Kim Clijsters secured a straight-sets victory over Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the opening round of the women’s Singles Tennis event at Wimbledon.
London 2012 is both a Games debut and swansong for Belgian Clijsters, who will retire for the second time after the US Open in a month’s time.
She has struggled with injuries this season and was hampered by an abdominal strain at Wimbledon three weeks ago, where she crashed out in the fourth round to Angelique Kerber.
But she looked in very good form against Vinci, racing through the first set and then edging a closer second to win 6-1 6-4 and become the first Singles victor of the Games.
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