Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek and Serena Williams set to return on Center Court



Wimbledon 2022: Emma Raducanu wins Center Court debut as Andy Murray starts with victory

Follow all the action as Wimbledon continues with Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek and Serena Williams all in action on day two.

Today marks the return of Nadal, back for the first time since 2019 and fresh from opening up to a lead in the race to finish with the most men’s grand slam titles with 22. That’s compared to defending champion Novak Djokovic, who has 20 titles, with the six-time champion up and running after swiftly moving into the second round with a hard-fought four-set win over Soonwoo Kwon. The other finalist from SW19 last year, Matteo Berrettini, is back and in fine form after defending his Queen’s title and the Italian will be hoping to go one further this year, opening up against Cristian Garin on Court One.

The favorite in the women’s singles is World No 1 Iga Swiatek and she opens up her championships on Center Court against Jana Fett, taking the traditional slot on the first Tuesday of play after defending women’s champion Ash Barty’s sudden retirement. There is more Wimbledon royalty in action on day two with Williams making her long-awaited return. The seven-time Wimbledon champion is back in singles action after cruelly being forced to retire from her first round match at SW19 last year and the 40-year-old, third up on Center Court, looks to ignite her comeback from a hamstring injury when she takes on Harmony Tan.

Elsewhere there is intriguing matches involving Coco Gauff and Elena-Gabriela Ruse on Court Two, while the charismatic Nick Kyrgios is hoping to cement his status as a dark horse this year with a first-round encounter against Paul Jubb on Court Three. Follow all the action from day two live, including the latest results, reaction and analysis from the All England Club

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Andy Murray uses underarm serve in first-round win at Wimbledon

Andy Murray threw in an underarm serve as he overcame a stiff examination of his form and fitness to get his Wimbledon campaign up and running.

The former world number one faced a race against time to recover from an abdominal strain he suffered a fortnight ago in time to play at SW19.

The injury did not seem to be an issue but the match sharpness probably was after Murray was broken twice on his way to dropping the first set against unseeded Australian James Duckworth.

Michael Jones28 June 2022 10:57

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Murray through to second round

Andy Murray made a brilliant return to Center Court last night with a comeback victory over James Duckworth after losing the first set and the 35-year-old Scot relished the chance to play in front of a packed crowd at Wimbledon again.

“It is amazing to be back out here again with a full crowd,” said the two-time Wimbledon champion. “I’m getting on a bit now so I don’t know how many opportunities I will get here.

“I’m pleased I managed to get through and hopefully I will get another match here on Center in a couple of days.”

Murray will now face big serving John Isner in the next round. Isner was famously part of tennis’ longest ever match when he took Nicholas Mahut to five sets at Wimbledon back in 2010 before eventually winning the final set 70-68 after 11 hours 5 minutes playtime over three days.

“I played well against John in the past. I don’t think I’ve ever played him on grass before, so there will be different challenges,” Murray said. “He’s played well here before. He was very close to making the final a few years ago.

“I’ll need to play really well and certainly return a bit better than I did tonight if I want to get through that.”

Michael Jones28 June 2022 10:51

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John McEnroe and Sue Barker criticized after paying tribute to Boris Becker at Wimbledon

The six-time grand slam winner has been a regular on the BBC’s coverage of the tournament for many years and was present alongside McEnroe and Barker last year.

“Boris, we love you. We miss you, man,” McEnroe said during Monday’s broadcast before Barker added: “We do indeed.”

Michael Jones28 June 2022 10:45

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Novak Djokovic overcomes Soonwoo Kwon test to begin Wimbledon defense

Back to Wimbledon but not exactly back to business for Novak Djokovic. There was a moment where it appeared the six-time Wimbledon champion had found an unlikely sanctuary after the events of the past 12 months but thanks to controlled aggression from the unheralded Soonwoo Kwon, Djokovic was faced with an afternoon that, like his year of him , was far from straightforward.

There was a storm brewing on Center Court as Kwon served out the second set, and that wasn’t just overhead as the rain pittered on the closed roof to the sound of thunder above the All England Club. The 24-year-old troubled Djokovic at times with a big serve, patience in the lengthy exchanges and an exquisite touch at the net that really should have been used more often.

It gave Djokovic a brief scare but as Kwon’s accuracy waned the size of the task at hand for a player ranked 81 in the world became clear, as the top seed and favorite for the men’s title rattled out a 6-3 3-6 6- 3 6-4 wins.

Michael Jones28 June 2022 10:38

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Center Court Order of Play

There’s another top quality schedule for Center Court today.

Fresh off her victory at the French Open, women’s world no. 1 Iga Swiatek gets her Wimbledon campaign underway against Croatia’s Jana Fett with this match kicking off Center Court proceedings at 1:30pm.

Following Swiatek out on court is men’s no. 2 seed Rafael Nadal who is halfway to a calendar grand slam having already triumphed at the Australian and French Opens. He faces Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina.

Finally, Serena Williams makes her return to the sport at 40-years-old and will take on France’s Harmony Tan. Williams was given a wildcard to play in the tournament and this match will give a clear indicator of whether she can still be a major force in women’s tennis. Do not put it past her.

Michael Jones28 June 2022 10:30

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Paul Jubb braced for Nick Kyrgios’ bag of tricks at Wimbledon

British number eight Jubb is making his second appearance as a wild card three years after his debut and landed the most eye-catching draw of the home hopes.

Kyrgios is now closer to 30 than 20 but remains an enigma capable of the sublime and the ridiculous, often in the same match.

“I’ve just got to play the match I would normally play, how I would go about any other match and let him do his thing,” said Jubb.

jack ratborn28 June 2022 10:25

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Simona Halep hails Emma Raducanu for ‘inspiring many kids’ in Romania

Briton Raducanu, whose father is Romanian, won an army of fans after her stunning win at the US Open last summer.

While Halep remains the queen in Bucharest and beyond, she says that the teenager’s success last year has inspired a lot of people in her country.

“Well, many people were following her when she won the US Open,” Raducanu said. “I feel like the country was happy for her. Her de ella being half Romanian means a lot also for the Romanians.

“Many kids are following her. I think she inspired many kids back in Romania, so it’s a good thing for our country.”

jack ratborn28 June 2022 10:15

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Carlos Alcaraz dazzles Wimbledon on Day One

One of the contenders in the men’s singles, Carlos Alcaraz was in fine form on day one.

This is an early contender for rally of the tournament, breathtaking from the Spaniard.

jack ratborn28 June 2022 10:07

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Wimbledon weather: Forecast for 2022 championships

Tennis fans planning on going to Wimbledon look set to contend with a mixed picture weather-wise with rain and sunny speels during the tournament.

The famous tennis championship began on Monday with full-capacity crowds descending on the grand slam in southwest London for the first time in three years after the Covid pandemic.

But play was quickly suspended due to rain on the opening morning and forecasters warned it was unlikely to be the last time.

Marco Petagna, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The first half of the week, the impression is a lot of bright dry weather with a small chance of showers coming in.

“It is really the second half of the week that there will be a greater chance of showers breaking out.”

jack ratborn28 June 2022 10:02

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Tennis star Elina Svitolina on a mission to lift Ukraine’s fallen spirits

The 27-year-old former world No3 has taken a break from tennis to recover from injury as well as taking time to support her country following the Russian invasion.

Svitolina has set up a foundation encouraging children to learn life lessons through tennis, and teamed up with UNITED24, an organization set up by the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky – who recently named Svitolina a national ambassador – which raises funds for medical equipment, military defense and the rebuilding of the country’s battered infrastructure.

“Of course, I’m still very, very sad about the situation that is happening right now and knowing how many people have lost their lives because of the invasion,” Svitolina told CNN Sport. “It makes me very sad. And that’s why I try to, you know, to focus a little bit on my foundation, on the UNITED24, just to have a mission that I can help in anyway.”

She added: “It’s extremely tough because [my family] tell their stories. I speak with my grandmother every day to know how she feels. It’s quite tough for her because for elderly people it’s most important to have a routine and, right now, there is lots of bombing and shooting going on in Odessa, in my hometown of her.

jack ratbornJune 28, 2022 09:51


www.independent.co.uk

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