TENNIS

Wimbledon Tennis: Murray, Williams, Kvitova Move To 2nd Round

Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray opened 2017 centre court action in style, motoring into the second round with a 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over Alexander Bublik.

The Kazakh was in the first round as a lucky loser from qualifying, but his good fortune ran out against the British top seed.

Earlier, three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka crashed out of the tournament in the first round, suffering a shock defeat by Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Fifth-seed Wawrinka, ranked three in the world, looked well short of his best as the 21-year-old world number 49 Medvedev, playing in his first Wimbledon, triumphed 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1.


In women's tennis, five-times Wimbledon champion Venus Williams booked a second-round spot with a 7-6 6-4 win over Belgium's Elise Mertens.

World number 54 Mertens was aggressive during the opening set but failed to control the mounting tally of unforced errors in the second, losing to the 37-year-old American in an hour and 39 minutes on court one.

A smiling Petra Kvitova also skipped into the second round of Wimbledon, the twice champion beating Johanna Larsson 6-3 6-4 on a sun-bathed centre court.

Playing only her third event of the year after recovering from a knife attack in December, the Czech 11th seed used her swinging serve to great effect on the main Showcourt, signing off with a heavy ace.