Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Victoria Azarenka and her fellow former
world No. 1 Maria Sharapova reached the second round, while former French Open
runner-up Sara Errani was a stunning opening-round loser Monday on opening day
at The Championships, Wimbledon.
The second-seeded Azarenka whipped Portugal's Maria Joao Koehler 6-1, 6-2 on
Court 1, while the third-seeded Sharapova got past capable Frenchwoman
Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 on the grass on the famed Centre Court
at the storied All England Club.
The career Grand Slam winner Sharapova captured her lone Wimbledon title in
2004 and was the 2011 runner-up at the prestigious event. The Russian star was
this month's French Open runner-up to Serena Williams and also lost to
Williams in last year's Olympic gold-medal match here at the All England Club.
The Australian Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up Azarenka suffered a
knee injury while up a set and 1-0 in the second against Koehler.
The Belarusian star, who is no stranger to injury drama, wound up doing a
split behind the baseline at one point and injured her right knee, which
required treatment on three separate occasions. When the injury occurred,
was laying on the court crying and screaming.
Azarenka hobbled around the court a bit after the injury, but had no problem
advancing on Day 1.
Her second-round opponent will be former top-10 player Flavia Pennetta of
Earlier Monday, it didn't take long for the first upset to occur, as Puerto
Rico's Monica Puig ousted the fifth-seeded Errani at the year's third Grand
Puig claimed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Errani, who has not had much success on
the Wimbledon grass. The Italian was making her sixth visit and has never
been past the third round. Clay is clearly her favorite surface, evidenced
by a surprise run to the final at last year's French Open and a semifinal
appearance at Roland Garros earlier this month.
This is the first Wimbledon appearance for the 19-year-old Puig, who reached
the third round at the French Open.
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic battled through a tough first set against Frenchwoman
Virginie Razzano, then rolled in the second to complete a 7-6 (7-1), 6-0
triumph, while another Serbian former world No. 1, 16th-seeded Jelena
Jankovic, handled Aussie Johanna Konta 6-2, 7-5. The former French Open
champion Ivanovic, seeded 12th this year, has advanced past the fourth round
just once in eight previous Wimbledon visits -- a semifinal run in 2007. The
former U.S. Open runner-up has never reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, 19th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro drubbed fellow Spaniard Lourdes
Dominguez Lino 6-2, 6-2; 22nd-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea subdued Swiss
Stefanie Voegele 7-5, 7-6 (7-3); Czech Eva Birnerova upended 26th-seeded
American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; 27th-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova
leveled American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-0; and 29th-seeded Frenchwoman Alize
Cornet overcame American Vania King 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The Sports Network