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June 30 Tuesday: First Round

Federer, Murray, Nadal Win Openers; Kvitova Blitzes; Halep, Bouchard Stunned

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer. Photo Jan Kruger wimbledon.com

June 30 2015 ITS Staff:  London, England - Roger Federer came out with a strong performance in his Wimbledon opener with an impressive win over Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in just one hour and 7 minutes. The Swiss Maestro, who is bidding for a record eight All-England Tennis Club trophy, didn’t face a single breakpoint off his serve while hitting 26 winners to 12 unforced errors.

 

Playing on Center Court is exciting. It’s a privilege to be there. I was trying to think how many times I've played there now. I don't know. I know it's been often. Still, every time it feels like it's a special occasion, for sure,” said the No.2 seed Federer.

 

Former Wimbledon winners Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal both successfully hurdled their opening round opponents with ease on Tuesday. The 2013 champion and No.3 seed Murray defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 while tenth-seed Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 winner, stormed past fellow lefty Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-2 6-4.

Shock exit for Bouchard. Photo wimbledon.com

In women’s singles, last year’s finalist and semi-finalist were stunned in their first round matches on the second day of the Wimbledon fortnight.  

 

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard and Romania Simona Halep faced one another in the 2014 semifinal featuring two of tennis bright young stars. Bouchard then was only 20 years old, and Halep 22.

 

Bouchard won the match to reach her first Grand Slam final in the sixth major tournament of her career. Halep was the runner-up at the French Open earlier that season.

 

On Tuesday, though, Bouchard exited early against 117th-ranked qualifier Duan Ying-Ying of China 7-6(3) 6-4, while the No. 3-seeded Halep went down in defeat against 106th-ranked Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

 

Meanwhile, defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who beat Bouchard for the 2014 title, blitzed past Kiki Bertens with a 6-1, 6-0 victory in just 35 minutes. The hard-hitting lefty won 28 of 29 points on her serve. Awaiting Kvitova in the next round will be another rising star Kurumi Nara of Japan who advanced past when Magda Linette retired with the score 3-6, 6-3, 4-3.

Wimbledon Men's Singles First Round Tuesday June 30

2-Roger Federer beat Damir Dzumhur 6-1 6-3 6-3   

3-Andy Murray beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4              

10-Rafa Nadal beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-2 6-4                         

6-Tomas Berdych beat Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 7-6(5) 

12-Gilles Simon beat Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-4 7-5                       

13-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Gilles Muller 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 6-4 3-6 6-2

15-Feliciano Lopez beat Steve Darcis 6-2 7-6(4) 6-4                   

20-Roberto Bautista beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-1 6-3 7-6(6)               

23-Ivo Karlovic beat Elias Ymer 6-7(2) 6-2 6-4 7-6(2)                

25-Andreas Seppi beat Brydan Klein 6-3 6-2 6-2                        

22-Viktor Troicki beat Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3       

Pablo Andujar beat 29-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3-6 6-4 3-6 7-5 6-4        

30-Fabio Fognini beat Tim Smyczek 6-4 6-3 6-2                             

18-Gael Monfils beat Pablo Carreno 6-4 6-4 7-5    

James Ward beat Luca Vanni 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 6-3                         

Aljaz Bedene beat Radek Stepanek 7-5 1-6 4-6 6-3 6-4         

Adrian Mannarino beat Michael Berrer 6-7(4) 6-0 6-4 6-1              

Nicolas Mahut beat Filip Krajinovic 7-6(4) 6-4 3-6 7-5                 

Borna Coric beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 1-6 9-7           

Robin Haase beat Alejandro Falla 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-2               

Lukas Rosol beat Ernests Gulbis 7-6(2) 6-3 7-6(4)             

Vasek Pospisil beat Vincent Millot 7-6(2) 3-6 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-3       

Blaz Kavcic beat Yuichi Sugita 7-6(3) 6-3 7-6(5)                     

Sam Querrey beat Igor Sijsling 7-5 6-3 6-4                         

Albert Ramos beat Denis Istomin 6-2 6-2 3-2 ret.

Samuel Groth beat 31-Jack Sock 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3                       

Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Facundo Bagnis 6-4 7-6(3) 6-2            

James Duckworth beat Malek Jaziri 7-6(2) 6-2 3-6 3-6 7-5          

Dustin Brown beat Lu Yen-Hsun 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-4                        

Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Kyle Edmund 7-6(4) 6-1 6-2                 

Benoit Paire beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-4 6-3

Wimbledon Women's Singles First Round Tuesday June 30

2-Petra Kvitova beat Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-0            

Jana Cepelova beat 3-Simona Halep 5-7 6-4 6-3                   

5-Caroline Wozniacki beat Zheng Saisai 7-5 6-0                       

8-Ekaterina Makarova beat Sachia Vickery 6-2 6-4                       

10-Angelique Kerber beat Carina Witthoeft 6-0 6-0

Duan Yingying beat 12-Eugenie Bouchard 7-6(3) 6-4                  

13-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Lucie Hradecka 6-3 6-2        

15-Timea Bacsinszky beat Julia Goerges 6-2 7-5                

18-Sabine Lisicki beat Jarmila Gajdosova 7-5 6-4                

25-Alize Cornet beat Ana Konjuh 6-2 6-2                             

17-Elina Svitolina beat Misaki Doi 3-6 6-3 6-2                     

20-Garbine Muguruza Blanco beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-1

31-Camila Giorgi beat Teliana Pereira 7-6(4) 6-3                   

26-Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-4              

28-Jelena Jankovic beat Elena Vesnina 6-4 3-6 10-8                

Heather Watson beat 32-Caroline Garcia 1-6 6-3 8-6               

Olga Govortsova beat Andreea Mitu 6-1 6-1                       

Evgeniya Rodina beat Laura Robson 6-4 6-4                        

Kristyna Pliskova beat Tereza Smitkova 3-6 7-5 7-5

Monica Niculescu beat Monica Puig 5-7 6-3 6-1                

Ajla Tomljanovic beat Klara Koukalova 6-3 6-4            

Kurumi Nara beat Magda Linette 3-6 6-3 4-3 ret.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni beat Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5 6-7(5) 7-5  

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Mona Barthel 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 6-2      

Lara Arruabarrena Vecino beat Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-2             

Silvia Soler Espinosa beat Sesil Karatantcheva 2-6 6-2 7-5         

Christina McHale beat Johanna Larsson 6-3 6-2              

Casey Dellacqua beat Tamira Paszek 6-2 6-2                    

Tatjana Maria beat Bojana Jovanovski 7-6(2) 7-5                    

Denisa Allertova beat Katerina Siniakova 6-2 4-6 6-3

Elizaveta Kulichkova beat Yanina Wickmayer 3-6 7-6(6) 10-8

21-Madison Keys beat Stefanie Voegele 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4

June 29 Monday: First Round

Djokovic, Serena, Stan, Sharapova Cruise; Nishikori Battles in 5 Sets; Hewitt Bids Adieu

Defending champion Djokovic. Photo wimbledon.com AELTC

June 29, 2015 ITS Staff: London, England - Top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in straight sets 6-4 6-4 6-4 on Center Court where the Serbian won his second Wimbledon title outlasting seven-time champion Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in last year's final.

 

“It is great to be back in the cradle of our sport,” said the 8-time Grand Slam Champion. “We have this tradition that the champion opens on Centre Court. It is a privilege and an honor. It doesn’t get any bigger than Wimbledon.”

 

Recently crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka also handled his first round match with a 6-2 7-5 7-6(3) win over No.45 ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal. The Lausanne native blasted 45 winners and did not face a single break point on his serve in the one hour and 48 minute match.

wimbledon.com AELTC

Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams took one more step towards capturing all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year having earlier in the 2015 season won the Australian Open and the French Open.

 

The top-seed cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over the Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan on No.1 Court.

 

Maria Sharapova beat Johanna Konta of Britain 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the second round. The 2004 Wimbledon champion is looking to better her record at the All-England Tennis Club having failed to reach the quarterfinals seven out of the last eight years.

 

Fifth seed Kei Nishikori survived an upset scare scrambling for a five-set 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 marathon victory over big-hitting Simone Bolelli of Italy.  Last year, Nishikori also defeated Bolelli in five sets in the third round winning 6-4 in the deciding set after being forced to finish the match over two days.

 

"I knew it was going to be a tough one because we played long five sets last year here," he said. "I knew he's good on grass. Mentally I was ready, but maybe there were many ups and downs. My serve, and maybe my concentration wasn't there some moments... But I finished very strong in the end, so very happy to win today."

2002 Wimbledon champ Hewitt bids adieu. Photo wimbledon.com

Lleyton Hewitt bade farewell after playing his last match at Wimbledon. The 2002 champion at the All England Club failed to advance losing his opening match to lefty Finn Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9 in four hours.

 

The former World No. 1 was the last player to win Wimbledon before Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic claimed the honor the last 13 years. The Australian announced he will retire from the tour after next year's Australian Open.

Wimbledon Men's Singles First Round Monday June 29

1-Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-4 6-4        

4-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Joao Sousa 6-2 7-5 7-6(3)       

5-Kei Nishikori beat Simone Bolelli 6-3 6-7(4) 6-2 3-6 6-3

7-Milos Raonic beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2 6-3 3-6 7-6(4)

9-Marin Cilic beat Hiroki Moriya 6-3 6-2 7-6(4)

Jarkko Nieminen beat Lleyton Hewitt 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-0 11-9

14-Kevin Anderson beat Lucas Pouille 6-2 7-5 3-6 6-3  

16-David Goffin beat Horacio Zeballos 7-6(4) 6-1 6-1   

17-John Isner beat Go Soeda 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4                          

John Millman beat 19-Tommy Robredo 6-2 6-3 6-4           

Denis Kudla beat 28-Pablo Cuevas 6-7(4) 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2      

Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Chung Hyeon 1-6 6-2 3-6 6-2 10-8   

21-Richard Gasquet beat Luke Saville 6-3 6-2 6-2   

24-Leonardo Mayer beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6(7) 7-6(3) 6-4   

27-Bernard Tomic beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 3-6 2-6 6-2 6-3

Steve Johnson beat Lukas Lacko 6-3 6-7(5) 4-6 6-1 6-4       

Santiago Giraldo beat Joao Souza 6-4 6-3 6-2             

Victor Estrella beat Benjamin Becker 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-4   

Kenny De Schepper beat John-Patrick Smith 4-6 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 6-4  

Tommy Haas beat Dusan Lajovic 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-2

Matthew Ebden beat Blaz Rola 6-2 6-1 6-4            

Juan Monaco beat Florian Mayer  6-1 6-2 6-4         

Fernando Verdasco beat Martin Klizan 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-7(5) 13-11

Liam Broady beat Marinko Matosevic 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3      

Marcel Granollers beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-4 6-2                

32-Dominic Thiem beat Dudi Sela 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-4             

26-Nick Kyrgios beat Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 7-6(6) 

Ricardas Berankis beat Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 5-2 ret.

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Wimbledon Women's Singles First Round Monday June 29

1-Serena Williams beat Margarita Gasparyan 6-4 6-1            

4-Maria Sharapova  beat Johanna Konta 6-2 6-2               

7-Ana Ivanovic beat Xu Yifan 6-1 6-1                         

11-Karolina Pliskova beat Irina 6-4 4-6 6-1   

14-Andrea Petkovic beat Shelby Rogers 6-0 6-0                

16-Venus Williams beat Madison Brengle 6-0 6-0                  

22-Samantha Stosur beat Danka Kovinic 6-4 6-4        

19-Sara Errani beat Francesca Schiavone 6-2 5-7 6-1           

30-Belinda Bencic beat Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6 6-1 6-3

29-Irina Begu beat Daria Gavrilova 7-6(6) 6-1              

Lesia Tsurenko beat Nicole Gibbs 6-3 6-3                     

Lauren Davis beat Polona Hercog 6-4 7-6(3)                  

Daniela Hantuchova beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-0      

Hsieh Su-Wei beat Kaia Kanepi 6-1 6-4                      

Richel Hogenkamp beat Wang Qiang 6-4 6-4                

Aleksandra Krunic beat Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-4                 

Urszula Radwanska beat Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-2 6-1           

Anna-Lena Friedsam beat Vitalia Diatchenko 3-6 6-3 7-5     

Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Zhu Lin 4-6 7-5 6-1              

Jelena Ostapenko beat 9-Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-0         

Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3 6-2       

Kristina Mladenovic beat Alexandra Dulgheru  6-2 6-1        

Zarina Diyas beat 24-Flavia Pennetta 6-3 2-6 6-4         

Kirsten Flipkens beat Annika Beck 0-6 6-3 6-4             

CoCo Vandeweghe beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4 6-2      

Timea Babos beat Petra Cetkovska 7-6(4) 6-3         

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