Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland’s second ranked player on the WTA, has just lost her opening match in the 2012 London Olympics to Germany’s Julia Goerges, ranked 24. The match was played under the closed roof of centre court because of the rainy and cold weather around Wimbledon, with large swathes of unoccupied seats around the arena.
This three set match was marked by strong serving by both players, with Goerges hitting a great number of aces; and neither player serving a double fault in the first two sets. The first set went to 5-5 before Goerges broke away to take the set 7-5. There were no breaks of serve in the tight second set which inevitably led to a tie breaker, where Radwanska was up 5-0 before Georges hit a few good winners to bring the score closer, before Radwanska served out to take the breaker 7-5.
The third set saw Radwanska go up a break to lead 3-0 before Goerges pegged her back to 3-3. Both players then held serve to take the score to 4-4 and Goerges held again for 5-4 with Radwanska serving to stay in the match. A mixture of near misses and soft second servesby Radwanska handed Goerges the victory, with a score line of 6-4 in the final set.