- POSTED: 24 Jun 2014 22:58
Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka reached the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday as defending women's champion Marion Bartoli made a tearful return to Centre Court.
LONDON: Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka reached the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday as defending women's champion Marion Bartoli made a tearful return to Centre Court.
Wawrinka, the world number three but seeded five at the All England Club in a reflection of his grasscourt struggles, fired 18 aces and 39 winners in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa.
Wawrinka, who has never got beyond the fourth round and was without a win in the tournament since 2011, tackles Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun for a place in the last 32.
"It's a quick surface, you have to be relaxed and confident. Sometimes you can be tight and nervous," said the Swiss.
The now-retired Bartoli returned to Centre Court only to hear herself introduced as 'Maria' by a blundering announcer.
The Frenchwoman performed the coin toss ahead of the first round match between Sabine Lisicki, the German she defeated in the final last year, and Israel's Julia Glushko.
She broke down in tears as she stood on the court where she won her only Grand Slam title. Once she had finished her ceremonial duties, Bartoli headed for a front-row seat in the Royal Box.
Bartoli retired in the immediate aftermath of her Wimbledon win and as a result it was Lisicki who was given the honour of opening the action on Tuesday.
"To relive and walk again on the Wimbledon turf, it's a lot of emotions," Bartoli tweeted.
Lisicki, yet to get beyond the third round of any event in 2014, was untroubled against Glushko, the world number 79, winning 6-2, 6-1 in just 57 minutes.
"It's such a huge honour to play the first match, I am very thankful," said 19th-seeded Lisicki.
"It was very special to see Marion again."
Other early winners on Tuesday were German 20th seed Andrea Petkovic, a semi-finalist at the French Open, who eased past Katarzyna Piter of Poland, 6-1, 6-4, and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, the 16th seeded Dane, who beat Israel's Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-0.
In men's action, French 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a semi-finalist in 2011 and 2012, needed just four points and three minutes to finish off Austria's Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a match held over from Monday.
"It was quick. I played only four points. But it wasn't easy to come back after last night. I played a good four points and finally I won," said Tsonga.