Wawrinka dodges Sousa bullet

2014-06-24 15:42
Stanislas Wawrinka (AFP)

London - Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka has reached the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday as defending women's champion Marion Bartoli made a tearful return to Centre Court.

Wawrinka, the world number three but seeded five at the All England Club in a reflection of his grasscourt struggles, fired 18 aces and 39 winners in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

Wawrinka, who has never got beyond the fourth round and was without a win in the tournament since 2011, tackles Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun for a place in the last 32.

"It's a quick surface, you have to be relaxed and confident. Sometimes you can be tight and nervous," said the Swiss.

The now-retired Bartoli returned to Centre Court only to hear herself introduced as 'Maria' by a blundering announcer.

The Frenchwoman performed the coin toss ahead of the first round match between Sabine Lisicki, the German she defeated in the final last year, and Israel's Julia Glushko.

She broke down in tears as she stood on the court where she won her only Grand Slam title. Once she had finished her ceremonial duties, Bartoli headed for a front-row seat in the Royal Box.

Bartoli retired in the immediate aftermath of her Wimbledon win and as a result it was Lisicki who was given the honour of opening the action on Tuesday.

"To relive and walk again on the Wimbledon turf, it's a lot of emotions," Bartoli tweeted.

Lisicki, yet to get beyond the third round of any event in 2014, was untroubled against Glushko, the world number 79, winning 6-2, 6-1 in just 57 minutes.

"It's such a huge honour to play the first match, I am very thankful," said 19th-seeded Lisicki.

"It was very special to see Marion again."

Other early winners on Tuesday were German 20th seed Andrea Petkovic, a semi-finalist at the French Open, who eased past Katarzyna Piter of Poland, 6-1, 6-4, and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, the 16th seeded Dane, who beat Israel's Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-0.

In men's action, French 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a semi-finalist in 2011 and 2012, needed just four points and three minutes to finish off Austria's Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a match held over from Monday.

"It was quick. I played only four points. But it wasn't easy to come back after last night. I played a good four points and finally I won," said Tsonga.

Later Tuesday, world number one Rafael Nadal and seven-time champion Roger Federer begin their campaigns, desperate to banish the ghosts of 2013.

Nadal, seeded two this year, is fresh from a ninth French Open triumph, but where Paris has proved to be a home away from home for the Spaniard, Wimbledon has delivered just bitter-sweet memories.

His two titles of 2008 and 2010 must have seemed like ancient history when he crashed out in the second round in 2012.

Worse was to come in 2013 when he suffered a first ever opening round loss at a major at the hands of Steve Darcis, a Belgian journeyman who hasn't won a match since.

Nadal, seeking a 15th major, faces Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who took a set off the world number one in Paris last year.

"I've said before this is really the most dangerous tournament of the year," said Nadal.

"Here the courts are a little bit faster. The feeling on court is a little bit strange for everybody. Especially the top players who have more pressure."

Federer, meanwhile, believes he's in the best shape to break a tie of seven Wimbledon titles he currently shares with Pete Sampras.

He was buoyed by a seventh Halle grasscourt crown last week, but is aware of the pitfalls of south-west London after losing to Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovksy in the second round 12 months ago.

"I feel like if things click here I should be able to win the tournament," said Federer.

The 32-year-old Swiss faces Italy's Paolo Lorenzi, a man who has never won a match at the majors in his 11-year career.

Top seed and world number one Serena Williams starts her campaign against Anna Tatishvili, the former Georgian player who has switched allegiance to the United States.

The 32-year-old Williams lost in the last-16 at the Australian Open and suffered an embarrassing second round exit to Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the French Open.

Maria Sharapova, who was champion as a 17-year-old in 2004, takes on British wildcard Samantha Murray looking to go further than last year when she was dumped out in the second round by Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher De Brito.

Wimbledon results on Tuesday, the second day of the 2014 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeded player):


First round
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1, 7-5
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x14) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Stan Wawrinka (SUI x5) bt Joo Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Julian Reister (GER) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 4-6, 7-5
Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x32) 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x19) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7)
Ante Pavic (CRO) bt Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
John Isner (USA x9) bt Daniel Smethurst (GBR) 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL x15) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-2, 6-7 (14/16), 6-1, 6-4
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Pere Riba (ESP) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Tommy Robredo (ESP x23) bt Luks Lacko (SVK) 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Marcel Granollers (ESP x30) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4
Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 6-1, 7-5, 6-0
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)
Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
Jack Sock (USA) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Lukasz Kubot (POL) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) bt Guillermo Garca-Lpez (ESP x28) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x22) bt Igor Sijsling (NED) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5)
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Kei Nishikori (JPN x10) bt Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5
Richard Gasquet (FRA x13) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (6/8), 6-2
Jir Vesel (CZE) bt Vctor Estrella (DOM) 5-1 - retired
Gael Monfils (FRA x24) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, 6-4
Frank Dancevic (CAN) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO x29) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Luks Rosol (CZE) bt Benot Paire (FRA) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3


First round
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-1, 6-2
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-3, 6-3
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) bt Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Alize Cornet (FRA x25) bt Anna Karolna Schmiedlov (SVK) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Andrea Petkovic (GER x20) bt Katarzyna Piter (POL) 6-1, 6-4
Irina Begu (ROM) bt Virginie Razzano (FRA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 6-2, 6-3
Eugnie Bouchard (CAN x13) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 7-5, 7-5
Angelique Kerber (GER x9) bt Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-2, 6-4
Heather Watson (GBR) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2
Lourdes Domnguez (ESP) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-0, 6-1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x24) bt Tamira Paszek (AUT) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2
Alison Riske (USA) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x26) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-1, 7-6 (7/5)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) bt Sharon Fichman (CAN) 6-1, 6-3
Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) bt Samantha Murray (GBR) 6-1, 6-0
Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-2, 6-2
Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) bt Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 6-3, 6-0
Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x21) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Belinda Bencic (SUI) bt Magdalna Rybrikov (SVK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Victoria Duval (USA) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM x29) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Karolna Plskov (CZE) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 10-8
Carla Surez Navarro (ESP x15) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-1, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x11) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Zheng Jie (CHN) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-1, 6-3
Karolna Plskov (CZE) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 10-8
Sabine Lisicki (GER x19) bt Julia Glushko (ISR) 6-2, 6-1
Klara Koukalova (CZE x31) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 7-5, 6-2
Madison Keys (USA) bt Mnica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 6-3
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Kristna Plskov (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 8-6
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x7) 6-3, 6-2
Caroline Garcia (FRA) bt Sara Errani (ITA x14) 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-2
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x28) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Andreea Mitu (ROM) 6-2, 6-1
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x16) bt Shahar Peer (ISR) 6-3, 6-0

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