Mixed results for Australians at Wimbledon

Australian 10th seed Sam Stosur was emphatically dumped out of Wimbledon going down straight sets to Hungary’s Melinda Czink.

The Queenslander has never taken a liking to the lawn at London, but victory over world number 3 Vera Zvonareva in the warm up tournament at Eastbourne had restored some hope that Stosur could do some damage at SW19.

But she was out-played by Czink, in a tennis match where she was constantly forced into errors, and the world number 262 wrapped up the win 6-3, 6-4 when Stosur hit long on the victor’s second match point.

Twenty-seven year old Stosur rarely got momentum after starting poorly, losing the first six points and going down 3-0 in seven minutes. Stusur did fight back after going 4-0 down by winning the next three games but Czink kept Stosur at bay to cause the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

Good news for young Australian Bernard Tomic as he defeated 29th seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the second round, where he meets another Russian, Igor Andreev.

Lleyton Hewitt went through against Japan’s Kei Nishikori but it wasn’t easy. Hewitt started well but the Nishikori fought back well making it difficult for the Australian.

by Terence Johns

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