Andy Murray and Heather Watson lead the British challenge in round three
While record-breaking temperatures haven’t halted the progress of the leading men’s seeds at this year’s Wimbledon, the same can’t be said in the women’s tournament. Although the top two seeds look in imperious form, the rest of the draw looks wide open with more top 15 players falling by the wayside in round two.
Keep reading for our Wimbledon third round preview.
Seeds continue to fall as Serena faces a Brit in round three
The high profile casualties continued to fall at Wimbledon with the second round seeing the end of the 7th, 8th and 11th seeds. Just six of the world’s top 12 have made it through to round three and the tournament is looking more and more like a Williams v Kvitova contest.
While Serena Williams has sailed through the first couple of rounds with no problem her sister has also been in excellent form. Venus Williams was pushed harder in the second round than she was in the first (she beat Yulia Putuntseva 7-6 6-4) but looks to be on course for a quarter final contest with her little sister.
Venus is 2/13 to beat Aleksandra Krunic in the third round while there will be plenty of interest in Serena’s next match as she takes on Britain’s Heather Watson. Watson was excellent in her win over Daniele Hantuchova and it will be the first time that Watson faces the world number one in her career. It would be an amazing story if the Brit could win at 19/2.
Last year’s champion Petra Kvitova has been largely untroubled so far, dropping just three games in her two wins. The number two seed looks to have a reasonably straightforward route to the semi-finals and she plays 28th seed Jelena Jankovic next.
We’ve been tipping Angelique Kerber to do well at Wimbledon this year and the German is safely into the third round after two straight sets wins. The 10th seed faces Garbine Muguruza next and this should be a good match between two top 20 players.
Another mouthwatering match sees Sabine Lisicki take on Timea Bacsinszky. The German has an excellent record at Wimbledon and came from behind to defeat Christina McHale in round two while we’ve been following the fortunes of Bacsinszky for a few months now after her pair of wins on the WTA Tour earlier in the season.
This one looks close but we fancy the Swiss rising star to secure another impressive win.
Maria Sharapova‘s serve looked all over the place in her win over Richel Hogenkamp in round two and she will have to improve if she is to beat the talented Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in round three.
Begu was pushed all the way by Lesia Tsurenko in round two but could make life difficult for the fourth seed and is 33/4 to cause an upset. Sam Stosur looks good value at 21/20 to beat the unseeded Coco Vandeweghe while Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated 7th seed Ana Ivanovic in round two and is a big 41/20 to see off Eastbourne champion Belinda Bencic.
Andy Murray races into round three
While the seeds may have been tumbling in the women’s tournament, most of the top 32 in the men’s draw have made it through to round three. With seeds now facing each other for the first time there are some terrific looking matches at the end of the first week of this year’s Wimbledon.
Andy Murray raced through his second round match with Robin Haase, dropping just six games in the process. The number three seed won in 87 minutes and told the BBC: “I am very happy with the way I played. I felt there were things I could do better in the first round but today I did things much better. I felt like I dictated the baseline rallies.”
Murray’s next opponent is 25th seed Andreas Seppi and the Scot is joined in round three by fellow Brit James Ward who has an eminently winnable match against the unseeded Vasek Pospisil.
The top seed and favourite Novak Djokovic also won in straight sets and faces a tricky match in round three. The Serb plays the up and coming Australian star Bernard Tomic, a previous Wimbledon quarter finalist and a two-time junior semi-finalist.
The 22 year old from the Gold Coast has never beaten the world number one but did take a set off the Serb in their 2011 Wimbledon quarter final. Djokovic is just 1/50 to win with Tomic available at 25/2.
Roger Federer has glided effortlessly into round three and the number two seed should have no problems against the unseeded Sam Groth in round three. Stan Wawrinka faces a tricky clash against the experienced Fernando Verdasco while one of the matches of the round could be between 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov and 21st seed Richard Gasquet. Both players are former Wimbledon semi-finalists and Dimitrov is 7/10 to win with the Frenchman available at 23/20.
If you’re looking for power and hard-hitting then two of the third round matches stand out. Milos Raonic‘s serve was almost unplayable at times in his win over veteran Tommy Haas although the 7th seed won’t have things all his own way against the volatile Aussie Nick Kyrgios. The 26th seed is 7/4 to cause an upset.
Another power battle sees US Open champion Marin Cilic take on the big American John Isner. Cilic struggled to overcome Ricardas Berankis in five sets and looks far from his best while Isner is in good form and could take advantage at 23/20.
Victor Troicki is 9/20 to beat Rafael Nadal’s conqueror Dustin Brown while sixth seed Tomas Berdych is just 1/33 to beat Paulo Andujar. Gaeil Monfils looks good value at evens to beat fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon while qualifier Nikolaz Basilashvili is 13/4 to beat 20th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.