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'Hip' hooray as champ Murray makes it over the first hurdle at Wimbledon

By Catherine Wyatt

Andy Murray led the charge of the British on day one of the Wimbledon tennis championship as he won his first match at SW19.

The world number one was watched by the Duchess of Cambridge and his pregnant wife Kim when he beat Alexander Bublik 6-1 6-4 6-2.

Play was disrupted twice by rain, but Murray wrapped up the match comfortably in an hour and 44 minutes.

There was concern for the defending champion after he lost in the first round of the Aegon Championships.

But after yesterday's victory, Murray said: "My hip felt good. It's a little bit sore, but I was moving really good on the court today. You know, that's the most important thing."

The Duchess watched Murray from the royal box after meeting ball boys and girls.

She told a group of them that the work they do "makes the game happen".

Thrice Wimbledon winner Boris Becker was also present at the first day of the tournament.

Murray confirmed on Sunday that he and his wife were expecting another child, telling a Press conference: "We're both obviously very happy and looking forward to it."

Murray, who is defending his title, will be joined in the second round of the Championships by fellow Britons Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.

Konta, who had to pull out of her semi-final at Eastbourne, comfortably beat Hsieh Su-wei 6-2 6-2, and Watson conquered Maryna Zanevska 6-1 7-6 (7-5).

But fellow Britons Cameron Norrie, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady all lost their games on the first day of play.

Aljaz Bedene was the last Briton to finish on day one, playing a mammoth game against 21st seed, Croatian Ivo Karlovic. He won 6-7 7-6 6-7 7-6 8-6.

Elsewhere, Venus Williams broke down and left a Press conference after talking about a fatal car crash she was involved in.

Police are investigating the collision, which happened in Florida, in which a 78-year-old man died.

Williams said "I'm completely speechless" before crying and leaving the room.

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