Lucie Safarova survived a big scare on Day One at Wimbledon but came back to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 against Alison Riske on Monday. Safarova was 5-4 down with the American serving in the second. However the Czech rallied back to book her place in the Ladies’ Singles Second Round.
2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova is safely through to the Second Round after downing Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-2, 6-3. Sharapova needed 38 minutes to wrap up the first set and another 44 to win the second. The Russian upped her game somewhat in the second serving two aces and hitting 16 winners, compared to zero and seven respectively in the first set.
However the 28-year old was also weaker in certain regards. Sharapova was guilty of seven unforced errors (up from five) and won just 67% of first serve points as oppose to 79% first up. The fourth seeds faces Richel Hogenkamp next.
Ana Ivanovic stormed into the next Round in just 61 minutes after a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of Yi-Fan Xu on Court 3. Ivanovic served six aces and hit 29 winners beyond the Chinese. The seventh seed will take on Bethanie Mattek-Sands next up.
Serena Williams had no problem in booking her second round spot at the All England Club thank sto a 6-4, 6-1 triumph against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia. The American used 47 minutes to take the first set against the Russian before requiring another half an hour to wrap it all up on Court 1. Williams served three sets in the first set, which was the same number of double faults committed by Gasparyan.
The 33-year old will face Timea Babos next. Lucie Safarova is the other high profile player in action on the opening day at SW19.