28 Jun 2013

Lisicki shines as rain makes first appearance

Match Report

Photo: Paul ZimmerSabine Lisicki (GER)

After the drama of what is affectionately being dubbed Black Wednesday by the media at Wimbledon, Thursday appeared to be going to plan - until the rain came that is.

With eight second round singles matches still to be decided and the forecast looking ominous on Friday, organisers will be thankful that most players got the job done in quick time.

None more so than Dominika Cibulkova. The Slovakian No. 18 seed only dropped one game against Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor to advance to the third round where she will play No. 11 seed Roberta Vinci, who battled to a 61 46 97 victory over Jana Cepelova on Thursday.

There was also success for Australia's Sam Stosur as she defeated Olga Puchkova 62 62. Stosur remains on track to meet Serena Williams in the quarterfinals after the No. 1 seed overpowered Caroline Garcia 63 62.

Williams will play Kimiko Date-Krumm in the third round, while Stosur is faced with Sabine Lisicki, who looked in good form against Elena Vesnina.

There were also wins for Agnieszka Radwanska, who completed the first match under the Centre Court roof at this year's Wimbledon, and Li Na, who was forced into a third set against Simona Halep.

In the men's draw, No. 1 Novak Djokovic overcame Bobby Reynolds

76(2) 63 61 but he will have to wait to find out his next opponent as the match between Jeremy Chardy and Jan Lennard Struff was one of five to be outstanding on the men's side.

The biggest upset of the day came out on Court 18, where Canada's Milos Raonic came undone against Igor Sijsling 75 64 76(4).

The other seeds in the top half all progressed and there were wins for Bernard Tomic against James Blake and Feliciano Lopez over Paul-Henri Mathieu - the latter by retirement.