Wimbledon: Ruthless Jabeur knocks out China's Bai in 45 minutes

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in action during her second round match against China's Zhuoxuan Bai. Photo: Reuters/Hannah Mckay

Tunisian Ons Jabeur made quick work of Chinese qualifier Bai Zhuoxuan with a 6-1 6-1 victory in 45 minutes to move into the third round at Wimbledon on Friday.

Jabeur is looking to go one step further at Wimbledon this year after losing the final in 2022 and the sixth seed was flawless with attacking shots that sent her opponent scrambling.

In front of a half-empty Court One, Jabeur barely needed to get out of third gear to outclass Bai, who struggled to match her stroke for stroke as her unforced error count climbed with every game.

Bai also slipped and fell in the opening set while chasing a drop shot but was quickly back on her feet to scattered applause.

However, Jabeur showed no mercy and sealed victory on her first match point with a deft lob at the net.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his second round match against Britain’s Andy Murray. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Tsitsipas ends Murray's hopes
Stefanos Tsitsipas fought off Andy Murray to silence a partisan Centre Court crowd with a superb 7-6(3) 6-7(2) 4-6 7-6(3) 6-4 victory in a gripping Wimbledon second-round match.

The 24-year-old Greek trailed by two sets to one after twice Wimbledon champion Murray edged ahead in three tight sets on Thursday night before Wimbledon's curfew halted play mid-battle.

As the match resumed in sparkling sunshine on Friday, fifth seed Tsitsipas showed incredible composure to edge a tense fourth set on a tiebreak after both players had been rock solid on serve, as they had been throughout the contest.

The 36-year-old Murray, who has not reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam since 2017 and underwent hip-resurfacing surgery in 2019, finally began to look weary in the fifth.

Errors began to come from his racket and Tsitsipas sensed his moment with a break in the third game -- the first time he had taken Murray's serve in the match.

Tsitsipas forged 5-3 ahead but Murray hung in to test the Greek's nerve.

Two match points went begging but at the third time of asking an ace ended Murray's dream.

Tsitsipas, who also needed five sets to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in a rain-hit first-round clash, will face Serbia's 60th-ranked Laslo Djere next as he eyes a deep run having only once reached the last 16 in 2018.

"It's never easy against Andy. Everyone loves him here. It was a very difficult game and I'm impressed how well he holds up after his hip surgeries and his level today," Tsitsipas said.

"It was nerve-racking. It was an obstacle and it's extra difficult when you've grown up watching him play on this court."

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