Konta, a semi-finalist previous year, lost control of a match she seemed to have in her pocket and was mightily relieved to escape a sticky Court Two with victory, having squandered five match points in the second-set tiebreak. She beat her 6-0 in the third. She's that talented. That time is not quite here yet, however. "I could have played one more match".
Kerber is one of the favourites to win in my eyes and this match should be dominated by her. Liu won the junior's title past year but hasn't spent that long on the tour so she will struggle against a top 10 player that is comfortable on grass. Kvitova also lost in three sets to world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
"Anyway, I think I already won the biggest match here, so that's probably why I'm smiling", she added.
The second-seeded Nadal hadn't played a match since claiming his 11th French Open title last month, but showed little sign of rust as he cruised to victory against Sela. "I mean, as a whole, I'm pleased with how I played, but also I want to improve a lot of things". As recently as late 2017, Bencic was playing WTA 125K series and winning ITF tournaments.
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Bouchard won 73 per cent of her points on first serve, as compared to just 59 per cent for Taylor. Having failed to convert a match point at 5-4 in the second set, Boulter could easily have crumbled.
Vikhlyantseva, 21, is a talented but inconsistent player with only one grand slam event win to her name, yet she still managed to give the 22nd seed plenty of problems.
Making her return to Wimbledon after a drug suspension ruled her out in 2016 and an injury led to a qualifying withdrawal past year, Sharapova looked on course for victory with a set and 5-2 advantage.
Three hours and seven minutes into as even a match as we've seen in the first round at Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova stepped to the line to serve to protect match point and keep alive her hopes of returning to Centre Court, knowing she was in control of her own destiny - and double-faulted. The double faults from Diatchenko were the big difference to her losing out on getting a foot against the former champion.
Spain's Garbine Muguruza opened her title defence with a 6-2, 7-5 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady.
"Still enjoying the World Cup", he said.
Austrian seventh seed Thiem retired with a back injury against Cypriot veteran Marcos Baghdatis, trailing 6-4, 7-5, 2-0. Only here, a compatriot got the better of her.
And that was on top of the four who had taken to the fresh courts on opening day.
"I think I have been consistently doing that better and better as the season has gone on".
Play is under way on Day 2 at Wimbledon. Flipkens is just so good defensively and has the game to annoy Ostapenko, so I believe the Belgian will cause an upset here. "Now is the time when I'm playing better on the other tournaments than the Grand Slams", said the 28-year-old Czech.
Twelve months ago the Spaniard was still thinking, "how the hell did I (reach) that final?" as she fondly recalled her 2015 run when she was runner-up to Serena Williams.
Boulter was pleased to have had that experience, saying: 'It was really good, and it set me up nicely for playing in Southsea (where she reached the final).
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