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Wimbledon at a glance - day 2 - Tip News

Wimbledon at a glance - day 2

Wimbledon at a glance - day 2
'Face in the crowd: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen on Court 14 as she watches Britain's Harriet Dart playing against Christina McHale of the United States' - By: AFP GLYN KIRK

Wimbledon at a glance - day 2:

- Headlines -

+ Kyrgios sets up Nadal grudge match

+ Duchess of Cambridge heads for cheap seats

+ Federer hits back for victory

+ Sharapova quits in pain

+ Serena labours to beat qualifier

- Top results -

Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 5-0 - retired

Serena Williams (USA x11) bt Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) 6-2, 7-5

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 7-6 (12/10), 0-6, 6-1

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) bt Saisai Zheng (CHN) 6-4, 6-2

- Sidelines -

Life's a grass

-- Four-time champion Novak Djokovic likes to eat the Centre Court grass after winning the title.

Head groundsman Neil Stubley said the world number one had nothing to worry about by having a little nibble.

"I wouldn't eat the whole thing but the odd plant here and there is not going to cause you any issues," he said.

Royal show in the cheap seats

-- Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left the plush confines of the Royal Box to watch a British wildcard competing on the lowly outside courts.

In a rare move for a member of the royal family visiting the All England Club, Kate took her place in among the 318 regular seats on Court 14 to watch Harriet Dart take on Christina McHale.

"It's pretty cool to have royalty watching you. Such a privilege for me for her to get to see me play," said Dart, who emerged triumphant.

Mum's the word

-- Three mums played in Tuesday's first round matches on Centre Court, but only Serena Williams made it into round two. Luxembourg's Mandy Minella and Tatjana Maria of Germany bowed out.

Get on with it, Serena!

-- Sloane Stephens believes that Serena Williams will get to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title but wishes the "greatest player of all time" would do it quickly after numerous false starts.

"I want her to just get it so we can all just stop talking about it," said Stephens.

It's good not to talk

-- Australia's Alex de Minaur is working with a psychologist at Wimbledon but he'd rather keep the details to himself.

"He's Spanish, and he's a person from Alicante and has helped me for a very long time. But I feel like there's some things that can be kept to myself and a bit more private. Nowadays there is not a lot you can keep private from the media, so there is a couple of things I like to keep to myself," he said after making the second round.

All over for Sharapova

-- Maria Sharapova had to pull out with an arm injury in the third set against Pauline Parmentier. The Russian was unseeded at Wimbledon for the first time since her 2003 debut. The 2004 champion was also sent out to Court Two -- where she lost in the first round in 2013 and 2018.

- Who's saying what -

"Bono is not allowed here."

-- Britain's Johanna Konta on the possibility of bringing her pet dog to Wimbledon.

"Just played terrible." "I don't know." "Next question." "Next question." "(No answer)."

-- A somewhat less than chatty Bernard Tomic's responses to five consecutive questions. He lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in under an hour and his press conference went by rather quickly too.

"The thing that made me believe I could achieve and become who I am today is when Greece won the Euros in 2004. And also having the Olympics in 2004. It was a huge impact for me, and that's where I started really believing in myself and I saw a dream and I saw light."

-- Marcos Baghdatis as he prepares for retirement.

"Because I was getting abused when I got banned. I took it off. It's pretty simple."

-- Britain's Dan Evans on his decision to remove himself from social media while he was serving a one-year ban for cocaine use.

"It's not all butterflies and rainbows."

-- Amanda Anisimova on the challenges of a life in tennis.

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