Kazakhstan’s Bublik knocks out 18th seed Dimitrov, joins compatriot Elena Rybakina as the only two Asian singles player to advance to Wimbledon third round
India’s Sania Mirza makes a winning return to Wimbledon after four years
The day four at the Wimbledon Championships saw a lot of action unfold and there were as many as 21 Asian players who took to the courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, United Kingdom.
Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik and Elena Rybakina are the two Asian players who have reached the third round in Gentlemen’s singles and Ladies’ singles, respectively.
Bublik knocked out 18th seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in a closely fought second round match. Bublik fired 34 aces to win the match 64 76 76.
Among the ladies, Rybakina had secured her third round appearance after triumphing over America’s Claire Liu 64 64 on day three of The Championships.
21 players in action on day four were representing six member nations of the Asian Tennis – China, Chinese Taipei, India, Japan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
In doubles, Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq with his Austrian partner Oliver Marach knocked out 13th seeded Belgian pairing of Joran Vliegen and Sander Gille to advance to round two.
While among the ladies, Indian legend Sania Mirza made big noise upon her return to the Wimbledon after four years gap. She and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-sands ousted the sixth seeded duo of Desirae Krawczyk of USA and Alexa Guarachi of Chile.
Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Arina Rodionova of Australia paired up to score a commanding upset against the second seeded team of Hungarian Timea Babos and French Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets 61 62.
On day five today at The Championships, Shelby Rogers of USA goes head on against 18th seed Kazakh, Elena Rybakina in the Ladies’ singles round three.
A unique all-Indian Mixed Doubles match, featuring Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza in one team and Wimbledon debutants Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina forming the second team, will also be played among other Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches with Asian players today.
Results of Asian Players from Day four of Wimbledon Championships 2021:
Gentlemen’s Singles – Second Round:
Aljaz Bendene (SLO) def. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 61 60 62
Jordon Thompson (AUS) def. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 75 64 57 63
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) def. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  64 76 76
Gentlemen’s Doubles – First Round:
Raven Klaasen (RSA)/Ben McLachlan (JPN)  def. Andres Molteni (ARG)/Andrea Vavassori (ITA) 67 64 64
Henri Kontinen (FIN)/Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)  def. Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Divij Sharan (IND) 76 64
Andrey Golubev (KAZ)/Robin Haase (NED) def. Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) 67 64 64
Oliver Marach (AUT)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) def. Sander Gille (BEL)/Joran Vliegen (BEL)  64 64
Ladies’ Singles – Second Round:
Paula Badosa Gibert (ESP)  def. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 64 61
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) def. Nao Hibino (JPN) 64 76
Ladies’ Doubles – First Round:
Zarina Diyas (KAZ)/Arina Rodionova (AUS) def. Timea Babos (HUN)/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)  61 62
Harriet Dart (GBR)/Heather Watson GBR) def. Kaia Kanepi (EST)/Zhang Shuai (CHN) 63 62
Ena Shibahara (JPN)/Shuko Aoyama (JPN)  def. Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 62
Desirae Krawczyk (USA)/Alexa Guarachi (CHI)  def. Sania Mirza (IND)/Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 75 63
Hsieh Su-wei (TPE)/Elise Mertens (BEL)  def. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 75 62
Viktorija Golubic (SUI)/Misaki Doi (JPN) def. Ektarina Alexandrova (RUS)/Wang Yafan (CHN) 62 26 86
Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)/Anna Blinkova (RUS) def. Zhu Lin (CHN)/Madison Brengle (USA) 63 36 61
Asia Muhammad (USA)/Jessica Pegula (USA)  def. Ankita Raina (IND)/Lauren Davis (USA) 63 62
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