Wimbledon day eight: Barty, Salisbury and all you need to know


imbledon day seven ended in damp conditions and with teenager Emma Raducanu the latest British player in the singles draw bowing out of the tournament with breathing difficulties against Ajla Tomljanovic. The Australian returns to court, this time Centre, again on Tuesday and is among the stand-out late matches to watch out for.

Ash Barty v Ajla Tomljanovic

Excitement is brewing Down Under at the prospect of a first female Australian finalist since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980. Ash Barty would be an apt successor with her close connections to her countrywoman. To have aspirations to get there, she needs to come through an all-Australian quarter-final against Ajla Tomljanovic, who has impressed in her four matches but will be the clear underdog.

Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic v Lukasz Kublot/Marcelo Melo

The Croatian pairing of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic have very much been the stand-out doubles partnership in 2021 having only started their partnership at the beginning of the year. But they face a formidable obstacle against Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, who are former Wimbledon champions. On the receiving end of their final win in 2017 was none other than Pavic.

Joe Salisbury/Harriet Dart v Wesley Koolhof/Demi Schuurs

The hopes of the British pairing are evenly poised after their match was suspended because of the rain last night along with all others on the outside courts. Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart raced to a 6-2 first set but managed to win just one game in a thoroughly one-sided second set. The fans inside the All England Club will hope the overnight rain break has had the desired effect.

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