The First Round of Wimbledon ended two days later than expected

There had been tears for Alizé Cornet, who slipped to the turf and damage her leg at 5-all in the 2d set of what would end up a 6-2, 7-6 (2) loss to defending champion Elena Rybakina.

Let the document mirror that the rain-logged first spherical of Wimbledon 2023 sooner or later concluded at 3:23 p.m. nearby time on Thursday, Day four of the tournament, forty eight hours later than initially planned, when Alexander Zverev completed off his 6-4, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) victory over Dutch qualifier Gijs Brouwer.

Zverev was once supposed to begin and, naturally, finish, on Tuesday. Instead, he didn’t take the courtroom to play his first factor of the fortnight till about 17 half hours after Novak Djokovic already had made his way into the 1/3 round.

For as soon as this week, the solar used to be out at the All England Club, and the showers have been nowhere to be found.

Instead, there used to be lots of play, lots of outcomes — fifty six in all — and masses of drama, possibly none extra than in one much-hyped showdown that did now not conclude: Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray vs. two-time important finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas used to be suspended at 10:40 p.m. and will resume Friday.

Played with the roof closed at a loud Centre Court stuffed with “Let’s go, Andy! Let’s go!” chants from fans, that one was once stopped simply after Murray took a two-sets-to-one lead. Tsitsipas took the opening set 7-6 (3), however Murray took the subsequent two 7-6 (2), 6-4. Murray, 36 and with an synthetic hip, slipped and fell in the back of a baseline however arose and completed that 0.33 set simply earlier than play was once halted.

There have been tears for Alizé Cornet, who slipped to the turf and harm her leg at 5-all in the 2nd set of what would come to be a 6-2, 7-6 (2) loss to defending champion Elena Rybakina.

There have been tears for Donna Vekic, too, and she won. She got here returned from a set and 5-2 down in the 2nd to take away 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

“I used to be losing,” Vekic stated later. “Not that I used to be simply dropping — I felt like I was once getting killed.”

There was once realism for Stan Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion who is now 38, coming off years of accidents and operations, and, whilst he was once thrilled to defeat Tomás Martín Etcheverry 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, is aware of what comes next: a matchup in opposition to Djokovic, who has received seven of his men’s-record 23 most important championships at this event.

“There’s zero probability to win Wimbledon for me, I think,” Wawrinka acknowledged.

“It’s an honor to play Novak here. … Hopefully I can make a aggressive match,” he continued, “but if you will appear at current results, I don’t absolutely stand a chance.”

There was once new floor for a crew of guys who gained to attain the 1/3 spherical at the All England Club for the first time: No. 14 seed Lorenzo Musetti, qualifier Maximillian Marterer, Mikael Ymer, Quentin Halys and Roman Safiullin.

Ymer got here returned from a two-set deficit to knock off No. 9 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Two American guys caught round for the subsequent spherical with the aid of winning: No. 10 Frances Tiafoe, a semifinalist at the U.S. Open closing September, and No. sixteen Tommy Paul, a semifinalist at the Australian Open in January.

They had been joined in the 0.33 spherical through two American women, No. four Jessica Pegula and 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.

There was once acquainted disappointment at the grass-court essential match for Casper Ruud, who used to be the runner-up at three of the previous 5 majors however misplaced to British wild-card Liam Broady on Centre Court 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Ruud has by no means been previous the 2d spherical in 4 appearances at Wimbledon.

“I’m going to hold trying. I have a goal, of course, in my profession to attempt to do properly right here at some point,” stated Ruud, who was once seeded No. 4 in the men’s bracket. “It didn’t show up this year. I’ll come back. I virtually love coming here. It’s such a one of a kind place.”

There used to be the give up of the line for Anett Kontaveit. She was once the ultimate participant to lose to Serena Williams — at the U.S. Open remaining 12 months whilst ranked No. two — and stated earlier than Wimbledon she would be retiring due to the fact of a persistent horrific back.

And there used to be the state-of-the-art signal of promise from Mirra Andreeva, a 16-year-old qualifier from Russia.

Andreeva made her way into the 0.33 spherical at the 2d consecutive principal when 2021 French Open singles and doubles champion Barbora Krejcikova give up due to the fact she was once harm whilst trailing 6-3, 4-0.

“For sure, it’s now not the way I desired to win the match,” Andreeva said. “But still, I increase to the subsequent round, so I’m completely satisfied with that.”