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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday June 28, 2022

Maria Sakkari

Maria Sakkari is off to a solid start at SW19, as is Jelena Ostapenko.

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A pair of potential contenders at Wimbledon booked their spot in the second round in the lower half of the women’s singles draw early on Tuesday as Maria Sakkari and Jelena Ostapenko each eased through in straight sets.

Tennis Express

Sakkari pushed past qualifier Zoe Hives of Australia, 6-1, 6-4 in 78 minutes, thanks to six breaks of serve and 19 winners.

Sakkari went 5-3 on grass in three events heading into Wimbledon, and says she feels confident in her game despite not having reached the final at any of them.

She improves to 7-5 lifetime at Wimbledon with her win and will race either Daria Saville or Viktoriya Tomova in the second round.

“I think the more you play, the better you feel – the better prepared you are for this amazing tournament,” Sakkari said. “I think the fact that I started in Nottingham and played a lot of matches really helped my performance today. I feel very good on the grass, I’m very confident, very excited and looking forward to my match tomorrow.”

Ostapenko Rolls into R2

Jelena Ostapenko powered past Oceane Dodin on Court 17, 6-4, 6-4, to set a second-round clash with Yanina Wickmayer.

The Latvian, seeded 12, needed just 71 minutes to get through, thanks to 29 winners and 25 unforced (compared to 10 winners and 14 unforced for Dodin).

Ostapenko, a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2018 and a quarterfinalist in 2017, improved to 13-6 lifetime at SW19.


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