(Australian Associated Press)
SNAPSHOT FROM DAY AT WIMBLEDON
PLAYER OF THE DAY:
Donna Vekic – the rising Croat sent US Open champion Sloane Stephens packing with a 6-1 6-3 boilover, just three weeks after the American fourth seed made the French Open final.
STAT OF THE DAY:
103 – Roger Federer surpassed Jimmy Connors with the most matches ever at Wimbledon and duly celebrated his milestone outing with a cruisy 6-1 6-3 6-4 win over Dusan Lajovic.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I feel guilty if I take 15 minutes for myself to stretch. I’m trying to run back to him and spend every second with him. So that’s the balance I think is the tough one.” – former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka on the challenge of juggling motherhood with tennis after posting a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova.
While Federer made a typically stylish opening to his title defence, 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic, former finalist Milos Raonic and ninth seed John Isner also enjoyed routine first-round wins. But sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov crashed out, losing to Federer’s Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, and barely a week after snapping Federer’s 20-match grass-court winning streak in the Halle final, Borna Coric fell 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 6-2 to Daniil Medvedev. Seven-times women’s champion Serena Williams and fellow former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka began their respective quests to become the first mother to win the title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley 38 years ago with hard-fought two-set wins. Five-times winner Venus Williams, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and 10th seed Madison Keys also survived the opening day.