Baltacha breezes through first test
July 28, 2012 20:03 pm
Elena Baltacha got Great Britain's tennis players off to a winning start in their Olympic campaign by overpowering Hungary's Agnes Szavay in the first round of the women's singles at a sunny Wimbledon, while Anne Keothavong lost to Caroline Wozniacki.
The 28-year-old Baltacha was always in control against an opponent who has been plagued by injury problems over the past year as she claimed a 6-3 6-3 win in just over an hour.
The British number four broke serve twice in the first set and, after saving a break point in the opening game of the second, made a decisive move in the eighth game before closing out victory on her first match point.
Baltacha said: "Very good start, delighted with that. I think for a first-round match, I'm very happy with how I played. I'm chuffed to be in the second round now.
"I was quite nervous before the match. I think once I put my GB gear on, it relaxed me more because I've been looking forward to this for such a long time."
Szavay does not currently have a world ranking such has been the extent of her back problems and she was simply not strong enough to live with Baltacha's power from the back of the court.
Keothavong's Olympic debut ended in heroic failure on Centre Court as the east Londoner gave former world number one Wozniacki an almighty scare before going down in three sets.
The 28-year-old from Hackney, the world number 76, produced a performance brimming with fighting spirit, but the Dane's class told in the end as she recovered to claim a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win in just under two hours.
The home favourite broke in the opening game of the match and then battled back from 3-0 down to draw level at 3-3 in the second set.
At that point it looked like Wozniacki, who has slipped to eighth in the world, might be heading for another early exit, having lost in the first round at the Wimbledon Championships earlier this summer. But Keothavong's challenge faltered and her intensity dropped as she ran out of steam and Wozniacki closed out the match with ease.
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