Women’s Day 1: Jabeur, Raducanu, Kontaveit move on to round 2
London, Jun 27 (EFE).- Tunisia’s world number two Ons Jabeur made light work of Sweden’s Mirjam Bjorklund on Monday, winning 6-1, 6-3 on a rain-soaked opening day at Wimbledon.
The third seed dropped only four games as she stormed past the qualifier into round two.
Jabeur, 27, will be aiming to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final at the All England Club, where she fell at the quarter-final stage last year.
British number one Emma Raducanu crowned her maiden appearance on Centre Court with a straight sets victory over Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck.
World number 11 Raducanu, who has been dealing with abdominal injuries in the run up to the tournament and had not seen much action on grass in the buildup to the tournament, was making her first appearance at Wimbledon since sky-rocketing to stardom after winning the US Open last year.
The teenage British number one delighted the home crowd with her composure against Van Uytvanck and moves on to the second round where she will face the winner of the clash between France’s Caroline Garcia and Britain’s Yuriko Miyazaki.
Elsewhere in the women’s draw, second seed Anett Kontaveit dismissed American Bernarda Pera 7-5, 6-1 to qualify for the second round.
Estonia’s world number three will face Germany’s Jule Niemeier in round two. EFE