Here, if you missed any of them, are a few of the pieces we’ve recently published from Wimbledon:
“For Anhelina Kalinina, a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 winner over Anna Bondar on Monday, the £78,000 she is guaranteed for reaching round two will go toward helping her family rebuild their home in Ukraine, which, she revealed, has been bombed by Russian forces.”
Simon Cambers reports:
There has been an eagerness to cling to these pegs of the pre‑pandemic summer: Glastonbury, Wimbledon, queueing endlessly for a low-cost airline seat. And Monday was a red-letter day for the All England Club in other ways, with first-round appearances for the only two British players to win a grand slam singles title in the past 45 years, Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu.
Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray were the headline-makers yesterday as Wimbledon welcomed a capacity crowd for the first time in quite a while. Raducanu, the 19-year-old US Open champion, performed admirably on her Centre Court debut to see off Alison Van Uytvanck. Murray dropped a set against James Duckworth before finding his rhythm and progressing to a second-round date with John Isner.
It’s another packed day of tennis today: women’s singles top seed Iga Swiatek, the French Open champion, is up first on Centre Court against Jana Fett of Croatia at 1pm. Rafael Nadal (No 2 seed) will then face the Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo before the seven-times women’s champion Serena Williams takes on Harmony Tan in the final match scheduled on Centre.
Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Simona Halep, Coco Gauff, Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza will be taking to the court later, too. That sounds like plenty to be going on with. Let’s do this.