Caroline Wozniacki needed three sets, but came through a test from Timea Babos in her opener on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - From a break down in the final set, Caroline Wozniacki stormed to the last six games to stave off an upset bid from Timea Babos and advance to the second round at Wimbledon, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

The match was scheduled as to be arranged when play began on Tuesday, but with two men's singles matches ending in retirements on Centre Court following Angelique Kerber's victory, the fans on Wimbledon's main stage were treated to a fourth match.

The Hungarian, a doubles runner-up in two of the past three years at Wimbledon, has never been past the second round in singles at the All-England Club, but gave the former World No.1 all she could handle over the first two sets.

After rallying to knot the match at one set apiece, the World No.42 won the first seven points of the decider to secure a break and lead 40-0 on serve, but did not win another game as the No.5 seed held off the upset attempt.

"I think there's pressure on you whether you're No. 1 or No. 5 in the world. You know, you have pressure. It's all about how you handle it," Wozniacki said, post-match. "I enjoy it. I enjoy having a target on my back because it means you need to keep playing better and improve and keep working hard because everyone is looking forward to beat you."

The former World No.1 played her best tennis in the pressure moments on Tuesday, as she broke the big-serving Babos five times in the match and served at 72 percent. In the final set, the former World No.1 won a staggering 67 percent (14/21) points on return, as Babos made 15 unforced errors in the final six games.

In the opener, the former World No.1 got the first break of the match in the sixth game, but didn't seal the set until earning a second break in the 10th game after Babos leveled proceedings at 4-4. In a set that was decided by the tightest of margins, the aggressive Babos was nearly rewarded for her 12 winners - to Wozniacki's six - but also made a costly 12 unforced errors. 

In the second set, the Hungarian cleaned up her tennis to the tune of 11 winners and five unforced errors, as she made an early break of serve - on her lone opportunity of the set - stand up, and allowed Wozniacki to win just five points on her serve. 

"I think there's pressure on you whether you're No. 1 or No. 5 in the world. It's all about how you handle it."
Caroline Wozniacki

In the second round, Wozniacki faces a potential hurdle in unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, a former semifinalist at the All-England Club.

The Bulgarian ousted Sara Errani in her first round match, 6-1, 6-4, and though they haven't played since 2012, has won just won set in four career meetings against Wozniacki.

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