Bacsinszky leads rain-hit stragglers into round two

Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:56pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Swiss 11th seed Timea Bacsinszky joined a clutch of stragglers who belatedly reached the second round of the women's singles at Wimbledon on Thursday as the organisers battled to get back on schedule after two days of rain delays.

Fourteen first-round matches across both singles draws were still to be completed at the start of day four as drier and brighter conditions arrived. Under normal circumstances, first- round matches should have been completed by Tuesday.

Bacsinszky, who reached the quarter-finals last year, had spent Tuesday and Wednesday twiddling her thumbs but finally took to Court Three to beat Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 6-2.

"I can get angry about it and lose energy by getting angry, or I can just accept that's like that," the 27-year-old said.

"The grand slam rhythm isn't the same as other tournaments, but I think every player competing here is what I think professional enough to be able to deal with it.

"It wasn't that easy, because I had the tension of the match on Tuesday, on Wednesday, and today. So it's kind of weird."

After the floods seen in Paris this month when a whole day was lost at the French Open, Bacsinszky said players were getting used to watching the rain fall.

"I think it has been happening all over Europe for the last -- what's happening?" she joked.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 30/6/16 Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky celebrates during her match against Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum REUTERS/Paul Childs