Wimbledon: Venus Williams is out of this world and Kyle Edmund goes the extra mile – Asia Despatch

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Venus Williams showed she is out of this world and Kyle Edmund goes the extra mile to support his fellow Brits at Wimbledon… while the Wimbledon queue lives on!

  • Venus Williams is out of this world after her 90th Grand Slam appearance 
  • The Wimbledon queue lives on despite plans to axe it for this tournament 
  • Meanwhile, Kyle Edmund was on hand to lend support to his fellow Brits 











The second day of Wimbledon provided much drama as Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino both had to withdraw through injury while Britain’s Dan Evans progressed to the secon round.

Sportsmail reflects upon the moments you might have missed amid all the excitement…. 

VENUS IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

Venus Williams made her 90th appearance at a Grand Slam, extending her record for the most majors played in the open era. 

In second place is her sister Serena with 79. The 41-year-old beat Mihaela Buzarnescu, a spring chicken at 33, in three sets and will play Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the second round.

Venus Williams made her 90th appearance at a Grand Slam, extending her record for the most majors played in the open era

Venus Williams made her 90th appearance at a Grand Slam, extending her record for the most majors played in the open era

THE QUEUE LIVES ON !

There is no Wimbledon queue this year but you would not have known it by the scene on Church Road on Tuesday morning. 

Spectators with tickets were lining up halfway to Wimbledon village as the Covid protocols slowed things down at the gates. It was not helped by an oil spill which delayed the opening of the main Gate One.

The Wimbledon queue lives on despite there being no official queue at this year's tournament

The Wimbledon queue lives on despite there being no official queue at this year’s tournament

MIND THE (REDUCED) GAP

Most things at Wimbledon take at least a decade to change but this year is different. 

The 30-minute gap between matches on Centre Court — introduced on Monday with no notice and for uncertain reasons — was reduced to 20 minutes. At this rate it will be gone by tomorrow.

KYLE GOES EXTRA MILE

Kyle Edmund has been a familiar face around the grounds supporting his fellow Brits. 

The 26-year-old former world No 14 gave a positive update on the knee issues that have kept him out since last October, saying his rehabilitation is going well and he is targeting a return to the tour in the autumn. 

Kyle Edmund has been a familiar face around the grounds supporting his fellow Brits

Kyle Edmund has been a familiar face around the grounds supporting his fellow Brits

KATIE’S GOT EUROS FEVER

There is a more relaxed dress code on the practice courts but Katie Boulter was still all in white as she geared up for the big day by wearing an England shirt yesterday morning. The 24-year-old, a keen Leicester City supporter, plays No 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the second round today.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME 

Teething problems with the on-court interviews, introduced for the first time this year, as Rishi Persad’s interview with Dan Evans after his match was not fed to the crowd. Cue the exchange of: Evans: ‘Thanks to everybody for coming out.’ Man in crowd: ‘Speak up!’ Evans: ‘I SAID THANK YOU TO YOU GUYS.’

‘CRUSTY’ SCISSORS SAVE FRITZ

On Tuesday we brought you news of Taylor Fritz and his search for a barber in the SW19 bubble. 

The American took matters into his own hands, as revealed on his girlfriend Morgan Riddle’s Instagram. ‘Update: we could not find anyone in the bubble to cut Taylor’s hair,’ she wrote. ‘DIY with the crusty hotel front desk scissors.’

Taylor Fritz was unable to find anyone in the SW19 bubble to cut his hair while his girlfriend was planning on using hotel scissors

Taylor Fritz was unable to find anyone in the SW19 bubble to cut his hair while his girlfriend was planning on using hotel scissors

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