Wimbledon Sunday: Heather Watson and Novak Djokovic on Center Court as Jamie Murray and Venus Williams return | Tennis news

Heather Watson reached the fourth round for the first time in her career; Venus Williams and Jamie Murray take on Britain’s Alicia Barnett and Jonny O’Mara in the mixed doubles; Novak Djokovic will look to continue his winning streak at Wimbledon when he faces Tim van Reithoven

Last update: 02/07/22 22:36

Heather Watson is in the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time

Heather Watson is in the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time

Britain’s Heather Watson will face Germany’s Jules Niemeyer in the opening match on Wimbledon’s Center Court on Sunday.

Watson, who will be in the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career, said after beating Kaia Yuvan last time out: “Wow, what an atmosphere, there’s nowhere I’d rather play. You took my line.

“I’m so happy. Thanks to my team for pushing me and being with me through thick and thin. I play here at home, the atmosphere is everything. Please everyone come back for my fourth round!”

Watson is fighting on two fronts as she also made it to the third round of the women’s doubles alongside Harriet Dart thanks to victory over Natela Dzalamidze and Aleksandra Krunic on Saturday.

Later on Center Court on Sunday, Novak Djokovic will be looking to continue his Wimbledon winning streak – which began in 2017 – when he takes over Tim van Reithoven of the Netherlands. The top seed dropped just seven games in his third-round victory over compatriot Miomir Kecsmanovic.

Novak Djokovic hasn't lost at Wimbledon since 2017

Novak Djokovic hasn’t lost at Wimbledon since 2017

Discovery of the grass court Carlos Alcaraz features in the third game on center court, taking over Yannick Sinner who dispatched John Isner in the men’s singles third round.

On court #1, Cameron Norrie will stand up Tommy Paul following his straight set victory over Steve Johnson on Friday. For the first time in five years, there will be a Briton in the fourth round of a grass-court Grand Slam.

British flavor as Murray and Williams return to action

Venus Williams and Jamie Murray play Sunday at Wimbledon

Venus Williams and Jamie Murray play Sunday at Wimbledon

There will be three British stars in action in one match on Court #2, as Alicia Barnett and Johnny O’Mara face Venus Williams of the USA and Great Britain Jamie Murray in the second round of the mixed doubles.

Barnett said Saturday her mother, Jennifer Barnett, who died eight years ago, would have been the “loudest and proudest” on the sideline watching.

“I think she would love that and I know my dad is enjoying it and even though he’s making fun of me I know he’s very proud,” said Barnett, playing in her first Grand Slam.

“It helps you put things into perspective.

Alicia Barnett is competing in her first Grand Slam tournament

Alicia Barnett is competing in her first Grand Slam tournament

“Some days, you lose, you take it really hard, like yesterday in the women’s doubles where we lost six in the third, I really struggled to pull myself together because I really wanted to win.

“But then you realize where you are, you put it into perspective, and you think, OK, life is short, let’s make the most of where we are right now.”

Who else is in action?

Ons Jaber I will play Elise Mertens in the final match on Court No. 1 after making light work of Diane Parry on Friday while Carolyn Garcia is first on Court No. 2 Vs Marie Buzkova of the Czech Republic.

Top seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajiv Ram PLAYA Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez in the third round of men’s mixed doubles on court #3.

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