Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray got their Wimbledon 2022 campaigns off to an ideal start with wins in their first round matches.
Playing on center court for the first time, Raducanu got the better of Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck, winning 6-4 6-4.
The US Open champion, who entered this tournament after feeling tension alongside her in Nottingham earlier in June.
But there were no signs of injury problems for Raducanu, who fought well against an opponent who gave him problems.
The pendulum swung in both sets with Raducanu and Van Uytvanck achieving service breaks.
However, the 19-year-old showed her class when it came to booking her place in the second round, where she will face France’s Caroline Garcia, who got the better of Britain’s Yuriko Miyazaki. The 26-year-old, born in Japan, suffered a gruesome 4-6 6-1 7-6 (10-4) loss.
After Raducanu, it was two-time Wimbledon champion Murray who faced Australian James Duckworth, who entered the match winless all season after being marred by a number of injuries.
However, it was feared a clash could occur as Duckworth won the first set 6-4.
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But Murray, who has had more than his fair share of injury setbacks of late, fought back to win 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4.
It was a typical performance from Murray as he wore his opponent down after the first set backhand, with the performance seeing for a few moments the Scot’s signature frustration as he looked to end the game earlier than he expected. succeeded. Murray will face American heavy hitter John Isner in the next round.
Cameron Norrie also got off to a winning start in their first-round clash, with the British men’s No.1 beating veteran Pablo Andujar 6-0 7-6 6-3 in a wet clash on Court Two.
Next up for Norrie is another Spaniard in the form of Jaume Munar.
It wasn’t so lucky for Jodie Burrage, who lost 6-2 6-3 to Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.
However, Burrage warmed the hearts of the Wimbledon crowd after giving Percy Pigs to a ball boy, who fell ill during the match.
Heather Watson has work to do in her first-round clash as she finds herself facing Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch on Court One, while Jay Clarke is two sets down against American Christian Harrison with a bad light suspending the game with the scores at 5-5 in the third.
Like Murray, defending champion Novak Djokovic had to work hard for his place in the second round as it took him four sets to overtake South Korean Kwon Soon-woo.
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