosch Update

17:39Third seed and French Open semi-finalist Genie Bouchard is out of the Topshelf Open in the first round, rather surprisingly losing 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to American Vania King. Not the best preparation for the 2012 junior Wimbledon champ.

17:31It'll be an all-American affair in round three of qualies as Tim Smyczek - the highest remaining seed at three - books a clash with Alex Kuznetsov. Luxembourg's one and only Gilles Muller, seeking a seventh main draw appearance, is also through.


17:20At the grand old age of 37, Marc Gicquel is one of the oldest men in the top 200 but he's showing 'em how it's done by marching into the final round of qualifying, the Frenchman beating Hiroki Moriya 6-3, 6-1.

17:12Make that one second-round spot. Italy's Alberta Brianti see off Britain's Katie Boulter in a tight three-setter. Two Brits are through to the second round: Emily Webley-Smith and 16-year-old Gabi Taylor.

17:06Just two second-round spots are still up for grabs in women's qualifying. If you need to catch up with all today's results, may I recommend the Results page?

17:00They had nine wins from 11 on day one, but it's a 0-2 start for the American men today as Wayne Odesnik follows Bobby Reynolds out, comfortably beaten by Ante Pavic.

16:57The H-Oudin-i act is complete! Melanie Oudin comes from 5-1 down in the third to beat Vera Dushevina 10-8 in the third. Just two more wins will put the American in the main draw. Easy!


16:52Vera Dushevina and Melanie Oudin are staying out there all night if they have to. It's 8-8 in the third. This is what a main draw place at Wimbledon means, people.

16:45Konstantin Kravchuk is the first man into the final round of men's qualifying, the Russian making quick work of Bobby Reynolds. He plays Velotti or Bolt next.

16:32An epic at qualifying is over: Risa Ozaki beats Indy De Vroome 8-6 in the third. That paves the way for Sesil Karatantcheva to take to Court 3. It's now NINE years since the Bulgarian reached the French Open quarter-finals and hit a career high ranking of No.35. She's only 24.

Den Bosch Update

16:07Simona Halep got her grasscourt campaign off to a flyer with a straight-sets win over Olga Govortsova. Carla Suarez Navarro is also through but second seed Dominika Cibulkova is OUT, beaten by Yaroslova Shvedova.


16:06Guess where Steffi Graf is? She's only at Royal Ascot! In full fancy wear...


Eastbourne Update

15:54Victoria Azarenka loses on her return from a foot injury, Camila Giorgi whipping away a backhand winner to complete an epic three-set win in the first round. Giorgi will meet Britain's Jo Konta next.

15:47If Victoria Azarenka wanted match practice, she's certainly getting it in Eastbourne. The returning Belarussian is now at 5-5 in the decider against Camila Giorgi - who has let slip a 5-2 lead.

15:32Emily Webley-Smith is indeed our second British winner of the day, although unfortunately it's by retirement after Beatriz Garcia Vidagany had to pull out at 2-0 down in the decider. A relief for that poor umpire though, no doubt.

15:22Love that enthusiasm, Fiona. It's been a while since us Brits have had a win to cheer, but could Emily Webley-Smith deliver? She has just levelled at one set all against Beatriz Garcia Vidagany. Coo, don't envy the umpire in that one...


15:10We are getting towards a finish in the first round of women's qualifying - which means are entering the fray for their second-round matches.

14:59Aussie Aussie Aussie Ashleigh Barty rolls into round two of qualifying with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. The 2011 junior Wimbledon champ has only once played in the main draw and that was courtesy of a wild card in 2012.

Eastbourne Update

14:56Camila Giorgi levels the match against Victoria Azarenka and they're into a decider.

14:53"I know she would kick my ass, but definitely Steffi Graf." The always entertaining Andrea Petkovic tells Wimbledon.com who she'd most like to face on Centre Court.

14:50I've no idea what's going on in that last tweet but I like it.


14:37There's a Barty going on (never gets old, right?) on Court 4 at Roehampton where Aussie Ashleigh Barty is 6-1, 3-2 to the good against Cagla Buyukakcay - Turkey's No. 1.

14:27Judy Murray - Britain's Fed Cup captain - has been spotted down at qualifying and there's plenty for her to keep an eye on. Jade Windley, Emily Webley-Smith and Lisa Whybourn are playing right now, with Katy Dunne and Katie Boulter still to come.

14:11"The grass suits my style. I feel like I’m leading the game, winning the game." So said 16-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh after a thumping win in the first round of qualifying. Read more about the Australian junior champ from our reporter Dan Imhoff.

14:06Victoria Azarenka is on court at Devonshire Park playing her first match since March after a longstanding foot problem. Not an easy opener against Italian Camila Giorgi, but she leads 6-4.


13:56Shameless plug there for the all-new Wimbledon app. Available for iOS, Android etc etc. Another thing causing a bit of a social buzz right now: Allie Kiick is in action. Can she kiick it? Guess we're about to find out...


13:52What's been going on? Fourth seed Michelle Larcher de Brito and third seed Timea Bacsinszky have avoided upset o'clock and are safely into round two.

13:47And we're back. Sorry for the delay, pudding queue was longer than usual...

13:09With that, it's time for lunch. You have my permission to take a short break from the intense drama of Wimbledon qualifying. See you in half an hour...


13:03The top seed is also... GONE! Kiki Bertens - who like Parmentier reached the fourth round at Roland Garros - loses in three sets to Eri Hozumi of Japan. Nos. 1 and 2 seeds out of both the men's and women's qualifying draw. The grass is up to its old tricks again...

13:00The second seed is...GONE! Pauline Parmentier - who reached the last 16 at Roland Garros - left her form in Paris and is beaten by American Madison Brengle. The Americans are having a fine qualifying tournament by the way. Nine of the 11 in the men's draw are through to the second round.

12:53Indeed, Wimbledon 2013 cult hero Steve Darcis might have his mind elsewhere later. He is last on court today in his second-round qualifier against Daniel Brands. Belgium kick off their World Cup campaign at 5pm UK time.


12:45Alla Kudryavtseva sees off Brit Freya Christie to move into the second round. She is another Sharapova conqueror in this year's qualifying, having beaten her fellow Russian in 2008, famously reasoning that she did it because "I don't like her outfit." Michelle Larcher de Brito is a set up in her first-round match.

12:38I'm told that was Jo Konta's eighth win at WTA level by the way. At No.109, she is the British number three behind Heather Watson and Laura Robson. In the second round at Eastbourne, she'll play the winner of Victoria Azarenka v Camila Giorgi.


12:32Quite the Tuesday morning for British tennis fans as Jo Konta beats the Wimbledon junior champion Belinda Bencic and teenager Gaby Taylor wins at Wimbledon qualifying.


12:15British readers might be interested to know that Gabriella Taylor is a 16-year-old from Southampton who doesn't even have a world ranking and she's just routed the 19th seed Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-3. Smashing.

12:12We already have six women into round two of qualifying - no hanging around in the sweltering heat (21C) of Roehampton. Grace Min, Ana Konjuh, Gabriella Taylor, Irena Pavlovic, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Laura Siegemund are your early winners.


12:04Our roving reporter has just returned from the Aorangi Park practice courts - where he almost literally tripped over a whole host of tennis superstars. Tsonga and Murray are hitting together, while elsewhere Sharapova, Serena Williams, Ivanovic, Nishikori, Berdych, Hewitt, Li Na AND Kevin Anderson are honing their games. Is there a tournament starting soon?


11:48Hmmm. Estrella Cabeza Candela's star didn't burn too brightly today. The 14th seed goes out, beaten 6-0, 6-1 by 16-year-old rising star Ana Konjuh of Croatia.

11:41Larcher de Brito is second on court today. Meanwhile, praise be, Estrella Cabeza Candela has avoided the double bagel. She trails Australian junior champ Ana Konjuh 6-0, 4-1.

11:35If the name Michelle Larcher de Brito sounds familiar but you're not sure why - a quick look at that last video should help.


11:25I'm going to hazard a guess that Estrella Cabeza Candela is injured. Or not even there? We don't have stats for these qualifying matches, but there was very little activity on her side of the scoreboard as she lost the first set 6-0 to Ana Konjuh.

11:19They are up and running at Roehampton where it's a lot sunnier, and thus, a lot warmer than yesterday. A very slow start by one of our old favourites Estrella Cabeza Candela (which literally translates as Star Head Candle). The 14th-seeded Spaniard is 5-0 down against Ana Konjuh.

11:11And if women's qualifying follows the pattern set by the men yesterday, look out seeded players. The top two seeds (Thomaz Bellucci and Go Soeda) are both out, leaving American Tim Smyczek as the highest remaining seed.

11:03Today, it's time for the women to enter the fray - and it's a draw packed with familiar names. Kiki Bertens, Alla Kudryavtseva, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Melanie Oudin, Tamira Paszek...


11:00Hello again. On Monday, 64 players saw their Wimbledon hopes and dreams crumble amid the leafy surrounds of Roehampton. Life is cruel no?

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