Wimbledon Tennis 2021 Highlights: Serena Williams retired hurt in the first set against Aliksandra Sasnovich. Roger Federer advanced to the second round after a walkover win over Adrian Mannarino. Federer had taken the first set 6-4 but Mannarino took the next two 7-6(3), 6-3 to take a two-set lead. However, Federer responded well to take the fourth set 6-2 after which Mannarino gave a walkover. Ash Barty, earlier registered a wobbly win over Carla Suarez Navvaro in her farewell Wimbledon game. Alexander Zverev, on the other hand, got an easy win over Tallon Griekspoor. Venus Williams advanced to the second round by defeating Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Roger Federer may be closing in on his 40th birthday, but ahead of the Wimbledon 2021 season, the Swiss maestro said he still believes he can challenge for a ninth Wimbledon title if he gets on a roll. Meanwhile, seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams returns to Centre Court on Tuesday to begin her latest bid for a record-tying 24th major title. Seeded No. 6, she’ll open against 100th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro faces a tough start on her return to Wimbledon following a battle with cancer when she takes on top seed Ash Barty in the first round on Tuesday. Barty is aiming to emulate her fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley by winning the grasscourt major 50 years after her idol achieved the feat and, having shaken off a string of injuries, is in no mood to let the opportunity slip.
Roger Federer advanced to the second round after he received a walkover from Adrian Mannarino. Federer and Mannarino were equal at 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-2 in the match when Mannarino pulled out.
Roger Federer loses the second set in the tiebreak against Mannarino after taking the first 6-4. Mannarino took the second set 7-6(3).
Roger Federer is back at the Centre Court of Wimbledon and with this singles appearances he set the Open Era record for most Gentlemen Singles appearances at Wimbledon.
Dan Evans seeded 22, gets the better of Feliciano Lopez 7-6(4) 6-2 7-5!
Meanwhile, Tereza Martinoca beats 28th seed Alison Riske 6-2 4-6 6-1!
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova began her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek. The Czech eighth seed was joined in the second round by Ons Jabeur, who beat Rebecca Peterson 6-2 6-1.
Greece's Maria Sakkari, returning to action for the first time since her French Open semi-final defeat, powered past Aranxta Rus of the Netherlands 6-1 6-1 in 49 minutes
Simona Halep became the latest tennis player to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics following her withdrawal from Wimbledon.
Sania Mirza started her preparation for Wimbledon 2021 and shared a snap from her training with her followers.
In the women's singles, Elise Mertens takes the first set against Harriet Dart 6-1, as Tereza Martinoca bags the first set from 28th seed Alison Riske 6-2. Maria Sakkari also gets wraps up the first set against ArantxaRus 6-1.
Over in men's singles, Denis Shapovalov takes the first set Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4.
Federer, Barty, Serena Highlight Wimbledon Day 2
Roger Federer and Serena Williams return to Centre Court to highlight Day 2 at Wimbledon.
Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty also gets her campaign started by facing Carla Suarez Navarro.
The sky is gray with rain possible later in the afternoon after a soggy opening day at the All England Club.
It's a packed schedule after 11 matches were suspended in progress because of darkness and more than 20 others were postponed on Day 1.
After Barty on Centre Court, eight-time champion Federer faces Adrian Mannarino followed by seven-time champ Williams against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Williams and Federer lost in their respective Wimbledon finals in 2019 — Williams in straight sets to Simona Halep and Federer to Novak Djokovic in an epic.
Williams is seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Federer looks to improve on his 20 major titles, a record shared with Rafael Nadal.
Order of play (Show Courts)
Centre Court (from 1.30pm)
Ashleigh Barty (1) vs Carla Suarez Navarro
Roger Federer (6) vs Adrian Mannarino
Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Serena Williams (6)
No 1 Court (1pm)
Tallon Griekspoor vs Alexander Zverev (4)
Angelique Kerber (25) vs Nina Stojanovic
Jan-Lennard Struff vs Daniil Medvedev (2)
No 2 Court
Dan Evans (22) vs Feliciano Lopez
Diego Schwartzman (9) vs Benoit Paire (not before 12.30pm – to finish, Schwartzmann leads 6-3 6-4)
Francesca Jones vs Coco Gauff (20)
Lucas Pouille vs Cameron Norrie (29)
Alize Cornet vs Bianca Andreescu (5)
No 3 Court
Mihaela Buzarnescu vs Venus Williams
Clara Tauson vs Barbora Krejcikova (14)
Fernando Verdasco vs Grigor Dimitrov (18)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (16) vs Thiago Monteiro
No 12 Court
Denis Shapovalov (10) vs Phillip Kohlschreiber
Gael Monfils vs Christopher O’Connell (not before 12.30pm – to finish, 6-4 2-6 6-6)
Nick Kyrgios vs Ugo Humbert (21)
Victoria Azarenka (12) vs Kateryna Kozlova
Belinda Bencic (9) vs Kaja Juvan
No 18 Court
Elise Mertens (13) vs Harriet Bart
Fabio Fognini (26) vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (not before 12.30pm – to finish, Fognini leads 7-6 6-2)
Kiki Bertens (17) vs Marta Kostyuk
Marin Cilic (32) vs Salvatore Caruso
Sam Querrey vs Pablo Carreno Busta (11)
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams returns to Centre Court on Tuesday to begin her latest bid for a record-tying 24th major title.
Jan-Lennard Struff upset Daniil Medvedev in Halle during the build-up to Wimbledon and will look to repeat the upset. Fourth seed Alexander Zverev plays Tallon Griekspoor.
Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic (1), Daniil Medvedev (2), Stefanos Tsitsipas (3), Dominic Thiem (4), Alexander Zverev (5), Andrey Rublev (6), Roger Federer (7), Matteo Berrettini (8), Roberto Bautista Agut (9), Diego Schwartzman (10)
Women’s Singles: Ashleigh Barty (1), Aryna Sabalenka (2), Elina Svitolina (3), Sofia Kenin (4), Bianca Andreescu (5), Serena Williams (6), Iga Swiatek (7), Karolina Pliskova (8), Belinda Bencic (9), Petra Kvitova (10)
The qualifiers of Wimbledon started on 22 June with the tournament proper beginning 28 June. The women’s singles final is scheduled to be played on July 10, with the men’s singles final to take place the following day on July 11 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Wimbledon will be available live on TV on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 2 SD and HD channels, while the tournament can be live-streamed on Disney+ Hotstar in India.