Wimbledon - Routine wins for Serena, Li Na

Serena Williams began the defence of her Wimbledon title with a comfortable 6-1 6-3 victory over Luxembourg's Mandy Minella on Tuesday to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 matches.

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The world number one, playing her first match since winning the French Open, scorched through the first set in 19 minutes, but was given a brief fright at the start of the second when she lost her serve to go 2-0 down.

The 16-times Grand Slam winner swiftly regained control, however, breaking in the very next game, before romping away with the match.

The American top seed will face France's Caroline Garcia in the second round.

Former French Open champion Li Na had a short and sweet ride into the second round, spoiling Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek's comeback to the tournament with a 6-1 6-1 victory.

Li's progress was so straightforward that she began to lose concentration after going 5-0 up in the second set, allowing Krajicek to hold and then save two match points in a long seventh game on a sunny Court 12.

The sixth-seeded Li, China's first grand-slam champion when she won the 2011 French Open, recovered and hit a winning serve on the third matchpoint to progress to a meeting with Simona Halep of Romania who beat Olga Govortsova 6-2 3-6 6-3.

Krajicek, 24, had not played at Wimbledon since 2008, although the family name is still on the honours board after brother Richard won the men's singles title in 1996.

Agnieszka Radwanska pummelled Austria's Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-1 in under an hour in the first round of Wimbledon.

A year ago Poland's Radwanska, who was then a brunette, walked off Centre Court with the runners-up plate after finishing second best to Serena Williams.

On day two of the grasscourt major, the fourth seed found herself in the more intimate surroundings of the Court Two bullring and found Meusburger easy prey as she flattened her with some bludgeoning groundstrokes.

Radwanska finished off her 116th-ranked opponent with a forehand crosscourt winner to set up a second round meeting with Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson.

Wimbledon women's singles round one results

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) 6-1 6-3

4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Yvonne Meusburger (Austria) 6-1 6-1

6-Li Na (China) beat Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) 6-1 6-1

Laura Robson (Britain) beat 10-Maria Kirilenko (Russia) 6-3 6-4

11-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) 6-2 6-1

14-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-1 6-3

23-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 6-1 6-2

24-Peng Shuai (China) beat Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) 6-3 6-2

Alexandra Cadantu (Romania) beat 28-Tamira Paszek (Austria) 6-2 7-5

30-Mona Barthel (Germany) beat Monica Niculescu (Romania) 6-3 4-6 7-5

32-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) beat Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 6-4 6-3

Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 6-0 6-2

Caroline Garcia (France) beat Zheng Jie (China) 6-3 6-4

Olga Puchkova (Russia) beat Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) 6-4 6-2

Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-3 7-5

Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) beat Ayumi Morita (Japan) 4-6 6-0 7-5

Mariana Duque (Colombia) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 6-4 6-7(3) 7-5

Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) beat Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-1

Simona Halep (Romania) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-2 3-6 6-3

Maria Teresa Torro (Spain) beat Irina Begu (Romania) 6-3 6-4

Urszula Radwanska (Poland) beat Mallory Burdette (U.S.) 7-6(3) 4-6 6-2

Mariana Duque (Colombia) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 6-4 6-7(3) 7-5

Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) beat Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-1

Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) 6-2 7-5

Mathilde Johansson (France) beat Timea Babos (Hungary) 4-6 6-1 6-3

Petra Martic (Croatia) beat Anna Tatishvili (Georgia) 6-1 1-6 6-3

Annika Beck (Germany) beat Nina Bratchikova (Russia) 6-3 6-2

Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat Tara Moore (Britain) 7-5 5-7 7-5

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 5-7 6-0 6-1

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