Denis Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu advance at Wimbledon

Denis Shapovalov (Si Robi, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu advanced to the next round of Wimbledon on Friday. Shapovalov of Toronto, Ontario, the 26th seed, defeated Liam Broady of Great Britain 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 in the third round, and Andreescu of Mississauga, Ontario, upset the 26th seed, Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 in the second round.

A major reason why Shapovalov won is because of his serve. He had 14 aces, compared to one for Broady. Shapovalov also broke Broady eight times in 15 opportunities, and had 50 winners compared to only 18 for the Englishman. Two areas of concern for Shapovalov however were the fact that he had 14 double faults and 60 unforced errors.

Andreescu meanwhile won 114 total points, compared to 104 for Kalinina. The Canadian who won the 2019 United States Open was extremely effective at the net, as she won 33 points, compared to only seven for Kalinina. The Ukrainian was entering Wimbledon with some momentum, as she reached the final in Rome earlier this year.

On Saturday in round three, Andreescu will face the sixth seed, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, the 2022 Wimbledon and United States Open finalist. Jabeur won their only prior meeting 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round of the 2021 National Bank Open from Montreal, Quebec.

Shapovalov, the 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist, will face Roman Safiullin of Russia, in the fourth round on Sunday. Shapovalov has won their two prior meetings, with both wins coming in Australia. Shapovalov won 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the semifinals of the 2022 ATP Cup in Sydney, and then won 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of Adelaide earlier this year.

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