Tennis: Kerber finally wins grand slam match after Melbourne triumph

Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:38pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber won the "battle of the lefties" on Monday as she beat British wildcard Laura Robson 6-2 6-2 in the Wimbledon first round to notch up her first grand slam victory since hoisting the Australian Open trophy in January.

A first-round loser at Roland Garros last month, Kerber made sure she did not suffer another opening-round humiliation as she safely negotiated her way past the injury-plagued Robson.

"It's always tough to play the first few rounds at the grand slam. After the first‑round loss in Paris, it's great to start the tournament like this," the fourth seed told reporters.

"It's always nice to play on the big stage, especially here in Wimbledon. I like this tournament so much. I have great memories. I reached the semis one year."

Robson also has great memories of Court One, having captured the Wimbledon junior title in that arena in 2008.

However, since undergoing surgery on her left wrist two years ago, tennis courts around the world have turned into her own personal torture chambers as the 22-year-old has struggled to recapture the form that lifted her to 27th in the world in 2013.

"For me, it's a massive win to be here and not have any niggles for quite a few months now," said Robson, who is now ranked 283rd in the world.

"I've worked very, very hard to be healthy, to be completely fit on court. It's 100 percent a huge goal for me to finish the year in the same way.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 27/6/16 Great Britain's Laura Robson after losing her match against Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge