Rio 2016: Brit tennis day one round-up

With the first day of the tennis completed, VAVEL looks back at how the Brits fared.

Rio 2016: Brit tennis day one round-up
Watson in action - Pic: Getty Images

Heather Watson won two matches in the same day on day one of the Rio Olympics, as the British number two played her first round singles match against Shuai Peng.

The Brit found herself if a battle against the Chinese player. Although both dropped serve, Watson came out on top by securing the second break of serve and took the first set with the least unforced errors. The second set the Brit broke early and shot into a 4-1 lead. However Peng was not to be taken easily and pulled back level.

With more breaks of serve by each player, the Chinese forced a tiebreaker. Both players were playing well in the breaker, but eventually Peng secured the set to make it level and force a deciding set.

Once again the final set saw the players exchanging service breaks in the early part of the set. However, Watson managed to get the extra break needed and held on to her own serve to progress to the 2nd round 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3.

Ladies doubles

Teaming up with Johanna Konta, the Brits faced Jelena Janovic & Aleksandra Krunic. The British number one and two proved too much for the Serbians.

Janovic & Krunic did manage to break the Brits serve once in the first set, however this was never going to be enough. Konta & Watson (the Mixed doubles Wimbledon Champion) soon broke back and took the first set with ease.

The second set saw the Brits playing dominating tennis, with the Serbians unable to break their serve. As the Brits broke more or less at will to take the match in straight sets for the loss of only 3 games. 6-2, 6-1.

Mens doubles

The first Olympic Games for Dom Inglot, ended before it had really started. After attending the Opening Ceremony Inglot and Colin Flemng played their first round match 

Up against the Mexican team of Santiago Gonzalez & Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela. The Brits did not start and were unable to create any break points on the serve of the Mexicans. Gonzalez & Reyes-Varela only needed one break of serve to secure the first set. The second set was even worse for the Brits as they were unable to hold serve at all, losing the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.

Mens singles

In the first singles match involving Brits on the mens side was Kyle Edmund. Drawn against Jordan Thompson. In a classic Brit/Australian rivalry Edmund secured a break of serve and the Australian was unable to come back at him. This gave the British number three the edge and the momentum in the match. in the second set the Brit once again broke the Australian, this time twice. 

Thompson was unable to create any break points and was soon staring an Olympic exit in the face. The Brit was hitting his forehand with power and nothing the Australian tried worked. Edmund progressed to the second round in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.