SEVEN AUSTRALIANS were in action on the opening day of Wimbledon, with five progressing to the next round.
Despite showing promise in the warm-up events, Gold Coast star Samantha Stosur was one of the two casulties, losing to Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets (6-3 6-4).
Big-serving Sam Groth also fell at the first hurdle to 21st seed Alexandr Dolgopolov (7-5 7-6 7-6).
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Bernard Tomic managed to progress, easily accounting for Russian Evgeny Donskoy (6-4 6-3 6-2).
Tomic has been struggling since having hip surgery in February, but the Herald Sun reports, he is confident he can overcome Tomas Berdych in the second round.
“I need to win the first set and put pressure on him,” Tomic said.
Also part of one of Australia’s best starts at the All England club in recent memory were Marinko Matosevic, Casey Dellacqua and Jarmila Gajdosova, as well as young gun Luke Saville.