Five-time Wimbledon titlist and defending champion Venus Williams was as comfortable as ever on grass and saw off world No.97 Stefanie Voegele to reach the second round. Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic also progressed, with a 6-4 7-6(0) victory over Julia Goerges of Germany.
Third seed Williams defeated the 19-year-old Swiss 6-3 6-2 in 74 minutes. The American took control of the opening set after winning 14 straight points, and three breaks of Voegele’s serve gave Williams the second set.
Jankovic stormed through the opening set in 45 minutes. In the second set Goerges took a 5-2 lead, but the Serb pulled level and raced away to win the tiebreak 7-0.
Jankovic’s grasscourt game is being helped by coach Chip Hooper. JJ didn’t want to say whether Hooper will be her new coach, but she revealed that he’s working on her serves and volleys.
Williams will next play Kateryna Bondarenko, while Jankovic’s next opponent will be Iveta Benesova.