Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Robson out, Schiavone in

Young British star Laura Robson hit 12 aces in her first-round Wimbledon match against Francesca Schiavone. In three sets, however, Schiavone made only 13 unforced errors, and so you can do the math. Other Brits did better: Elena Baltacha defeated Karin Knapp, giving her a bagel in the third set, and Anne Keothavong defeated Laura Pous-Tio.

Kiki Bertens took out 19th seed Lucie Safarova, and Yanina Wickmayer beat 32nd seed (how strange does that sound?) Svetlana Kuznetsova. Christina McHale, in a match that was carried over from yesterday, sqeaked past Brit wild card Johanna Konta 6-7, 6-2, 10-8. McHale had to serve for the match three times. The third set lasted an hour and 35 minutes.

Serena Williams had a rather nervous start, but defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in straight sets. Defending champion Kvitova--surprise!--had a nervous start, too, but won her opening round against Akgul Amanmuradova in straight sets. When she served for the match, Kvitova hit three consecutive aces.

1 comment:

Dougy Messenger said...

Within two years, barring injury, Robson will be in the top 10. Mark my word... At least I hope so. Great clean strokes. Her timing cannot be taught. A bit like Kvitova.