2016 Wimbledon four seed Angelique Kerber moves through to the second round with a straight sets win over Great Britain’s world no. 283 Laura Robson. The world no. 4 Angelique Kerber disposed of the Wimbledon wildcard entry Robson in consecutive sets 6-2, 6-2. The 28-year old Angelique Kerber now has a 4-1 record against the London resident. She disposed of the United Kingdom national in just one hour and nine minutes. Laura Robson has now exited her second straight Grand Slam Event in the first round.
Angelique Kerber dropped the opening game to Robson after a tightly contested game that saw advantage point shift to both sides. Kerber and Robson then split the next two games for an early 2-1 lead in favor of the home entrant. Angelique Kerber then comes out with a four-game winning streak to seal her Wimbledon opening set after thirty-seven minutes. She gets the only break points of the set; breaking Robson twice out of seven attempts. The 22-year Robson committed 4 double faults in the opening frame.
Using the momentum from her first set victory, Angelique Kerber proceeds to win five of the first six games for a 5-1 blitz to start the second frame. Robson manages to save match point in the seventh game, but falls to Angelique Kerber in the eighth game, 40-15. Kerber needed just thirty-two minutes in the second set to seal of the London local. Once again it was Angelique Kerber who gets the only break points of the set; breaking Robson twice out of five break point attempts. The German also scored on the only ace of the second frame.
2014 Wimbledon semifinalist Simona Halep also advances to round 2 at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Slovakia’s world no. 40 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Halep wins four out of the first five games in the opening set for a commanding 4-1 lead. However, the 24-year old Romanian looses three consecutive games to Schmiedlova to tie the first set 4-4. Halep then wins two straight games to take the first set from a resilient Schmiedlova after forty-minutes. Halep broke Schmiedlova in three out of four break point tries. She also committed half the double faults of the 21-year old Slovakian, 2-4.
Halep wins two straight games to start the second set. After dropping game three to Schmiedlova for a 2-1 advantage, Halep wins four consecutive games, including a 40-0 match sealing win in the seventh game. Simona Halep had the only break points of the brief twenty-three minute second frame, breaking Schmiedlova three times out of five attempts. Halep converted on 10-for-11 first serve points won, as well as a perfect 2-for-2 in second serve points.
World no. 17 Karolina Pliskova gains entry to round 2 with a 6-2, 0-6, 8-6 three-set win over top fifty talent Yanina Wickmayer. Pliskova started the opening frame winning five out of the first six games, capped of by a 40-0 win in the sixth game for first crack at set point. The world no. 46 Wickmayer manages to save point once, but losses the match opener to Pliskova in the eighth game. It took Pliskova just twenty-five minutes to take the first set.
Yanina Wickmayer suddenly comes alive in the second set. The twelve-year WTA veteran won six straight games in the second frame. She takes down Pliskova after just twenty minutes, to even the first round match, 1-1.
Karolina Pliskova wins the first game of the third set, and then proceeds to split the next five games with Wickmayer to tie at 3-3. Pliskova then wins two straight games to get first chance at match point, 5-3. Wickmayer responds by saving match point for three consecutive games to end up with 6-5 lead of her own. Pliskova then ends Wickmayer by winning two straight games to take the fifty-four minutes third set.
Seeded seventeenth at Wimbledon, world no. 20 Elina Svitolina sends United Kingdom local Naomi Broady to a first round exit. Svitolina disposed of the world no. 83 Naomi Broady in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Svitolina wins five of the firs six games against the 26-year old Stockport-born Broady for an early 5-1 lead. Broady attempts to fight back by saving set point in the seventh game, but ultimately looses out on the match opener in the eighth game with a 40-15 win for Svitolina. The 22-year old Ukrainian survived 3 aces from Broady by breaking her twice in the first set.
Elina Svitolina takes the first two games to start the second set. She then splits the next six games with Broady for a 5-3 advantage as well as putting herself at match point. Svitolina takes the first round match after a thirty-one minute second set over Naomi Broady. She gets the only break points of the second set, breaking Broady twice in five attempts. Broady had 4 aces against 1 for Svitolina.
Serbia’s world no. 24 Jelena Jankovic takes down world no. 101 Stefanie Voegele in consecutive sets 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the second round at Wimbledon. Jankovic ends her first round match after just fifty-five minutes. World no. 28 Kiki Bertens also moves on to the second round after a 6-3, 6-2 consecutive sets win over Latvia’s world no. 34 Jelena Ostapenko.