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Venus leads the Americans on Day 1 of Wimbledon

June 23, 2014 03:32 PM
CoCo Vandeweghe was one of three American women who moved into the second round of Wimbledon on Monday.

By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams led the American brigade on the opening day of Wimbledon, with a trio of U.S. women advancing into the second round. CoCo Vandeweghe and Lauren Davis were the other players who advanced on Monday.

Williams faced a tricky opponent in Maria-Teresa Torro Flor of Spain, but the five-time Wimbledon champion regrouped after a hiccup in the second set and found the range on her shots to advance, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

It was the first win at Wimbledon since 2011 for the 34-year-old, who will certainly be looking to go much further in her campaign at SW19. Next up is Kurumi Nara of Japan, who is the shortest player in the women's singles draw at 5-foot-1. (By comparison, Venus a foot taller at 6-1.)

Vandeweghe, fresh off winning her first WTA title last week, in S'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, rode the momentum with an upset win over No. 27 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain, 6-3, 3-6 7-5. This was a rematch of their semifinal encounter just last week in S'Hertogenbosch, which Vandeweghe won in two sets. The 22-year-old has never reached the third round of a Grand Slam before but will be the favorite to do so when she plays qualifier Teresa Smitkova of Czech Republic.

Davis was one of the first players to move into the second round this year, using steady baseline to wear down Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, 6-1, 6-2. Davis was playing her first main-draw match at Wimbledon. Currently sitting at a career-high ranking of No. 55, she is likely to break the Top 50 after this tournament. She'll play No. 12 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the second round.

On the men's side, an all-American battle suspended by darkness ensures that at least one U.S. player will move into the second round. Sam Querrey will resume his match with Bradley Klahn on Tuesday and currently leads, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1, 6-5. Varvara Lepchenko will also resume her match with former Wimbledon semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova Bulgaria on Tuesday. The veteran American is currently trailing, 6-7 (6), 2-0.

No. 18 seed Sloane Stephens, Vania King, Ryan Harrison, Steve Johnson, Donald Young and Alex Kuznetsov all lost their first-round matches on Monday.

Four American men and seven American women will take the court for their opening-round matches on Tuesday, including No. 1 women's seed Serena Williams and No. 9 men's seed John Isner.

 

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