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Broady and Boulter score opening round wins.

Liam Broady reached the second round of Wimbledon for the first time since his debut six years ago.

The 27-year-old British wild card, world-ranked 143, scored an emphatic 6-3 6-4 6-0 win against Italian Marco Cecchinato.

Broady’s opponent, ranked 86, has never got beyond the opening round in five campaigns at the All England Club.

Katie Boulter, another British wild card, has earned a second-round date with second seed Aryna Sabalenka.

The 24-year-old Brit battled back from a set down to score a 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4 opening-round win over debuting Danielle Lao, 30, of the United States.

Boulter fought back from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tiebreak. But was pipped 8-6 in it.

The Brit stuck with it to complete her victory with the help of a big serve.

Heather Watson, the Brit ranked 68, was pipped in three sets after serving for the match and holding a point to seal victory against American Kristie Ahn on No.1 Court.

Debuting British wild card Jodie Burrage has also exited the ladies singles. The 22-year-old Londoner, ranked 274, succumbed 6-2 6-1 against world No.91 American Lauren Davis in their rain-delayed Court Five match.

Home qualifier Katie Swan, 22, from Bristol and ranked 292, earned praise after she was defeated 6-3 6-4 by 23rd-seeded American Madison Keys, a former Wimbledon finalist and US Open finalist.

Chris Bradnam, the BBC sport commentator said: “If Katie Swan can stay fit and healthy, she showed enough having qualified. There’s more to come from the youngster.”

Jay Clarke, another British wild card, was two sets to one down to Belarusian Egor Gerasimov when it was held over.

Dan Evans, the British No.1 and 22nd seed, had his first round Court Two clash with Spain’s Feliciano Lopez cancelled for the day due to rain delay.

British wild card Harriet Dart also had her match against Belgian 13th seed Elise Mertens held over.


Katie Boulter recovered to win in three sets

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