Wimbledon 2013 – Day Three Preview

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Wimbledon was buzzing after day two thanks to the excellent performance of home crowd favourite Laura Robson in her defeat of number ten seed Maria Kirilenko, as well as tournament favourite Serena Williams winning her 31st consecutive match.

Day Three should provide even more for the British public to get excited about, with Andy Murray back in action for his second round clash with Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei.

Lu denied spectators an all-Brit clash by knocking out Londoner James Ward in the first round and is expected to be Murray’s next victim when they step out onto No.1 Court in the second of the day’s matches.

Fernando Verdasco of Spain will be taking on 31st seed Julian Benneteau in the first match, while 2011 women’s champion Petra Kvitova rounds off the day against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

Those with tickets for Centre Court have the juiciest schedule to look forward to as women’s second seed Victoria Azarenka takes on Flavia Pennetta first up.

It will be interesting to see if Azarenka has any after effects from the nasty fall she took in he first round victory – her screams as she lay on the floor suggested something serious, so people will be studying her movement closely.

Latvian underachiever Ernest Gulbis recently claimed the top players were too boring, so he has a chance to spice things up when he meets eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second match on Centre.

Coming out last will be defending champion Roger Federer as carries on his bid to win a record eighth Wimbledon title; Sergiy Stakhovsky from Ukraine is given the unenviable task of halting the third seed’s march.

Maria Sharapova is third on Court Two for her second round match with Czech Petra Cetkovska, closely followed by men’s tenth seed Marin Cilic in his tie with France’s Kenny de Schepper.

Leyton Hewitt’s first round victory over Stanislas Wawrinka was mightily impressive and the former champion will be looking to keep his momentum going into he next match, this time first on Court Two against Dustin Brown of Germany.

Rafael Nadal’s unlikely conqueror in the first round, Steve Darcis, will see if he can reach similar heights against unseeded Lukasz Kubot – the Belgian is last up on Court 17.

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