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Top Seed Falls In Ladies' First Round

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Top seed Olivia Sanchez fell at the first hurdle in ladies' qualifying in a day of extraordinary results. Sanchez lost in straight sets 7-6 (5), 6-1 to Kathrin Woerle from Germany.

Wimbledon doubles semi-finalist and number seven seed Alicia Molik was another shock loser as Tatiana Poutchek, from Belarus, held her nerve 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-3.

Michelle Larcher de Brito, the 15-year-old prodigee from the Nick Bollettieri Academy, lost a three set arm wrestle to Stephanie Foretz 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

Mashona Washington, the younger sister of 1996 Men’s Singles' finalist Malivai, was defeated in a three set tussle by Poland’s Anna Korzeniak this afternoon. Korzeniak won the closely fought contest 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

While two British wild cards - Amanda Eilliot and Anna Smith - will fly the flag for local tennis after winning their first round matches.

They will be joined in the second round by 1999 Wimbledon semi-finalist Alexandra Stevenson, three-time Junior Grand Slam winner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Wimbledon 2006 quarter-finalist Severine Bremond.

The second round will begin on Wednesday.

Posted by Shelia

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