Venus Williams and Andy Murray win their first game
Photo: Adam Davy Associated Press
La Québécoise Eugenie Bouchard
Venus Williams won her first tennis match since she is the subject of a lawsuit brought by the family of a man from Florida who died in an accident she caused, according to the police.
Williams, 10th headliner, defeated Elise Mertens 7-6 (7), 6-4, in the first round of Wimbledon, she has won five times.
The table gentlemen, Daniil Medvedev, 49th best player in the world, has created the first surprise of the tournament by eliminating Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets.
The young Russian 21, no. 5, triumphed 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in his debut on centre court.
Medvedev knows a good sequence on the grass having reached the quarter-finals of the tournament, Ricoh in the netherlands, the quarter-finals at Queen’s and the semi-finals at Eastbourne last week.
Last week, Williams was sued by the estate of the man who died 13 days after the car accident. This lawsuit was filed the next day that the police of Palm Beach Gardens has published a report indicating that Williams had caused the accident on 9 June.
“There are really no words to describe at what point it is overwhelming and… yeah. I am totally devastated… ” responded the American, before bursting into tears.
On court no. 1, Williams has had to wait during a rain delay of 33 minutes to achieve his victory. She held two match balls before the arrival of the rain. The game was halted while Williams led 5-3 and 40-40 in the second set.
When the match resumed, Mertens has retained its service to make it 5-4, but Williams won the match at the service.
Day disappointing for the Canadians
The day was mixed for the Canadians in action in the curtain raiser of the tournament. The Montreal-based François Abanda has been due to the Japanese Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4, while Denis Shapovalov, junior champion at Wimbledon in 2016, has undergone the elimination but not without having offered strong resistance to the Polish Jerzy Janowicz, winner 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Eugenie Bouchard has hinted at beautiful things, winning the first set of his duel with the Spanish Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, but lost the following two by the same score.
The holder of the title Andy Murray has also started the tournament with a victory, taking the measure of Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Murray began the tournament after said package for two friendly matches because of a painful hip.
“I was a little nervous this morning,” mentioned Murray. I have not been able to do as much as I would have wanted to prepare me. “
Petra Kvitova, two-time Wimbledon who has been injured during an attack with a knife at his home in December, beat sweden’s Johanna Larsson on centre court, and Rafael Nadal beat Australian John Millman 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Simona Halep, second-seeded, and Madison Keys, no. 17, have also triumphed.
Halep, defeated in the final of the Internationaux de France, has been due to the new Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1. Keys has disposed of the Japanese Nao Hibino 6-4 and 6-2.
Keys, who is right-handed, played his first match since she was operated a second time to his left wrist.
“Of course it is not perfect, said Keys. I have not been able to do the repetitions that I would have wanted to do, but it’s going well. I no longer in pain. It is really all that concerns me. “
Nick Kyrgios has abandoned after having lost the first two sets of his match. The Australian, no. 20, pulled from the back 6-3, 6-4 at the expense of the French Pierre-Hugues Herbert when he called the trainer for a problem to his left hip. He then decided not to continue with the match.
Kyrgios was also abandoned due to an injury in the first round of the tournament Queen s.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, twice a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, has also obtained his ticket to the second round. The French, 12th-seeded, defeated Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Kei Nishikori, no. 9, and Sam Querrey, no. 24, have also gained.