KUBLER HEADLINES AUSSIE WINNERS AT WIMBLEDON


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29-year-old Jason Kubler is one of six Australians to advance to the second round of Wimbledon, with nine Aussies falling in the first round.


Jason Kubler's career to date has been a rollercoaster, to say the least. The Queenslander has endured more injuries than most, but when he's been able to stay fit for an extended period of time, he's been able to rise up the ranks and make a name for himself. And that's exactly what he did overnight at The All England Club.


Up against No. 28 seed Dan Evans on home soil, Kubler would need to produce something special to claim a win - and that he did. It was a tactical masterclass from the get-go, and Kubler never looked back as he blazed away to claim a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win in just two hours and nine minutes.


After qualifying for The French Open main draw and winning a round last month, Kubler then went to the US and won a Challenger tournament, before arriving in Roehampton and going on to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw last week.


The Aussie is in red hot form and has now won 20 of his last 23 matches.


Next up, he will face Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak. With the exit of No. 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime overnight, Kubler will not have to face another seed until the fourth round, if he's able to get there.


On Day 1 at The Championships, Thanasi Kokkinakis was Australia's only winner.



Returning to the Wimbledon main draw for the first time since 2017, Kokkinakis put in an outstanding performance to defeat Poland's Kamil Majchrzak 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-5, claiming his maiden main draw win at The All England Club.


The win for Kokkinakis sets up a mouthwatering date with defending champion and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in the second round.


Also in action on Day 1, John Millman, James Duckworth, Max Purcell and Maddison Inglis were unfortunately ousted in the opening round.


John Millman fought hard as he always does, but went down to No. 25 seed Miomir Kecmanovic 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.


James Duckworth was impressive, but ultimately succumbed to two-time-champion Andy Murray 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 4-6 on Centre Court.


After coming back from two sets to love down to force a deciding set, qualifier Max Purcell suffered a devastating defeat to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 3-6, 6-7(0), 6-4, 6-4, 4-6.


Fellow qualifier Maddison Inglis also exited in a tight match, going down to Hungarian Dalma Galfi 7-5, 3-6, 4-6.


On Day 2, Nick Kyrgios survived an epic five set battle with British wildcard Paul Jubb to move into the second round.



Kyrgios has been in outstanding form in the lead up to Wimbledon but looked far from his best against the Brit. Despite this, the Aussie managed to find a way when the going got tough, hitting a whopping 30 aces and 67 winners on his way to a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5 victory.


Kyrgios is set to face 26th seed Filip Krajinovic in the second round.


Also in action on Day 2 was Australian men's No. 1 Alex de Minaur who won his way through to the second round after a straight sets victory over Bolivian Hugo Dellien.



Despite looking shaky on serve at times, de Minaur got the job done without giving much of a chance to his opponent. The Aussie came to the net with great effect and landed 24 winners on his way to a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 victory in one hour and 47 minutes.


His next opponent is British young gun Jack Draper, who has been in red-hot form on the Challenger Tour in 2022.


Adding to the list of Aussie winners on Day 2 was Jordan Thompson who bulldozed his way past Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.




Thompson finds some of his best form on the grass courts and this match was no exception, hitting 10 aces and 38 winners on route to a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 victory in an hour and 43 minutes.


The win sets up a testing challenge against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.


On the women's side of the draw, Ajla Tomljanovic became the only remaining Aussie after an impressive straight sets victory over Swiss 18th seed Jil Teichmann.



Tomljanovic was outstanding on return, earning 17 break point opportunities as she constantly put pressure on Teichmann's serve. The Aussie hit 18 winners as she waltzed her way to a 6-2, 6-3 victory in an hour and 17 minutes.


Also in action on Day 2 was Alexei Popyrin, who went down in a spirited five-set encounter with Frenchman Hugo Gaston. Popyrin had his chance to serve out the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but was unable to get the job done, eventually going down 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-7(3), 3-6.


Australia's second highest ranked woman, Daria Saville, suffered a 5-7, 6-3, 5-7 first round loss at the hands of Viktoriya Tomova .


Saville will rue the 55 unforced errors that came off her racquet, which undid the 54 winners she hit.


Also falling in three sets was Astra Sharma, who gave up a one set lead to lose to German Tatjana Maria 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 in an hour and 41 minutes.


Much like Saville, Sharma's 43 unforced errors cancelled out the good work that her 35 winners achieved.


Appearing in her maiden Wimbledon Main Draw, Jaimee Fourlis put up a good fight against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens but was defeated 5-7, 2-6 in an hour and 42 minutes.


Also suffering defeat in her maiden Wimbledon Main Draw appearance was Zoe Hives, who was outclassed by 5th seed Maria Sakkari 1-6, 4-6.