Emma Raducanu is the lone British survivor in the women’s singles at Wimbledon. Raducanu and Cameron Norrie joined Dan Evans and Andy Murray as home winners on Day Three, while Katie Boulter, Liam Broady and Samantha Murray Sharan went out.
I’m just really pleased to be into the second round. I am really enjoying myself. Just taking the moment in. The support I had was quite incredible. Definitely pushed me through some of the tough moments Emma Raducanu
Teenager Raducanu earned a second-round date with Marketa Vondrousova, the French Open finalist, after defeating Vitalia Diatchko, while Norrie takes on Australian wild card Alex Bolt following a four-set victory over Lucas Pouille.
Raducanu, a British A-level student, made the grade on her debut.
The 18-year-old British No.10 stunned Russian Diatchko 7-6 6-0.
She said: “”I had my final A-level examinations in April, so I was actually sitting for an exam two months ago. So now to be here at Wimbledon is unbelievable, it’s surreal.
“I still can’t quite believe it. I had to actually double the score at the end of the match. I’m just really pleased to be into the second round. I am really enjoying myself. Just taking the moment in. The support I had was quite incredible. Definitely pushed me through some of the tough moments.”
Raducanu, world ranked 338 to her opponent’s 150, was 4-1 down in the opening set before powering back.
And she increased the momentum as she blew away Diatchko, who reached the third round in 2018, in the second.
Raducanu hit six aces, the biggest clocked at 108mph, and had a 72 per cent winning average on first serves.
Former British No.1 Laura Robson, an Olympic silver medallist in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray in 2012, said: “It’s a fantastic win for Emma. Huge. She went out and enjoyed herself.”
On BBC, she added: “The reason she is only ten in Britain is because she had her A levels and her parents didn’t want her to travel. She’ll go flying up the rankings now.”
Norrie reached the second round of Wimbledon for the second time in a row.
The British No.2 completed his 30th win of the year by overcoming former world top tenner Pouille 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2 7-5 on Court Two.
Norrie said: “Felt good mentally. Especially after losing the first set. Nice to come out and compete the way I did. Didn’t think I was that comfortable out there, but it was nice to get through that one.”
And the 29th seed’s victory – which took two hours 45-minutes overall – was rated “very impressive” by Miles McLagan, former coach to Andy Murray.
Norrie, world-ranked 34 and seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam, started a set down after a rain delay a day earlier.
But the left-hander was able to battle back, far from intimidated by the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, to level the sets by dropping just one point on serve in the opening seven games and breaking his opponent before getting his nose in front with Pouille off the boil.
Norrie dropped only one point on serve in the first seven games of the second set, threatening a break at 5-4 before taking the set on Pouille’s next service game.
After complaining before the third set about there not being any bananas for him to eat, the Frenchman seemed to lose focus as Norrie won the final four games for the third set.
Pouille raised his level again in the fourth and broke for 3-2, only for a calm and composed Norrie to win an entertaining match with three breaks in what proved to be the final five games.
Queen’s finalist Norrie showed the strength of his serve – securing 74 per cent first-serve winners – and his athleticism to the delight of a packed Court Two.
Norrie meets Bolt in a bid to reach the third round of a Slam for the fourth successive time.
Boulter caused an early shock as she carried the expectations of a nation on her shoulders for her Centre Court debut.
The British wild card looked as though she belonged on the world’s most famous tennis court in front of a home crowd as she took the opening set against second seed Aryna Sabalenko.
Boulter, from Leicester and world-ranked 219, was finally edged out 4-6 6-3 6-3.
She said: “I loved every minute of my first experience of definitely the best court in the world. The British crowd were incredible. Thought it was a really good match.”
Her effort earned a tribute from her 23-year-old Belarusian opponent who said: “It was really tough. She’s an unbelievable player. I was nervous a lot, I didn’t feel the court well from the beginning.”
Sabalenko, despite her seeding, has yet to pass the last 16 of a Grand Slam.
And her problems with the home favourite in front of a patriotic crowd came close to ensuring she would fall at the first hurdle at Wimbledon.
Sabalenko – nicknamed Tiger – lacked bite and struggled for a consistent game in the opening set as Boulter went in front.
But football fan Boulter, who has been cheering on England in Euro 2020, was unable to contain big-serving Sabalenko in the second.
Yet Boulter showed nerve and bravery to break back from an early set back in the deciding set after a medical time out to tape a right arm injury.
And she was within a fraction of an inch of taking a 3-2 lead before Hawkeye ruled a Sabalenko return on game point had landed on the outside of the line.
Even at 4-2 down, Boulter, with the help of an outstanding lob which brought a smile to the face of her coach Jeremy Bates, held serve.
And she held SIX break points before Sabalenko held for 5-3 with the help of three service ‘bombs’ timed at 117mph, 119 and 113 in an 11-minute game.
But it ended up, as BBC commentator John Inverdale suggested, not about what Katie did, but how she was finally caught in the eye of a tiger.
Liam Broady went down battling 4-6 6-2 6-1 6-4 against Argentine Diego Schwartzman, the ninth seed, in 3hr.14min.
And the Brit, ranked 142, took the positives from his second-round loss to aim for a place inside the top hundred and qualify for the US Open.
He said: “Making the top 100 by the end of the year is a definite goal. Qualifying for the US Open is a target. It’s probably the Slam I’ve done worst in. I’ll go for the US swing and play more ATP events and hopefully I’ll learn quickly enough to make the Open.”
Broady, 27, who singled out Andy Murray for dispelling thoughts of quitting, has made the finals of two Challengers this year and reached a career high ranking of 137 in April.
It was an unhappy return to Wimbledon for Samantha Murray Sharan, a British wild card.
The 33-year-old, who last played the main draw of the Championships seven years ago, was defeated 6-3 6-3 by Romanian Sorana Cirstea on her third bid to reach the second round.