World number one Ashleigh Barty sailed into the third round of Wimbledon with a convincing victory over Alison van Uytvanck.

The top seed barely broke sweat on Court Two, taking just 55 minutes to wrap up a 6-1 6-3 win against the Belgian as she laid down her title credentials with a hugely impressive display.

She will now meet Britain's Harriet Dart or Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the third round, having matched her previous best run in SW19 achieved in 2018.

In this form, the top seed looks a serious title contender, after delivering a dominant display from start to finish.

"I started particularly well and there were not too many errors, a bit of a blemish trying to serve out the match, but I'm very happy with today," Barty said.

The Australian broke at the first attempt when her opponent netted, and raced into a 5-0 lead.

And, while Van Uytvanck avoid a first-set whitewash, Barty wrapped it up in 25 minutes after a superb backhand approach shot forced another error.

It was a similar story in the second set and Barty took advantage of her second break point in the third game when another deep backhand proved too good for the Belgian, who could only find the net tape.

A further break soon followed as Barty strengthened her grip. And while her opponent briefly rallied with a break of her own, the French Open champion recovered, sealing victory with a volley.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Ashleigh Barty [1] bt Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Barty – 14/7
Van Uytvanck – 10/17

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Barty – 2/0
Van Uytvanck – 1/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Barty – 5/7
Van Uytvanck – 1/1

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Barty – 56
Van Uytvanck – 69

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Barty – 79/58
Van Uytvanck – 48/36

TOTAL POINTS
Barty – 55
Van Uytvanck – 33

Bernard Tomic has been fined his full Wimbledon prize money of £45,000 after the match referee deemed he "did not meet the required professional standards" in his loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Australian was beaten 6-2 6-1 6-4 in the first-round match in just 58 minutes at SW19, offering scant resistance against the Frenchman.

It was shortest Grand Slam men's match at the All England Club in 15 years.

Tomic, who has the opportunity to appeal, has previously been in trouble with the authorities for 'tanking' and was fined $15,000 (£11,581) after a first-round loss at Wimbledon to Germany's Mischa Zverev two years ago.

After that match the 26-year-old stated he was "bored" but Tomic denied giving insufficient effort against Tsonga.

"I just played terrible. I returned pretty bad. Didn't see his serve. Pretty terrible match," said the world number 96. "I think I played as best as I could. It's just I played terrible."

Tsonga will now meet Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the second round.

Cori Gauff followed up her victory over Venus Williams by easing past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets to book her place in the third round at Wimbledon.

Teenage sensation Gauff showed her win against five-time Wimbledon champion Williams was no fluke with a dominant 6-3 6-3 triumph over Rybarikova on No.1 Court.

Earlier on Wednesday, Simona Halep progressed from an all-Romanian tie against Mihaela Buzarnescu, while third seed Karolina Pliskova continued her hunt for a first grand slam prize with a convincing 6-0 6-4 win over Monica Puig.

Caroline Wozniacki was made to work hard by debutant Wimbledon Veronika Kudermetova, eventually prevailing 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory, with Anett Kontaveit dispensing of Heather Watson.

It was not all plain sailing for the favourites, though, as Anastasija Sevastova and Madison Keys – 12th and 17th seeds respectively – crashed out.

Margarita Gasparyan, meanwhile, was left in tears as – after she suffered an awkward landing – she had to retire with the score at 5-7 6-5, handing eighth seed Elina Svitolina a reprieve.

HISTORY MAKING GAUFF ROLLS ON

Gauff stunned Williams in the first round, and clearly took plenty of confidence into Wednesday's clash with Rybarikova, making light work of her opponent to set up a third-round tie with Polona Hercog, who beat Keys 6-2 6-4.

"I think I played well, especially on the pressure points. She was serving amazing so it was hard to return sometimes," 15-year-old Gauff told BBC Sport.

"There's so much going on. I'm still shocked that I'm even here. I think I can beat anyone who's across the court. If I don't think I can win the match then I won't even step on the court."

 

HALEP HOLDS FIRM

Former world one Halep dominated early but lost her form in the second set to hand compatriot Buzarnescu a lifeline.

Halep rallied to break twice and win the third set, though, and she will now face two-time semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka, who overcame Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-0.

"I think I'm playing okay. It's always tough on grass. But it was a tougher match than first one, so it was good that I could win it," Halep told a news conference. "I felt confident on court. I felt strong mentally."

 

WOZNIACKI EGES IT AS PLISKOVA CRUISES

Like Halep, Wozniacki was also run close in her contest with Kudermetova, who stunned the world number 19 when they met at the French Open in May.

Kudermetova forced a tie-break in the first set, but Wozniacki's experience eventually told when she reeled off the last two points in a row before closing out the win in style.

Pliskova, meanwhile, had no such issues against Puig, hitting nine aces and 23 total winners in her one-hour victory.

Cori Gauff proved her victory over Venus Williams was no flash in the pan as she beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-3 on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old American followed up her first-round upset of Williams with a confident display on No.1 Court, booking her place in the third round. 

Gauff looked sharp from the off, leaving her Slovakian opponent to watch helplessly as she ran down drop shots and ripped winner after winner down the lines with both forehand and backhand, closing out the win with her second service break of a match that lasted 69 minutes.

Polona Hercog, who upset 17th-seed Madison Keys in straight sets, awaits Gauff in round three.

Gauff had a long wait before finally taking to the grass, with the match moved under the roof on Court No. 1.

If the delay had an impact, however, Gauff did not let it show, breaking Rybarikova to go up 4-2 before consolidating her lead in a service game that saw her run down seemingly everything the 30-year-old threw at her. 

Gauff built on that momentum with an early break in the second, taking a 2-1 lead when a Rybarikova forehand on double break point went long.

She continued to hammer away, never facing break point on her own serve, before Rybarikova put a backhand into the net on match point to end it — her 23rd unforced error of the contest to just 10 by Gauff. 

The loss represented another disappointing stint at the All England Club for Rybarikova, who first played in the main draw at Wimbledon in 2008, when Gauff was four.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Cori Gauff bt Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Gauff - 18/10
Rybarikova - 15/23

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Gauff - 2/3
Rybarikova - 4/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Gauff - 2/4
Rybarikova - 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Gauff - 66
Rybarikova - 58

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Gauff - 85/59
Rybarikova - 71/36

TOTAL POINTS
Gauff - 61
Rybarikova - 42

Novak Djokovic progressed into round three at Wimbledon, but Kyle Edmund and Stan Wawrinka were both dumped out on Wednesday.

Denis Kudla got the Centre Court crowd on side with some bright play and inventive shots against the defending champion, but Djokovic ultimately made light work of the Ukrainian-born American to win 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Edmund did not have the same luck earlier on Centre Court, however, as he gave up a two-set lead to lose 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 to Fernando Verdasco.

There was a bigger shock on No.2 Court, as Stan Wawrinka succumbed to a surprise defeat to American youngster Reilly Opelka.

Kevin Anderson got the better of Janko Tipsarevic, with teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime - seeded 19th - brushing aside Corentin Moutet, also in four sets.

Tenth-seed Karen Khachanov overcame a poor start to dispatch Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-4, while Daniil Medvedev saw off qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Seeds Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire also booked their places in round three.

DJOKOVIC'S TITLE DEFENCE RUNNING SMOOTHLY

World number one Djokovic had four match points against Kudla as the 26-year-old rallied to push the Serbian all the way in the final game.

A stray return into the net finally ended Kudla's resistance, however, and Djokovic was content with another convincing display as he hunts a fifth Wimbledon title.

"I'm pleased with my game overall. There were some moments in the match when I could have done better but it was a solid performance overall," Djokovic said.

"Ambitions are high and I've been fortunate in my career to do so well in grand slams. I have to think only about the next challenge and take things one step at a time."

 

BRITISH NUMBER ONE EDMUND BOWS OUT

Edmund started well on Centre Court, breezing through the first two sets 6-4 6-4, but a knee injury derailed his performance.

And despite playing on after receiving treatment, Edmund could not hold off Verdasco, who fought back to secure victory over three hours and 43 minutes.

"I am a little tired. It's never easy to beat a player like Kyle," Verdasco told BBC Sport after his win. "The match was pretty complicated in the first and second set, and I was just trying to stay in the match and keep fighting, even if things weren't going my way but I was able to come back slowly point after point."

 

WAWRINKA PRAGMATIC AFTER EARLY EXIT

Wawrinka has not been beyond the second round at SW19 since 2015 and the 34-year-old Swiss took his early exit on the chin after Opelka consigned him to a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 loss.

"I never said I was ready to win Wimbledon. I said that was my goal. I come every year with the challenge to play the best I can. I played in the quarter-final twice," said Wawrinka, who has won the other three majors.

"If not, I lost first round, second round. I know how tough it is to win a grand slam. I'm really happy with everything I've achieved all my career by winning three grand slams in the same era of the big four."

Novak Djokovic eased into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Denis Kudla on Centre Court.

Kudla made defending champion Djokovic work in Wednesday's encounter, though the top seed clicked through the gears impressively to keep his opponent at arm's length.

After dropping three straight games at 5-0 in the first set, Djokovic, who won seven break points in total, redeemed himself with some delightful shots in the second.

Two breaks of serve put the four-time Wimbledon champion well in control in the final set, and though Kudla showed some late resistance – much to the joy of the crowd – Djokovic wrapped up the win to book a third-round meeting with Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic raced into a five-game lead in the first set, though his charge was stopped when Kudla held his serve before breaking.

Kudla followed that up by winning a third-successive game, but his opponent swiftly regained his composure to round off the set. 

A cheeky, through-the-legs drop shot from Djokovic almost caught Kudla cold in the second set, though the 26-year-old scampered to his right to win a point that ultimately proved fruitless as the world number one aced his next serve to win the set.

Having broken serve twice to take a 5-2 lead in the third set, Djokovic looked set to cruise home, but Kudla managed to stall the Serbian with some fantastic shots of his own.

Kudla's efforts finally proved in vain, however, when he clipped a tame return into the net on the fourth match point.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Denis Kudla.6-3 6-2 6-2.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic - 37/18
Kudla - 22/22

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic - 13/2
Kudla - 3/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic - 7/13
Kudla - 2/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic - 67
Kudla - 67

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic - 80/54
Kudla - 55/28

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic - 93
Kudla - 56

Stan Wawrinka became the latest big name to suffer an early exit from Wimbledon as he went down to tournament debutant Reilly Opelka in the second round.

Wawrinka - who has never won Wimbledon and has now failed to reach the third round for four straight years - looked on course for a routine win after fighting back from losing the first set.

But Opelka rallied to clinch a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 victory in three hours and 13 minutes.

World number 19 Wawrinka started Wednesday's encounter on No.2 Court in sluggish fashion, with the American breaking serve in the 11th game.

Opelka could not keep up his form in the next two sets, however, but the 2015 boys' champion broke the Swiss star – seeded at 22 - again to force a fifth set.

And after Opelka held his nerve on serve to edge into a 7-6 lead, the 21-year-old made the most of three match points when Wawrinka sent a weak forehand shot into the net.

Wawrinka joins the likes of Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, in slumping out in the opening rounds.

Opelka, meanwhile, will face Robin Haase or Milos Raonic in his next match.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams must overcome a recent grand slam doubles winner in their first match together at Wimbledon.

The eye-catching team of British star Murray and American Williams boast impeccable singles credentials but have plenty to prove as a partnership and will begin with a clash against Germany's Andreas Mies and American-born Chilean Alexa Guarachi.

Guarachi is a doubles specialist who has spent much of her career on the second-tier ITF tour, but Mies was a French Open champion last month with compatriot Kevin Krawietz.

The winners of that match will tackle France's Fabrice Martin and American Raquel Atawo in round two, after the 14th seeds were given a first-round bye.

Jamie Murray teams up with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in another potent British-American combination, one that delivered grand slam success when they won the US Open together last September.

They start against Britons Joe Salisbury and Katy Dunne, with third seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski waiting in round two.

The Murray brothers feature in opposite halves of the draw so could not meet across the net until the final. Serena and Venus Williams could go head to head in the semi-finals.

Venus has never won the Wimbledon mixed doubles, unlike Serena who partnered Max Mirnyi to the title in the 1998 championships.

Venus will be looking to achieve the feat at the age of 39, pairing up with fellow American Frances Tiafoe, a 21-year-old talent, and they play the unheralded British duo of Scott Clayton and Sarah Beth Grey.

The surprise singles conqueror of Venus Williams has also entered the mixed doubles, with 15-year-old American Cori Gauff pairing up with Britain's Jay Clarke.

Gauff and Clarke tackle 42-year-old Swede Robert Lindstedt and former French Open singles champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Finland's Henri Kontinen and Briton Heather Watson won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2016 and were runners-up a year later. On their latest SW19 mission, they play Marcelo Demoliner and Abigail Spears.

Andy Murray is relishing a "great opportunity" to play mixed doubles with the legendary Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Williams will partner Murray after the likes of world number one Ashleigh Barty turned the Brit down.

Murray won the men's doubles title at Queen's Club with Feliciano Lopez on his return from hip resurfacing surgery and will team up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the All England Club.

The three-time grand slam champion is determined to make the most of his chance to link up with American great Williams - who beat Giulia Gatto-Monticone in her opening singles match at SW19 on Tuesday - in his home major.

Murray told STV: "It's a great opportunity, so I'll look forward to it.

"It's great, I'm just happy to be fit and healthy again and after what's happened in the last year or so, you don't know what's round the corner."

Murray's mother, Judy, will not be missing the chance to see her son combine with 23-time major champion Williams.

She told Radio Wimbledon: "It's tremendous. I would never have imagined that was going to happen ever, so what a wonderful opportunity.

"The public love the mixed doubles because you see a lot more smiling in mixed doubles and it's a lot of fun, but you only get mixed doubles in the grand slams so there are very few opportunities to actually play it.

"For Andy I don't think he's played mixed since the Olympics here in 2012 with Laura Robson when they got the silver medal. Maybe in the IPTL - the international tennis leagues - he may have played a little bit, but certainly not in a grand slam since 2006 when he played with Kirsten Flipkens."

Asked about his grandmother, who jokingly put herself forward as a potential doubles partner, Judy Murray said she would approve of the Serena partnership.

"She'll be absolutely glued to the telly watching that," she said.

Rafael Nadal set up an eagerly-awaited Wimbledon showdown with Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer recovered from a shaky start to reach the second round, but Sam Querrey knocked Dominic Thiem out on day two.

Nadal was labelled "super salty" by Kyrgios before the Spaniard peppered his opponents at the French Open, winning the title for a 12th time at Roland Garros last month.

Third seed Nadal eased to a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Yuichi Sugita on No.1 Court on Tuesday and will now face controversial Australian Kyrgios, who got past compatriot Jordan Thompson in five sets.

Eight-time champion Federer came from a set down to defeat Lloyd Harris 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court, while Querrey shocked French Open runner-up Thiem.

Bernard Tomic denied 'tanking' after he was dispatched 6-2 6-1 6-4 by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in only 58 minutes - the shortest men's singles match at the All England Club since 2004.

 

 

KYRGIOS READY TO 'HAVE SOME FUN' AGAINST NADAL

Kyrgios was bagelled in the fourth set by Thompson before winning the final set 6-1 in a typically unpredictable performance.

Nadal and Kyrgios have beaten each other three times in their six encounters and the world number 43 is relishing their next battle at SW19, where he came out on top in their first meeting five years ago.

"I have to come with the right attitude, I have to be willing to fight. If not, it's going to be butter for him. He's one of the best tennis players," said Kyrgios.

"I'm not going to think about it. I need to rest, recover, I have a day out, then I want to go out there and have some fun."

 

MY LEGS WEREN'T MOVING - NO EXPRESS START FROM FED

Second seed Federer was not at his imperious best in his opening match of the tournament, dropping the first set to the 86-ranked South African Harris.

Normal service was resumed as the 20-time grand slam champion got into the groove, hitting 42 winners and breaking six times to book a meeting with British outsider Jay Clarke.

"I didn't feel necessarily nervous at all during the day before. I think once I got going, just legs weren't moving and things were not happening," Federer said.

 

THIEM RUES LACK OF TIME

In consecutive seasons, Thiem has reached the French Open final and then lost his first match at Wimbledon, this time to Querrey 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-0.

And the world number four acknowledged he suffered from a lack of time on grass.

"There's still things which are not easy," the Austrian said. "Last year and this year together, I played four grass-court matches, which is not a lot at all. And the clay-court season takes a lot out of me.

"I gave everything I had physically and also mentally in the six weeks up to the end of the French Open. Then I had to take the decision to come here without any preparation."

Andy Murray's management team have confirmed the Briton will partner Serena Williams in this year's mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

Both Murray, who has already committed to playing in the men's doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert as he continues his recovery from hip resurfacing surgery, and Williams had previously teased the possibility of teaming up in a stunningly high-profile pairing.

Williams sparked laughter in a news conference on Tuesday after her opening-round singles win over Giulia Gatto-Monticone, when she was asked about playing alongside Murray and told reporters: "If you guys really want it, then maybe I'll do it."

Soon after, an adviser to Murray confirmed to Omnisport that the two-time Wimbledon champion would join forces with Williams at the All England Club.

The news is sure to spark huge interest given the respective profiles of both players.

Williams has won 23 slam singles titles and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in history, while Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon when he claimed his first title at SW19 in 2013.

While she did not confirm her partnership with Murray in her briefing, Williams, who also holds 14 slam doubles crowns and two in the mixed, did discuss their friendship.

"We're a lot alike on the court. I've always liked that about him," said the American.

"His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That's something I've always respected about him. His fitness, everything.

"To do what he's done in an era where there's so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He's actually one of the few.

"There's so many things to be admired. Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think above all that is just fantastic."

Williams' two mixed doubles titles in slams both came back in 1998, when she won at Wimbledon and the US Open alongside Max Mirnyi.

Andy Murray's management team have confirmed the Briton will partner Serena Williams in this year's mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova cited a recurrence of a tendon injury in her left forearm after withdrawing from her opening-round match at Wimbledon while trailing 5-0 to Pauline Parmentier in the third set.

Sharapova, who only recently returned from shoulder surgery, fought back from a set down against Parmentier on Tuesday but proved uncompetitive in the decider.

Explaining her withdrawal in a subsequent news conference, the 2004 Wimbledon champion said: "I've had a history of a tendon in my left forearm flaring up. It happened today in the second set.

"It's very rare that I withdraw from a match in the middle of the match. That certainly means that it's painful, yeah."

Sharapova added: "For me to withdraw ... I don't want to put anyone in that position. I'm here to play. I don't want to be in this pain.

"Next time I come here, I want to feel great. I want to do what I'm meant to be doing at the level I believe I can."

Asked when she plans to return to action, the Russian replied: "I don't know yet. It's kind of a tricky injury. I've had this before.

"I haven't really gotten a really good clarification from anyone that I've seen on what really causes it."

Ashleigh Barty insists she is feeling no added pressure at Wimbledon in her first tournament as the world number one.

The French Open champion succeeded Naomi Osaka as the WTA Tour's top-ranked player at the Birmingham Classic, with the Japanese having endured a miserable stint since her Australian Open success in January.

Osaka acknowledged ahead of Wimbledon the role of number one brought "way more stress and pressure than I could have imagined" and her poor form continued with a first-round defeat at the All England Club on Monday.

But Barty triumphed against Zheng Saisai in straight sets the following day and appears keen not to worry about her ranking.

"I think, for me, it's a little bit irrelevant," she said after the 6-4 6-2 win. "The only pressure I have is what I put on myself, making sure I'm doing all the right things, preparing in the right way.

"Ultimately, when we play our matches, we go out there and enjoy it. That's why we do all the work, all the practices, to go out there and enjoy competing."

She added: "The first round is always very tough. It took time to get used to the conditions and the beautiful court with the new roof.

"It feels incredible. It is a little bizarre [to be number one], but this sacred turf we get to play on, you have to enjoy every minute of it."

Barty will not look too far ahead, either, or allow herself to dream of a second consecutive grand slam title just yet.

"For me, it's a possibility," the Australian said. "But it's certainly not something we're thinking about.

"It's about going match by match, trying to do the best that I can in every single tennis match that we play here. If we can give ourselves the opportunity, that would be great."

Rafael Nadal will face Nick Kyrgios in the second round at Wimbledon after easing to a straight-sets defeat of Yuichi Sugita.

Nadal was broken in the first game of the match but cruised to a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory in two hours on No.1 Court.

The world number two was described by Kyrgios as "super salty" before the French Open, which Nadal won for a 12th time last month, and he will get the chance to let his tennis do the talking when they meet at SW19.

Nadal struggled with his first serve but struck 26 winners and broke six times to cruise through, nine years after winning the last of his two titles at the All England Club.

Sugita was gifted a break by three forehand unforced errors in the opening game but that was as good as it got for the 274-ranked Japanese outsider.

Nadal, disgruntled at being the third rather than second seed due to Roger Federer's grass-court prowess, saved three break points to avoid going 3-0 down before getting into his stride to take the upper hand.

The 18-time grand slam champion broke twice to take the first set and was a double break up at 3-0 in the third after Sugita was twice left to rue stray backhands. 

A dominant Nadal unleashed a thunderous forehand to end the second set and although Sugita made a fight of it in the third, he looked spent when he blasted a forehand long to trail 5-3, giving Nadal the opportunity to serve out the match with the minimum of fuss.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Rafael Nadal [3] bt Yuichi Sugita.6-3 6-1 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Nadal - 26/24
Sugita - 18/31

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Nadal - 11/2
Sugita - 4/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal - 6/15
Sugita - 1/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal - 56
Sugita - 65

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal - 78/58
Sugita - 54/50

TOTAL POINTS
Nadal - 95
Sugita - 67

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