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Kerber, Muguruza ease into Round 2 at Wimbledon

German tennis ace Angelique Kerber advanced to the second round at Wimbledon defeating American Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday. Kerber, World No.1, needed one hour and 27 minutes to beat the 27-year-old Falconi.

The 2016 Wimbledon finalist's serve was broken once in each set, but four breaks was all the double Grand Slam champion needed to seal the win.

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Venus made to work for opening round win on 20th Wimbledon anniversary

French Open finallist Simona Halep eased past Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1 while American Venus Williams defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the opening round at Wimbledon on Monday.

Erakovic of New Zealand committed 31 unforced errors in one hour 14 minutes in a match that saw her serve broken five times by the Romanian second seed. The Wimbledon 2014 quarter-finalist is set to play against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, who defeated British Laura Robson 6-4, 6-1.

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Murray opens Wimbledon campaign with easy win

Defending champion Sir Andy Murray started his Wimbledon campaign on the right foot as he defeated Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.

With the Duchess of Cambridge watching from the royal box, Murray, the world no.1, needed just one hour and 44 minutes to get rid of the young Russian-born Bublik. Bublik, 20, served 15 aces and fired 33 winners but his 12 double faults and 35 unforced errors made him vulnerable to Murray, who committed just 10 unforced errors.

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Bouchard gets tough opener at Wimbledon, Raonic in difficult section of the draw

The singles draws are set for Wimbledon 2017 and it will feature at least five Canadians, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC), Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC), Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC) and the young rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON).

Raonic, currently world no. 7, is the sixth seed at the tournament and will face world no. 50 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the opening round. The Canadian is in the bottom half of the draw, alongside both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Raonic, the finalist last year at Wimbledon, has another tough path this year, which could potentially include a Round of 16 encounter with NextGen ATP front runner Alexander Zverev and a quarter-final showdown against the seven-time champion Roger Federer. Despite making an early exit at Queen’s Club last week, Raonic has had a strong 2017 season, reaching the finals at Delray Beach and Istanbul.

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Maria Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon with thigh injury

Russian Maria Sharapova has announced that she will not be able to take part in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournament in Birmingham and the season's third Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon due to a thigh injury she suffered in Rome.

"After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play," Sharapova wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

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Petra Kvitova promises to be back for Wimbledon

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova, who sustained serious injuries to her racket-holding left hand in a knife attack in December, is ready to play at Wimbledon but will make a last-minute decision on whether to participate in the French Open, according to her spokesman Karel Tejkal on Tuesday.

Tejkal said that the efforts of Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, were aimed at getting fit to play in the tournament.

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Sharapova to play qualifiers to get into Wimbledon 2017

Maria Sharapova, who recently returned to the women's tennis circuit after a 15-month ban for doping, on Friday said she will not request an invitation to enter the main table of the Wimbledon tournament and will go through the qualifying rounds.

Through a statement on her website, the Russian explained the schedule of her grass court games, three days after the French Open authorities refused her request for an invitation.

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