LONDON – Defending women’s champion Garbine Muguruza booked a place in the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on Tuesday over British wildcard Naomi Broady at Wimbledon.
The two-time Grand Slam champion needed 88 minutes to see off world No. 138 Broady on Centre Court.
“I’m back, it’s always good, I’m thinking to win and actually enjoy this time more,” Muguruza said.
“I’m pretty happy with my serve and controlling the emotions. To be back in a Grand Slam is always difficult, so I’m excited with the way I’m playing.”
British No. 1 Johanna Konta was made to work hard for a 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) victory over Russian youngster Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
Konta last year became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since 1978.
“First rounds are always tricky,” she said. “Both players are trying to find their footing.
“I’m playing this championship independent of what happened last year. Last year gave me memories and valuable experience, but I’m older and a little wiser.”
Australia’s Daria Gavrilova, seeded 26th, did not face a single break point in a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory over American qualifier Caroline Dolehide.
Gavrilova’s compatriot Ashleigh Barty finished with 33 winners as she defeated Swiss Stefanie Voegele 7-5, 6-3.
On the men’s side, Kei Nishikori overcame a mid-match blip to beat American qualifier Christian Harrison 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Up next for the 24th seed is Australian Bernard Tomic, who ousted Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the opening round.
Also Tuesday, fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro fired 22 aces on his way to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over German Peter Gojowczyk.
The big-hitting Argentine’s best performance at Wimbledon came in 2013, when he reached the semi-finals.
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, making a record 66th consecutive Grand Slam appearance, reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Argentine Federico Delbonis.