Wimbledon: Serena Williams is through to the second round of Wimbledon after beating Margarita Gasparyan in straight sets. The match was not without controversy, with Williams earning a code violation for swearing.
SERENA Williams overcame a sluggish start - and a code violation for swearing - to take another important step towards grand slam immortality with a comfortable first-round Wimbledon win.
The American, unbeaten at the highest level since falling in the third round here last year, has now strung together 22 wins in the grand slam arena.
The world champion’s latest triumph came with a 6-4 6-1 first-round dismissal of Russian Margarita Gasparyan.
The world No 1 was reported by a lineswoman for swearing after slipping and falling and received a warning for an audible obscenity..
“She came out so fast, I was like, ‘Oh my God, if I don’t start, I’m going to be down a set’,” Williams said of her young opponent.
“I knew she would be a good player. I can’t say I thought she’d be that good, to be honest.
Other first-round winners included former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka, who thrashed Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-1 and fourth seed Maria Sharapova, who trounced former Australian, now Briton Johanna Konta 6-2 6-2.
Others to progress were high seeds Ana Ivanovic, Karolina Pliskova and dual Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.
Spain’s world No 9 Carla Suarez Navarro was surprisingly thumped 6-2 6-0 by Latvian Jelena Ostapenko while Kazahk Zarina Diyas upstaged Italian 24th seed Flavia Pennetta,