SPORTS WIMBLEDON 2017
Just days after being sued in relation to a fatal car accident, an emotional Venus Williams wins her opening-round match.
It was a mixed day for the Canadians on the opening day at Wimbledon while Venus Williams won her first match since being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused.
The 10th-seeded Williams beat Elise Mertens, 7-6 (7), 6-4, on Monday in the first round at the Grand Slam tennis event, a tournament the American has won five times.
Last week, Williams was sued by the estate of a Florida man who died 13 days after a car crash. The lawsuit came one day after Palm Beach Gardens police released a report saying Williams caused the June 9 crash.
“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and ... yeah. I’m completely speechless,” Williams said before tearing up.
Montreal’s Françoise Abanda defeated Japan’s Kurumi Nara, 6-2, 6-4, and Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., dropped a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 decision to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz defeated wild-card entry Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
On No. 1 Court, Williams had to wait through a 33-minute rain delay to win her opening match. She had two match points before the rain came. Play was stopped with Williams leading 5-3, 40-40 in the second set.
When play resumed, Mertens held serve to make it 5-4, but Williams served out the match.
Defending champion Andy Murray also won his opening match, beating Alexander Bublik, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Murray entered the tournament after pulling out of a pair of exhibition matches because of a sore hip.
“I was a bit nervous this morning,” Murray said. “I hadn’t been able to do as much as I would have liked in the buildup.”
Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion who was injured in a knife attack at her home in December, then beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden, 6-3, 6-4, on Centre Court while Rafael Nadal defeated John Millman of Australia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Second-seeded Simona Halep and No. 17 Madison Keys also won. Halep, who lost in the French Open final, beat Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, 6-4, 6-1. Keys defeated Nao Hibino of Japan, 6-4, 6-2.
Keys, who is right-handed, was playing for the first time since having a second surgery on her left wrist.
“It’s obviously not perfect,” Keys said. “I haven’t been able to do the repetitions that ideally I would have wanted to do, but it feels fine. Doesn’t hurt anymore. That’s really all I care about.”
Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and eighthseeded Dominika Cibulkova also advanced.
In the men’s draw, Nick Kyrgios retired from his first-round match after losing the first two sets.
The 20th-seeded Australian was trailing Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, 6-3, 6-4, when he called for a trainer to work on his left hip. He then decided to stop the match.
Kyrgios also retired with an injury from his first-round match at Queen’s, a Wimbledon warm-up tournament.
“I kind of knew I was in trouble. I have been feeling my hip ever since I fell over at Queen’s. Never got it right,” Kyrgios said. “I was doing everything I could to help it, but just not enough time.”
Two-time semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also reached the second round. The 12th-seeded Frenchman beat Cameron Norrie of Britain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Venus Williams of the United States returns to Belgium’s Elise Mertens during their round one Women’s Singles Match on the opening day at Wimbledon.
Venus Williams returns a shot during her winning match at Wimbledon, her first since she was in a motor vehicle accident in which a man died.