Jule Niemeier won the first Grand Slam match of her tennis career at Wimbledon.
The 22-year-old from Dortmund prevailed against the Chinese Wang Xiyu 6: 1, 6: 4 and advanced to the second round. There, on Wednesday, Niemeier meets either Anett Kontaveit from Estonia, who is second seeded, or Bernarda Pera from the USA.
Niemeier is one of six German players in the Wimbledon field. At the French Open, she had recently qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time. The world rankings-97. is next to Nastasja Schunk, who plays on Tuesday, the hope for the time after the generation around the three-time major winner Angelique Kerber.
“You need experience, you have to go through the ups and downs, you have to mentally master setbacks,” said Kerber about the two talents before the tournament started: “If they can do it, I have a lot of confidence in them.”