Wimbledon Day 3: Murray crusies to straight sets win over Brown, Brengle sends Kvitova packing

World number one Andy Murray brushed aside an injuries worries on day three at Wimbledon, as the three-time grand slam champion proved too strong for Germany’s Dustin Brown.

The world number 97 Brown who is known for his unpredictable style stunned Rafael Nadal here two years ago, but he was always second best in this one, as Murray did not face a single break point in a dominant 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

Andy Murray remains on course to retain his Wimbledon title
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A Brown double-fault gave up the decisive break in the first set and there was to be no way back for the 32-year-old from there, as Murray won 11 of the final 13 games to remain on course for a third Wimbledon title.

Aljaz Bedene joins his fellow Briton in the next round, as 27-year-old overcame a tough four set battle against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina picking up a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory to reach the third round at SW19 for the first time.

Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller awaits Bedene in the third round, as the 16th seed battled from 2-1 down to bag a hard-fought 7-5 6-7 (7/9) 4-6 6-3 9-7 victory against Czech opponent Lukas Rosol.

French Open champion Rafael Nadal made no mistake in keeping his hopes of a first Wimbledon title since 2010 alive with a convincing straight sets win against Donald Young.

The Spaniard cruised into a two-set lead and despite being broken by the American while serving for the set, the world number two broke right back to seal a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory on Centre Court.

There were also no problems for two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo Wilfried Tsonga, as the Frenchman proved too strong for Italy’s Simone Bolelli with a 6-1 7-5 6-2 win for the 11th seed.

Benoit Paire joins his compatriot Tsonga in reaching the third round, as the 28-year-old brushed aside fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert winning in straight sets 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 6-4.

However, fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille is out of the completion, as 2013 semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz edged past the 14th seed in five sets 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-1.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori was also pushed all the way in his third round match against Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, as the ninth seed battle to a 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 7-6 (8-6) win to keep hopes of a first major title alive.

Former US Open champion Marin Cilic had to overcome a tough first set against Germany’s Florian Mayer, before eventually cruising to a 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 7-5 straight sets victory.

Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut had to hold off a fight back from qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in his second round match, as the 18th seed needed four sets to clinch a 6-2 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory over the German.

South African Kevin Anderson booked his place in the last 32 with a 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi, but there was a better result for Seppi’s compatriot Fabio Fognini, who defeated Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 6-2.

Stan Wawrinka’s conqueror Daniil Medvedev was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as he suffered a second round exit at the hands of Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans.

The Russian let a 2-0 lead slip in the deciding set and lost his cool arguing with umpire Mariana Alves, before losing 6-4 6-2 3-6 2-6 6-3 and throwing coins at the foot of the umpire’s chair.

In women’s action, Johanna Konta emerged victorious in one of the matches of the tournament so far, as the British number one won a thrilling encounter against Croatia’s Donna Vekic.

Locked at a set a piece,  Konta needed to save two break points to stay in the tournament in the deciding set and sealed victory with her second set point in the 18th game to seal a thrilling victory 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 10-8 in three hours and 10 minutes.

Heather Watson joins her compatriot Konta in the next round, as she stunned 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.

Watson hit seven winners in cruising into a one-set lead and despite a wobble in the second set losing her serve in the third game with a double fault, she recomposed herself to win five of the final six games to record a 6-0 6-4 win against the Latvian.

37-year-old Venus Williams overcame a scare in her second round encounter against world number 55 Wang Qiang, as the seven-time grand slam winner had to come from a set down to record a hard-fought 4-6 6-4 6-1 win against her Chinese opponent.

The five-time Wimbledon champion now faces a test against Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the last 32, after 19-year-old came from behind to stun 22nd seed Barbora Strycova 1-6 6-0 6-4.

Second seed Simona Halep enjoyed a much easier day at the office, as the Romanian kept her hopes of a first grand slam title alive with a 7-5 6-3 win against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina also wasted little time in securing her place in the last 32 at Wimbledon, as she cruised to a 6-3 6-0 win over former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone.

However, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fell at the second round of a grand slam for the second tournament running, as she crashed out after a 6-1 1-6 6-2 defeat to American Madison Brengle.

17th seed Madison Keys was another early casualty on day three at Wimbledon, as world number 86 Camila Giorgi overcame a tough three set battle to emerge a  6-4 6-7 (10/12) 6-1 winner against the American.

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro also crashed out of the tournament as China’s Shuai Peng outclassed the 25th seed 6-2 6-2, while Kristyna Pliskova – sister of second seed Karolinalost 6-7 (8/6) 6-4 6-4 to Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

Madison Brengle upset two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
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French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko had another tough battle on her hands, as the Latvian came back from losing the first set to earn a hard-fought 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 win against Francoise Abanda of Canada.

There was a more routine win for Victoria Azarenka, as the Belarussian enjoyed a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory against 15th seed Elena Vesnina to progress to the third round.

It was also an easy day at the office for eighth seed Dominika Cibulkova as the Slovak hit 16 winners on her way to a 6-4 6-4 victory over American Jennifer Brady.

You can check out more results from day three of the action at Wimbledon at this link.

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