Dennis Shapovalov reaches third round of Wimbledon

Denis Shapovalov (Si. Robi, Wikimedia Commons)

Dennis Shapovalov of Toronto, Ontario has reached the third round of Wimbledon for the second time in his career. On Thursday, he defeated Gregoire Barrere 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 in straight sets, and will next play Liam Broady of Great Britain. Barrere is one of two players Shapovalov has beaten at Wimbledon so far. He has also beaten Radu Albot of Moldova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.

Shapovalov is one of two Canadians left in the singles draws. On the women’s side, Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ontario is in the second round. On Thursday, Andreescu won her first round match as she defeated Anna Bondar of Hungary 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Two more Canadians won their first round match, but have since been eliminated. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario, the 2016 Wimbledon finalist, defeated Dennis Novak of Austria 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-1 in round one in the men’s draw, and Leylah Annie Fernandez of Montreal, Quebec, defeated Kateryna Baindl of Ukraine, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in round one in the women’s draw.

The big story at Wimbledon so far has been the rain. There have been several weather delays. This will be the first time that Shapovalov will have faced Broady in an ATP main draw match. Andreescu meanwhile will face the 26th seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine in round two. This is their first meeting head-to-head too.



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