By Amanda Barlow
- Andy Murray  v Yen-Hsun Lu – H2H: Murray leads 3-1
- Tara Moore [WC] v Svetlana Kuznetsova  – First meeting
WIMBLEDON, UK – Andy Murray and Tara Moore managed to escape the rain on Day 2 of The Championships.
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Andy Murray  v Yen-Hsun Lu – H2H: Murray leads 3-1
In stark contrast to his Paris campaign, Murray wasted no time in stamping his authority on Centre Court against fellow Brit Liam Broady. We could argue that all the time spent coming through his first two matches eventually cost him dear in the long run.
In the first all-British match-up at Wimbledon since Tim Henman dispatched Martin Lee in 2001, Murray was efficient, getting the job done in an hour and 43 minutes 6-2 6-3 6-4, to set up a second round encounter against Lu.
The tennis gods have pitted Murray against three Britons now in the space of three weeks, beating Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund at Queen’s on his way to an historic fifth title.
He told BBC Sport, after his win over Broady: “When we start the match we are both trying to win, but it does not make it any easier. “Liam played better as the match went on and fought through to the end and played some good stuff.”
In an Olympic year, few will forget that Lu stunned the Brit in his first ever Olympics in Beijing in the opening round with a straight sets win.
Since then though, it has been one way traffic for the Brit, including beating him at the same stage at Wimbledon the year he went on to win the whole shebang, and more recently last year in Queen’s.
Murray felt he had some good aggressive play and he will need that as Lu takes the ball early and is quick around the court, but his lapses in concentration (yes we know the irony of this!) leave him vulnerable.
Lu had to have right elbow surgery at the start of the year, and did not return to the tour until May, and has played mainly Challenger level events, except for opening round loss to Novak Djokovic at the French Open.
The glory days of stunning Murray in Beijing are but a distant memory, and this should be another straight forward win for the World No. 2.
Prediction: Murray in three sets.
Tara Moore [WC] v Svetlana Kuznetsova  – First meeting
With the weather still playing havoc with the first round, it was with some measure of pleasant surprise that we greeted a Brit going through to the second round – but not the one we all expected.
Step forward Moore, who last came to the tennis-watching public conscience with a controversial tweet about Serena Williams flu-ridden run to the French Open title, during her semi-final with Timea Bacsinszky.
That caused the Brit a whole heap of trouble – stern rebukes and even death threats.
But a year on, armed with a mental coach to help her on and off the court, the British No. 4 is making the most of British women’s tennis rude health. An ITF final at Eastbourne, the quarter-finals in Nottingham and now into the second round of Wimbledon (insert oft used prize money reminder here)!
She beat a player placed exactly 100 places above her in the rankings, with aggression and belief. She will need all of that and more when she faces Kuznetsova.
The Russian might have been expecting a tougher match against the returning Caroline Wozniacki but she was more than able to handle the Dane.
What is in Moore’s favour is that with Murray and Konta through, and the prospect of just Dan Evans who is at the start of a first set tie-break with 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, the attention may spur on to brighter things.
Moore plays an aggressive style of tennis, which is probably why she had such good runs on the early grass court season. Even her losses at Birmingham and Eastbourne were competitive with players above her in the rankings.
Kuznetsova will make things hard for her, pulling her in and has such variety, Moore will need to work hard to stay with the Russian – but Kuznetsova can be prone to unpredictability and inconsistency – perhaps confronted with a player she has not played before will work in Moore’s favour.
Prediction: Kuznetsova in two sets.
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