Day one of Wimbledon sees Muguruza through to second round with ease

by Deborah Cater
Day One of Wimbledon 2021

TENNIS – On day one of Wimbledon, Garbiñe Muguruza won her first round match against French woman Ferro easily. However, the men’s number 30 seed, Davidovich Fokina, crashed out in 5 sets.

There were few Spanish matches on day one of Wimbledon, but it was a mixed bag for those who were in action.

Muguruza not tested

Number 11 seed in the Ladies’ draw, Garbiñe Muguruza was not tested in her first round match against France’s Fiona Ferro, winning 6-0, 6-1 in just 50 minutes on No.2 Court.

The 2017 ladies’ champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, had a delay of around five hours before her match. Also runner-up in 2015, Muguruza was delighted with her level of play and thrilled to play in front of a Wimbledon crowd.  

“I was actually very emotional when I got inside the court, and it was a lot of people waiting for us,” the No.11 seed admitted. “I have played a lot at the beginning of the year, and, you know, all of those matches and finals on an empty court.

“When I stepped out today and everybody was clapping, I felt like, Oh, my God, this is what I missed, you know, this feeling, this energy.’”

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Mixed bag for the men

Despite leading two sets to love, number 30 seed in the men’s draw Alejandro Davidovich Fokina lost his first round match to American Denis Kudla. The third set tiebreak was a pivotal point, setting the American on the road to victory, 5-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Number eight seed, Bautista Agut had better luck with a four set win over Australian John Millman. After a wobble in the second set and a tie-break in the fourth, Roberto came through 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

Roberto Carballes Baena has never got past the first round at Wimbledon, and this year was no different. The Spaniard lost in straight sets, 3-6, 3-6, 3-6 to Canadian Popisil.

Day 2 Order of Play

Should the weather hold fair in southwest London today, the remaining Spanish players should take to the courts.

Opening on Centre Court is Carla Suárez Navarro, on her farewell to the professional tour, against number 1 seed, Ashleigh Barty.

Feliciano Lopez squares up against Britain’s Dan Evans in the first match of the day on Court 2. Meanwhile, Ramos-Vinolas restarts his match against Italian no.26 seed, Fognini, trailing by 2 sets to love.

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