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KEY DATES FOR WIMBLEDON 2017

Qualifying begins: 26 June

The Draw: 30 June

Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July

Order of Play: 2 July

Championships begin: 3 July

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Monday, 3 July 2017 22:06 PM BST
At a Glance: The best of Day 1
The big stories on the opening day of The Championships READ MORE

Defending champion Andy Murray and five-time former champion Venus Williams were among the seeds to post comfortable straight-sets victories on Day One at Wimbledon.

But there will be no career Grand Slam for men’s fifth seed Stan Wawrinka at this year’s Championships.

The Swiss was humbled 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by 21-year-old Daniil Medvedev with the Russian posting his first Grand Slam match win on Centre Court.

Murray, the world No.1, made light work of lucky loser Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, in spite of his hip problems coming into The Championships.

Williams, who made her Wimbledon debut 20 years ago, was forced to wait for a brief shower to pass before finishing off her 7-6(7), 6-4 win over Elise Mertens.

No.2 Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, the No.4 seed, both advanced in straight sets – Halep dispatching qualifier Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1, while Ukraine’s Svitolina edged out the 2011 girls’ singles champion, Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 7-6(8).

Two-time former Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka made a successful return to Wimbledon after the birth of her son Leo, recovering from a slow start before racing home against 18-year-old American CiCi Bellis 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko held out Azarenka’s countrywoman Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.

There were straightforward wins for Kei Nishikori over Marco Cecchinato, Madison Keys over Nao Hibino, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over British wild card Cameron Norrie.

But the No.20 seed, Nick Kyrgios, was the first player to bow out of The Championships, forced to retire with the hip injury that has plagued his clay and grass court seasons while trailing France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 6-4.

After her stunning run to this year’s Australian Open semi-finals, nearly 18 years after making her only prior appearance that deep in a Grand Slam at SW19, there would be no such repeat at the All England Club in 2017 for Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The 35-year-old Croatian squandered a 5-0 third-set lead to fall to German Carina Withhoeft 6-3, 5-7, 8-6.

In the clash of two former Wimbledon quarter-finalists, seventh seed Marin Cilic made light work of dangerous German Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the second round with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win, while Kevin Anderson won a showdown between two former top-tenners with a 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(8), 6-3 upset of No.31 seed Fernando Verdasco.

Cilic’s countryman Ivo Karlovic had a tougher time of it, falling in a 4hr 24min marathon to Brit Aljaz Bedene 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 7-6(7), 8-6. It was the first time since 2002 there were no breaks of serve in a match until the fifth set.

In another battle of former top-tenners, Dominika Cibulkova served for a place in the second round three times and needed six match points before finally prevailing against German Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 3-6, 9-7. The match featured a whopping 23 breaks. Who says grass is all about the serve?

Last year’s boys’ singles champion, Denis Shapovalov, came off second best in a feisty encounter with Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who outgunned the Canadian teenager 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2). Germany’s Dustin Brown also advanced in four sets, bouncing back after losing the opener to Joao Sousa to win 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4.

Sometimes the score tells only half the story: Camila Giorgi trailed Alize Cornet 5-0 in the first set before fighting back to 5-5, only to lose that set – yet win the match, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Stat of the day: 4.5 – The number of months Mandy Minella is pregnant. The Luxemburger Wort reports the 31-year-old, who lost 6-1, 6-1 to Francesca Schiavone, is expecting her and husband Tim Sommer's first child. Her Wimbledon's not done yet, however. She still has the doubles to contest with Anastasija Sevastova.

Quote of the day: “You can’t look at your coach if you want to challenge. You have to look at me” - Chair Umpire Louise Engzell to Dominika Cibulkova.

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