Murray eases, Mugu­ruza crashes, Troicki rants at Wim­ble­don

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LON­DON—Andy Murray reached the Wim­ble­don last 32 Thurs­day while Ser­ena Wil­liams’ path to a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam was eased by a shock de­feat for world num­ber two Gar­bine Mugu­ruza.

Murray, the world num­ber two and cham­pion in 2013, crushed Tai­wan’s Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, hit­ting 31 win­ners and serv­ing six aces.

He will face Aus­tralian world num­ber 67 John Mill­man for a place in the last 16.

“There were a lot of close games in the first set, but once I man­aged to hang on there I set­tled down,” Murray said.

Mugu­ruza, the French Open cham­pion and last year’s run­ner-up, lost 6-3, 6-2 to Slo­vak qual­i­fier Jana Ce­pelova, the world num­ber 124, in just 59 min­utes on Court One.

It was the same arena where the 23year-old Ce­pelova had de­feated Si­mona Halep last year, a re­sult which il­lus­trated the Slo­vak’s lik­ing for the big time — hav­ing also seen off Wil­liams in Charleston in 2014.

“I de­served to win. I’m so happy,” said Ce­pelova.

Span­ish 22-year-old Mugu­ruza was bid­ding to be­come only the eighth woman to win the French Open and Wim­ble­don back to back.

But she was un­done by 22 un­forced er­rors and hit­ting just nine win­ners in a flat per­for­mance.

“I think my en­ergy was miss­ing a lit­tle bit today. From yes­ter­day I felt al­ready a lit­tle bit tired, I think is the best word,” said Mugu­ruza.

In all, 11 seeded women ex­ited the tour­na­ment as well as six men’s seeds, the high­est of which was num­ber eight Do­minic Thiem of Aus­tria.

Thiem lost in three tie-break sets to Jiri Ve­sely of the Czech Republic.

Ser­bia’s Vik­tor Troicki made his case for the great­est Wim­ble­don rant of mod­ern times as he slipped to a five-set de­feat to Spain’s Al­bert Ramos Vi­no­las.

In­fu­ri­ated that um­pire Dami­ano Torella had over-ruled a Vi­no­las serve which was called out to de­clare it an ace, Troicki un­leashed a tirade of abuse at the Ital­ian of­fi­cial.

“You’re the worst um­pire in the world, you’re so bad,” screamed Troicki as he went match point down and he con­tin­ued in the same vein when the match con­cluded. “You’re hor­ri­ble, you know what you did. You are an id­iot.”

France’s Gilles Si­mon, who lost to Grigor Dim­itrov on Court One, was also let­ting off steam, threat­en­ing to sue the or­gan­is­ers for mak­ing him to play in the rain.

“I won’t play when it rains. I know you have com­mit­ments to TV but if I get in­jured I will sue you and I will win,” Si­mon told the um­pire before the brief shower passed on.

Poland’s third seed Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, the run­ner-up to Wil­liams in 2012, saved three match points to beat Croa­t­ian teenager Ana Kon­juh, 6-2, 4-6, 9-7.

The 18-year-old’s chal­lenge ended in tears when she needed a med­i­cal time-out at 7-7 in the fi­nal set af­ter turn­ing her an­kle badly when she stepped on the ball.

Rad­wan­ska next faces Ka­te­rina Sini­akova for a place in the last 16.

Nine­teen-year-old Belinda Ben­cic, the Swiss sev­enth seed, re­tired from her sec­ond round match against US qual­i­fier Ju­lia Boserup. Ben­cic was 6-4, 1-0 down on Court Three to the world num­ber 225 when she quit with a wrist in­jury.

Five-time women’s cham­pion Venus Wil­liams ig­nored her ex­ile to Court 18 to bat­tle past Greek qual­i­fier Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

“It’s not the ideal sched­ule for the women,” said 36-yearold Wil­liams when asked about be­ing shifted to Court 18.

“We’d like to see equal amount of matches. We don’t want more, just the same amount.”

Ger­man fourth seed and Aus­tralian Open cham­pion An­gelique Ker­ber beat Var­vara Lepchenko of the United States 6-1, 6-4.

There were also sec­ond round wins for fifth seed Halep of Ro­ma­nia and US ninth-seed Madi­son Keys.

Ja­pan’s Kei Nishikori saw off France’s Julien Ben­neteau, whose world rank­ing has sunk to 547 due to in­jury, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 and goes on to meet Rus­sia’s An­drey Kuznetsov.

Cana­dian sixth seed Mi­los Raonic brushed past An­dreas Seppi 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2.— AFP

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