Bublik knocked out in Wimbledon third round, Asian hopes end in Gentlemen’s singles
The first week action of Wimbledon 2021 came to a conclusion with an end to Asian hopes Gentlemen’s singles competition as Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik’s fell against 14th seeded Polish opponent Hubert Hurkacz at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, United Kingdom on Saturday.
24-year-old Bublik’s third round tie against Hurkacz lasted one hour and 24 minutes which the Kazakh lost in straight sets 36 46 26.
Hurkacz dominance during the match was evident from the fact that he converted four of the eight break points created throughout whereas Bublik could not manage to create a single break opportunity. Hurkacz won a total of 86 points against Bublik’s 62.
Ranked 38 in the world, Bublik recorded his best outing yet at The Championships this year. His previous best were first round appearances in 2017 and 2019.
His 18th ranked rival Hurkacz too bettered his Wimbledon record as he went a step ahead from his previous best of third round appearance in 2019 edition and advanced to the second week action of The Championships for the first time.
11 Asians taste victory in their respective Gentlemen’s, Ladies’ and Mixed doubles matches
In the Gentlemen’s doubles competition, Ben Mclachlan (JPN), Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK), Andrey Golubev (KAZ) have advanced to the third round along with their respective partners.
Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi along with his Mixed doubles partner Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine got a walkover in their first round tie while the Indo-British husband and wife – Divij Sharan (IND) and Samantha Murray Sharan (GBR) – journey came to a halt in the second round of Mixed doubles.
Indian experienced pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza adavanced to third round after they defeated local team of Aidan McHugh and Emily Webley-Smith.
Among the Ladies, ChineseTaipei players Latisha Chan, Chan Hao-ching and Hsieh Su-wei have stormed into Ladies’ doubles third round. Joining them in the second week ties of the Ladies’ doubles are Japanese Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama.
Sania Mirza, who has previously won the Ladies’ doubles title at The Championships in 2015 and who is making a comeback with Amercian partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands to Wimbledon after four years hiatus, fell short in her second round tie.
Results of Asian Players from Day six of Wimbledon Championships 2021:
Gentlemen’s Singles – First Round:
Hubert Hurkacz (POL)  def. Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 63 64 62
Gentlemen’s Doubles – Second Round:
Ben Mclachlan (JPN)/Raven Klaasen (RSA)  def. Dominik Koepfer (GER)/Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 26 63 64
Oliver Marach (AUT)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) def. Alexei Popyrin (AUS)/Lloyd Harris (RSA) 76 36 63
Robin Haase (NED)/Andrey Golubev (KAZ) def. Bruno Soares (BRA)/Jamie Murray (GBR)  67 63 62
Ladies’ Doubles – Second Round:
Latisha Chan (TPE)/Chan Hao-ching (TPE)  def. Elixane Lechemia (FRA)/Ingrid Neel (USA) 64 61
Asia Muhammad (USA)/Jessica Pegula (USA)  def. Makoto Ninomiya (JPN)/Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 64 64
Elena Vesnina (RUS)/Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) def. Sania Mirza (IND)/Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 64 63
Hsieh Su-wei (TPE)/Elise Mertens (BEL)  def. Misaki Doi (JPN)/Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 61 57 60
Laura Siegemund (GER)/Vera Zvonareva (RUS)  def. Kaitlyn Christian (USA)/Nao Hibino (JPN) 62 62
Ena Shibahara (JPN)/Shuko Aoyama (JPN)  def. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)/Tereza Martincova (CZE) 61 62
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE)  def. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)/Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) WO
Mixed Doubles – First Round:
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)/Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) def. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)/Ananstasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) WO
Mixed Doubles – Second Round:
Raven Klaasen (RSA)/Darija Jurak (CRO)  def. Divij Sharan (IND)/Samantha Murray Sharan (GBR) 36 76 63
Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Sania Mirza (IND) def. Aidan McHugh (GBR)/Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 63 61