Wimbledon: Andy Murray eases into second round while Victoria Azarenka bows out
Defending champion Andy Murray handed out a tough Wimbledon lesson to Slovenian grasscourt rookie Blaz Rola yesterday
London: Defending champion Andy Murray handed out a tough Wimbledon lesson to Slovenian grasscourt rookie Blaz Rola yesterday.
Andy Murray in top flight during his Round Two match against Blaz Rola in London yesterday. Pics/AFP
Murray, the third seed, coasted to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 mauling of 23-year-old Rola who was playing just the 10th match of his career having only graduated from university in Ohio last year.
The British star eased to victory in just 84 minutes, hitting seven aces and 27 winners against the world number 92 and goes on to face either Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic or Spanish 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the last 16.
French Open semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis became the highest ranked man to lose so far when the 12th seed went down to Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).
Stakhovksy, who shocked Roger Federer in the second round in 2013, next faces either France's Jeremy Chardy or Australia's Marinko Matosevic.
Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer failed in his bid to reach an 18th consecutive third round at a Grand Slam when he was knocked out by Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov.
Kuznetsov, the World No 118, claimed a famous 6-7 (5/7), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.
Former World No 1 and double Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was knocked out, losing in the second round to Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski. Eighth-seeded Azarenka lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Meanwhile, Divij Sharan and Yen-Hsun Lu blew away a fabulous start while Purav Raja and Marcelo Demoliner went down fighting to crash out of the men's doubles event.
Victoria Azarenka plays a return shot to Bojana Jovanovski yesterday
Divij and his Chinese Taipei partner Lu squandered a comfortable two-set lead to lose 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 3-6, 2-6 to Briton Jamie Delgado and Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.
Raja and Demoliner suffered a 2-6, 4-6, 4-6 loss against pair of Juan-Sebastian Cabal from Colombia and Marcin Matkowski from Poland.
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