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Bacsinszky leads rain-hit stragglers into round at Wimbledon

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 30/6/16 Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky holds tennis balls as she prepares to serve against Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum REUTERS/Paul Childs
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 30/6/16 Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky holds tennis balls as she prepares to serve against Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum REUTERS/Paul Childs

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 earlier 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.

Several other seeds arrived in the second round on Thursday.

Czech Barbora Strycova, seeded 24, beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 4-6 6-4 6-4 while American 18th seed Sloane Stephens also made it.

But there was disappointment for 31st seed Kristina Mladenovic of France who lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-3 6-3. Home hope Heather Watson returned to court at one set apiece against Annika Beck but lost a decider 12-10.

According to the Met Office the weather should remain mostly dry, if not particularly warm, for the next two days.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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