Wimbledon Day 3 - headlines and sidelines

London (AFP) –


Headlines and sidelines at Wimbledon on Wednesday:

- Headlines -

+ Venus battles back to progress

+ Pliskova downs Azarenka

+ Federer faces Lacko

+ Serena closes show on Centre

+ Dimitrov's conqueror Wawrinka faces qualifier

- Sidelines -

Seeing stripes

-- The Wimbledon courts are as immaculate as ever but comparisons made by host broadcaster BBC seem to reveal they are 'stripier' this year than last, with the two shades of green contrasting more sharply.

Cunning ruse

-- Romania's Elena-Gabriela Ruse was sat down in her chair with a towel over her head during a break. But she then got up to walk to her position, and blindly walked straight into a ball boy. Taking the towel off her head, she gave a sheepish apology.

Right royal pickle

-- Top British sports stars are traditionally invited into the Royal Box on Centre Court on Saturday but face a dilemma this time around: accept the invite or stay away and watch England v Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals instead. The All England Club steadfastly refuses to show football on its public television screens.

Azarenka to the rescue

-- Jamie Murray has changed his mind and will defend his Wimbledon mixed doubles title. Andy Murray's brother won the 2017 event with Martina Hingis, who has now retired. He will pair up with two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka.

Plenty of bottle

-- Wimbledon are looking at cutting down on the single use plastic water bottles for players as the empties begin to pile up, but warn there will be no quick fix.

- Who's saying what -

"Your coach is a piece of shit. By the way."

-- A gracious Jack Sock congratulates Italy's victorious Matteo Berrettini at the net

"We drive by the queue every day to get to Wimbledon. Serious respect for your dedication to tennis."

-- Eugenie Bouchard salutes those who slept overnight to get tickets

"I have to remember, not every day, but when I'm in a bad mood, why not?"

-- Goran Ivanisevic on winning Wimbledon as a wildcard in 2001

"The people who check the kit would have looked at it. Providing it adheres to the specfications in terms of the all-white rule and the amount of measurement in terms of branding, then that's fine."

-- Mick Desmond, Wimbledon's commercial director, on Roger Federer showing off his new kit on Centre Court

- Numbers up -

100,000 -- price in pounds ($132,000, 113,000 euros) of a pair of Wimbledon debenture tickets.

237 -- kilometres per hour service from Milos Raonic against John Millman.

43 -- Agnieszka Radwanska's first round win was her 43rd victory at Wimbledon. Only the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova have more.

21 -- unprecedented number of men's and women's seeds who lost in the first round.

10 -- maximum percent of seats on Centre Court and Court One used for hospitality.

8 -- of the nine women competing who have held the world number one spot made it through to the second round, with Maria Sharapova tumbling out.

2 -- women outside the top 200 who made the second round: Britain's Katie Swan and Claire Liu of the United States.

- Royal Box watch -

After a royal-free day on Tuesday, there's a bumper crop on Wednesday. Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent; Prince Michael of Kent and his wife, plus their children Frederick and Gabriella Windsor.

Also in the posh seats:

-- Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of Prince William's wife Kate

-- US entrepreneur Larry Ellison, one of the world's richest men

-- Spain and Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique

-- Chef Michel Roux Junior