Wimbledon Championships 2021 Day 3: Order of Play and Predictions for Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, and Others

Published 06/29/2021, 11:44 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper Pool via REUTERS/Simon Bruty


Wimbledon Championships 2021 is now well underway, with players and fans getting ready for the third day of live action. While some players would begin their campaign, others will contest for a place in the third round. The latter includes five-time champions Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams, 2017 champion Gargine Muguruza, and many others.

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Due to uncertain rains on the first day of the Championships, many matches were canceled and suspended. However, with dark clouds having passed by, tempestuous matchups now find their place on the order of play.

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Novak Djokovic vs. Kevin Anderson

Inarguably, Djokovic against Anderson is the most prominent encounter of Day 3 in Wimbledon. It is a rematch of the 2018 Championships final, which effectively illustrates the significance of this match.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs

Moreover, Djokovic has a 9-2 advantage over Anderson in their head-to-head battles so far. However, it would not be easy to grab another victory of the South African as it looks on paper.

Conversely, the Serbian World No.1 will not give up his title defense straightforwardly. It would be interesting to see if Anderson comes up with an unimaginable plan.

Predictions: Djokovic def. Anderson in four sets.

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Day 3 in All England Club would also host some exciting women’s matches. One of them to look forward to is watching five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams, back on the court. The 41-year-old will take on Birmingham winner Ons Jabeur in the next round.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Toby Melville

Based mainly on their recent performances, the Tunisian might cause the American a big upset. However, the experience on the grass might come in handy for Venus in this match.

Prediction: Jabeur def. Williams in the third set.

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Furthermore, second seed Aryna Sabalenka would lock horns with home favorite Katie Boulter in the second round. In the last match, the Belarusian entertained the crowd with her fast-paced game. Let’s see how the Belarusian strives against the Wimbledon crowd.

Prediction: Sabalenka def. Boulter in straight sets.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning her first round match against Romania’s Monica Niculescu REUTERS/Toby Melville

Another interesting second-round match would transpire between 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and qualifier Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove. Chiefly, the Spaniard has had an on-off relationship with her performance this season which she would want to change in London.

On the other side, the Dutch player upset Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round. Can she do the same against the Spaniard?

Prediction: Muguruza def. Kerkhove in straight sets.

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Other matches to look out for on Wimbledon 2021 Day 3

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On the first day of the Championships, American Frances Tiafoe upset reigning French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas. He will return for a place in the third round against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. celebrates winning his first round match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Also, Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman, Roberto Bautista Agut, Kei Nishikori, and others will compete on the revered grass courts. On the women’s side, Sofia Kenin, Elina Svitolina, Iga Swiatek, Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens, and others would eye for a place in the next round.

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Let’s see who stays and whose dreams end on the third day of the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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