Rain returns to disrupt schedule at Wimbledon Tennis Open

WIMBLEDON, England – Carlos Algarz won the Wimbledon Open tennis tournament for the second day in a row. The same goes for Christopher Eubanks, Arina Sabalenka and Petra Kvitova.

Stefanos Tsitsipas won a match for the second day, but his fifth consecutive day on court.

Rain at the All England Club earlier in the week disrupted the schedule somewhat, forcing many players to be on court for the day.

On Saturday, the rain returned, delaying several games earlier in the day on outdoor courts.

Upheavals in the rankings haven’t slowed Algaraz, a 20-year-old Spaniard, ranked No. 1 and considered the next big star in men’s tennis.

Playing under the Center Court roof, Alcaraz advanced to the fourth round for the second year in a row by defeating Nicolas Zari (25th) 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5.

“Pay attention all the time,” Alcaraz told the court. “I know I’ll get opportunities.”

Last year’s United States Open champion Algarz reached the semifinals of this year’s French Open, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

Algaraz, however, came to Wimbledon having won the grass court title at Queen’s Club. He now faces 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berettini.

Berettini defeated 19th seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-6(5).

Eubanks, a 27-year-old American who is making his Wimbledon debut, defeated Christopher O’Connell 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 7-6(2).

Tsitsipas qualified for his role for the second time in the fourth round of Wimbledon by defeating Laszlo Djer 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Eubanks and Tsitsipas will then clash for a place in the quarter-finals.

Third seed Daniil Medvedev, another player back on court after a win on Friday, advanced to the fourth round for the second time with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Morton Fusovics. .

On the women’s side, second seed Sabalenka beat Anna Bilinkova 6-2, 6-3. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova defeated Natalija Stevanovic 6-3, 7-5 before the second set was stopped by rain for more than two hours.

“It was definitely a tough match, especially with the rain,” said Kvitova, who won Wimbledon titles in 2011 and 2014. “It’s not easy to deal with.”

Then, fresh rain fell early Saturday evening at the All England Club, halting all matches, including those played on Center Court and Number One Court, only two of which had indoor facilities. roof.

These matches were completed by the end of the evening, but all others were postponed, including a match between American Francis Tiafoe and 10th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (21st).

When the break came, Dimitrov had won the first two sets, 6–2, 6–3, and was down 1–2 in the third set, but was on serve.

Ending the day on Center Court, third seed Elina Rybakina defeated Britain’s Katie Boulder 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour.

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