Rafael Nadal began his assault on a third Wimbledon title — and first since 2010 — with a straight-sets victory over Dudi Sela on Tuesday.
The world No. 1, seeded second at the All England Club, defeated Sela 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in under two hours, to set up a second round against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin.
Fellow Spaniard, defending champion Garbine Muguruza was clinical in her 6-2, 7-5 opening round victory over local wildcard Naomi Broady, while two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was shocked by Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
“Probably I wanted too much again. I just made a joke that probably I going to skip the Grand Slams for the next years. I will see how everything is going,” said Kvitova with a smile.
“When I was kind of younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments. Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments than the Grand Slams. So I make a promise that I going to be very patient and I going to try to break it again for the other side.”
It was a solid day for the Brits and not just because of England’s last-16 success in the FIFA World Cup, as Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund both started their campaigns with wins.
Watch highlights from day two in the video above and read up on some of the more lighthearted moments at the Championships in Reem Abulleil’s diary.
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