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TENNIS: Good start for Serena at Wimbledon

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Serena Williams overcame a minor second-set blip to begin the defence of her Wimbledon crown with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg today.



The world number 92 claimed her first service game but the 31-year-old American took control and easily won the first set.



Minella claimed a break in game two of the second set only for the five-time champion to win six straight games.



Sixth seed Li Na defeated Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1, while 14th seed Samantha Stosur of Australia eased past Anna Karolina Schmiedlova with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph.



There were also victories for 30th seed Mona Barthel and 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.



In the men’s draw, top seed Novak Djokovic progressed into the second round with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Florian Mayer.



Eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro eased to a 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 success over Albert Ramos and German 13th seed Tommy Haas beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.



Other winners were  Bernard Tomic and Jeremy Chardy.

  

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