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"One of the things she said is she tried to take in the atmosphere and the experience of walking out as defending champion," Murray said. "You never know if you'll get the chance to do it again."
Five time champion Venus Williams won her first singles match at Wimbledon since 2011, posting a 6 4, 4 6, 6 2 victory over Maria Teresa Torro Flor of Spain.
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"It was nice," Murray said. "I was nervous this morning, nervous yesterday. Walking through brings back a lot of good memories. I got a nice round of applause and once you sit down in a chair it's time to get ready for this year and move on from last year."
"I've come back so many times from injuries," said Williams, who served 11 aces. "I just feel like the more I keep playing, the better I get."
In keeping with tradition, Murray had the honor of playing the opening match on Centre Court as the defending men's champion and looked right at home in beating David Goffin 6 1, 6 4, 7 5.
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Murray was on top of his game from the outset, sailing through the first set in 29 minutes, and closing out the second with an ace. Goffin, who stands 5 foot 11 (1.80 meters) with a slight build, was overpowered for the first two sets but raised his level in the third and pushed Murray hard.
Murray chatted briefly with the 7 foot 1 (2.16 meter) Shaq after the match.
Among those in the Royal Box for the occasion were Murray's father and grandparents and retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, dressed in suit and tie.
Sloane Stephens, the 18th seeded American, had her streak of reaching the second week at six consecutive Grand Slam tournaments ended with a 6 2, 7 6 (6) loss to 109th ranked Maria Kirilenko of Russia.
In women's play, second seeded Li Na of China advanced with a 7 5, 6 2 win over Paula Kania of Poland. Li, the 2011 French Open champion, rallied to win the last four games of the first set after being down a service break at 5 3.
Murray broke the 105th ranked Belgian four times, saved the only two break points against him and sealed the contest with an ace, his eighth of the match. It was Murray's 450th tour level match win.
Murray received a huge ovation when he strode onto the court where he beat Novak Djokovic in last year's final, soaking in the applause and giving a wave to the crowd including those fans who queued Ferragamo Belt Amazon up for tickets overnight for the rare chance to see a reigning British champion.
Australia's Marinko Matosevic, losing 6 4, 4 6, 6 4, 6 2.
Williams lost in the first round in 2012 and missed last year's tournament because of a back injury.
Murray's new coach, former women's champion Amelie Mauresmo, sat in the front row of the guest box but showed little emotion throughout the match. Murray said the two spoke over dinner last week about the pressures of returning to Centre Court as reigning champ.
"In the second and third sets I thought the standard was very high," Murray said. "He came up with some unbelievable passing shots. I was glad to finish it in three."
Among other men's winners on a cloudy opening day was sixth seeded and 2010 runner up Tomas Berdych, who beat Victor Hanescu 6 7 (5), 6 1, 6 4, 6 3. No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 12 Ernests Gulbis and No. 17 Mikhail Youzhny also advanced.
"He's a big boy, that's for sure," Murray said. "He was huge."
Murray, of Britain, plays a return to Jerzy Janowicz, of Poland, during their men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
Former top ranked Victoria Azarenka won her first match in five months, defeating 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lucic Baroni 6 3, 7 5. The eighth seeded Azarenka, a two time semifinalist at the All England Club, made her return at Eastbourne last week following the long layoff with a left foot injury, losing in the first round.
wait for a homegrown men's champion at Wimbledon last year, Murray got off to a strong start Monday in his bid to become the first to retain the title since Fred Perry in 1936.
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