Andreescu out of Wimbledon after straight-set loss to Rybakina

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Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is out of Wimbledon after losing a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) decision to Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina on Thursday.

Rybakina fired four aces from Andreescu’s two and converted three of four break points.

Rybakina also won 80% of his first-serve points, while Andreescu won 65% of his.

Rybakina, 23, seeded 17th in the women’s draw, will next face China’s Qinwen Zheng, 19, in the third round of the tournament.

Andreescu, 22, advanced to the All England Tennis Club second round for the first time in her career after beating American Emina Bektas 6-1, 6-3 in Tuesday’s opener.

On the men’s side, 17th-seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., the last remaining Canadian in singles, was scheduled to face American Brandon Nakashima on Thursday.

Tsitsipas and Kyrgios will meet in the 3rd round

Former French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas is in Wimbledon third round for only the second time, setting up a meeting with Nick Kyrgios at the grass-court Grand Slam.

The fourth-seeded Greek defeated Australian Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 on Court 1. He broke Thompson in the final game to claim victory on his third match point when the Aussie sent a long shot.

It is the first time since 2018 that Tsitsipas has appeared in the third round at Wimbledon, having lost in the first round last year and in 2019. He reached the fourth round in 2018 for his best career finish at the All England Club.

Tsitsipas, who lost last year’s French Open final to Novak Djokovic, will next face Kyrgios in a hard hitting clash.

“It will be tough on grass for sure,” Tsitsipas said of facing Kyrgios. “He’s a big opponent for this surface.”

Kyrgios beat 26th-seeded Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 on Court No. 2, showing a range of shots that included 50 winners, 24 aces and a few crowd-pleasing ‘tweeners’ .

Kyrgios never faced a break point and appeared fully focused throughout the game, not getting into any major arguments with the chair umpire or the crowd – despite berating a fan for coughing during the second set.

After needing five sets to beat Paul Jubb in the first round, the volatile Australian spat in the direction of a spectator who he believed had been harassing him.

Kyrgios said his first-round match was surprisingly tough and this time “I just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good”.

Bautista Agut with COVID

Roberto Bautista Agut has withdrawn from Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 17th-seeded Spaniard was due to face Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan in the second round at the All England Club.

“I was positive for COVID-19. Fortunately the symptoms are not very serious, but I think it’s the best decision,” wrote Bautista Agut on Twitter.

Boulter ends upset

On the women’s side, Katie Boulter upset 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

The 118th-ranked British player rallied to win 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 against hardworking Pliskova, who lost last year’s final to Ash Barty.

Boulter, 25, also beat Pliskova last week in a warm-up tournament in Eastbourne for her first victory against a top-10 player. She took a 5-4 lead in the final set and converted her first match point with a winning volley.

Pliskova’s powerful serve looked far from her best throughout the match as she mixed 13 aces with eight double faults and was broken four times.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also advanced to the third round by beating Ana Bogdan 6-1, 7-6(5).

Kvitova led 5-1 in the second set and got her first match point as she served at 5-4, but converted the second when Bogdan sent a backhand into the net.

Kvitova won the title at the All England Club in 2011 and 2014. She was then attacked at home in 2016 and suffered stab wounds to her left hand. Later, she underwent surgery and needed more than five months to recover.

The 25th-seeded Czech, who entered the tournament after winning the grass tune-up at Eastbourne, will next face Paula Badosa. The fourth-seeded Spaniard defeated Irina Bara 6-3, 6-2.

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