WIMBLEDON, England With Wimbledon devolving into a fashion contest, former champion Lindsay Davenport's retro getup may have trumped all other outfits.
Her sleeveless white top and pleated skirt were very 1980s, and the wrap on her right leg with bandages extending from mid-thigh to mid-calf looked like something out of the British Museum.
Playing her first match at Wimbledon since 2005, Davenport whacked enough winners to compensate for a sore knee Tuesday, and she hobbled past Renata Voracova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
Moving more comfortably into the second round were Maria Sharapova and her new all-white, tuxedo-style outfit, which prompted 13 fashion-related questions at her postmatch news conference. Other winners in straight sets included defending champion Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick on a second successive mild, dry day at the All England Club.
While photographers focused on Sharapova's ensemble, and Roddick poked fun at Roger Federer's opening-day sweater, Davenport resorted to tactics that had her winning ugly. Back on the women's tour after a hiatus to have her first child, the 1999 Wimbledon champion showed she still possesses the grass-court game to beat anyone even on one leg.
"I wouldn't come here if I didn't think I would do really well," Davenport said.
Idle for two months after sitting out the clay-court season, Davenport feared rust would be a problem in the opening round. But she was troubled more by a sore knee that has bothered her in recent weeks.
Playing on Court 2 the "Graveyard of Champions" Davenport held a match point in the 10th game of the second set but failed to convert it. Before the final set began, she required treatment from a trainer, who probed and stretched her knee, then sprayed and wrapped her right thigh. During a changeover three games later, more tape was applied to the knee.
She had help: Voracova double-faulted to fall behind 5-3 in the final set. Davenport lost the first point of the next game, then ripped an ace, a service winner, another ace and another service winner for the victory. She looked to the sky in relief and limped off the court, but an hour later she sounded optimistic about her chance of continuing.
Another veteran, No. 4-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, lost to Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, but it was hardly an upset. The opening-round defeat was Davydenko's fifth at Wimbledon in seven years.
Nadal began his bid to end Federer's five-year reign by beating qualifier Andreas Beck 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (0). Nadal, runner-up to Federer the past two years, is coming off his fourth consecutive French Open championship and a win at Queen's for his first grass-court title.
Three U.S. males reached the second round: Roddick, James Blake and Jesse Levine, who beat fellow American Donald Young. Mardy Fish of the United States lost to No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.Sharapova wore a belted tuxedo warmup jacket onto Court 1, along with a sheer bib-style blouse and for the first time at a Grand Slam event shorts. Of secondary interest: She beat qualifier Stephanie Foretz 6-1, 6-4.
Wimbledon at a glance
Men's seeded losers: No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, No. 26 Ivan Ljubicic.
Women's Seeded Losers: No. 23 Katarina Srebotnik.
Top players on court today: No. 1 Roger Federer, No. 3 Novak Djokovic, No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis; No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 6 Serena Williams, No. 8 Anna Chakvetadze.
Stat of the day: 57 Ai Sugiyama's record consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam main draw by a man or woman, marked Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Yanina Wickmayer.
Quote of the Day: "I love menswear in general. You know, I love tuxedo jackets." Sharapova, responding to one of 13 questions relating to fashion during her official post-match news conference.