The first round of the women’s singles opened with impressive performances from all. But with Great Britain’s Johanna Konta and 5th seed Sara Errani losing on day one, the second round looks set to feature more competitive matches.
THE BID for the women’s singles crown at Wimbledon started with a dramatic twist after 5th seed Sara Errani was beaten in straight sets by 19-year-old Monica Puig.
Puig, who is currently ranked 65, powerfully pushed her Italian rival to the limit and hammered home an impressive 38 winners.
Despite a fearless performance from the Puerto Rican, Errani refused to throw in the towel after losing 3-6 in the first set, and fought Puig to the bitter end.
She saved six match points and took her opponent through nine deuce points in the seventh game of the second set.
But Puig proved too strong and after a nail-biting set, she defeated Errani 6-2.
Court two provided further competitive tennis on the first day of the 2013 tournament after Ana Ivanovic beat Virginie Razzano 7-6 6-0.
Ivanovic (12) was a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2007 and proved she was still at the top of her game by keeping her French opponent on her toes.
Razzano did well to keep up with Ivanovic’s pace and after a tie-break in the first set, Virginie looked as if she was ready to win the second.
But despite an almighty effort from the 158 seed, Ivanovic dominated the court and pulled off an easy 6-0 win in just 22 minutes.
Great Britain hopeful Johanna Konta unfortunately ran out of luck this afternoon on Court 12 against Jelena Jankovic (16).
The Serbian, who has only been able to reach the fourth round in previous years, was flexible on court and despite a huge slip on the grass, went on to beat Konta 6-2 7-5.
Despite signs of improvement and competitiveness, Konta, who is seeded third in Britain, couldn’t keep up with fiery Jankovic.
Compared to Jankovic’s 68% of first serves in, Konta scored 52% and failed to win two important break points.
MONICA PUIG BEATS SARA ERRANI 6-3 6-2
ANA IVANOVIC BEATS VIRGINIE RAZZANO 7-6 6-0
JELENA JANKOVIC BEATS JOHANNA KONTA 6-2 7-5