Wednesday at Wimbledon: Day 3 preview
Originally published on: 22/06/11 09:34
The flag-waving home support will have plenty to cheer about on Court No.1 today with both Andy Murray and Anne Keothavong in action on the show court.
Murray’s opponent is little-known German Tobias Kamke, who sits almost 80 spots below him in the rankings. The Scot cruised to victory in the opening round, after recovering well from one set down against Daniel Gimeno-Traver, and the fans on Murray Mound will be hoping the number four seed can produce more of the same today.
Keothavong was rewarded for her first-round win with a match-up against last year’s beaten semi-finalist Petra Kvitova. The game is third match up on Court No.1, but it is last year’s runner-up Tomas Berdych who will open proceedings against Julien Benneteau of France.
Centre Court sees five-time Wimbledon champ Venus Williams take on 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan, while her compatriot Andy Roddick plays Victor Hanescu of Romania.
Sandwiched in between Williams and Roddick is another American, Ryan Sweeting. He has the unenviable task of facing defending champion and world No.1 Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard will be looking to make it two wins in a row against American opposition after seeing off Michael Russell in the first round.
British teenagers Heather Watson and Laura Robson have yet to open their Wimbledon accounts after rain delays on Monday. They will both feature today on Courts No.3 and 18 with Watson facing Mathilde Johansson of France and Robson taking on German Angelique Kerber.
Juan Martin Del Potro continues his climb back up the rankings after sitting on the sidelines with injury for over almost a year. The Argentine will face Olivier Rochus of Belgium on Court No.2, which will also see an all-Russian affair between Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina.
Elsewhere around the ground, Fernando Verdasco plays Dutchman Robin Haase on Court No.12, while Richard Gasquet, Stanislas Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka and Andrea Petkovic are also in action.