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Friday 30 September 2016

Kerber back on the grand slam winning trail

Garbine Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza

Angelique Kerber won the "battle of the lefties" yesterday as she beat British wildcard Laura Robson 6-2 6-2 in the Wimbledon first round to notch up her first grand slam victory since hoisting the Australian Open trophy in January.

A first-round loser at Roland Garros last month, Kerber made sure she did not suffer another opening-round humiliation as she safely negotiated her way past the injury-plagued Robson.

Kerber, who lost to her British rival at the same stage at Wimbledon in 2011, never allowed Robson to gain any kind of momentum as the Briton failed to earn a single break point.

An unreturnable serve ended Robson's miserable day out on Court One, allowing the German fourth seed to book a second- round match against American Varvara Lepchenko.

French Open champion Garbine Muguruza had to work hard to transfer her punch on Paris clay to Wimbledon's grass yesterday, beating Camila Giorgi 6-2 5-7 6-4 with a performance of powerful baseline tennis.

In a match coinciding with the Spain v Italy clash at Euro 2016 in France, the Spanish world number two and her battling Italian opponent, ranked 65 places below, entertained the Centre Court with intense rallies of relentless ferocity.

Ana Ivanovic blamed a wrist injury for a surprise defeat by lowly-ranked Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova. The Serb became the highest women's seed to perish on day one, losing 6-2 7-5 to the world number 223.

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