Wimbledon Day 3 matches to watch: Djokovic, Serena take Centre Court
LONDON – Wimbledon Day 3 features Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic on Centre Court, Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova and more. Play begins at 7 a.m. ET on ESPN. The full television and broadcast schedule can be found here. Full order of play for Tuesday can be found here.
Serena Williams makes her Centre Court debut: After opening her tournament on No. 1 Court, the five-time champion returns to Centre Court to play Hungary's Timea Babos (third match). Novak Djokovic opens play on Centre against Jarkko Nieminen, followed by Kei Nishikori, who needed five sets on Monday to beat Simone Bolelli. Nishikori plays Santiago Giraldo.
The Grigor and Maria Show: The cheeky Brits love putting Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova on the same court. The two go back-to-back on No. 2 Court on Wednesday. Dimitrov will try to stave off American Steve Johnson (first match), while Sharapova should have an easy time against No. 123 Richel Hogenkamp (second match).
Venus Williams takes on a feisty Yulia Putintseva: If you're a long-time reader of SI Tennis, you know of our penchant for the diminutive fireball from Kazakhstan. Putintseva's knack for fist-pumping, jumping and screaming in her opponent's native tongue make for entertaining viewing. But can and she (and will she?) bring that brash intensity against Venus (fourth match, No. 2 Court), who double-bageled Madison Brengle on Monday? Yes, yes she will.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands eyes an upset against Ana Ivanovic: Is the No. 6 seed, who looked sharp in her opening round win, under upset watch? Possibly. Mattek-Sands got a boost of confidence after winning three matches to qualify for the main draw. They have split their two prior meetings, with both matches going the full three sets.
Grab a seat on Court 18: It's a great line-up on the tournament's most intimate show court. Bernard Tomic opens play against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, followed by Nick Kyrgios against Juan Monaco. Then the women take over, with 18-year-old Belinda Bencic against Anna-Lena Friedsam (the German took Serena to three sets at the French Open), followed by Victoria Azarenka against former semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens.
Upset alert: CoCo Vandeweghe vs. No. 11 Karolina Pliskova.