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Wimbledon 2023: Iga Swiatek Sails Past Zhu Lin In First Round Match

Swiatek, who hasn't been past the fourth round at the All England Club, beat Zhu Lin 6-1, 6-3, winning the final two games after the roof was closed following a rain delay.

Swiatek is congratulated by Zhu Lin after their first-round match on Monday.
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Top-ranked Iga Swiatek advanced despite a rain delay as Wimbledon got started on Monday with some of the biggest names in tennis in action, including Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams and Coco Gauff. (More Tennis News)

Swiatek, who owns four major titles, but hasn't been past the fourth round at the All England Club, beat Zhu Lin of China 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 Court, winning the final two games after the roof was closed following a rain delay.

Swiatek said she feels better prepared for the grass-court major this year following her title at the French Open.

"After Roland Garros," she said on court, "I really took some time to just appreciate what happened. 

"Last year, when I won Roland Garros, it was my second Grand Slam so it still felt, like, overwhelming, but this time I really could just focus on celebrating and actually getting back to work with more peace in my head and I try to be open minded for the grass season and I think it's working. 

"Hopefully I'm going to be able keep that mindset."

Barbora Strycova, a semifinalist in 2019, became the first winner of this year's tournament by beating Maryna Zanevska 6-1, 7-5. On the men's side, seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev beat Max Purcell 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 on No. 3 Court.

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