It was a day of missed opportunities at Wimbledon for James Duckworth, Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios as they played round three matches against opponents that were beatable.
First up James Duckworth and Jordan Thompson faced Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego and Belarussia’s Ilya Ivashka respectively.
World no. 27, Sonego, was probably a hard ask for Duckworth to defeat. The Italian had just come off a finals defeat at the hands of Australia’s Alex de Minaur in Eastbourne after losing the first round at Queen’s Club.
The Italian was too strong and he won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Duckworth said after the match he didn’t have a good feel for the ball.
Thompson was against the world no. 79 Ivashka who was playing for the first time at Wimbledon. From six attempts he had only been to the second round of a Grand Slam once when reaching round 2 at the 2019 Australian Open.
Thompson was looking to match his round 4 effort at the 2020 US Open after getting beyond the first round for the first time at Wimbledon.
The Belarusian was too good for Thompson winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Nick Kygios was looking good against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and he took the first set 6-2. It was then that injury struck and he quickly lost service power due to a stomach injury.
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The entertaining Australian fought on for another set but he was forced to retire at 2-6, 6-1 after just under one hour of play.
Barty and Tomljanovic advance to week two
It was left to the women to shine.
Ajla Tomljanovic got past former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, but it was not without incident.
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Tomljanovic was leading the third set 4-0, had won seven games in a row and was on track to comfortably close out the match, before Ostapenko called for a medical time-out.
“I cannot continue. I have pain,” Ostapenko old the umpire.
“You know she’s lying, right? We all know,” Tomljanovic argued to the umpire. “Are you taking into any consideration that she looked fine?”
After having a similar incident in a final a few years ago Tomljanovic was rattled, she dropped serve before recovering to win the match 4-6 6-4 6-2.
At the end of the match they both did not hold back.
Ostapenko: If you think I am faking, you can talk to the physio.
Tomljanovic: I hope you feel better.
Ostapenko: Your behaviour is terrible. You have zero respect.
Tomljanovic: Honestly, you’re the one to talk.
Ostapenko: What? So bad, so bad.
The good news for Tomljanovic is that she is into the fourth round against Britain’s world no.338 Emma Raducanu, a wildcard in her first Grand Slam.
It is the first time for her in the fourth round at Wimbledon and just the second of her career in Grand Slams. She reached the fourth round at the 2014 French Open.
Barty marched into the fourth round with a mostly solid 6-3, 7-5 win over Katerina Siniakova. It is her second appearance in the second week after also reaching the fourth round in 2019.
Back in 2019, Barty lost to Alison Riske of the USA in three sets.
Barty was made to serve out the match twice, the first time she was broken for 5-5, before breaking and then sealing the win the on the second opportunity.
Next up for Barty is Siniakova’s doubles partner and 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.