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Tennis: Brits lose out at Wimbledon

June 21, 2010

On a disappointing first day for the home nation at Wimbledon, four British women crash out in the first round.

Elena-BaltachaBritish number 1, Elena Baltacha, lost 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Petra Martic of Croatia today. This is the fifth time in nine appearances at the All England Club that Baltacha, ranked 24 places above the Croatian, has fallen.

Baltacha said: “I did get slightly tight. But I’m human. I’m not a machine. It was a big occasion, I was serving for the match at Wimbledon.” Baltacha tried to put a positive spin on her defeat. “What’s exciting is my ranking is 52 in the world. It’s my career high.”

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Londoner Melanie South, making her fifth appearance in Wimbledon, exited 6-1, 6-2 to Regina Kulikova, making her the second Brit to crash out on the first day. One of four British wild cards in the women’s Wimbledon singles, South produced 35 unforced errors, compared to just 10 by the powerful Kulikova.

The 24 year old said: “Usually my serve is my strength and, when it’s not working, it’s pretty hard. She just broke me too many times.”

Things did not improve for the Brits, when youngest player in the draw Laura Robson was beaten in two sets by Serb Jelena Jankovic. The 16 year old, born in Australia, had the toughest draw against the former world No 1, and lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). Despite her loss, the 16-year-old British girl showed enough ability to suggest she has a very bright future.

Katie O’Brien, the current British No.2, had a difficult game ahead of her against Alona Bondarenko this evening. The Ukranian is the 28th seed who recorded her biggest win of her career last month. O’ Brien battled well, but eventually lost 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, becoming the fourth Brit to lose out on the first day.

Chloe Hibbert, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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