LONDON (Reuters) – Highlights of the second day at Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Tuesday (all times GMT):
Nick Kyrgios, the 2014 quarter-finalist, defeated Australian compatriot Jordan Thompson 7-6(4) 3-6 7-6(10) 0-6 6-1 to stay on course for a potential second-round meeting with Rafa Nadal who plays Yuichi Sugita later.
In another marathon clash, Britain’s James Ward surrendered a two-set lead against Nikoloz Basilashvili before going down 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 8-6 to the 18th seed from Georgia.
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French Open champion Ash Barty wasted little time getting into top gear as she powered past China’s Zheng Saisai 6-4 6-2. Defending champion Angelique Kerber also proved too strong for German compatriot Tatjana Maria, winning 6-4 6-3.
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Home hope Dan Evans overcame Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 while fellow Briton Harriet Dart rallied to knock out unseeded American Christina McHale 4-6 6-4 6-4.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, seeded eighth, overcame Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4.
Earlier, Australia’s Alex De Minaur swatted aside Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-0 6-4 7-6(5) while Steve Johnson beat Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4 6-2 6-3.
American ninth seed Sloane Stephens, who had crashed out in the opening round in the previous two years, breezed past Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-2 6-4 in her tournament opener.
Also advancing to the second round were Belgium’s Elise Mertens, who beat Fiona Ferro 6-2 6-0 and China’s Wang Qiang who eased past Vera Lapko 6-2 6-2. Lesia Tsurenko, the 32nd seed, fell 6-3 6-2 to Barbora Strycova.
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Play began in bright sunshine with the temperature hovering around 19 degrees Celsius and a forecast high of 22C.
Holder Angelique Kerber begins her campaign on Centre Court against German compatriot Tatjana Maria at 1200.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by)