9th seeded Angelique Kerber played against the British hope, Heather Watson, on Centre Court on Thursday afternoon. Both players won their first round matches in straight sets with Watson, who is on the comeback trail after being away from the tour for some time because of glandular fever, playing some really good tennis again. The powerful German was just too good for her in the first set though, and raced to a 5-1 lead before the Brit got another game, to force Kerber to serve out the set, which she did with no trouble. Games went with serve in the second set until the 5th game when Kerber broke. The next three games went against serve and then Watson held the 9th game after saving 10 break points. The next two games went with serve. Watson broke a final time to take the set at 7-5. She started the decider but Kerber broke and built a 3-0 lead before the Brit got on the scoreboard. She got to 5-1 and took the set on her 4th match point.
Two players who did not make the seeds this year, but who are both playing some really good tennis, met in the second round on Court 17 – 39th ranked Italian Camila Giorgi and 44th ranked Alison Riske of the US. Riske took out Anastasia Palyuchenkova, the 26th seed in three sets, while Giorgi got past Alexandra Cadantu in straights. With both women hitting hard balls and matching each other virtually point for point, the Italian got to 5-4 with the American serving to stay in the set. Riske held and went on to take the next two games for the set at 7-5. The American’s momentum continued and she broke in the first game of the second set and took a 3-0 lead before closing out the set at 6-2.
Earlier in the day, 19th seed Sabine Lisicki, last year’s finalist, played the 50th ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. The German ran out a 6-3 7-5 winner after overcoming some stiff opposition in the second set to move into the third round.