In was an enthralling opening day of tennis games at the masters tournament in Wimbledon as the top stars got down to action.
There wasn’t much surprise in the mens category as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer easily dispatched their opponents while in the women’s category, Venus Williams and Gabriel Muguruza easily progressed while Ana Ivanovic was a shock victim to fall out in the first round.Here is the round up of the games.
No. 1 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic began his title defense at the All England Club with a straight-sets win over Britain’s James Ward on Monday. Keeping with Wimbledon tradition, Djokovic opened play on Centre Court and raced to a 6–0, 3–0 lead against No. 177th-ranked Ward. But the Londoner fought back, pushing Djokovic to save three break points for a 6-5 lead in the second set. Ward forced a second set tiebreak, but Djokovic ultimately prevailed, winning 6–0, 7–6(3), 6–4 to advance.
No. 8-seed Venus Williams and No. 9-seed Madison Keys proved why they deserve to be in the Top 10 on Monday as both American women advanced to the second round. Five-time Wimbledon champ Venus was tested by 19-year-old Croatian Vekic, who held a break lead in both sets and served for the first. But Venus prevailed, earning her 77th career win at Wimbledon with a 7–6(3), 6–4 victory. She’ll next face qualifier Maria Sakkari, who beat Saisai Zheng 6–3, 6–2 on Monday.
A new addition to the Top 10, Keys came out firing against Germany’s Laura Siegemund to win 6–3, 6–1 in 63 minutes. She plays Kirsten Flipkens next after the Belgian defeated American Nicole Gibbs 6–3, 6–1.
No. 223-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova pulled off the biggest upset of the day, knocking out No. 23-seed Ana Ivanovic in straight sets in the opening round. After she was the last to enter the main draw, beating British 19-year-old Harriet Dart in final round of qualifying, Russia’s Alexandrova blanked Ivanovic 6–2, 7–5. Alexandrova will play Anna-Lena Friedsam next, after the German beat Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-0.
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It’s only Day 1 but fans have already found their fairytale story of the tournament darling. No. 772-ranked Marcus Willis—who still lives at home with his parents and almost quit tennis earlier in the year—advanced to the second round after beating Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.No. 2-seed and 2015 finalist Garbine Muguruza got through a tough test from Italian Camila Giorgi on Monday, winning 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to advance to the second round.
No. 5-seed Simona Halep defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-1 on Monday, despite not playing any lead-up tournaments and struggling with an Achilles injury.No. 6-seed Milos Raonic is through to the second round with a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4. The Canadian is playing in his first Grand Slam since adding John McEnroe to his team.No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori also advanced on Monday, beating big-serving Australian Sam Groth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5, while No. 17-seed Gael Monfils (sporting a new haircut) lost to fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-7(4), 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.