Wimbledon 2019: Williams, Barty, Kerber ease through


Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams moved into the second round with a 6-2 7-5 straight-set win over Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone on Tuesday.

Williams, the 11th seed, is looking to equal Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles but has struggled with a knee injury this year.

World number one Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Angelique Kerber also made it comfortably through.

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty

French Open champion Barty overcame Chinese world number 43 Zheng Saisai 6-4 6-2 and will now play Belgian Alison van Uytvanck.

Kerber saw off fellow German Tatjana Maria 6-4 6-3 and faces American world number 95 Lauren Davis in round two.