Home» News» Sports» Wimbledon 2021: Second Seed Aryna Sabalenka Wins First Match on Day 1
1-MIN READ

Wimbledon 2021: Second Seed Aryna Sabalenka Wins First Match on Day 1

Aryna Sabalenka (Photo Credit: AP)

Aryna Sabalenka (Photo Credit: AP)

Wimbledon 2021: Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka defeated Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu in straight sets to move to the second round.

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka struck a barrage winners to blitz past Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu 6-1 6-4 on Monday and reach the second round of Wimbledon. With persistent rain preventing play on the outside courts, the Belarusian kicked off the Championships under the closed roof on Court One and set the green grass on fire with her aggressive tennis.

The 23-year-old Sabalenka, 10 years younger than 191st-ranked Niculescu, produced winners at will off both her forehand and backhand to leave Niculescu powerless and rooted to the baseline for most of the match.

Sabalenka, who hit 47 winners to the eight managed by her opponent, faced problems with her serve in the second set and was broken twice before sealing victory in 75 minutes with a crushing forehand down the line.

She will take on either American qualifier Danielle Lao or British wildcard Katie Boulter in the second round.

RELATED STORIES

Read all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here

first published:June 28, 2021, 19:24 IST