|Venue: All England Membership Dates: 3-16 July
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American teenager Coco Gauff was the primary big-name casualty at Wimbledon after dropping a high-quality match in opposition to a resurgent Sofia Kenin.
Seventh seed Gauff misplaced 6-4 2-6 6-4 within the first spherical to qualifier Kenin, who has dropped down the rankings since profitable the 2020 Australian Open.
Kenin, who has been hampered by accidents and upheaval in her teaching set-up, mentioned she felt “tremendous proud”.
High seed Iga Swiatek laid down a marker with a 6-1 6-3 win over Zhu Lin.
When the Wimbledon draw was made on Friday, Gauff being handed one of many trickiest attracts potential – in opposition to a former Grand Slam champion trying to reignite her profession – immediately caught the attention as a possible shock.
Gauff knew the hazard posed by 24-year-old Kenin and her wariness proved right as she misplaced within the first spherical on the All England Membership for the primary time.
The 19-year-old burst on to the scene at Wimbledon in 2019 when, as a 15-year-old phenomenon, she got here by way of qualifying earlier than surprising five-time champion Venus Williams on her technique to the final 16.
That success led to daring predictions of what number of Grand Slams she would go on to win and, although lifting one of many sport’s largest prizes has not but materialised, the world quantity seven was anticipated to go far at a Grand Slam match the place she has beforehand executed effectively.
Nonetheless, she was outpowered by an impressed Kenin who confirmed why she was one of many WTA Tour’s rising stars only some years in the past.
“I knew it was going to be a troublesome first spherical for me. I attempted my finest, but it surely wasn’t sufficient,” mentioned Gauff.
“I believe I’ve so much to work on if I wish to enhance from this.”
Former world quantity 4 Kenin focused Gauff’s weaker forehand and maintained an aggressive strategy all through with clear ball-striking.
“Clearly this implies so much. I really feel like this yr has been not essentially lows, however I really feel prefer it’s a comeback yr for me,” mentioned 128th-ranked Kenin, who additionally reached the Roland Garros ultimate in 2020.
“I really feel like I began off the yr effectively, I used to be taking part in effectively. I had a great feeling that this yr can be a great yr for me.”
Swiatek feeling ‘much less rusty’ at Wimbledon
Poland’s Swiatek, 22, is among the favourites for the ladies’s title however has by no means managed to transcend the fourth spherical on the grass in SW19.
Nonetheless, the French Open and US Open champion started her quest so as to add one other main on one other floor in fashion.
Within the build-up to Wimbledon, Swiatek talked about her intention to turn out to be an all-court participant and believed she is now higher ready to problem on the All England Membership than she has been in earlier years.
“Final yr was a bit bit extra difficult as a result of I felt rusty mentally, by way of the main focus tennis-wise, as a result of I did not play any matches on grass,” mentioned Swiatek, who received the junior title at Wimbledon in 2018.
“I believe this yr is far more comfy for me.”
The proof from her opening match in opposition to Chinese language world quantity 34 Zhu actually pointed to that.
Since lifting her fourth main title on the Roland Garros clay final month, Swiatek has been spending time on the trickier grass floor and reached the semi-finals of a warm-up match in Germany final week.
Swiatek withdrew from her last-four match on Friday by way of sickness, however confirmed no indicators of any after-effects as she began strongly.
After preventing off a break level within the first sport, Swiatek moved a double break up at 5-0 and, after Zhu lastly received on the board after 31 minutes to an enormous ovation, sealed the opener along with her third set level.
The second set was not as easy for the world primary. The pair exchanged breaks for 2-2 however Swiatek broke once more for 3-2 shortly earlier than they have been compelled off courtroom by rain.
Once they returned, Swiatek shortly wrapped up victory by breaking once more within the ninth sport and ending off with one other trendy winner.
Pegula by way of after being fired up by line name
Swiatek is joined within the second spherical by American fourth seed Jessica Pegula and French fifth seed Caroline Garcia.
Pegula, 29, beat fellow American Lauren Davis 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 6-3, whereas Garcia received 6-4 6-3 in opposition to one other American participant, Katie Volynets.
Like Swiatek, Pegula is a prime participant whose success has come away from the grass courts, having by no means gone previous the third spherical at Wimbledon.
In a decent battle with Forty sixth-ranked Davis the place each gamers struggled with the windy circumstances, she was unable to transform three match factors within the second-set tie-break and needed to dig deep within the decider.
Falling a break down early on, Pegula immediately put the set again on serve – after being fired up by a line-call ruling from the umpire which she thought was “considerably out”.
Pegula fought again from 30-0 to interrupt and took Davis’ serve once more for 5-3 earlier than closing out the match.
“I used to be capable of finding a bit second there the place I used to be capable of get myself going a bit bit, only for the actual fact I used to be a bit aggravated with that time, that circumstance,” she mentioned.
What else has occurred on day one?
Belarusian nineteenth seed Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Grand Slam champion and former Wimbledon semi-finalist, progressed with a 6-4 5-7 6-4 success over China’s Yue Yuan, whereas Russian eleventh seed Daria Kasatkina received 6-1 6-4 American Caroline Dolehide.
Russian twelfth seed Veronika Kudermetova reached the second spherical for less than the second time, beating Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi, 38, in a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 victory.
Together with Gauff, three different seeds fell on the opening day of the Championships.
Russian Liudmila Samsonova, seeded fifteenth, was overwhelmed 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-4) by Romania’s Ana Bogdan, earlier than China’s twenty fourth seed Zheng Qinwen misplaced to Czech Katerina Siniakova and Egyptian thirty first seed Mayar Sherif went out to Spain’s Rebeka Masarova.