The Newsroom recaps the opening days of the 2016 Wimbledon tournament.
World number ones go through
World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic have started their Wimbledon campaigns with a bang. Williams, along with her sister Venus, has strolled into round two. This was Serena’s 80th Wimbledon victory, as she beat Amra Sadikovic 6-2, 6-4. Williams made 18 unforced errors but still managed to produce a convincing scoreline.
Djokovic beat Britain’s James Ward 6-0, 7-6, (7-3), 6-4. Whatever Ward gave Djokovic, Djokovic answered. The world number one will take on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino as he looks to claim his third-straight Wimbledon title.
A fairy tale story has begun
Marcus Willis, ranked 772 in the world, has won his first grand slam round. The 25-year-old Briton is through to the second round after shocking the world number 54, Lithuanian Ricardas Berankas, in straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-4. His next task is to take on one of the best, Roger Federer. Federer was very relaxed in his first round match, beating Guido Pella 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3. Federer is pressing for his eighth Wimbledon title.
Aussie powerhouses go through but Groth falls short
Samantha Stosur and Nick Kyrgios are through to the next round. Stosur eased past her competition on day one, defeating world number 93 Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3. Stosur said she felt refreshed as she prepares to face world number 63, Sabine Lisicki.
Kyrgios beat Radek Stepanek in convincing fashion 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, (9-11), 6-1. Kyrgios made headlines again with an outburst towards the umpire, accusing him of having double standards. He was given a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after losing his third set tie-breaker. Despite the violation, Kyrgios kept his perfect round one record in tact, beating Stepanek in the fourth set with a remarkable ‘through the legs’ shot. Kyrgios will take on German wildcard Dustin Brown next.
Fellow Aussie John Millman managed to go through, winning his match ‘ugly’. Millman improved his Olympic selection chances by beating Albert Montanes 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Former doubles partner of Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Groth, was beaten on day one by Japanese world number six Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. Groth has had a horror run with injuries. Eight months ago he surged to 53 in the world but with the loss has descended to 130.
Rain halts Tomic’s campaign
Bernard Tomic was well on track to round two but rain forced his entertaining match with spaniard Fernando Verdasco to be suspended. The match will resume today with Tomic serving at 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6. Rain also engulfed the late stages of day two with over 20 matches either postponed or suspended. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Marcus Willis waiting for the ball from the Wimbledon Twitter feed.