Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 30th 2015 Contents LONDON---Serena Williams knew she had to do
Trailing 3-1 to a qualifier on the first day of Wim-
bledon, the top-ranked player was not about to drop
the opening set as she did four times during her run
to the French Open title.
"She came out so fast, I was like, Oh my God, if
I don t start I m going to be down a set. And I was
tired of being down a set," Williams said.
So the five-time champion got to work, winning
11 of 13 games to beat 113th-ranked Margarita Gasparyan
of Russia 6-4, 6-1 yesterday to extend her Grand Slam
winning streak to 22 matches as she pursues a fourth
straight major title.
Things were more straightforward for defending
men s champion Novak Djokovic, who opened play
on Centre Court and led all the way for a 6-4, 6-4,
6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.
"It s great to be back," said Djokovic, who beat Roger
Federer in last year s final. "This is the cradle of our
sport, Centre Court. It doesn t get any better than
Williams, who played the opening match on Court
1, is seeking to become the first player since Steffi
Graf in 1988 to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam,
a sweep of all four major titles in the same season.
Not only did Williams get off to another slow start,
she also got a warning for her language. In the sixth
game, she received a code violation for an audible
obscenity after sliding on the grass and falling during
But Williams was able to impose herself on an oppo-
nent making her Wimbledon debut.
"I knew she would be a good player," Williams said.
"I can t say I thought she d be that good, to be hon-
Also reaching the second round was Serena s sister,
Venus, also a five-time champion at Wimbledon. The
16th-seeded Venus recorded a double-bagel, beating
Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-0 in just over 40 minutes.
Venus, who could face Serena in the fourth round,
had 29 winners, compared to just two for Brengle.
Kohlschreiber, the highest-ranked men s player out-
side the seedings at No 33, had figured to pose a stiff
test for Djokovic, who came to Wimbledon after a
painful loss to Stan Warwinka in the French Open
final and without having played a warm-up tournament
But the Serb was rarely troubled, seizing command
with his all-court game, serving 12 aces and breaking
Djokovic was followed on Centre Court by Maria
Sharapova, who won Wimbledon title at 17 in 2004.
The fourth-seeded Russian also had a trouble-free
opener, sweeping to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Britain s
One former champion, however, bowed out on Day
1. Making his 17th and final Wimbledon appearance,
2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt saved three match points
before falling in five sets to Finland s Jarkko Nieminen,
3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9, in a four-hour battle on
The 34-year-old Hewitt has said he will retire after
next year s Australian Open. After a warm embrace
with Nieminen at the net, Hewitt went back onto the
court without his racket to acknowledge the loud ova-
tion and wave to the fans.
Wawrinka also played on Centre Court, and the
fourth-seeded Swiss looked sharp on the grass as he
beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 (3). Wawrinka
could face Djokovic in the semifinals.
Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan was extended
to five sets by Simone Bolelli on Court 1 before prevailing
6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Other men s winners
Monday included No. 7 Milos Raonic, No 9 Marin
Cilic, No 16 David Goffin, No. 17 John Isner and No.
26 Nick Kyrgios.
Women advancing to the second round included
No 7 Ana Ivanovic, No. 11 Karolina Plishkova and two-
time Australian Open champion Victoria Azerenka.
The highest-seeded player eliminated was No 9
Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who fell 6-2, 6-0 to
Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan
upset No. 24 Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
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