University of Stirling graduate wins second round match at Wimbledon

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Tennis player Maia Lumsden hitting backhand shot
Former University of Stirling tennis scholar Maia Lumsden.

Former University of Stirling tennis scholar Maia Lumsden continues to make excellent progress at this year's Wimbledon - winning her second round match in the Ladies' Doubles.

After knocking out the 11th seeds in the first round, Lumsden and partner Naiktha Bains beat Magda Linette, of Poland, and Bernarda Pera, of the USA, in straight sets on court 17 on Sunday afternoon. The Brits won 6-4, 6-4.

Lumsden - who graduated with a BA Sports Studies in 2022 - and Bains were given wildcards to this year's championship at SW19. 

David Bond, Head of Performance Sport at Stirling - Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence, said: "Congratulations to Maia and Naiktha on a fantastic start to their Wimbledon campaign.

"We're delighted to see Maia's continued success and wish her and Naiktha all the best in the third round."

Lumsden and Bains beat 11th seeds Anna Danilina, of Kazakhstan, and Yifan Xu, of China, in a dramatic first round encounter on court seven on Thursday. After losing the first set, Lumsden and Bains won the second to send the match to a final set.

The two pairs couldn't be separated and, with the third set at six all, the match was decided by a tie break. The Brits fought back from 6-1 down in the tiebreak to nine all, with Lumsden delivering a stunning cross court effort to give them the lead, before they secured the match - winning 11-9.

Lumsden and Bains will now take on Slovakia's Viktoria Hruncakova and Tereza Mihalikova in the third round, as they seek to win a quarter final place.

Former Stirling student Jonny O'Mara will play later today (Sunday), as he and fellow Brit Liam Broady take on Francisco Cabral, of Portugal, and Rafael Matos, of Brazil, in the first round of the Men's Doubles.

O'Mara and Olivia Nicholls will also compete in the second round of the Mixed Doubles, following their win against Edouard Roger-Vasselin, of France, and Kirsten Flipkens, of Belgium.

Former Stirling student Gordon Reid will also compete at Wimbledon this week - in the wheelchair singles and doubles.

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