Wimbledon - Brits: Robson falls to Jankovic

Mon, 21 Jun 18:41:00 2010

British teenage wildcard Laura Robson gave fourth seed Jelena Jankovic a nervous time at Wimbledon, before the Serb progressed to the second round.

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With main home hope Andy Murray not in action until Tuesday all eyes were on the 2008 junior champion Robson and she pushed Jankovic hard before succumbing 6-3 7-6(5) on Centre Court.

Fourth seed Jankovic, who is yet to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon, looked relieved after flicking away a backhand winner at 6-5 in the tiebreak to end 16-year-old Robson's resistance.

"I thought it was going to be a lot more overwhelming, but the court is not as big as it seems on TV," Robson said.

"It was really good to play on Centre and good there were lots of people cheering me on."

"I thought I could have done a bit more in the tie-break, tried to be more aggressive, but she's number four in the world for a reason. She played well.

"I thought I served well on the big points, so it's good that I was able to do that. I was a lot more nervous this morning when I woke up. When I got onto the court I was just trying to focus on not losing 6-0 6-0."

She will play Alexandra Wozniak for a place in the third round, after the Canadian beat Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 7-5 7-5.

And there was no better news from around the All England Club as British number one Elena Baltacha also crashed out despite leading Croat Petra Martic by a set and a break.

Baltacha, who arguably had the easiest opening clash of all the British women, served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but was promptly broken back before going down 2-6 7-5 6-3.

Wildcard Melanie South was another Brit to make an early exit as she suffered a 6-1 6-2 drubbing at the hands of world number 69 Regina Kulikova of Russia.

Katie O'Brien, the final Brit in action on the opening day at Wimbledon, put up more of a fight against 28th seed Alona Bondarenko before also being beaten 6-3 6-7(10) 6-4.

O'Brien looked liked she would lose in straight sets before battling back and forcing a decisive third set after snatching an epic tie-break 12-10.

But despite the Brit fighting back from a break down and holding break back points in the 10th game of the third set, Bondarenko held on to book her place in the second round.

Reuters

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