The crowds at Wimbledon look thin again this afternoon but, of course, they will likely swell when play gets under way on the show courts. The lower than expected attendances may be having a knock-on effect on temporary staff at the tournament. Here’s the story from Tobi Thomas.
Right, so what are the scores on the board elsewhere? In the men’s singles, Garin leads Brooksby 6-2, 3-1. Sock is a break up at 5-3 in the second set against Kubler, having lost the first set 6-2. And in the women’s singles Barbora Krejcikova is a set up against Tomljanovic but it’s on serve at 3-3 in the second set.
“I don’t believe [how well] I’m playing,” says Tan. It was emotional against Serena [in the first round] but I’ve just been playing match by match. Today was pretty good tennis. I don’t know why.” Tan will play either Coco Gauff or Amanda Anisimova, who play on Center Court at 1.30pm, and neither of those will fancy that one. “Tan’s probably quite glad she can concentrate on this, rather than being distracted by the doubles,” writes Matt Dony, referring to the story below. Maybe Tan made a very good call after all.
Everything Tan hits appears to be landing on the line. Boulter looks discombobulated out there. She must feel like she’s playing a grand slam winner, not a player ranked only three places ahead of her. Boulter is made to stretch in vain to reach a cross-court backhand and Tan has a match point. Boulter double-faults. Oh dear.
I thought this would be a close game. Tan holds to love and Boulter has to serve to stay in the match. Second set: Tan 5-1 Boulter.
Boulter is broken again. And what a point to win it for Tan, who is having a fine time out there. At 30-40, Tan retrieves a Boulter lob with a “tweener”, follows it up with a delicate volley and then whips a cross-court backhand towards the tramlines that Boulter can only get her racket frame to. This isn’t going to last much longer. Second set: Tan 4-1 Boulter.
In the other singles matches that started early today13th seed Barbora Krejcikova has won the first set against Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, Australia’s Jason Kubler has won the first set against America’s Jack Sock 6-2 and Chile’s Cristan Garin has a one-set lead over 29th seeded American Jenson Brooksby after winning it, also 6-2.
Boulter stays in the opening rally long enough to force Tan into an error, the Frenchwoman hitting long. But two unforced errors in a row means the opportunity to ratchet up the pressure is spurned. Tan struggles with her first serve here, though, and Boulter is back in the game at 30-30 when Tan slices a backhand wide. A vicious forehand from Boulter brings up deuce but Tan finds her groove again to hold serve. Second set: Tan 3-1 Boulter.
That’s better from Boulter. A tribute to love after some varied and sharp serving. Now, can she put pressure on Tan’s serve? Second set: Tan 2-1 Boulter
This is just painful for Boulter. She can’t win a point, never mind a game. It’s an easy hold to love for Tan, with Boulter slashing wildly to give her the game. Second set: Tan 2-0 Boulter.
The crowd is really trying to get behind Boulter, but the Brit can’t turn the tide. She misses an easy volley at the net at 0-15 to give Tan some extra pep in her step and then Tan hits an extraordinary cross-court forehand that is called out. She challenges it and, yes, it just nicked the line. It’s 0-40 and Boulter can’t get back into the game. Tan breaks and leads 1-0 in the second set.
Tan holds to 15 to win the first set 6-1. The French world 115 doesn’t even look out of breath. She rattles out three aces in that game.
Boulter is broken again. Tan’s returns are incredibly sharp, exquisitely placed at the feet of Boulter who can’t get them back. It’s soon 15-40 and Boulter slams a frustrated forehand into the net. She has some thinking to do. It’s 5-1 to Tan in just 24 minutes.
It’s another comfortable tribute to 15 for Tan. Boulter is still struggling with her tactics, unsure whether the best approach is to trade shots from the back of the court or come to the net and use her volleying prowess to good effect. Tan 4-1 Boulter.
Tan is threatening to race away with this first set. She’s got great variety in her game and is sending Boulter racing back and forth around the court. She holds her own serve comfortably to take a 3-0 lead and then pushes Boulter to the limit in the fourth game, with the Brit having to battle with everything she has to hold. Tan 3-1 Boulter.
I will also be keeping my eye on 12th seed Barbora Krejcikova v Ajla Tomljanovic out on Court 12. It’s 2-1 to the Czech 2021 French Open champion and on serve.
Boulter is down an early break after a nervous opening service game, in which she double-faults and has a little misfortune when Tan enjoys two net cords. Then Boulter misjudges a Tan lob, leaving it only to watch it land in the court with room to spare behind her. It’s 2-0 to Tan.
We’re under way on Court 2. Tan serves first in an entertaining game which features a delicate Boulter lob and a “tweener” from her French opponent who holds to 15 to take a 1-0 lead in the first set.
Katie Boulter has made her way out on Court 2 to warm up for her third-round match against Harmony Tan. It’s a lovely day for tennis, a very pleasant 20c at SW19 with a few fluffy clouds scattered around that shouldn’t threaten rain.
So what has caused the resurgence in British tennis at SW19? Simon Cambers reports that the team spirit forged in lockdown, plus Andy Murray’s advice and Emma Raducanu’s achievements, has given everyone a lift.
(All times BST, seeds in brackets)
1:30 p.m.: (11) Cori Gauff (USA) v (20) Amanda Anisimova (USA), (4) Paula Badosa Gibert (Spa) v (25) Petra Kvitova (Czech), (27) Lorenzo Sonego (Ita) v (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa)
1pm: (19) Alex De Minaur (Aus) v Liam Broady (Gbr), (1) Iga Swiatek (Pol) v Alize Cornet (Fra), Nick Kyrgios (Aus) v (4) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre)
11:00: Harmony Tan (Fra) v Katie Boulter (Gbr), Richard Gasquet (Fra) v (21) Botic Van de Zandschulp (Ned), Magdalena Frech (Pol) v (16) Simona Halep (Rom)
11:00: Christian Garin (Chi) v (29) Jenson Brooksby (USA), Alex Molcan (Svk) v (11) Taylor Harry Fritz (USA), Petra Martic (Cro) v (8) Jessica Pegula (USA)
11:00: (4) Gonzalo Bueno (Per) v Juan Manuel La Serna (Arg), Jeremy Jin (Aus) v (3) Mili Poljicak (Cro), Kristyna Tomajkova (Cze) v (10) Annabelle Xu (Can) , (8) Edas Butvilas (Lit) v Mika Brunold (Swi), Alessio Basile (Bel) v (11) Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez (Mex)
11:00: Mia Kupres (Can) v Angella Okutoyi (Ken), Linda Klimovicova (Cze) v Michaela Laki (Gre), Paul Barbier Gazeu (Fra) v Connor Henry Van Schalkwyk (Nam), Julie Struplova (Cze) v Ella McDonald (Gbr), Aysegul Mert (Tur) v (3) Nikola Bartunkova (Cze)
11:00: Patrick Brady (Gbr) v (15) Martyn Pawelski (Pol), Phoenix Weir (Gbr) v Alexander Blockx (Bel), Sarah Tatu (Gbr) v Celine Naef (Swi), Juan Carlos Prado Angelo (Bol) v William Jansen (Gbr), Talia Neilson Gatenby (Gbr) v Nina Vargova (Svk)
11:00: Kalin Ivanovski (Mkd) v Luca Pow (Gbr), Henry Searle (Gbr) v (2) Jakub Mensik (Cze), Renata Jamrichova (Svk) v Jasmine Conway (Gbr), Joelle Steur (Ger) v Isabelle Lacy (Gbr), Benjamin Gusic Wan (Gbr) v Peter Privara (Svk)
11:00 Amelia Waligora (Bel) v Anastasiya Lopata (Ukr)
11:00: Irina Balus (Svk) v Andrea Obradovic (Ser), Peter Nad (Svk) v Jaden Weekes (Can), Ella Seidel (Ger) v Lucciana Perez Alarcon (Per), (4) Nikola Daubnerova (Svk) v Dominika Salkova (Czech)
11:00 Sara Saito (Jpn) v Olivia Lincer (USA), (14) Lucija Ciric Bagaric (Cro) v Rose Marie Nijkamp (Sun)
11:00: Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus) v (13) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze), Brandon Nakashima (USA) v Daniel Elahi Galan (Col)
11:00 Hynek Barton (Cze) v Arthur Gea (Fra)
11:00 Olaf Pieczkowski (Pol) v Ozan Colak (USA)
11:00 Pedro Rodenas (Spa) v Matej Dodig (Cro)
11:00 Dylan Dietrich (Swi) v (5) Nishesh Basavareddy (USA), Giorgia Pedone (Sun) v Amelie Van Impe (Bel)
11:00: Jack Sock (USA) v Jason Kubler (Aus), Qinwen Zheng (Chn) v (17) Elena Rybakina (Kaz)
Good morning. It’s already day six at Wimbledon – where did the week go? The show courts don’t get going until a bit later on, with Coco Gauff v Amanda Amisova on Center Court at 1.30pm and Alex De Minar v Liam Broady on Court No 1 at 1pm.
It’s been a great week for British tennis, with Heather Watson and Cameron Norrie breaking new ground by reaching the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in their careers and Broady and Katie Boulter have hopes of doing the same today. Boulter is not on a show court so I’ll be paying particular attention to her match against Frances’s Harmony Tan on Court 2 at 11am. It promises to be extremely tight, with Tan ranked 115 in the world and Boulter 118. Like her British opponent, Tan is looking to make the last 16 in a slam for the first time, too.
I’m looking forward to 4th seed Paul Bados v 25th seed Petr Kvitova on Center Court later, too. Kvitova has won Wimbledon twice and despite slipping down the rankings in the last couple of years, I feel she can go deep in 2022. And expect fireworks – and lots of entertaining chat – when Nick Kyrgios takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas on Court 1 later. Kyrgios just wants to be loved, you know.