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Wimbledon 2017: World number one Angelique Kerber battles past Irina Falconi

World number one Kerber battles past qualifier Falconi
By Eurosport

04/07/2017 at 14:49Updated 04/07/2017 at 14:58

World number one Angelique Kerber was a 6-4 6-4 winner over American qualifier Irina Falconi after a tough first-round battle on Centre Court.

"The first round here is always tough," said Germany's Kerber, who will next face Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium who was a 6-4 6-3 winner over Japan's Misaki Doi.

"She had nothing to lose. She came from through the qualifiers. It was a good match from both of us and it is always good to have a difficult match in the first round."

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Kerber lost in the first round of the French Open and was forced to battle hard to beat the world number 103 a year after losing to Serena Williams in the final.

Wimbledon highlights are live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player at 10pm

Results from the Wimbledon Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday

Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Misaki Doi (Japan) 6-4 6-3

1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat Irina Falconi (U.S.) 6-4 6-4

Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat 23-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 7-6(4) 7-5

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) beat Magda Linette (Poland) 1-6 6-2 6-3

24-CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 7-5 6-2

Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Monica Niculescu (Romania) 6-4 6-1

Tatjana Maria (Germany) beat Anastasia Potapova (Russia) 6-3 2-2 (Potapova retired)

Arina Rodionova (Australia) beat 16-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 3-6 7-6(6) 9-7