All the talking points, key facts and matches to watch on Saturday as the action continues at the third Grand Slam of the year.
Alex Macpherson


2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska is aiming for her 61st career victory on grass today. Of the players in this year's main draw, only Venus Williams (with 89) has won more.

Since 2012, top-seeded Angelique Kerber has made the second week of Wimbledon in alternate years: semifinalist in 2012, quarterfinalist in 2014 and runner-up in 2016. She'll be looking to break the pattern today against Shelby Rogers, whom she beat 6-4, 7-5 in their only meeting to date, in Miami in March.

Timea Bacsinszky famously retired to work in a hotel in 2013. In her first career, she played 16 Slams between 2007-12, making the third round only once (at the 2008 US Open). Since returning to main draw territory in 2014, she has reached this stage eight times out of 13 - and on four occasions progressed into the second week. The No.19 seed holds a 2-0 record against her opponent today, Agnieszka Radwanska.

Magdalena Rybarikova, Thursday's conqueror of Karolina Pliskova, faces World No.35 Lesia Tsurenko for what would be a debut in week two of Wimbledon for either woman. Their last - and only - encounter was a decade ago in a very different setting: the qualifying of an ITF $50,000 event in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Rybarikova won that 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Alison Riske won thirteen WTA Tour main draw matches on grass between 2010 and 2013 before winning a main draw match on any other surface - but the only time she has reached the second week of a Slam was at the US Open in 2013. This year, she has equalled her best Wimbledon showing of the third round in 2013-14.

Polona Hercog will play her first Slam third-round match since Roland Garros 2010, and just second overall, today. Hercog is the first Slovenian to reach this stage of Wimbledon since Katarina Srebotnik in 2006, and is playing just her fifth tournament of the year after missing eight months with scapula, knee and wrist injuries. She also has history at Wimbledon: alongside Jessica Moore, Hercog was Wimbledon girls' doubles champion in 2008. In the same year, she reached the girls' singles quarterfinals - beating Johanna Konta en route.

Polona Hercog and Jessica Moore with the Wimbledon 2008 girls' trophy (Getty)
Polona Hercog and Jessica Moore with the Wimbledon 2008 girls' trophy (Getty)

Hercog, the World No.265, plays Svetlana Kuznetsova today. The No.7 seed has not lost a match to a player outside the Top 200 since 2002, when as a 16-year-old she fell to No.260 Arantxa Parra Santonja in the qualifying of Bol - but she has lost to a player outside the Top 100 in two of her past three Wimbledons, No.102 Michelle Larcher de Brito in 2014 and No.134 Kristyna Pliskova in 2015.

The head-to-head between No.24 seed CoCo Vandeweghe and Alison Riske is all square at 4-4. Vandeweghe won their first three matches, all in US ITF events between 2008-10. Riske has come out on top of their most recent three, including a 6-4, 6-4 victory in Dubai this year, as well as their only grass-court encounter, 6-4, 7-6(5) in the Nottingham $75,000 ITF in 2011.

On the comeback trail from injury, this is the first time that Petra Martic has made the third round at more than one Slam in a year. The Croat has done it the hard way: she needed three hours and nine minutes to beat Maryna Zanevska 7-6(3), 6-7(2), 7-6(5) in the final qualifying round of Roland Garros, where she would go on to make the fourth round. Five weeks later in the final qualifying round of Wimbledon, Martic had to fend off six match points to beat Aleksandra Krunic 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 in two hours and 54 minutes. (In between, she lost in the first qualifying round of the ITF $100,000 tournament in Ilkley to Maria Sanchez.)

This is Shelby Rogers' third Wimbledon, and the first in which she has won a match. In both her previous appearances, she was beaten by a German - Andrea Petkovic via double bagel in 2015 and Sabine Lisicki last year. Today, she faces another - World No.1 Angelique Kerber.

Three women in the third round entered Wimbledon using a special ranking (the rule that freezes a player's ranking for entry purposes if she is out for over six months due to injury, illness or pregnancy): Victoria Azarenka, Magdalena Rybarikova and Petra Martic (whose special ranking enabled her to enter qualifying). Furthermore, Zarina Diyas - who also plays her third round today - originally entered the qualifying draw with a special ranking before being granted a main draw wildcard.

No.5 seed Caroline Wozniacki's opponent today is Anett Kontaveit, who is riding a seven-match winning streak after capturing the 's-Hertogenbosch title three weeks ago - and who beat Wozniacki on grass in their only previous meeting, 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of Nottingham last year.



Find out more about Magdalena Rybarikova's arduous journey back from injury as the Slovak bids to make the second week in our WTA Insider interview with her.

For the second time in three years, Heather Watson lost a third-round, three-set Centre Court heartbreaker to a former World No.1 yesterday. Jim White and Charlie Eccleshare covered her loss to Victoria Azarenka from a home perspective for The Telegraph.

When Venus Williams played her first Wimbledon in 1997, her opponent yesterday, Naomi Osaka, had not been born. Kate Battersby covers how the 37-year-old quelled the 19-year-old for

Stella McCartney has been dressing WTA Tour players since 2006, and her designs are being worn at Wimbledon this year by Garbiñe Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki. Find out more about her 'rebellion' chic at CNN.


With her unique blend of touch and power, Magdalena Rybarikova conjured up some spectacular shots in upsetting Karolina Pliskova on Thursday. Revisit them here - plus, get to know rising Estonian Anett Kontaveit ahead of her clash with Caroline Wozniacki today.