Bacsinszky beats Kumkhum to reach second round

Swiss 11th seed Timea Bacsinszky defeated Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in straight sets to reach the second round at Wimbledon on Thursday.

Bacsinszky needed 84 minutes to set past Kumkhum 6-4, 6-2 to set up a clash against Monica Niculescu of Romania.

In the first set, things went with serve until Kumkhum broke to lead 4-2, but she was broken twice thereafter for Bacsinszky to serve out the set.

The writing was on the wall for Kumkhum when she dropped her serve in the third game of the second set. Bacsinszky saved four break points a game later and then in the seventh game she broke again and served out the match without further incident.

In some other women's first round results, Czech 24th seed Barbora Strycova beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Russia's Ekaterina Makarova won a three-setter against Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

Annika Beck of Germany won a marathon third set against Britain’s Heather Watson 3-6, 6-0, 12-10 in a match lasting three hours, while in an upset, Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus beat French 31st-seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-3.

Romanian Monica Niculescu got past Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-1, 6-4 and Mandy Minella of Luxembourg got past American Anna Tatishvili who retired injured with the score at 7-5, 3-0.

American 18th seed Sloane Stephens reached the second round by downing China's Peng Shuai 7-6(5), 6-2.

In some second round results, 26th seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4 and Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany defeated Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 7-6(1). 

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