Saturday’s action at Wimbledon featured a very fiesty showdown between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios (10/1 Outright) – in which the latter prevailed – while on Sunday, British duo Cameron Norrie and Heather Watson are back in focus.
Cameron Norrie v Tommy Paul
Heather Watson v Jule Niemeier
Jannik Sinner v Carlos Alcaraz
Novak Djokovic v Tim van Rijthoven
Tatjana Maria v Jelena Ostapenko
Elise Mertens v Ons Jabeur
Looking back at a tumultuous Saturday first, hot women’s favourite and world number one Iga Swiatek crashed out, going down in straight sets to Alize Cornet, who is ranked 36 places lower.
The 21-year-old from Poland saw saw her 37-match winning streak ended as she was beaten 6-4 6-2 by her French opponent. Another of the expected challengers for the top prize in the women’s draw, Coco Gauff, was also knocked out on a potentially pivotal day as fellow American Amanda Anisimova came back from a set down to beat her and subsequently reach the fourth round for the first time.
British hope Katie Boulter’s Wimbledon dream was also ended as she was easily beaten by another Frenchwoman, Harmony Tan. Boulter, enjoying her best-ever run at SW19, lost 6-1 6-1 in just 51 minutes to Tan, who will now face Anisimova in the next round.
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The evening action featured a bad-tempered third-round affair between Australian Kyrgios and Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas, with Kyrgios eventually prevailing in four sets, 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (9-7), on Court One.
Both players were warned by the umpire on several occasions with Kyrgios even calling for Tsitsipas to be defaulted at one point after he smashed a ball into the crowd when losing the second set, only just missing a spectator.
The bad blood between the pair continued in the post-match press conference when Tsitsipas made clear his frustration, even going as far as labelling Kyrgios “evil”.
He said: “He bullies opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies. I don’t like people that put other people down.
“He has some good traits in his character, as well. But he also has a very evil side to him, which if it’s exposed, it can really do a lot of harm and bad to the people around him.”
On Sunday, British pair Norrie and Watson make their last-16 Grand Slam debuts on what will be the first-ever scheduled day of play on middle Sunday, traditionally a rest day at Wimbledon.
Norrie is 4/7 to beat Tommy Paul, who is 6/4 to win, with a quarter-final place up for grabs, while Watson takes on German Jule Niemeier, who is ranked 97th in the world, 24 places higher than the Briton.
Watson is the underdog at 6/4 to win, Niemeier is available at 8/15.
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