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Tennis: More losses at Wimbledon

June 22, 2010

Anne Keothavong and Heather Watson are the latest Brits to lose out in round one at Wimbledon.

Anne-KeothavongKeothavong, the former top 50 player, lost 3-6 6-2 6-4 to Anastasia Rodionova of Australia, in a match that lasted over 2 hours. Keothavong had raced into a 4-0 lead in the deciding set, but choked with victory in sight, allowing Rodionova to make a remarkable turnaround.

“Nerves got the better of me to be honest,” she said. “I fought my heart out there but she held her nerve better than I did.”

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Keothavong denied that the results of the British women on the opening day of the Championships had any effect on her performance.

“That had nothing to do with it,” she explained. “On court I was fully focussed on what was going on my own game and what I had to do.

“In another few weeks we will have another opportunity to compete at a high level. We are all working hard. Wimbledon is important and we all want to do well here but it is not the be all and end all.”

Heather Watson was also defeated this afternoon 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 by Romina Sarina Oprandi of Italy.

This was the Guernsey-born wildcard’s first time at Wimbledon, compared to her competitor who was once ranked one of the top 50 players in the world. Although Watson has defeated higher ranked players at the qualifiers in Eastbourne, she couldn’t manage to win today.

This makes 6 female British players out at round one in total.

Chloe Hibbert, Sportsister
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