Former Junior Grand Slam champions Daria Snigur and Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva were both impressive winners in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying.

The No. 7 seed, Snigur, was the girls’ winner at SW19 in 2019 and has continued to achieve milestones on grass this year. The No.130-ranked Ukrainian qualified for her WTA main draw debut in Nottingham two weeks ago and beat Suzan Lamens 7-5, 6-1 in Roehampton to reach the second qualifying round.

Snigur started slow, losing 5-2 in the first set against the Dutchwoman. But once her flat shots started finding the lines, the 20-year-old rolled, saving a set point and roaring through 11 of the next 12 games.

Seeded No. 31 Jimenez Kasintseva, the 2020 Australian Open junior title slate, was an efficient 6-3, 6-3 winner in 78 minutes over Barbara Haas. Playing the first professional game on grass of his career, the 16-year-old Andorran had no trouble adapting his hard-hitting groundstrokes on the surface.

Additionally, No. 21 seed Nastasja Schunk, a Wimbledon junior runner-up last year, advanced 6-1, 6-4 over Miriam Kolodziejova. The 18-year-old German made her Grand Slam main draw debut last month as a lucky loser at Roland Garros, where she led Simona Halep to three sets in the first round.

Podoroska and Wickmayer make a comeback on the big stage

Former Roland Garros semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska won her first match in 10 months, knocking out No. 19 seed Asia Muhammad 6-3, 6-3 in 1 hour and 29 minutes. The Argentine has battled multiple injuries that have sidelined them since last year’s US Open, and their ranking has fallen to 177th from a career high of 36th last September.

Former US Open semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer also returned to the Grand Slam stage, beating No. 13 seed Julia Grabher 6-4, 7-6(4). The Belgian returned from maternity leave last February, having given birth to daughter Luana last April. Wickmayer, 32, is playing in her first major qualifying competition since Roland Garros 2020 and is ranked No. 603 after reaching the Netanya ITF W25 final last month.

Andrianjafitrimo, Vandeweghe, Bjorklund go through super tie-breaks

The longest match of the opening day was won by No. 12 seed Tessah Andrianjafitrimo, who held off 17-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.[6] in exactly 3 hours. Both players were making their Wimbledon qualifying debuts, but it was the Frenchwoman who dominated the proceedings with her forehand and touch.

Two of the Top 3 seeds also needed super tie-breaks to advance. No.2 CoCo Vandeweghe, two-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2015 and 2017, is just past 5-7, 6-1, 7-6[8] against Ella McDonald, a 16-year-old unranked joker. Vandeweghe saved match point by serving at 4-5 in the third set; and in the super tie-break, the British teenager saved six match points in a row from 9-2 up before sending a long volley on the seventh.

In the final game of the day, No. 3 Mirjam Bjorklund ended Sara Errani’s career-best grass run 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-6.[6]. Former world No. 5 Errani had reached her first final on grass last week at the Gaiba WTA 125 event and saved two match points in the second-set tiebreak, but Bjorklund proved more resilient to the end.

16-seeded Fiona Ferro also delayed the returns, who missed five match points in the second set but eventually knocked out 20-year-old Japanese Moyuka Uchijima 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-5 in 2 hours. and 35 mins. Ferro finally sealed his 10th match point.

Elsewhere, Katarina Zavatska advanced 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-5 over 17-year-old British wildcard Ranah Stoiber despite losing a 5-2 lead in the second set. Home fans had plenty to cheer about, however, with another wildcard, No. 296-ranked Sarah Beth Grey. Gray overturned a 5-3 second-set deficit to upset No. 27 seed Olivia Gadecki 5- 7, 7-5, 7-6[7].