French Open tennis champion Rafael Nadal of Spain has scored a straight
sets victory over Andreas Beck of Germany to move into the second round
of the Wimbledon Championships near London.
Nadal, who is trying to become the first Spanish men's champion at
Wimbledon, got his campaign off to a strong start with a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
win on Tuesday.
Number six Andy Roddick of the United States
faced a harder than expected match from Eduardo Schwank before
overcoming the Argentine, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6. Eighth-seeded Frenchman
Richard Gasquet ousted American Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, but American
James Blake, the ninth seed, advanced with a four-set win over
Christophe Rochus of Belgium, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Andy Murray kept Britain's solitary hope alive for its first Wimbledon
title since 1936 with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over French veteran Fabrice
Santoro. But fourth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko was a shocking
upset victim, falling to 116th-ranked German Benjamin Becker, 6-4, 6-4,
In the women's draw, third-seeded Russian Maria
Sharapova had little trouble making it to the second round with a 6-1,
6-4 win over Stephanie Foretz of France. Defending champion and
seventh-seed Venus Williams of the United States had to win a
hard-fought tiebreaker before overwhelming left-handed British teenager
Naomi Cavaday, 7-6, 6-1.
Number nine Russian Dinara Safina
eliminated Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan, 7-6, 6-2, and 10th-seeded Slovakian
Daniela Hantuchova downed Sara Errani of Italy, 7-6, 6-4.
champion and 25th-seeded Lindsay Davenport of the United States missed
Wimbledon last year because of the birth of her son. She returned with
a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 Tuesday over Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic.
women's seeds advancing included number 13 Vera Zvonereva of Russia,
16th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, number 20 Francesca Schiavone
and 22nd-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy, number 21 Nadia Petrova of
Russia, 24th-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel, number 26 Sybille Bammer of
Austria, 31st-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and number 32 Sania
Mirza of India.
In men's matches, 16th-seeded Radek Stepanek
defeated Czech countryman Jan Hernych, 6-3, 7-5, 6-0. Also winning
Tuesday were number 19 Nicolas Almagro and 23 Tommy Robredo of Spain,
24th-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, number 26 Ivan Ljubicic of
Croatia, 27th-seeded Nicolas Kiefer of Germany and number 28 Frenchman
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.