Wimbledon 2024: Gauff and Sinner in action, Raducanu safely through – live

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Looks like they are going to close the roof on Court One, which the umpire tells Sinner will take eight minutes.

Sinner is unhappy because he is next to serve and worried that the break might break his rhythm. “What if the players agree to play now?” he asks the officials, who simply shrug back.

It is still light in SW19, but a cloudy murky day and eventually the light will fade, so the roof closing is inevitable.

Hanfmann takes the third set over Sinner!

Hanfmann is playing out of his skin, and clinches the third set after a brilliant point in which he toys with the world No 1! Hanfmann finishes with an easy volley and cups his ear to the crowd in a show of triumphant bravado. Chapeau!

Sinner leads two sets to one: 6-3, 6-4, 3-6.

Hanfmann edging closer to the third set against Sinner, who leads by two sets but trails 2-5 in the third. The German comes to the net and picks a brutal backhand off his laces to clinch game point with another sumptuous drop shot. Replays show that Hanfmann may have strained his knee with that shot, but he appears to be OK.

Sinner’s level has dropped but Hanfmann is starting to play really well here. If he can nick this set, he might have a sniff of forcing a fifth.

The Gauff train shows no sign of stopping. She won the first set 6-1 and is now 3-0 up over Dolehide in the second set. The match is just 39 minutes young and Gauff is three games away from victory.

OK, fair enough. That Raducanu shot was good, but this is play of the day. This might even be play of the year?


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I mentioned earlier that Sinner had taken a tumble on Court 1 and he seems to be struggling with a hip injury. Here is that tumble:

Jannick Sinner slips … Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images
… and hits the turf. Ouch. Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP

After cruising through the first two sets, Sinner is now 0-4 down in the third set. A very concerning period for the No 1 seed. We’ve already had enough injury withdrawals today. It would be a huge blow if Sinner can’t recover here.

An absolutely extraordinary point from Gauff against Dolehide! This must surely be point of the day! Dolehide manoeuvres herself to the net and sets herself up for an easy forehand smash. But Gauff guesses right, throws up a racket and connects! The ball loops over Dolehide into the corner! There was definitely some luck in there but Gauff showed ridiculous reflexes to get anywhere near that smash. Wow!

The No 2 seed leads 5-1 and has the double break. Dolehide serving to stay in this first set.

Order of play for Tuesday, which includes Andy Murray

Is this the biggest indication yet that the Scot will compete tomorrow?

Quick Guide

Wimbledon: Tuesday’s order of play


Centre Court (1.30pm start)

J Bouzas Maneiro (Sp) v M Vondrousova (Cz, 6)

V Kopriva (Cz) v N Djokovic (Ser, 2)

A Murray (GB) v T Machac (Cz)

No 1 Court (1pm start)

E Rybakina (Kaz, 4) v E Ruse (Rom)

R Carballés Baena (Sp) v A Zverev (Ger, 4)

I Swiatek (Pol, 1) v S Kenin (US)

No 2 Court (11am)

A Krueger (US) v J Pegula (US, 5)

A Rublev (Rus, 6) v F Comesana (Arg)

J Draper (GB, 28) v E Ymer (Swe)

O Jabeur (Tun, 10) v M Uchijima (Jpn)

No 3 Court (11am)
H Hurkacz (Pol, 7) v R Albot (Mol)

K Boulter (GB, 32) v T Maria (Ger)

C Norrie (GB) v F Díaz Acosta (Arg)

D Collins (US, 11) v C Tauson (Den)

Court Four (11am)

T Etcheverry (Arg, 30) v L Nardi (It)

R Masarova (Sp) v L Samsonova (Rus, 15)

R Safiullin (Rus) v F Cerúndolo (Arg, 26)

M Carle (Arg) v K Volynets (US)

All times BST; selected courts only.

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Jannik Sinner is motoring along very nicely against Yannick Hanfmann, despite a nasty fall on Court 1 in which the big Italian hit the deck rather hard. He’s OK though, and leads 6-3, 5-3 with Hanfmann serving to stay in the second set.

A nonchalant stretch from Jannik Sinner. Photograph: Adam Vaughan/EPA

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Coco Gauff only turned 20 three months ago, five years on from her Wimbledon debut as a 15-year-old. Last year, Gauff went out in the first round here to Sofia Kenin, but only lost four matches for the rest of the season. She has reached at least the semi-finals in each of the last three grand slams, including of course that US Open victory last September.

Gauff is the next out on Centre Court here, and she faces compatriot Caroline Dolehide.


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A good fact: this is the first Wimbledon draw with no Williams sister in since … 1996.

Liam Broady is out! He loses to Botic van de Zandschulp 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6

Another Brit bites the dust. A really sloppy performance from Broady.

Liam Broady stretches for a ball in his defeat to Van de Zandschulp. Photograph: Ella Ling/Shutterstock

Great to see Ash Barty as part of the BBC coverage. The 2021 champion here, now retired of course despite being just 28, watched Raducanu’s victory and speaks to Claire Balding.

I enjoy looking back my win in 2021. It was the moment my dream came true. I don’t remember the backhands, the forehands, I remember the emotions. It was my dream to play here on the final Saturday, and just try my best.

I’m going to play next week in the invitational and see if I’ve still got it. But I’m not planning on being on being part of the main draw here!

Everyone here wants Emma [Raducanu] to do well. A home crowd can add pressure but as long as she stays calm and plays within herself, she can do well. Looking from the outside in, we don’t always know what’s going on. But she’s fit, she’s healthy, she’s smiling.

This is a really challenging part of the season. You’re on clay, now grass, then the American hardcourts and the Olympics.

Raducanu speaks on court following her victory:

It was an incredibly difficult match. It took a lot of strength to get over the line. Thank you for everyone for helping me get through it. I only found out that I was playing Renata [Zarazua] at 10.30am, we had spent a few days preparing for Ekaterina Alexandrova [who withdrew through illness], playing against similar opponents in practice.

I was nervous. Honestly, watching the football last night. It all counts.

At Wimbledon there’s just such a great buzz. It really uplifts myself. My motivation is to keep feeling that buzz.

Emma Raducanu beats Renata Zarazua 7-6 (0), 6-3

The penultimate point of the match is arguably the point of the match. Both Raducanu and Zarazua exchange brilliant drop shots, and the former somehow shows great athleticism to pick a shot off her toes and play a cute angled winner to leave Zarazua stranded at the net. Raducanu wins the final point to secure the final game to love! David Beckham (in the Royal Box) and the rest of Centre Court rise to give Raducanu a standing ovation!

The cheer Emma Raducanu as she celebrates after winning her first round match against Renata Zarazua. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/AP

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Sloane Stephens looks in fearsome form here, despite her disappointing defeat to Raducanu at Eastbourne last week: the American is 6-3, 3-1 up against Elsa Jacquemot and looks on course to secure a first-round victory.

Remarkable that Stephens has only reached one grand slam quarter-final since 2019. She has the all-round game to really trouble the top seeds but can’t seem to put a run of results together.

Sloane Stephens dinks a shot over the net to Elsa Jacquemot. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

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Back to Centre Court: After winning the first-set tie-break, Raducanu has been trundling along in the second but finally breaks Zarazua’s serve to go 4-2 up, with the Mexican bunting a forehand just long to gift the Brit the game. Raducanu now just two games away from a first-round win.

Emma Raducanu runs to make a return to Renata Zarazua. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

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Brit watch: Greg Wood on Charles Broom’s grand slam tournament debut at the age of 26, plus Heather Watson’s straight-sets defeat to Greet Minnen.

A first glimpse of Jannik Sinner, the male world No 1, who is out on Centre Court in his first-round match against Yannick Hanfmann. With the scores at 1-1, the German forces deuce with a couple of brilliant shots that leave Sinner skating on ice, but the Italian recovers, sending down a couple of dominant serves to see out the game. Sinner holds and we are on serve at 2-1.

Give this a read: Simon Cambers charts Sinner’s rise to the top of the rankings.

Australian Open finalist Qinwen Zheng is out!

The No 8 seed is defeated by New Zealand newcomer Lulu Sun 6-4, 2-6, 4-6. What a comeback for the 23-year-old, the first New Zealand representative to play in the main draw of singles at a Grand Slam since Marina Erakovic at Wimbledon in 2017.

Out on Court 15, No 16 seed Ugo Humbert is into a fifth set with the unseeded Ukrainian Alexander Shevchenko. The Frenchman is so talented but not in a great run of form at the moment, and is in danger of repeating his first-round exit at the French Open.

Meanwhile, Liam Broady is engaged in a mammoth service game against Botic van de Zandschulp. The Brit is on his ninth deuce and is struggling to deal with the Dutchman’s aggressive bandhand, but somehow claws his way to a service hold. Gutsy play from the Stockport-born lefty. The match is all square in the third set, and on serve at 3-3.

Liam Broady flings a forehand to Botic van de Zandschulp. Photograph: Tim Ireland/EPA

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Raducanu takes the first set over Zarazua 7-6 (0)

The players change ends with Raducanu 6-0 up in the first-set tiebreak. She’s not playing particularly exciting tennis, but is applying enough pressure with her groundstrokes to force Zarazua into errors. When Zarazua does try to be aggressive, she is misfiring.

Three easy points for Raducanu gets the 21-year-old off to the perfect start in the tie-break. After each point, Raducanu releases a guttural roar, and the crowd respond. Zarazua looks like she has run out of ideas.

A Raducanu roar! Photograph: John Walton/PA

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With the scores at 15-15, a crucial point for Raducanu. A lengthy rally ends with Raducanu ripping a lovely backhand up the line, with her shot clipping the baseline with a puff of chalk. The Brit closes out the game. We’re going to a tie-break!

Raducanu, who was a break up against Zarazua, now trails the Mexican 6-5 in the first set and will have to hold serve to force a tie-break …

Madison Keys beats Martina Trevisan 6-4, 7-6.

The American will face Yafan Wang in the second round.

Madison Keys (right) is congratulated at the net by Martina Trevisan. Photograph: Adam Vaughan/EPA

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A break for Zarazua and we’re back on serve at 4-4 against Raducanu on Centre.

Naomi Osaka beats Diane Parry 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

It’s a first win at SW19 since 2018 for Naomi Osaka, battling back from 3-1 down in the deciding set to advance.

Naomi Osaka celebrates her victory with a selfie. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

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Some images for you from around SW19 …

A view across the outside courts. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images
Gaël Monfils, top, plays French compatriot Adrian Mannarino. Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP
A wagtail piper grabs a snack on Court One. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Zarazia has made a decent start to life on Centre and is 2-2 with Raducanu in the first … no she isn’t, she’s down a break at 3-2 …. while elsewhere, Osaka is now at deuce serving to Parry with the score 4-4 in the third.

Renata Zarazua flings a forehand back to Emma Raducanu. Photograph: John Walton/PA

And with that, my watch is over; Michael Butler will be along shortly to coax you through next bit of the day. Peace.


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Now Parry holds to love, spanking an ace down the T to seal the deal for 4-4 in the third, and this is getting tense. Oh yes.


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Liam Broady, back playing majors after time off injured, is a set down but a break up against Botic van de Zandschulp … no he isn’t, we’re back on serve in set two and he trails 2-6 3-3. Meantime Trevisan and Keys are 4-4 in the second, Keys having won the first, and Osaka holds to lead Parry 4-3 in the third.

Osaka holds, then a blazing forehand return down the line makes 15-30; Parry retorts with a double and a netted forehand, so that’s four breaks on the spin and 2-2 in the third!

Naomi Osaka fires off a forehand. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

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Parry consolidates to love, and Osaka is now in big trouble. Meantime, Raducanu – playing Wimbledon for the first time since 2022 – is 1-1 with Zarazua, and Keys leads Trevisan 1-0 3-2 with a break,

Again, Osaka finds herself down break points; she saves the first of three with an ace down the T, the second with a beauty out wide and clean-up wrongfooting forehand, then the third with a high-kicker to the body. For all the good it does her! A forehand larruped long, then another from closer to the net with so much court to hit, and Parry is again up a break in set three at 2-1!

Parry saves one break-back point with a wrongfooting backhand down the line, Osaka vacating the area only to see the ball whammed into the corner … but a fine return, cross on the forehand, means it’s 1-1 in the third.

On Centre, Raducana and Zarazua are away, while Parry continues her hot streak and Osaka her cold; Parry breaks for 1-0 in the decider.

Emma Raducanu eyes the ball ahead of making a return to Renata Zarazua. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

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Now then! Danielle Parry sends a serve out wide, Osaka fetches it but can’t keep her line return in, and that’s now a 6-1 set apiece! I’ve not a clue what’s coming next, but a decider sounds pretty good to me.

Long-time readers of this blog will know I’ve a soft spot for Our Maddy, who’s seen players without a hint of her quality win majors in recent times. The way she collapsed against Sloane Stephens, one of her best mates, when she made the US Open final, was horrible to watch, and I’d love for her to earn herself another go. Most likely, if that happens it happens on hard, except the rest of the field prefer that surface to grass, so perhaps her best chance is here. She’s seeded to meet Gauff in the last eight – and will fancy her chances of beating Paolini in round four, should she have to.

Keys has made a circumspect start against Trevisan, hitting just four winners in the opening set … but she takes it 6-4 with a late break, and I’d expect shoulders to open from here.

Madison Keys stretches for a return. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

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Excellent from Parry, who follows a key hold with a break and consolidation; she now leads 3-1 in the second, having lost the first 6-1.

Alcaraz credits his opponent for playing a good match and notes that his opponent will improve … and is his age. Which of course reminds us how absurdly brilliant he is, not just for anyone but for an almost-child. He thinks Centre Court is the most beautiful in the world – I wonder if he’ll have changed his mind by New York, Melbourne next year and so on – but admits he wasn’t just nervous stepping out today, but yesterday in practice, which has never happened to him before.

Osaka burns more break points but she’s cracking her forehand like Del Potro, flat and nasty, so I’d expect more to be available soon enough. And Parry must be fearing the worst when she sends down a double when up advantage, but she holds for 1-0 in the second.


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Carlos Alcaraz (3) beats Mark Lajal 7-6(3) 7-5 6-2

A fine effort from the young Estonian, of whom we’ll be seeing plenty more in the future I’m sure. The champ, though, moves on, and will face Vukic of Ofner next – currently, the latter leads 9-8 in a first-set breaker.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/AP

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Alcaraz holds for 5-1 in the third, while Osaka quickly holds and breaks for a 6-1 set. She’s looking very, very strong, and the pain she probably still feels from her loss to Swiatek in Paris will be keeping her very honest.

Osaka burns three break points, then makes one on advantage count. If she can get going, I really fancy her to win this – her combination of power and touch looks more potent than anything anyone else has to offer. She leads 4-1 in the first, while Alcaraz breaks Lajal again for 4-1 in the third; it’s been a great effort from the young Estonian, but he’s not long for this match.

Matteo Berrettini beats Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3) 6-2 3-6 6-1

A good start from the 2021 finalist, but next for him it’s Hanfmann … or Sinner. If he’s at it, you never know, but most likely, the drive backhand he doesn’t have will once again kill him.


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Lajal’s made a great go of it, but Alcaraz breaks him in the opening game of set three – flipping the script, would you believe – and he now leads 2-0 1-0. Parry and Osaka are away, meanwhile, level at 1-1, likewise Trevisan and Keys.

In the royal box, there’s a right old chinwag going on … between Cliff Richard and Graeme Le Saux. Of course there is!

Jasmine Paolini (7) beats Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-5 6-3

The French Open runner-up is absolutely loving life, and she meets Greet Minnen next.

Jasmine Paolini of Italy. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

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