After only a few spots of rain on Monday, Tuesday saw the first real interruption in play at the All England Club due to inclement weather, with several first round matches brought to a halt in both the men’s and women’s draws.
Before the heavens opened up at Wimbledon, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Serena Williams, and Svetlana Kuznetsova booked their places into the second-round.
Of the interrupted matches, quite a few are interestingly poised, but none more so than the encounter between Australia’s Bernard Tomic and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
When play was called off for the day at SW19, Verdasco had just won the fourth set to force the match into a decider. They will restart proceedings on court two.
Other first round matches in the men’s draw still to be completed include matches involving Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem, Donald Young, and Alexander Zverev.
In the women’s draw, Su-Wei Hsieh will resume her first round match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first game of the third set, after the Taiwanese player roared back into the match by winning the second set in resounding fashion. They will resume their battle on court five.
Elsewhere, Andrea Petkovic is in command in her opener against Nao Hibino, while Johanna Konta and Eugenie Bouchard are both a set up in their first round matches.
Several of the tournament favourites will be on show in second round action though, with defending champion Novak Djokovic, seven-time Roger Federer, Asian star Kei Nishikori, and Milos Raonic all in action.
Djokovic will continue his title defense against Adrian Mannarino, Federer faces local player Marcus Willis, Nishikori comes up against Julien Benneteau, and Raonic squares off against Andreas Seppi.
Much the same can be said of the women’s draw, although top seed and defending champion Serena Williams will have to wait another day to hit the court. Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, and Petra Kvitova will all be in action on day three, weather permitting.
Muguruza, last year’s runner-up and the winner at Roland Garros in 2016, comes up against Jana Cepelova, Radwanska faces fellow Eastern European Kateryna Kozlova, Australian Open champion Kerber plays Varvara Lepchenko, and two-time winner Kvitova takes on Sorana Cirstea.
A strong Asian continent will also be in action on Wednesday, with Shuai Peng taking on Sloane Stephens, Luksika Kumkum facing Time Bacsinszky, and Misaki Doi coming up against Karolina Pliskova.
Matches to watch
Grigor Dimitrov v Gilles Simon
Bulgarian Dimitrov was regarded as the player to take over the mantle from the likes of Federer and Djokovic ever since winning the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2008. A player of real class on his day, it is safe to say it hasn’t quite happened yet for the 25-year-old on the ATP Tour.
His opponent on Court 1 on Wednesday, Gilles Simon, meanwhile, is a wily player certainly capable of upsetting the very best on his day. The two have faced on six previous occasions, with the Frenchman winning five times, including a straight sets victory at the All England Club during the 2012 Olympic Games.
Dimitrov’s only victory over Simon occurred on the hard courts of Brisbane in the lead-up to the Australian Open this year.
This one could really go either way…
Sam Stosur v Sabine Lisicki
In another match that is fairly tricky to call, former US Open champion Stosur takes on one-time runner-up at Wimbledon Lisicki.
Both players have had huge struggles for form over the course of their careers, with the Australian making it past the fourth round at a grand slam event for the first time in four years at Roland Garros earlier this month, and her German opponent suffering a massive drop down the rankings after being on the verge of the top 10 when she reached the 2011 Wimbledon final.
In their seven previous matches, Stosur has won on five occasions, although Lisicki can boast with a victory at Wimbledon against the player from Down Under from the 2013 event at the All England Club.
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FOX CORE Matches
Dominic Thiem vs Leonardo Mayer(CT.3)
Agnieszka Radwanska vs Kateryna Kozlova (CC)
Novak Djokovic vs Adrian Mannarino (CC)
Roger Federer vs Marcus Willis (CC)
Heather Watson vs Annika Beck (CT.12)
Monica Puig vs Johanna Konta (CT.1)
Grigor Dimitrov vs Gilles (CT.1)
Simona Halep vs Francesca Schiavone (CT.2)
Jana Cepelova vs Garbine Muguruza (CT.2)
Andreas Seppi vs Milos Raonic (CT.1)