Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was defeated in the second round of the Eastbourne International Women’s Open by Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki. Final score: 6-2 6-2.
It was Kuznetsova’s first and last match on grass prior to Wimbledon.
“At least I’ve played some and I have a few days to practice,” said the Russian. “I’m very disappointed because I hoped to play a few more matches, but this is tennis and it can happen.”
Kuznetsova never looked comfortable in the windy conditions at the Eastbourne International Women’s Open and was even trailing 4-0 to the 17-year-old Wozniacki in the second set.
“It was pretty disgusting being out there,” world No.4 Kuznetsova said. “I wish I could play better but the first match on grass I think is very hard. She had much more of an advantage because she was used to it. It was a weird situation and definitely not nice to be out there at all.”
The grass-court tournament in Eastbourne lost another top player when Amelie Mauresmo retired against Samantha Stosur.