Sweet 16 for Novak Djokovic as Wimbledon seeds plummet
Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the third round of Wimbledon for the 16th time on Wednesday as potential semi-final opponent Casper Ruud crashed out. Top-seeded Djokovic edged out 79th-placed Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and will face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic for 16th place. Third seed and Roland-Garros finalist, Ruud was eliminated by Ugo Humbert, 112th, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.
“I’m very happy with my performance. I started very well, solid from the back of the court,” said Djokovic, who is looking to join Pete Sampras as a seven-time Wimbledon champion.
“I made him work for every point and I made him work on the pitch,” added the 20-time Major winner.
Kokkinakis had compared Djokovic to a ‘brick wall’ before the game. “It was one-sided. I got cut today,” the 26-year-old Australian said after his ordeal on center court.
Kontaveit, Muguruza, Raducanu absent
On the women’s side, second seed Anett Kontaveit lost 6-4, 6-0 to Germany’s Julie Niemeier as the Estonian endured another Grand Slam to forget.
Kontaveit has only reached the quarter-finals of a major once in 29 attempts.
Ninth seed and 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza also came out in her delayed first-round clash, losing 6-4, 6-0 to Belgium’s Greet Minnen.
US Open champion Emma Raducanu crashed out at Wimbledon on Wednesday, losing her second-round match to Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 to the disappointment of the British public.
The 10th seed, troubled by a side strain as the tournament approached, was broken five times in the match by her French opponent, ranked 55th in the world.
Lesia Tsurenko won in straight sets against fellow Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina to advance to the third round for the second time. Tsurenko, ranked 101, proudly wore a ribbon in the colors of Ukraine on his shirt.
“It was a big pitch. Two Ukrainian players but a lot of people were watching us. We felt incredible support,” Tsurenko said after their 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. “Today on the way from the hotel to the club we had a driver,” she added. “She took two Ukrainians home.
“I think it’s amazing when people help Ukrainians so much.”
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