London, Great Britain, 7 July 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Australian hopes Storm Hunter and Daria Saville have made winning starts to their respective campaigns in the Wimbledon 2023 ladies’ doubles competition.

World No.7 Hunter and Belgian partner Elise Mertens needed only 61 minutes to secure their place in the second round.

The third seeds powered to a 6-0 6-2 victory against Ukrainian Nadiia Kichenok and Poland’s Alicja Rosolska in opening-round action today at the All England Club.

Hunter revealed on The AO Show podcast this week that she is determined to win a major title in doubles this fortnight at Wimbledon.

“I really believe in myself that I can do that,” she said.

> READ: Hunter eyes major prize at Wimbledon

Saville is also through to the second round, after recording her first doubles win at Wimbledon in seven years.

The 29-year-old Australian teamed with Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl to score a 6-4 7-5 win against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam and Egyptian Mayar Sherif.

It continues an encouraging comeback for Saville, who is contesting only her third tournament after undergoing knee surgery in September last year.

However, Hunter’s mixed doubles campaign ended in the opening round.

Alex de Minaur and his British girlfriend Katie Boulter scored a 6-2 6-4 win against Hunter and fellow Aussie John Peers.

> READ: De Minaur records winning debut in Wimbledon mixed doubles

Aussies in action – Wimbledon

Ladies’ doubles, first round
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) d Nadiia Kichenok (UKR)/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 6-0 6-2
Daria Saville (AUS)/Kateryna Baindl (UKR) d Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)/Mayar Sherif (EGY) 6-4 7-5

Gentlemen’s doubles, first round
[6] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) d Guillermo Duran (ARG)/Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG) 6-2 6-7(5) 7-6(8)
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) d [Alt] Marco Cecchinato (ITA)/Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-2 6-2

> READ: Ebden saves match point in dramatic Wimbledon doubles victory

Mixed doubles, first round
[WC] Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Katie Boulter (GBR) d John Peers (AUS)/Storm Hunter (AUS) 6-2 6-4

Gentlemen’s doubles, first round
Chris O’Connell (AUS)/Laslo Djere (SRB) v [12] Sander Gille (BEL)/Joran Vliegen (BEL)

Gentlemen’s doubles, second round
[6] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v [WC] Jacob Fearnley (GBR)/Johannus Monday (GBR)
[16] John Peers (AUS)
/Marcelo Melo (BRA) v TBC
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) v [1] Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Neal Skupski (GBR)
Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [14] Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)/Andres Molteni (ARG)

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2023 gentlemen’s doubles draw

Ladies’ doubles, second round
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/Anhelina Kalinina (UKR)
Daria Saville (AUS)/Kateryna Baindl (UKR) v Wu Fang-Hsien (TPE)/Zhu Lin (CHN)

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2023 ladies’ doubles draw

Mixed doubles, first round
[5] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Ellen Perez (AUS) v Hugo Nys (MON)/Laura Siegemund (GER)

Mixed doubles, second round
[WC] Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Katie Boulter (GBR) v Joran Vliegen (BEL)/Xu Yifan (CHN)

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2023 mixed doubles draw

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