I thought Serena Williams' reaction to Ash Barty becoming world No.1 last week was an absolute disgrace.
The Australian will now play Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, ranked 54 in the world, in the second round on Thursday.
After beginning her campaign with a straight sets win over Saisai Zheng on Court 1, Barty could well have expected to be promoted to what Kyrgios described earlier in the week as the best court in tennis. "It's a little bit of a weird feeling, to be honest". "She [Gatto-Monticone] never gave up and it's good for me to play matches like this when I haven't had a ton of matches this year".
"This hallowed turf that we do get to play on is sacred, it's attractive".
"All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart".
Kerber said: "I was really nervous, to be honest, because of course to going out there as the defending champion, it was really special". "Walking on the Centre Court, playing there again, I mean, a lot of emotions, a lot of memories". Seven-time champion Serena Williams is also in that same quarter, and she also won, beating Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy 6-2, 7-5.
"Really clean match overall, not too many errors across the whole match", Barty said.
Two former Wimbledon winners who have struggled this season, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, both lost, as did a pair of major champions elsewhere, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sam Stosur.
Muguruza, seeded 26th, lost to Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 6-4.
Sharapova, the 2004 champion, was trailing Pauline Parmentier 5-0 in the final set when the five-time grand slam victor retired due to a left forearm injury.
Finishing up the Centre Court action for the day will be Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal, who set up a juicy rematch of their 2014 epic by each winning in round one.
1st rd Wang Qiang (Chn) bt Vera Lapko (Blr) 6-2 6-2, Sloane Stephens (USA) bt Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) 6-2 6-4.
Kyrgios took a medical timeout after the second set and a trainer came on court to examine his left side.
1st rd Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Thiago Monteiro (Bra) 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-4, Nick Kyrgios (Aus) bt Jordan Thompson (Aus) 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 0-6 6-1.