The first day at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships featured a couple of intriguing upsets and some big names in both the men's and women's singles brackets, but the Grand Slam tournament is only just getting started.
After just one day, there's still plenty of tennis left to be played. The Grand Slam event has just begun and the final day of the tournament is on July 6.
Andy Murray is looking to defend his 2013 Wimbledon title, while Novak Djokovic is looking to get revenge after falling to the 27-year-old in the final last year.
As some of the biggest names in tennis try to grab a Grand Slam title, here are some of the top scores from Monday's action along with recaps of some of the biggest Day 1 stories.
Top Day 1 Scores
|(3) A. Murray def. D. Goffin||6-1, 6-4, 7-5|
|(7) D. Ferrer def. P. Carreno Busta||6-0, 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1|
|(1) N. Djokovic def. A. Golubev||6-0, 6-1, 6-4|
|(6) T. Berdych def. V. Hanescu||6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3|
|(2) N. Li def. P. Kania||7-5, 6-2|
|(8) V. Azarenka def. M. Lucic-Baroni||6-3, 7-5|
|(30 V. Williams def. M. Torro-Flor||6-4, 4-6, 6-2|
|M. Kirilenko def. (18) S. Stephens||6-2, 7-6(6)|
Note: All results from Day 1 can be seen courtesy of Wimbledon.com
Day 1 Stories
Andy Murray Starts Strong
As the first British men's winner at Wimbledon since 1936 last year, Murray was looking to get off on the right foot in this year's tournament, and he was able to do just that, winning in straight sets in his first match against David Goffin.
There were few scares for Murray in this match, especially after winning the first set 6-1. It was Murray's 450th career ATP World Tour victory, giving him a solid milestone to be proud of while advancing to the second round.
"I thought it was a very high standard match," Murray told Piers Newbery from BBC Sport.
"I was glad to finish it in three. Sometimes you can win in three sets and not play that well, but I'm pleased with the way I struck the ball. I was nervous this morning and I was nervous last night, but once you sit down on the chair it's time to get on with this year."
The match was a quick one, lasting just two hours and two minutes. Murray came up with eight aces, while Goffin struggled with 28 unforced errors.
Murray has made it to at least the quarterfinals in each of the first two Grand Slam events this year, but he's hoping that he can at least make it to the final and try to defend his title at Wimbledon.
Based on his first round, Murray looks like he's in good shape. Next up, he'll be looking to take down Blaz Rola, who was able to handle Pablo Andujar in straight sets to start his Wimbledon run.
But Rola will have a tough time taking down Murray, who looks like he has the potential to make another deep run.
Sloane Stephens Disappoints with Early Exit
Coming in as the No. 18 seed, expectations were high for Sloane Stephens, especially after she made it to the quarterfinals last year. Unfortunately, she suffered her earliest exit from a Grand Slam event since 2011.
Maria Kirilenko was able to dismiss Stephens in straight sets. Inconsistency has been an issue for Stephens this season, and it was on display once again on Monday.
However, Stephens didn't go down without a fight. According to Ben Rothenberg from The New York Times, Stephens saved five straight match points to force a tiebreak in the second set.
Sloane Stephens saves FIVE match points, holds to force a second set tiebreak vs Maria Kirilenko. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 23, 2014
Even though she fought hard down to the end, Stephens was still obviously upset about losing in the first round after making it to at least the fourth round in every Grand Slam event since the beginning of 2013.
Wayne Coffey from The New York Daily News reports Stephens as saying:
I'm sad my (Grand Slam) streak is broken.
(But) Maria is a great player. She's done well here in the past. She just played pretty solid and she went for all her shots. It was a tough day for me.
After a loss like this one, Stephens will be looking to turn things around and return to form before the final Grand Slam event of the season, the U.S. Open at the end of August.