July 4, 2018 / 11:18 AM / 19 days ago

Highlights of Wimbledon day three

(Reuters) - Highlights from day three of the Wimbledon championships on Wednesday (times GMT):

1420 VENUS WILLIAMS SURVIVES DULGHERU SCARE

Five-times champion Venus Williams overcame a slow start to defeat Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1 in nearly two hours for her 89th match victory at Wimbledon.

“She played well the first set. I don’t know if I’ve ever played her before which is tough,” said Williams, who booked her place in the third round for the 18th time.

“Credit to her, she just played really well. It’s just about winning the match.”

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1400 KEYS JOINS CHORUS OF SUPPORT FOR ENGLAND WORLD CUP SIDE

American Madison Keys has backed England to bring home the World Cup after becoming a supporter of the Three Lions during their round-of-16 victory over Colombia on Tuesday.

Keys, who watched the match with Briton Laura Robson, said: “She was singing the ‘it’s coming home’ song consistently for, like, two-and-a-half hours.

“Where I am in the village I can hear the Rose & Crown. My TV was ahead of theirs, so something would happen and Laura would scream... five seconds later the whole pub would scream. I was actually into it at the end. Now I’m cheering for England.”

1344 POUILLE FALLS TO QUALIFIER NOVAK

Lucas Pouille suffered a shock defeat, going down 6-4 6-2 6-7(8) 3-6 6-2 to Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak on Court number 18. Novak, ranked 171, converted six out of 11 break points en route to victory in nearly three hours. He reached the third round of a grand slam for the first time.

1330 PLISKOVA BREAKS SECOND-ROUND JINX

Karolina Pliskova proved too strong for Victoria Azarenka in the battle of former world number ones, prevailing 6-3 6-3 in 72 minutes to enter the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

The Czech world number eight had lost in the second round at the All England Club for five straight years since 2013.

1324 RAONIC DOWNS DETERMINED MILLMAN

Milos Raonic, seeded 13th, was made to work hard against Australia’s John Millman before prevailing 7-6(4) 7-6(4) 7-6(4) in two hours 38 minutes on Court Two.

The Canadian made 39 unforced errors to Millman’s 18 but also turned up the heat when required, firing 67 winners including 34 aces to advance.

1205 AMERICAN KEYS POWERS PAST KUMKHUM

American Madison Keys kicked off her Fourth of July celebrations with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum. The U.S. Open runner-up was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2015 but has struggled to build on that in the last two years.

1200 BUZARNESCU KNOCKS OUT LOCAL HOPE SWAN

In-form Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu hardly broke sweat as she dismissed Briton Katie Swan 6-0 6-3 in one hour 14 minutes to book her place in the third round. She next faces Karolina Pliskova or Victoria Azarenka.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon

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