Kerber, Halep race into round two

Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep both made light work of their first-round opponents at Wimbledon on Monday.

Fourth seed Kerber was up against wild card, and home favourite, Laura Robson.

Robson's world ranking has plummeted in recent years due to ongoing injury problems, and any hope of an upset against the Australian Open champion quickly evaporated on court one, as Kerber raced through the opening set courtesy of two breaks of serve.

The second set saw a repeat of what happened in the first, with Kerber breaking twice more for a routine 6-2, 6-2 victory in one hour and 10 minutes.

Fifth seed Halep, meanwhile, was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia, although the match was not quite as straightforward as the scoreline suggests.

After Halep broke twice to open up a 4-1 lead, Schmiedlova came roaring back with two breaks of her own to level the scores.

Unfortunately, she couldn't consolidate her position, as Halep broke to love at 4-4 before battling her way through four set points in game 10, eventually converting the fourth.

Having gotten her nose in front a second time, Halep did not let up again, breaking three more times to wrap up the second set in just 24 minutes.

Also in action on Monday evening was Japan's Misaki Doi, who dispatched American Louisa Chirico 6-1, 6-2 in just 52 minutes.

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