Mark Conlon03 Jul 2019 AT 09:19 AM

Serena Williams eases through at Wimbledon

There were also victories for Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on day two
Mark Conlon03 Jul 2019 AT 09:19 AM
Serena Williams eases through at Wimbledon
© Serena Williams

After her sister, Venus, was beaten by a 15-year-old in one of the tournament’s biggest shocks, Serena Williams cruised into the second round of Wimbledon courtesy of a straight-sets win over Italy's Giulia Gatto-Monticone on day two.

It took Williams little over an hour to secure her progression to the next round as she won the first set 6-2, before taking the second 7-5.

Williams, who has experienced injury problems this year, was pleased to get through.

"I really appreciate she never gave up and it's good for me to play matches like this," said the American.

"It's the best I have felt since February. I had to skip most of the hard-court season, a couple of matches on clay, I'm feeling good that I can actually walk. It's just amazing.”

Elsewhere in the competition, Nick Kyrgios came through a five-set battle with compatriot Jordan Thompson to set up a meeting with Rafael Nadal, who beat Japan's Yuichi Sugita in straight sets.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, came from behind to get the better of Lloyd Harris and move safely into the second round.

Harris had won the first set, but the eight-time champion responded in ruthless fashion to progress 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.

There were also victories for the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ashleigh Barty, while Maria Sharapova was forced out of her match against Pauline Parmentier through injury.

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