LONDON: Britain’s Andy Murray made a winning return to Centre Court after his Wimbledon final defeat as the world number four beat Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Olympics. The Scot had lost his first match since the Wimbledon final when he and brother Jamie were beaten in the doubles on Saturday. But a singles gold is Murray’s real aim and he looked back in the groove against Wawrinka. After saving a break point in the opening game of the match, Murray went on the attack and, guiding a superb backhand winner down the line, he landed the crucial first break for a 5-3 lead before serving out the set in emphatic fashion. Murray then easily finished off the world number 26 after breaking twice in the second set.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2012.