Wimbledon 2023 BBC Coverage
Location: All England Club, Dates: 3rd to 16th of July
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UK’s top-ranked player, Katie Boulter, revealed her surprise as a protestor stormed the court during her initial round win at Wimbledon.
While Boulter was down 4-2 in a first-set tie-break against Australia’s Daria Saville, the protestor invaded court 18.
Upon returning, Boulter seized five consecutive points in the tie-break, eventually triumphing 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.
Several other British players, including Jodie Burrage, Arthur Fery, Heather Watson, George Loffhagen, and Sonay Kartal, were all defeated on Wednesday.
Their match began on Tuesday morning but was interrupted due to persistent rainfall, concluding more than 24 hours later.
However, another delay occurred when a Just Stop Oil protestor showered the court with confetti.
Earlier Wednesday, two additional members of the environmental group similarly disrupted court 18, throwing confetti and puzzle pieces during Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov’s victory over Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro.
After the intruder was escorted from the court in the Boulter and Saville match, the players assisted in clearing the orange confetti before resuming play. Boulter then dominated the tie-break.
Carrying this momentum into the second set, she won four of the last five games to advance to the second round for the fourth time in five years.
Despite her success on the British grass-court this season, resulting in her re-entry into the world’s top 100, Boulter arrived at Wimbledon confident about delivering a strong performance on the biggest stage.
The world number 89 player, Boulter, is now Britain’s top hope in the women’s singles, taking over from Emma Raducanu – absent from the event due to wrist and ankle surgeries. She’s the highest-ranked player in the country.
Having reached the third round for the first time last year, famously overcoming 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova in the process, Boulter will next face Bulgaria’s 99th-ranked Viktoriya Tomova for a chance to enter the last-32 round.
Burrage’s Nervous Debut on Centre Court
24-year-old Burrage seemed overwhelmed by her Centre Court debut, losing to 11th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-0 6-2 in the second round in just one hour, making her the first Brit to be eliminated on Wednesday.
Despite her disappointing loss, Burrage, who nearly quit the sport in 2020 due to injuries, can take solace in her potential rise into the world’s top 100 after the tournament.
Fery’s Gallant Defeat Wins Admiration
Playing on Court One, Fery, making his SW19 debut, was defeated 7-5 6-4 6-3 by third seed Daniil Medvedev in the first round. The 20-year-old Londoner showed resilience against the 2021 US Open champion, earning him several new admirers.
What About Other Brits?
Watson, 31, rallied inher opening match against Czech 10th seed Barbora Krejcikova but was ultimately defeated 6-2 7-5 due to a slow start. Another wildcard player, Loffhagen, resumed his first-round match against Danish sixth seed Holger Rune, and lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-2.
Kartal was overpowered 6-0 6-3 by American 25th seed Madison Keys, who recently won the Eastbourne title. Jan Choinski, British men’s number six, was set to play his second-round match against Polish 17th seed Hubert Hurkacz, but it was postponed due to rain.
The day’s scheduling was heavily impacted by rain, with many of Tuesday’s matches postponed. The third day of the Championships, which had 87 matches planned, was also disrupted with play starting almost two hours later than planned at 12:45 BST. The weather, similar to the fortunes of the British players, has been quite unpredictable so far.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wimbledon 2023 results
Who advanced to the next round in Wimbledon 2023?
British player Katie Boulter advanced to the next round of Wimbledon 2023.
Who was the protestor during Katie Boulter’s match?
The protestor was a member of the environmental group ‘Just Stop Oil’.
How did the protestor interrupt the match?
The protestor ran onto court 18 during a tie-break in Katie Boulter’s match against Daria Saville and threw confetti onto the court.
Which British players were defeated on the Wednesday of Wimbledon 2023?
The British players defeated on that Wednesday include Jodie Burrage, Arthur Fery, Heather Watson, George Loffhagen, and Sonay Kartal.
What was the result of Arthur Fery’s match against Daniil Medvedev?
Arthur Fery lost to Daniil Medvedev with a score of 7-5 6-4 6-3 in their first-round meeting.
How did the weather affect the Wimbledon 2023 matches?
Persistent rain caused several interruptions and delays, forcing some of the matches to be postponed or start later than planned.
How can I follow Wimbledon 2023?
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