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Wimbledon: Emma Raducanu wins Centre Court debut

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Wimbledon, England – Emma Radukanu entered center court for the first time and won 6-4, 6-4 over Alison Van Uytwank.

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The 19-year-old Brit, who won the US Open last year, was playing for the All England Club for the first time since ending her career in a fourth-round match a year ago.

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“It’s an incredibly special feeling to be back here at Wimbledon,” the 10th seed told Raducan.

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Novak Djokovicsix-time All England Club champion, defeated Kwon Soon-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on center court, his 80th grass major win. This made him the first man or woman to win that many matches in each of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

“Playing first on grass as the defending champion is always a unique matchup,” said Djokovic, who won his 22nd consecutive match at the tournament. “With the exception of this year, when Wimbledon made changes to allow you to practice before the start of the tournament, it has always been played on pristine grass. It’s a really unique and special feeling in our sport.”

Djokovic played for the first time since losing to Rafael Nadal last month in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

However, things went wrong on Monday.

With the roof closed due to sporadic rain, Kwon was able to pick up his spot with his powerful right hand. Everything worked out in the second set and even continued into the third, but Djokovic stepped up and played the way he usually plays in southwest London – invincible.

Djokovic has won the last three Wimbledon titles and is set to finish seventh overall. This would tie him for second place with Pete Sampras as well as William Renshaw. Only Roger Federerwith eight more.

Another major title would give him 21 career points. Nadal has 22 and Federer has 20.

Most of Djokovic’s singles Grand Slam tournaments are in the Australian Open, where he is a nine-time champion. But this year, he was unable to defend his title in Melbourne after being deported due to Australian COVID-19 vaccination protocols.

Despite this problem, the spectators on Center Court were delighted to see him again at Wimbledon.

“I felt supported,” said Djokovic, who could be banned from the US Open and the Australian Open again because he is unvaccinated.

“I think it motivates me more to try and get the most out of this tournament,” he said.

The first player to advance to the second round was Alison Riske. The American with the 28th number was defeated Ilena In-Albon Switzerland 6-2, 6-4.

The other seeded women who advanced further were #2. Anette Kontaveit Estonia, No. 3 Ons Gill Tunisia, No. 24 Eliza Mertens Belgium and No. 29 Angelina Kalinina Ukraine. Kalinina will meet with another Ukrainian, Lesia Tsurenkoin the second round.

Tsurenko’s match was stopped for about 10 minutes when her opponent, a wild-carded Brit, Jody Burragestopped to help the boy with the ball, who was not feeling well.

Burrage gave the boy a sports drink and nutritional gel before someone in the crowd handed her gummies. Soon the boy was helped to leave the court.

French Open finalist Casper Ruud won his first match on court 12. The Norwegian in third place won Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(1), 7-6(9), 6-2.

Also in the men’s grid No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz Spain, No. 9 Cam Norrie UK, No. 20 John Isner USA, No. 22 Nikoloz Basilashvili Georgia, №23 Francis Tiafoe USA and No. 30 Tommy Paul The US has moved forward.

The player with the highest seeded loss was #7. Hubert Hurkacz Poland. He was beaten Alexander Davidovich Fokina Spain 7-6 (4), 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8).

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