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Date: Jun 29, 2016
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with Reuters, LONDON
Taiwanese No. 1 Lu Yen-hsun safely negotiated the first round at Wimbledon yesterday on his return to the main tour following elbow surgery.
The Taipei-born 32-year-old advanced with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Russian world No. 179 Alexander Kudryavtsev on Court 10 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London.
The Taiwanese world No. 76, who reached the quarter-finals of the third Grand Slam of the year in 2010, saved three of four break points and converted five of eight, firing nine aces and winning 99 of the 167 points contested to advance to a likely second-round clash with world No. 2 Andy Murray, who was due to face fellow Briton Liam Broady on Center Court later yesterday.
Lu, who was elected to the Association of Tennis Professionals Player Council at the weekend, has been plying his trade in second-tier Challenger tournaments since recovery from surgery, becoming the first player to make it to three consecutive finals earlier this month in the Manchester, Surbiton and Ilkley tournaments in England.
Lu, the runner-up in Manchester, went on to win the titles in Surbiton on June 13 and Ilkley on Sunday last week. [FULL STORY]