Azarenka survives scare

Azarenka survives scare

Errani becomes first casuality; Federer thru London (AFP): Defending champion Roger Federer began his bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title with...

Errani becomes first casuality; Federer thru Mounica1London (AFP): Defending champion Roger Federer began his bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 69-minute demolition of Victor Hanescu on Monday as Victoria Azarenka overcame a horrific fall to also progress. Federer, 31, swept to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 win on Centre Court to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first triumph at the All England Club with an impressive triumph. The seven-time champion Swiss fired 32 winners and just six unforced errors as he clinched a sixth career victory over the 47th-ranked Hanescu. Federer came into Wimbledon on the back of his first title of 2013 in Halle, the grasscourt win taking him level with John McEnroe on 77 career titles. Women's second seed Azarenka, a semifinalist in 2011 and 2012, moved into second round, beating Portugal's world number 106 Maria Joao Koehler 6-1, 6-2. Azarenka collapsed in crippling pain before her first round match was delayed by 10 minutes for her to have her right knee heavily strapped. Italian fifth seed Sara Errani became the first major casualty of this year's Wimbledon when she slumped to a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig. Errani, a semifinalist at the French Open earlier this month and runner-up in Paris to Maria Sharapova in 2012, had gone into her first round clash carrying a groin injury which forced her out of Eastbourne last week. Puig, 19, the World No. 65, who is playing a grasscourt tournament for the first time as a professional, goes on to face Silvia Soler Espinosa of Spain.
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