Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Alison Van Uytvanck latest score, updates from Centre Court

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Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Alison Van Uytvanck latest score, updates from Centre Court
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Wimbledon 2022- LIVE!

This wasn’t vintage Emma Raducanu for her first time gracing Centre Court but, in the end, it didn’t quite need to be.

Her rhythm was lacking – unsurprising having not played for nearly three weeks – and her unforced error count was too high at 18. Plus, she only converted four of 12 break-point chances, two of which came courtesy of double faults from her opponent.

But crucially she mustered all the necessary grit and determination to edge out Alison van Uytvanck. And positively there seemed little sign of the side strain which has kept her off court since the Nottingham Open earlier this month.

There have been infinitely more memorable matches in Raducanu’s brief career to date but the 19-year-old won’t be unduly concerned having beaten a dangerous first-round opponent 6-4, 6-4 to seal her spot in the second round.

Here’s how it all happened on Centre Court!

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Match report

18:47 , Matt Verri

This wasn’t vintage Emma Raducanu for her first time gracing Centre Court but, in the end, it didn’t quite need to be, writes Matt Majendie.

Her rhythm was lacking – unsurprising having not played for nearly three weeks – and her unforced error count was too high at 18. Plus, she only converted four of 12 break-point chances, two of which came courtesy of double faults from her opponent.

But crucially she mustered all the necessary grit and determination to edge out Alison van Uytvanck. And positively there seemed little sign of the side strain which has kept her off court since the Nottingham Open earlier this month.

There have been infinitely more memorable matches in Raducanu’s brief career to date but the 19-year-old won’t be unduly concerned having beaten a dangerous first-round opponent 6-4, 6-4 to seal her spot in the second round.

Read the full report here!

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Marching on!

18:27 , Matt Verri

Van Uytvanck 4-6 4-6 Raducanu

18:17 , Matt Verri

Nice free point to start the game for Raducanu, now just three points away from the second round.

Backhand winner from the Brit, 30-0. And Van Uytvanck then nets the forehand. 40-0 and three match points.

Game, set, match! Victory secured at the second time of asking and Raducanu is safely through at Wimbledon!

Van Uytvanck 4-6 4-5* Raducanu

18:12 , Matt Verri

Now then, all the pressure back on Van Uytvanck’s serve.

Raducanu goes for the big backhand down the line, can’t get it over the net though. 30-15.

Badly mistimed backhand from Van Uytvanck flies into the Centre Court crowd, and a brilliant return from Raducanu then has no response. Break point for the Brit!

Second serve too... double fault! It’s being challenged, but it’s long. Raducanu will serve for the match.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 *4-4 Raducanu

18:08 , Matt Verri

Big game this - if Raducanu gets broken here than Van Uytvanck will serve for the set.

The Belgian very nearly runs down a drop shot and makes the pass, but Raducanu is confident enough to let it go and watch it sail long. Forehand into the net from the Brit next point, 15-30.

Perfect time for an ace in response, before a big backhand gets Raducanu a game point.

Van Uytvanck sends the return long, that’s a really important hold.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 4-3* Raducanu

18:02 , Matt Verri

Again Van Uytvanck comes to the net, again Raducanu finds the forehand pass.

Big forehand from the Belgian this time is followed by an unforced error from Raducanu, that one frustrated her. 40-15.

Winner whipped crosscourt from Van Uytvanck, who once again edges ahead in the second set.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 *3-3 Raducanu

17:58 , Matt Verri

Raducanu steps on the backhand, Van Uytvanck can’t return. Confidence starting to flow again.

Two unforced errors from the Belgian before a slice flies long again and it’s a hold to love in no time at all.

Brit has seized the momentum back really impressively.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 3-2* Raducanu

17:54 , Matt Verri

Raducanu has turned up the aggression again, forcing Van Uytvanck to send a backhand long as she falls off balance. 0-30.

And that’s three break points, unforced error from the Belgian and the fist pump is out again from Raducanu.

One will do! Should be a comfortable overhead at the net for Van Uytvanck but she’s made a complete mess of it and Raducanu is immediately back on serve.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 *3-1 Raducanu

17:51 , Matt Verri

Couple of loose shots from Raducanu and she’s in a bit of trouble at 0-30.

Dreadful attempt at a drop shot from Van Uytvanck helps, as does the Belgian firing a backhand halfway up the net. 30-30.

That’s much better though, stoops down low at the net and produces a great volley. Break point.

Brilliant point, finished off by a forehand down the line from Van Uytvanck. She’s seized control of the second set.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 2-1* Raducanu

17:45 , Matt Verri

Van Uytvanck working Raducanu around the court, opens up the space for a forehand winner.

Raducanu then sends a couple of tame shots into the net and it’s the Belgian’s turn to secure a hold to love.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 *1-1 Raducanu

17:43 , Matt Verri

Return from Van Uytvanck is long and in barely more than a minute, Raducanu is 40-0 up.

SHOT! Forehand winner crosscourt on the run and that’s a sensational way to seal a comfortable hold to love.

Van Uytvanck 4-6 1-0* Raducanu

17:40 , Matt Verri

Forehand dispatched, Van Uytvanck has a rare chance to seal a battling hold of serve.

She does just that, as Raducanu’s lob floats just long. That was hard-fought for the Belgian, to say the least...

Van Uytvanck 4-6 *0-0 Raducanu

17:39 , Matt Verri

Double fault from Van Uytvanck, who is immediately in a bit of trouble at the start of the second set. 0-30. Backhand pass down the line is then sensational from Raducanu, three set points for the Brit.

Just as she looked to have found her range, the forehands flies just long. Two more chances though...

Second-serve return isn’t great, lands wide. 30-40. And that’s deuce, return long again. Will Raducanu live to regret those missed opportunities?

She’s got a fourth, as Van Uytvanck finds the net. Almost! The Belgian’s smash lands just on the line, skids on and Raducanu can’t get it back. Deuce again. Break point number five for Raducanu coming up, but Van Uytvanck puts the volley away.

The Brit gets a sixth chance. Into the net! Van Uytvanck desperately clinging on. She gets away with a terrible drop shot, as Raducanu nets the forehand.

Deuce number seven coming up...

Van Uytvanck 4-6 Raducanu

17:27 , Matt Verri

Backhand wide from Raducanu, and Van Uytvanck then finds the forehand winner down the line. 0-30... we’ve been here before.

Ace out wide from the Brit - perfect timing. Raducanu’s forehand is called long but it’s perfectly on the line, point will be replayed.

Hawk-Eye won’t save her this time though, two break points for Van Uytvanck! First saved with a big serve out wide, the Belgian slices it wide. More powerful groundstrokes from Raducanu, Van Uytvanck can only find the net. Deuce.

Raducanu has the chance to wrap up the net, backhand straight into the net though. Unforced error from Van Uytvanck gives the Brit a second set point.

FIRST SET RADUCANU! Had to really battle through it but that’s a brilliant start for the British number one.

Van Uytvanck 4-5* Raducanu

17:19 , Matt Verri

Maybe we’re just going to give up with holds of serve.

Raducanu runs down a drop shot, finds the backhand pass and it’s 0-30 all of a sudden. Van Uytvanck then dumps a backhand into the net, three break points Raducanu!

Long from the Belgian and it’s another break to love! Raducanu will serve for it.

Van Uytvanck *4-4 Raducanu

17:16 , Matt Verri

Forehand into the net as Van Uytvanck comes into the net - 0-30 and the pressure is straight back on Raducanu.

Slice skids on, Raducanu can’t get under it and Van Uytvanck has three chances to break straight back.

Backhand is wide from the Brit and it’s back on serve in the opening set.

Van Uytvanck 3-4* Raducanu

17:12 , Matt Verri

That’s a real gift, Van Uytvanck sends a volley miles long and it’s 0-30 Raducanu. Chance to pile the pressure ont he Belgian’s serve now.

Big first pump from Raducanu as the backhand delivers and she has two break points at 15-40.

One will do! Double fault from the Belgian and Raducanu has taken control of the opening set.

Van Uytvanck *3-3 Raducanu

17:09 , Matt Verri

Waste from Van Uytvanck, who dumps a forehand into the net off a second serve. Then tries to just put a first-serve back in play but watches it sail long instead.

Ace from Raducanu is right on the line and she levels the first set up. Going to be a tight match, that much is already clear.

Van Uytvanck 3-2* Raducanu

17:04 , Matt Verri

Wild double fault from Van Uytvanck - second serve almost hit Raducanu.

Couple of times Raducanu has sent a forehand long as she throws everything at it. Does so again, 30-15.

Another aggressive backhand in response to a second serve, just wide. Booming first serve from Van Uytvanck and it’s a relatively comfortable hold.

Van Uytvanck *2-2 Raducanu

17:00 , Matt Verri

British teenager could do with a comfortable hold of her own, to really settle into this.

Swinging ace out wide is challenged by Van Uytvanck, but it has just flicked a bit of the line. The Belgian then hooks a forehand crosscourt that lands wide.

Van Uytvanck keen to come forward when she can and she does so to good effect, but next point Raducanu seals a hold to 30.

Van Uytvanck 2-1* Raducanu

16:56 , Matt Verri

Raducanu looks for the big forehand down the line, sends it well wide though. 30-0.

Van Uytvanck shows her how it’s done with a perfect backhand winner, and then seals a comfortable hold to love with an ace.

Quite a contrast to the first two games.

Van Uytvanck *1-1 Raducanu

16:53 , Matt Verri

Another break point for Van Uytvanck, as Raducanu hammers the forehand long. Saved again but the Belgian will have another chance, as she puts away the volley at the net.

Great point from Raducanu, so aggressive and she forces the error. Deuce for a sixth time.

Tame slice into the net from Van Uytvanck. Can Raducanu now hold? Yes! It’s an absolute battle and it’s 1-1 after 17 minutes!

16:50 , Matt Verri

Nasty slice from Van Uytvanck stays so low, Raducanu can’t stretch to get it back over the net. 0-15.

Couple of easy points for the Brit but she then goes for a big second serve, doesn’t come off and it’s her first double fault of the match.

Big point coming up at 30-30, particularly with Van Uytvanck having a second serve to attack. Belgian sends the forehand wide. That’s brilliant though, forehand whipped crosscourt and finds the line perfectly. Deuce.

And now a break point for Van Uytvanck, though she lets Raducanu off the hook with an unforced error. Another marathon game! It’ll be a third deuce too, as Raducanu finds the net with forehand as she falls off balance.

Perfect drop shot, forehand there to be put away for the hold... wide! Big chance missed for Raducanu to wrap this game up. On we go...

Van Uytvanck 1-0* Raducanu

16:41 , Matt Verri

Van Uytvanck’s serve gets her out of trouble, Raducanu can’t find the return and the Belgian battles to an opening hold.

Had to work very hard for that!

16:40 , Matt Verri

Serve and volley first up from Van Uytvanck, Raducanu caught a bit off guard by that. The Brit then completely mishits a forehand long.

Couple of unforced errors though from Van Uytvanck and that’s the first fist pump of the afternoon from Raducanu, as she gets back to 30-30.

Brilliant second-serve return, great depth and it’s an early break point for the British number one. Can’t take it - space was there for the forehand but it’s into the net. Deuce.

Another unforced error gives Raducanu a second break point. Almost too aggresive, comes forward but can’t then keep the forehand in.

We’re going to deuce for a third time. Raducanu putting huge pressure on the Van Uytvanck serve.

16:35 , Matt Verri

Alison Van Uytvanck will serve first. Underway on Centre Court!

Turned into a glorious afternoon!

16:32 , Matt Verri

16:29 , Matt Verri

Here they come...

Raducanu and Van Uytvanck are out on Centre Court, warm reception as you’d expect.

Big afternoon for the Brit, can she produce the kind of fearless tennis that we became so used to last summer?

16:22 , Matt Verri

Roof is opening on Centre Court, with the sun shining over Wimbledon now. Players expected to be out in less than ten minutes.

Mixed day for the Brits so far - Cam Norrie cruised through to the second round but Jodie Burrage was beaten.

16:13 , Matt Verri

It’s time for Raducanu!

Djokovic made slightly hard work of it but he is into the second round.

Next up - Britain’s number one.

15:58 , Matt Verri

Djokovic a break up in the fourth set and just two games away from victory.

Hope Raducanu and Van Uytvanck are well underway with their warm-ups, it looks like they’ll be on court before long.

Some members of the team more committed than others...

15:48 , Matt Verri

15:37 , Matt Verri

Djokovic leads two sets to one on Centre Court, but Kwon has held serve at the start of the fourth. Not making it easy for the Serbian at all.

Raducanu vs Van Uytvanck will follow once that one is done.

Raducanu plays down injury concerns

15:32 , Matt Verri

Raducanu she is fit and raring to go ahead of getting her Wimbledon campaign underway.

The British number one has had a frustrating grass-court season up to this point, managing just seven games of tennis since the French Open. After withdrawing from her opening match in Nottingham, Raducanu has been battling a side strain and was not ready to compete at Eastbourne.

Her Wimbledon participation had been put in doubt as a result, but the 19-year-old has eased those concerns.

“I think that this week was a good buildup,” Raducanu said.

“Definitely there were moments earlier on in the week we weren’t really sure. We were sort of going to see how the week goes. But it went pretty well.”

Click here for more on that

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Been quite the year!

15:16 , Matt Verri

A year ago, Emma Raducanu was a wide-eyed teenager star struck by the game’s biggest stars, writes Matt Majendie.

One of her notable highlights from Wimbledon 12 months ago was a simple hello from the then-world No1 Novak Djokovic.

Back then, Raducanu was an unknown, fresh from having taken her A-levels and unable to play many tournaments in tennis’ lower tier because of the ongoing impact of Covid.

This time, the 19-year-old should not be short of greetings from Djokovic or the rest of the world’s leading players for that matter. But inside she said felt no less enamoured by the enormity of the occasion nor the star status of those around her this time.

Read the full story here!

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Next up on Centre Court

15:05 , Matt Verri

Raducanu will follow Novak Djokovic on Centre this afternoon, though she’ll have to wait a bit longer than expected.

The defending champion has lost the second set against Kwon Soon-woo, with it currently 6-3 3-6 1-1.

There is no action currently on the outside courts, as the rain pours down at Wimbledon.

Around the courts

14:38 , Alex Young

A few first-round results are in.

No3 seed Ona Jabeur made easy work of Mirjam Bjorklund, winning 6-1, 6-3 as no28 seed Alison Riske beat Ylena In-Albon 6-2, 6-4.

No29 seed Anhelina Kalinina had it slightly trickier against Anna Bondar, coming from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

British top Jodie Burrage went down 6-2 6-3 to Lesia Tsurenko and Maja Chwalinska run out a 6-0 7-5 winner over Katerina Siniakova.

Prediction

14:13 , Alex Young

Familiar fitness concerns over Raducanu still linger ominously and will not dissipate until she puts together a decent run of form.

This is her first time on Centre Court at Wimbledon and the pressure will be intense as she seeks to live up to her British No1 billing and reigning US Open champion status despite constant injury setbacks and scrutiny.

The road ahead is notably difficult and Van Uytvanck, the world No46, presents a tricky opening assignment. However, we’re backing Raducanu to feed off that fervent home support and get her campaign off to an impressive start.

How to watch

13:42 , Alex Young

TV channel: On Monday, the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage begins on the Red Button from 11am, with the BBC One programme commencing at 1:45pm.

Live stream: TV licence fee-payers can also stream all the tennis action live online via the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app.

Welcome

13:29 , Alex Young

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Emma Raducanu vs Alison Van Uytvanck.

The British no1 is due on after Novak Djokovic, with an estimated start time of 3.30pm.

Matt Verri is on Centre Court to guide you through all the action.

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