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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Wimbledon day two Womens round up

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posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 01:03 PM
Elena Baltacha became the third British woman to reach the second round after putting out highly-rated Spaniard Marta Marrero. The 20-year-old Baltacha, who was only cleared to play full-time again in January after a long-standing liver complaint threatened her career, triumphed 6-1 6-3 over a player ranked 270 places above her in the world.

Sandra Kleinova sent sixth seed Elena Dementieva crashing out of Wimbledon in the first round - and then tipped the Russian to become world number one. Kleinova, ranked 129 in the world, though, feels Dementieva is not far short of being the complete player."Her baseline play, running and everything else is amazing," reflected the 26-year-old after her 6-4 1-6 6-4 win.

Jane O'Donoghue provided another boost for British tennis when she became the fourth player to reach the second round of the women's singles. The 21-year-old from Wigan came from behind to beat American Lindsay Lee-Waters 2-6 6-3 6-3 in today's first round match.

Daniela Hantuchova breezed into the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday and then insisted her career was back on track. Hantuchova was impressive again on Wimbledon's Court Three on Tuesday in disposing of Samantha Reeves 6-1 6-4 to set up a second round meeting with Elena Bovina at SW19.

Patty Schnyder enjoyed a fairly routine victory over Akiko Morigami. The American 15th seed played solidly throughout, and just knew a little too much for her Japanese opponent. Schnyder won the first set 6-4, but then raced away to eventually close out 6-4 6-1.

Unfancied Virginie Razzano dumped Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova out on Tuesday. Kuznetsova hit 12 aces in the match, but was ultimately outlasted by her plucky Italian foe, who hit no less than 38 winners. Razzano won the opening set on a tense tie-break, only to see Kuznetsova level up in the next. Yet rather than go into her shell, Razzano sucked it up to emerge as a 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-4 winner.

Chanda Rubin was a seeded casualty on day two as Marion Bartoli beat the American in straight sets. Rubin, who reached the fourth round back in 2002 and who was seeded 17 this year, never really recovered after losing a tight opening set on a tie-break. Bartoli visibly grew in confidence after that, and eventually came through 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.

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