Two-time champion Serena Williams has opened her Wimbledon campaign with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi in the opening match on Court 1.
Williams, whose Wimbledon wins in 2002 and ‘03 are among her seven major titles, fended off five break point chances in the first set Monday and converted on her only opportunity on set point when French Open quarterfinalist Kanepi double faulted.
Williams, seeded sixth, broke Kanepi’s serve once in the second set and served out at love.
“I didn’t play well, I made a lot of errors, I panicked,” she said. “Anything I could have done wrong, I did wrong.”
One thing that Serena did right was to fight off a break point at 5-5, the loss of which could easily have cost her the opening set. “That was huge,” she admitted. “I kept thinking, I just can’t lose serve. She was playing unbelievable, not making any errors. I just had to hang in there and stay positive.”
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