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Defending champ Serena muscles her way into Wimbledon Round 3, Schiavone, Ivanovic & Kuznetsova also progress

Defending champion Serena Williams went through to the 3rd round of the ladies' singles event early on Thursday, but not before having to battle it out against 19-year old Simona Halep of Romania on Court No.2. After dropping the first set, the 4-time Wimbledon champion came back strongly to win the next two and proved too good for the former French Open Junior Champion. Serena eventually romped home 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

The 58th ranked Romanian started the match well, looking cautious yet assured in the opening games, holding her serve in the process. Halep's serve considered no-match for Serena's powerful return game, was surprisingly steady and consistent.  It was in the 4th game that Halep got a break point courtesy Williams' 9th unforced error, which she duly pounced upon with a rare winner of her own. Halep was landing 80% of her first serves, and that allowed her some free points as Serena remained erratic early on. By the 7th game, she had raced to a 5-2 lead and soon served out the set much to the amazement of the sparsely populated outside court.


Canadians at Wimbledon: Raonic suffers injury; Marino and Dubois eliminated

It was a disappointing day for Canadians at Wimbledon as all three remaining singles players fell in their second-round matches.

Canada's top-ranked male singles player Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ontario) was off to a blistering start in his second-round match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg before being forced to retire due to injury. Raonic was serving up a break at 2-1, when he slipped on the grass and landed awkwardly on the ground.

A trainer visited Raonic on court and taped up his right thigh before the Canadian attempted to return to the match. He won his service game, but returning Muller proved too difficult and Raonic retired at 3-2 in the first set. He is being examined in London and an update on his status is pending.


Wimbledon Day 3 Midday Wrap: Venus comes through a thriller, Berdych powers into Round 3

The threat of rain loomed large over SW19 on Day 3 of the Championships with only the lucky few with tickets to Center Court likely to get in on the early action. Fortunately as the day proceeded the weather cleared, but it was not before nearly 4 hours of play were lost. That meant a delay in the start of the Gentlemen's Doubles event which was scheduled to get underway on Wednesday, as the matches were pushed back a day lock stock and barrel. A complete rejigging of the schedule meant that most courts saw only three matches with almost all of them assigned ladies singles first round matches as the organizers hustled to get the opening round over and done with. Thirteenth seed·Agnieszka Radwanska showed everyone how its done by racing off court without losing a game and was quickly followed by 16th seed Julia Goerges. 27th seed·Jarmila Gajdosova and 21st seed Flavia Pennetta had to work a lot harder to earn their wins, but nothing like diminutive Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova who squeezed past 1999 semi-finalist Mirjana Lucic 8-6 in the third. There was also an early upset with unheralded·Misaki Doi of Japan beating the 30th seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands in three very closely fought sets.

While the organizers focused on the weather and scheduling, the eyes of the tennis fraternity lay mesmerized with proceedings on Center Court. Armed with the knowledge that their contest was the only one being followed by a few million tennis fans the world over, 5-time champion Venus Williams and 40-year old Kimiko Date-Krumm produced a spectacle well worth the admission fee alone.


Dubois, Marino move on at Wimbledon; Dancevic, Wozniak ousted

It was a busy day for Canadians on Tuesday at Wimbledon as four were in action at the All-England Club, site of the oldest and most prestigious tournament on the tennis calendar.

After Milos Raonic's impressive performance yesterday, Stéphanie Dubois and Rebecca Marino followed in the footsteps of their compatriot by winning their opening round matches. Dubois, who earned a spot in the main draw following the withdrawal of Kim Clijsters, played a very clean match enroute to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over American qualifier Irina Falconi. It was sweet revenge for the 24-year-old Canadian who lost to Falconi in the final round of qualifying at the U.S. Open last year. This the second Grand Slam main draw win for Dubois in her career. She also reached the second round at the U.S. Open in 2009. Dubois will face eleventh seeded German Andrea Petkovic in the second round on Wednesday.


Wimbledon Day 2 Men's Wrap: Federer, Djokovic post easy wins; Verdasco back from the dead

Tuesday turned out to be a stroll in the park for the superheavywieghts in the men's draw at Wimbledon with 6-time champion Roger Federer and Super Serb Novak Djokovic posting routine wins. Joining the big two in round 2 were 3-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick, 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. It was largely a good day for the seeds with only a couple of them making early exits from Wimbledon, though a few who survived were given a real run for their money. Fifth seed Robin Soderling of Sweden survived a third set blip before prevailing in a 4th set tiebreak against Philipp Petzschner of Germany. Though the match of the day was undoubtedly provided by Fernando Verdasco and Radek Stepanek, with the former Melbourne Park semifinalist coming back from match point down to scrape through in five sets.

Sixteen time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer registered a comfortable victory over Mikhail Kukushkin as he enthralled the crowd with some magical stroke-play to move into the round of 64. The former world no.1 was in sublime form, especially in the second and third sets as he relied on his impeccable serve to begin his campaign for a record-breaking seventh title at the All England Club. The Kazakh resisted the Fedex onslaught impressively in the opening set, but was no match for the Swiss' versatility as he lost the lop-sided contest 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 42 minutes.


Wimbledon Day 2 Women's Wrap: Serena battles into Round 2, Wozniacki & Sharapova ease through

The first Tuesday of Wimbledon has always been known as Ladies Day at SW19 and like the defending men's champion opens proceedings on Center Court on Monday, that same honour is reserved for the reigning ladies champion the following day. Serena Williams had not touched a racquet in competitive matchplay in 49 weeks since her triumph at Wimbledon last year and the living legend made her return to the WTA Tour just last week at Eastbourne in a desperate attempt to find some fitness and form ahead of her title defence at the Championships. Serena was given a thorough workout in her tournament opener by 2010 Madrid Open champion Aravane Rezai, who took a set off the younger Williams today. Overcome with emotion at the end of her win, Williams shed a tear or two on Center Court delighted to once again be playing the sport she so loves.

Joining Serena in round 2 were world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki, the bookies favourite for the 2011 title Maria Sharapova, French Open champion Na Li and 4th seed Victoria Azarenka, all four women registering straight set wins. Not quite as fortunate was the no.15 seed Jelena Jankvoci who was unlucky to draw one of the few natural grass court players on the tour in Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and the net rushing Spaniard thrilled the fans with a glimpse at the way tennis used to be played on the lush green grass at Wimbledon.


Sania ousted from Wimbledon singles, loses tough first rounder to Razzano

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza lost a tight three setter to 28-year old Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the first round of Wimbledon. Razzano, a 12-year pro on the WTA circuit is a former top 20 player who made the fourth round here on her last visit to SW19 in 2009. Mirza had her chances in the first set having served for it at 5-4 before losing it in a tiebreak. Sania raced through the second 6-2 in just 37 minutes, but was no match for the skill of the veteran in the final set as she capitulated to a 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 defeat. As her reward Razzano will next face the winner of the match between world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki and Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain.

The opening set had some enormous momentum swings with Mirza jumping to a 3-0 lead with a double break courtesy of a slew of unforced errors from the notoriously slow starting Frenchwoman. Razzano broke back though immediately to keep her interest alive in the set and get herself on the board.


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