Wimbledon Day 3 round-up: Catch all the action here

Sunday, 08 Jul, 2018

Roger Federer and Serena Williams will try to avoid further upsets at Wimbledon as the third round begins on Friday.

In the women's draw, seven-times victor Serena Williams overcame her first big test in confident fashion by beating France's Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6 (2). That's what makes me great: "I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater".

Play was interrupted on all courts due to a spell of rain.

In the women's singles event, American tennis star Serena Williams advanced to the second round by beating Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus 7-5 6-3.

Federer unleashed a thunderous forehand to earn the first two break points of the match.

Germany's Tatjana Maria enjoyed the most surprising success with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 victory over fifth seed Elina Svitolina to the delight of her four-year-old Charlotte.

"Then it was just emotionally letting go", Williams said.

It was the first time the eight-time Wimbledon champion had worn the brand publicly, but organizers said he didn't violate any of their strict rules in regards to using the tournament for marketing purposes.

Federer's quest for a ninth Wimbledon crown gained momentum with a flawless 6-4 6-4 6-1 win over Slovakian world No 73 Lacko in 89 minutes. The eight-time champion is yet to drop a set this week, and in fact has won his last 27 sets at the championships.

He said he "felt good" and "less nervous" than he did in his previous match, his first-round win over Dušan Lajović on Monday. Speaking to the press after his win on Wednesday, the 20-time Grand slam champion hit out at the Switzerland football team for their meek surrender in the Round of 16 match at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Within seconds he added with a smile: "I'm happy whatever they say, as long as it is "game" and my name and not "game" and the other (person's) name".

Five-time victor Venus Williams opens on Court One against Kiki Bertens.

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"I am happy to be able to play in the third round tomorrow".

"I think probably it would be a few more years for the boys to really remember".

No. 10 Madison Keys of the United States was the highest-seeded woman in early action, playing Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand.

Among the 15,000 people on Centre Court were his two sets of twins. "I hear what they say, how excited they are about Wimbledon". My TV was ahead of theirs, so something would happen and Laura would scream.five seconds later the whole pub would scream.

"Actually, I watched the shootout", he said. "Now I'm cheering for England".

Lucas Pouille suffered a shock defeat, going down 6-4 6-2 6-7 (8) 3-6 6-2 to Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak on Court No 18.

The seven-time champion's life is still a blur of nappies and interrupted sleep, but that didn't stop her grinding out a 7-5, 6-3 win over Holland's Arantxa Rus in the first round.

Former World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova finally made it to the third round on her seventh visit to Wimbledon after seeing off two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-3.

It marked the third straight worldwide tournament that this talented Swiss generation exited in the last 16 while their dreaded run of not reaching the World Cup quarterfinals since 1954 continued.

Romanian 29th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu thrashed British teenager Katie Swan, 6-0, 6-3 to extend her remarkable renaissance.