There were some pretty lopsided routs on day 1 of Ladies Singles play at Wimbledon 2015. Sure, #6 Lucie Safarova was pushed by Alison Riske. 2014 Girls champion Jelena Ostapenko upset #9 Carla Suarez Navarro. However, by and large, it was blowout city. # 4 Maria Sharapova 2 and 2 over Johanna Konta. #7 Ana Ivanovic 1 and 1 over Yi-Fan Xu. #23 Victoria Azarenka 2 and 1 over Anett Kontaveit. And the two biggest beatdowns of all; #16 Venus Williams serving up a double bagel to Madison Brengle and #14 Andrea Petkovic doing the same to Shelby Rogers. Those last two hurt a little bit for me. Not because Venus and Andrea won. I actually was pulling for both of them to win. Rather, it was because I am quite fond of both Americans Brengle and Rogers. I hate to see them…or anybody really…go on to the court at the Cathedral of Tennis, Wimbledon…the cradle of our sport, as Novak Djokovic calls it…and get embarrassed by not even winning one game. But that’s how sports is. Venus and Andrea had a job to do. They cannot let up. You never know what can happen if you relax. I’ve watched tennis my whole life and seen strange things happen.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-4 6-1 vs Margarita Gasparyan)
4 MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 6-2 6-2 vs Johanna Konta)
6 LUCIE SAFAROVA (won 3-6 7-5 6-3 vs Alison Riske)
7 ANA IVANOVIC (won 6-1 6-1 vs Yi-Fan Yu)