LONDON — Defending champion Andy Murray of Britain fought off a nagging left hip injury and a half-hour rain delay to beat Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round of Wimbledon.
Murray, who lost in the first round at Queen’s last month, showed no ill effects from an injury that caused him to call off two days of practice last week.
The 134th-ranked Bublik, from Kazakhstan, was playing in his seventh tour-level match. His eccentric style, built on slices and drop shots, seemed as though it could test Murray’s mobility.
Murray countered with his own defensive game and took advantage of his opponent’s errors. Bublik had 35 unforced errors to Murray’s 10 and had 12 double-faults.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams also won her opening match at the All England Club, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 7-6 (7), 6-4.
Williams was playing for the first time since being sued by the estate of a Florida man who died after a car crash police say she caused.
Williams, who was playing on grass for the first time this year, is seeded 10th at the tournament she last won in 2008. She reached the semifinals last year.
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