Wimbledon – Thursday 6th July 2017

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.

Aegon Open Nottingham – Thursday 15th June 2017

British number 1 Jo Konta reached the quarter-finals of the Aegon Open after a comfortable win over doubles partner Yanina Wickmayer. While in the WTA Doubles Heather Watson, playing alongside Christina McHale, reached the semi-finals, to the loss of just one game.

After racing into a 4-0 lead, Konta fought off a Wickmayer comeback, to take the first set 6-4.

The second set was far easier for the world number 8, as Konta took the set 6-1 and the match. Konta now plays Australian Ash Barty in the Quarter-Finals.

While over on court 1, British number 2 Heather Watson reached the WTA Doubles Semi-Finals with Christine McHale. Watson and McHale beat the American pair of Lauren Davis and Alison Riske 6-1, 6-0 to easily reach the semis.

The longest match of the day came in the WTA second round. When after two and a half hours Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova beat the American Alison Riske 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 on centre court.

In the ATP Challenger event, the Aussie who is returning from injury, Sam Groth took on Brit Brydan Klein. The big-serving Groth sealed a straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to reach the men’s Quarter-Finals.

While finally, in the first match of the day on centre court, the number 2 seed from Romania, Marius Copil saw off Reilly Opelka from the USA, 6-3, 7-6.