By Kieran Jackson
- 15-year-old Emma Raducanu only player to win a set
- Straight set losses for Tara Moore, Maia Lumsden, Freya Christie, Samantha Murray, Francesca Jones and Holly Fischer
- Former finalists Zvonareva and Bouchard progress; Lisicki falls
ROEHAMPTON, UK – One set out of 15 was won by British players as the Ladies singles started at Wimbledon qualifying on Tuesday.
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It was a disappointing day for British women in Roehampton, with the only resilient performance of note occurring on Court 16, where 15-year-old Emma Raducanu took Barbora Stefkova to three sets.
Raducanu, playing in her first senior Grand Slam match, played superbly at times, but inconsistency in her groundstrokes let her Czech opponent run away with the third set, with Stefkova winning 6-4 5-7 6-2.
Still no British wins today at Wimbledon qualifying but honourable mention to 15yo Emma Raducanu, who is the only one so far to take a set
— Eleanor Crooks (@EleanorcrooksPA) June 26, 2018
The highest ranked Brit was Tara Moore at 394 in the world, however she couldn’t find her form in a 6-4 6-2 loss to Irina Bara of Romania, ranked 238 places above her. Maia Lumsden , the world no. 408 from Glasgow, was ultimately outplayed in a 6-2 6-1 defeat to Ankita Raina (IND), and Freya Christie fought valiantly but fell short against first seed and world no. 96 Tamara Zidansek (SLO), losing 6-3 6-3.
There was also disappointing losses for 30-year-old Samantha Murray, who was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by 21stseed Vitalia Diatchenko, 17-year-old Francesca Jones against fifth seed Nicole Gibbs (USA) 6-4 6-2 and 15-year-old Holly Fischer, who was thrashed 6-0 6-1 by former top-30 Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.
Extremely happy to battle and fight my way through @wimbledon Pre Qs the last few days, to win a WC into the qualification. Thankfully this didn’t happen today(See the Vid)😬😂💜💚 @ Wimbledon https://t.co/GpGK9yRejE
— Freya Christie (@Freya_Christie) June 22, 2018
Elsewhere, three former Wimbledon finalists were in action as Vera Zvonareva, Eugenie Bouchard and Sabine Lisicki completed their first-round matches. Zvonareva, finalist in 2010 and now ranked 141 in the world, beat Eri Hozumi (JAP) 6-2 6-3, and speaking post-match to Britwatch Sports, the former world number two admitted she is motivated to climb the rankings once again after giving birth in 2016.
“Of course I want to go up the rankings, because I want to compete at the big tournaments on the big stages,” said the Russian 33-year-old.
“That’s where you are able to produce your best tennis – playing in those small tournaments where no one is watching you and the quality of the courts is not so good, sometimes you don’t have referees or ballboys, and really that’s so different.
“So it motivates you even more [playing at that level] because you want to keep on playing on the biggest stages.”
Bouchard, who reached the final in 2014 and has recently employed well-renowned coach Robert Lansdorp to help her climb the rankings, looked at home on the grass in a 6-0 6-3 win against eighteenth seed Lin Zhu (CHN), yet 2013 runner-up Lisicki will not be playing at Wimbledon this year, after losing a tight contest 6-4 7-6(3) to Anna Kalinskaya (RUS).
Play will resume at 11:00 on Wednesday morning, with Eugenie Bouchard first up on the televised court 11.
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