Peers/Kontinen Fight Through Opening Hurdle

Top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers came through a tough first-round test on Thursday at Wimbledon, rallying from a set down to defeat the Italian duo of Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1.

Kontinen/Peers won 15 of the last 18 games to advance in two hours and 12 minutes. Seeking their first title since winning their maiden Grand Slam crown at this year’s Australian Open, they take on wild cards Scott Clayton and Jonny O’Mara in the next round.

Second seeds and defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut had arguably the toughest opening round in Roland Garros finalists Santiago Gonzalez and Donald Young, but hung tough for a 6-3, 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(1) victory. Herbert/Mahut have an intriguing match ahead against the British wild card duo of Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis.


Fifth seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan opened their pursuit of a fourth Wimbledon crown by defeating the Aussie pair of Marc Polmans and Andrew Whittington 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. The Bryan brothers won their first title of the year last week at the Aegon International (d. Bopanna/Sa). Awaiting them in the next round are Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi.

Other top teams to advance through the first round on Thursday include eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 14th seeds Florin Mergea and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, and 16th seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic

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