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Wichitan wins at Wimbledon, faces next match on Wednesday

Katie Swan, who played tennis for Collegiate in Wichita, won her opening-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Tournament on Monday.
Katie Swan, who played tennis for Collegiate in Wichita, won her opening-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Tournament on Monday. @Katieswan99/Twitter

Wichita flashed its face across the pond Monday.

British-born Katie Swan, who moved to Wichita in 2013, won her opening-round match at Wimbledon against Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. She is one of the last 64 in the ladies singles draw.

Swan, mentored by Andy Murray, entered Wimbledon as the No. 204 singles player in the world. Begu was No. 36, according to Wimbledon.com. Begu is 27. Swan is 19 and spent time at Collegiate, the most prestigious high school tennis program in Kansas.

Monday marked Swan's second major tournament appearance in singles competition and her first major victory. She is one of the youngest players in the tournament and is toward the bottom in career earnings, at $130,388.

Despite the overwhelming experience against her, Swan had Begu on the ropes for the entire match, showing poise in long rallies while delivering stunning winners.

Swan will likely play Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round. She is a 30-year-old Romanian, ranked No. 28 in singles play. The second round of ladies singles competition begins Wednesday.

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