Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki off to winning starts

first_imgSerena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir at the French Open for a more conservative look as she marked her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mother with a 7-5 6-3 first-round win over Arantxa Rus.The seven-times champion, who missed last year’s tournament while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, is considered by many as the woman to beat at these championships despite her lowly ranking of 181.On Monday she proved that she was not back to simply make up the numbers in the women’s field.Neither a tumble on Court One’s manicured lawn nor falling a break behind in the second set caused much alarm.As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss.She did need six match points to finish off the Dutchwoman but a netted backhand finally sealed the American’s passage into round two.”She played unbelievable today, I’ve never seen her play like that before…I didn’t play my best but I’ll get there,” Williams said soon after walking off court. WOZNIACKI STARTS STRONGCaroline Wozniacki crushed a nervous Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 6-3 on Centre Court when she opened her bid to add Wimbledon to her Australian Open crown.The Danish second seed strolled though the first set before meeting some resistance from her American opponent at the beginning of the second, finding herself a break of service down before recovering to wrap up the win in 59 minutes.advertisement”It was great just to get in and out. I didn’t have much of a turnaround from Eastbourne,” she said referring to the preparation tournament she won on Saturday.”It was nice to get on court today, win, then I have a day off tomorrow. I can enjoy a little bit of downtime,” added the 27-year-old.Wozniacki, who took her tournament tally to 29 titles at Eastbourne, said she was comfortable on grass as she looks to progress beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.”I love playing on the grass. It’s great. I love this surface,” said the former world number one, who added that her victory at Eastbourne was a more immediate boost than having won the Australian Open in January.”Right now I think Eastbourne. I just won that a couple of days ago. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well, I’m doing great,” she said.”Obviously, the Australian Open is a great booster, as well, knowing that I can do it and I’ve gone all the way in a Grand Slam. It feels great.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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