Updated: Jul 19
Emma Raducanu, the US Open champion, defeated Alison van Uytvanck on Monday on Wimbledon's Centre Court with scores of 6-4, 6-4.
The British player, 19, who was questionable for the Grand Slam due to an injury, struggled to establish herself early in the match but broke serve in the seventh game.
Van Uytvanck broke again, but Raducanu again took control by breaking, and she held up under pressure on her serve to win the opening set 6-4.
In the second set, the breaks were traded between the players, and Raducanu broke once more in the ninth game. He then held serve comfortably to win with a backhand volley to the joy of the fans.
Being back at Wimbledon is such a fantastic experience "The British number one, who advanced to the fourth round the previous year, remarked.
"As soon as I stepped outside and started exploring the grounds, I felt the support. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me throughout the good times and the bad. Playing on Centre Court and winning makes it all worthwhile."
Since her dramatic victory at Flushing Meadows last year, Raducanu has battled several minor injuries, including a side injury earlier this month.
The youngster won the Grand Slam singles title in New York without losing a set, making her the first British woman to accomplish so since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
She has, however, never since won more than two matches at a tournament.
Caroline Garcia of France will be her opponent in the round of 32.