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British women exit Wimbledon despite strong performances

June 24, 2011

Laura Robson’s hope of a shock victory over Maria Sharapova came to an end as the fifth seed, despite a poor start, made it through to round three.

There was a glimmer of hope that there could be a huge upset when 254th-ranked Robson took a 4-1 lead in the first set on Court One.

But the 17-year-old British wildcard could not hold the lead and Sharapova powered through to win 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in an hour and 48 minutes.

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Sharapova told BBC Sport “Laura started off the match so well, going for her shots and serving well. I couldn’t get too many looks at her first serve but I hung on in there and started to play better.”

Robson’s defeat came shortly after compatriot Elena Baltacha was beaten  by Shuai Peng.

20th seed Shuai Peng from China was pushed all the way by Baltacha before making her Wimbledon exit in a thrilling three-set round-two battle.

Baltacha, 68 in the world, edged a tight opening set but her opponent hit back and flew through the second set.

The British number one, grabbed early breaks in the decider to lead 4-2, only for her trusty serve to let her down. Peng kept her cool to secure three straight games before finally avoiding a shock and winning 4-6 6-2 7-5.

Baltacha had been aiming to repeat her second-round triumph at the All-England Club in 2002 and become the first female Briton to reach the third round since that win.

Sportsister, The Women’s Sports Magazine

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