Tears and joy for the Belgians at Wimbledon

Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer stunned Australia's Samantha Stosur in her first-round match at Wimbledon, seeing off the former US Open champion in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Meanwhile, David Goffin was beaten by Andy Murray in the opening match on Centre Court.
GLYN KIRK

Cheered on by four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters from the stands, Wickmayer dominated the match from the baseline. The Belgian had started as the underdog as the world's number 54, compared to Stosur's 17th place on the WTA professional rankings, but this could not be seen on the green grass of Wimbledon.

It was a hot, sunny day in south-west London. Wickmayer left the 2011 US Open champion Stosur chasing shadows. Climbing to a 5-2 lead in the second set, the Belgian looked set for a quick victory, before the 30-year-old veteran Stosur bounced back to take the next two games. Wickmayer stood strong though and took it 6-3, 6-4 after 1 hour and 7 minutes of play. Wickmayer will now meet 16-year-old Ana Konjuh from Croatia.

The result is a real confidence-booster for 24-year-old Wickmayer. The athlete from Lier (Antwerp) had her breakthrough a couple of years ago, but went through a difficult spell. She lost her coach Stefan Wauters in February, after he threw in the towel for private reasons.

Goffin gives Murray a match in the 2nd and 3rd set

David Goffin had the honour to face defending champion Andy Murray on Centre Court. The Belgian did his best, but only posed a threat to Murray in the second and third set, losing the tie 6-1, 6-4, 7-5. 

Last year, 27-year-old Murray of Scotland had become Britain's first Wimbledon champion in the men's singles in 77 years. He cruised to an easy win in the opening set, 6-1, but 23-year-old Goffin next shook off his nerves to pose a bigger challenge after that. Murray held on though and Goffin cracked at 5-all in the final set, after giving away a 40-0 lead on his serve.