Anne Keothavong (GBR) v Sara Errani (ITA)(10) – 1st on No.2 Court
It’s been twenty-six years since Britain had more than one woman in round three of Wimbledon. Keothavong is one of two British women hoping to progress today but 10th seed Sara Errani, this year’s French Open runner-up, stands in her way. The Italian has been playing great tennis this year with a 35-12 win-loss record and three titles under her belt. The pair have each won one of their previous meetings but Errani comes into this match as the overwhelming favourite – Keothavong will, of course, have an outpouring of home support, but is unlikely to topple a player on top form and ranked 67 places above her.
Andy Murray (GBR)(4) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO) – 2nd on Centre Court
Murray sailed through the first round 6-1 6-1 6-4 but will be on the receiving end of the Croat’s booming serve in this clash. Karlovic may be ranked 59th in the world, but he’s no stranger to dumping out top players (he beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of Wimbledon in 2003). Murray has won all three of their previous meetings but this is the first match they’ll play on grass – an advantage for Karlovic’s mighty serve. The Brit is one of the best returners in the game so is well positioned to take on his 6ft 10in rival but will need to be on top form and serve well to triumph over his difficult opponent.
Mardy Fish (USA)(10) v James Ward (GBR) – 2nd on No.1 Court
On paper 10th seed Mardy Fish should wipe the floor with the British number two. But the American has suffered recent health problems, sitting out this year’s French Open due to heart troubles and by-passing press following his first round win over Ramirez Hidalgo due to a stomach complaint. Ward is ranked 173 in the world and a wildcard entry so few will be expecting him to progress beyond the second round, but Fish’s prior victory was far from emphatic so if the Brit plays out of his skin he could prove a real challenge for the beleaguered American.
Sam Querrey (USA) v Milos Raonic (CAN)(21)– 3rdon No.1 Court
Young Canadian Milos Raonic is the talk of tennis, with pundits and fans alike predicting a glittering future for the 21-year-old. Ranked at 22, forty two places higher than his opponent Sam Querrey, many will be tipping Raonic to progress to the third round for the first time in his career. But Querrey has had past success on grass, taking the Queen’s title in 2010 and losing in the semis this year to eventual winner Marin Cilic. Both players have booming serves well-suited to the grass court so expect a tussle to break service in what is likely to be a dogged victory for Raonic.
Elena Baltacha (GBR) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)(4) – 4th on No.1 Court
Baltacha’s build-up to Wimbledon was, in her own words, “a complete and utter nightmare”, but a flawless 6-0 third set in her first round victory over Klara Knapp provided a much-needed confidence boost. She is unlikely to keep such a clean score sheet in her second round appointment with defending champion Kvitova this afternoon, but the Czech fourth seed wobbled at the start of her first round outing on Centre Court and Baltacha will be hoping (praying) for a recurrence of those nerves. Her advantage is she’s got nothing to lose: “I can just go out there, swing and see what I can do against her.”