Emma Raducanu capped an excellent afternoon for British players in the singles with a successful Wimbledon debut, the 18-year-old defeating the qualifier Vitalia Diatchenko 7-6 (4), 6-0 after recovering from a 4-1 deficit in the opening set.
Raducanu also had to save break points to avoid going 5-1 down in the opener and her recovery to win it after 83 minutes drained the fight from her opponent, as she eventually ran out an easy winner.
Raducanu is the only British woman left in the singles and will now take on Marketa Vondrousova, a former finalist at the French Open, for a place in the third round.
Dan Evans, meanwhile, was the first British player into the third round of the men’s singles as Cameron Norrie advanced to round two, having benefited from some erratic shot-making at vital moments by his opponent, Lucas Pouille, on the way to a four-set success, 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2, 7-5.
Resuming a set down after a rain delay on Tuesday, Norrie was forced to work hard to take the second set 7-5 and the third was also finely balanced before Pouille embarked on a disastrous run of just three points from 18, including several mis-hits and a lame drop shot at 0-30 which immediately led to a break to love.
That left him a set behind and, though he fought his way to a 4-2 lead in the fourth, Norrie’s brilliant running forehand pass down the line in the eighth game set up the first of three break points, the third of which was taken bloodlessly as Pouille double-faulted.
“My level stayed very consistent throughout,” Norrie said, before adding with a hint of understatement: “I think his had a lot of ups and downs.”
Norrie will now meet the Australian Alex Bolt, a wild card, as he attempts to advance to the third round for the first time. “Today I made a conscious decision to be a little bit more calm on the court [and] really enjoy it out there,” he said. “In those tough moments I feel good and comfortable. I think that’s why I’m doing better this year. I’m executing in those scenarios.”
Evans had little trouble easing past Dusan Lajovic on No 1 Court, running out a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 winner barely 24 hours after a similar stroll against Feliciano López. The only minor blip came as he failed to serve out the match at the first attempt but he made no mistake in his next service game to advance to the third round for the third time in his career.
A career-best advance into the second week is the next task now, with either the unseeded Seb Korda or the qualifier Antoine Hoang next up for the British No 1 tomorrow.
Liam Broady, however, could not build on a bright start against Diego Schwartzman, the No 9 seed, going down in four sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 despite rallying from 4-1 down to 4-4 in the concluding set. Samantha Murray Sharan, meanwhile, went out in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to Sorana Cirstea.