Wimbledon - Easy for Serena in Wimbledon sun

Tue, 22 Jun 14:35:00 2010

Serena Williams enjoyed the gentlest of workouts as the sun beat down on Wimbledon's Centre Court, scoring a comfortable 6-0 6-4 first-round win over Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito.

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The defending champion and top seed, seeking a fourth singles title at the All England Club, was in unforgiving form against the world number 148 and raced through the first set in just 22 minutes, sealing it with a brutal fifth ace.

Larcher De Brito finally got off the mark at the start of the second and even forced the American to lose her balance on occasions during some testing rallies, but Williams proved too strong and served out with another ace for victory after 63 minutes.

Anna Chakvetadze will be her second-round opponent, after the Russian recovered from dropping the first set to beat Germany's Andrea Petkovic 3-6 6-4 6-4.

Third seed Caroline Wozniacki shone as she raced into the second round with a 6-1 6-1 victory over Italy's Tathiana Garbin.

The 19-year-old Dane, making her fourth appearance at the grasscourt grand slam, produced some rasping winners to delight a Court One crowd enjoying the early evening sunshine.

She needed just 47 minutes to overpower the 32-year-old Garbin and will face either Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands or Kai Chen-Chang of Taiwan in the next round.

Wozniacki, who reached the fourth round here last year, is the only teenager amongst the world's top 10.

Wimbledon proved to be an unhappy hunting ground yet again for French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur as the Australian slumped to a 6-4 6-4 first-round defeat by Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

On paper the sixth seed should have the game to do well on turf since she hails from the home of many Wimbledon champions, but the 26-year-old has never made it past the third round in seven previous appearances.

Attempt number eight proved just as frustrating for Stosur as she wilted on a sun-kissed Court 18 in just 82 minutes against a player who had won only one match at the All England Club before Tuesday.

Stosur's defeat meant both French Open finalists had failed to survive the opening round here as Paris champion Francesca Schiavone made a hasty exit on Monday.

Kanepi will next face Edina Gallovits after the Romanian bounced back from dropping the first set to beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 4-6 7-5 6-3.

Two-times Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has plummeted down the rankings in the last month after failing to defend her French Open title, needed three tough sets to get past Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 6-2 6-7(5) 6-4.

The 19th-seeded Russian will next face Australian Anastasia Rodionova, after she recovered from a set down to beat Anne Keothavong 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, former junior champion at Wimbledon, eased through her opening clash 6-3 6-3 against Hungarian Melinda Czink and will play Alberta Brianti for a place in the second round, after the Italian beat Jill Craybas 6-2 7-5.

Italian 10th seed Flavia Pennetta also wasted little time in booking her place in the second round; a 6-4 6-0 dismissal of Spaniard Anabel Medina Garridgues setting up a meeting with Romania's Monica Niculescu, who beat Gisela Dulko 6-3 6-2.

Reuters

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