Dimitrov, Radwanska, Muguruza, Raonic and Wozniacki are all into the third round at Wimbledon. The big names playing on courts 2 all went through on Day 4 of the Championships.
The first match on court 2 saw 2014 Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. This was a repeat of the 2015 Australian Open 3rd round classic. Dimitrov won on that occasion in the fifth. And today once again the Bulgarian prevailed, but this time winning in straight-sets. Dimitrov dropped just five games in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 routine win.
World number 10 and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Aga Radwanska faced America’s Christina McHale in her second round match. After a tough year, the Pole is finding some form on the grass, coming through against McHale after three hours. Radwanska saved match points in the second set tie-break going onto the level the match before taking the final set 6-3.
Over on court 3, 2015 finalist Garbiñe Muguruza reached the third round beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium. The Spanish number 1 took the first set 6-2 before winning a tougher second set 6-4. Former Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez is helping Muguruza this week in the absence of Sam Sumyk. As Spain’s Fed Cup captain, Martinez has good knowledge of Muguruza’s game and this is clearly helping the 2016 French Open Champion this week.
While back in the men’s second round, last year’s finalist Milos Raonic played Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the third match of the day on court 2. The Russian took the first set 6-3. But, the big-serving Canadian went through in four, winning the last three sets 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 7-5.
Two-time US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki played Bulgaria’s 2010 Wimbledon Semi-Finalist Tsvetana Pironkova in the final match of the day on court 2. The fifth seed from Denmark reached the third round after a 6-3, 6-4 win in fading light, just before sunset at Wimbledon.
Garbiñe Muguruza and Kiki Mladenovic won on day 4 of the main draw at the Aegon Classic. But British number 1 Jo Konta and world number 5 Elina Svitolina got knocked out in the second round.
Elina Svitolina opened the day on centre court. The world number 5 lost to Camila Giorgi in 3 sets. The number 2 seed lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to the Italian qualifier.
Spanish number 1 Garbiñe Muguruza beat American Alison Riske in straight sets. A 6-1, 6-4 win took Muguruza through to Friday’s Quarter-Finals. It will be the Spaniard’s first appearance in the last eight in Birmingham.
Kiki Mladenovic beat China’s Shuai Zhang 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to reach the Quarter Finals in Birmingham. France’s number 1 set up a last eight match against Petra Kvitova.
While in the doubles over on court 1, Garbiñe Muguruza’s second match of the day ended in defeat. Aussie pair Barty and Dellacqua beat Muguruza and Cibulkova 6-3, 6-1.
The final match of the day saw British number 1 Jo Konta go out to American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-3. Now coached by Aussie former Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash, Vandeweghe comfortably beat Konta to set up at last eight match against Garbiñe Muguruza.
Petra Kvitova continued her successful comeback by beating Brit Naomi Broady in straight sets at the Aegon Classic Birmingham.
Daria Gavrilova won the first match on centre court on Wednesday after almost two and half hours. The Aussie ninth seed beat Czech Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Quarterfinals.
Petra Kvitova then beat Brit Naomi Broady 2 and 2. The two time Wimbledon champion played a great match, giving Broady no chance of mounting a comeback.
Next up was another Czech, in eighth seed Barbara Strycova who lost in three sets to Ash Barty of Australia.
Heather Watson and Broady finished the day on court 1, with a doubles match against Christina McHale, who partnered Watson in Nottingham last week and Raquel Atawo. The American pair won through in the Champions Tiebreak 10-7, after sharing the first two sets 6-2.