Thursday 22 March 2018

Ivanovic's shock exit

Ivanovic: “For two weeks I’ve struggled with my right wrist
Ivanovic: “For two weeks I’ve struggled with my right wrist" Photo: Steve Paston/PA Wire Sportsdesk

Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic blamed a wrist injury for a surprise first-round defeat by lowly-ranked Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova at Wimbledon.

The Serbian 23rd seed lost 6-2 7-5 to the world No 223, who was playing her first grand slam match after coming through qualifying.

"It was very tough," Ivanovic said. "For two weeks I've struggled with my right wrist. It was very hard to accelerate on my forehand. I tried to do everything possible to be fit and recover."

Despite being the oldest in the women's draw at 36, Venus Williams, as she has done for most of the past 18 summers, took a large, languid stride into the second round of Wimbledon.

The scoreline of her 7-6, 6-4 victory over Croatian Donna Vekic told one story, and many points were tight.

But the ones that really mattered could hardly have been more one-sided.

French Open champion and 2015 Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza won a tense contest against Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-2 5-7 6-4.

Irish Independent

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