This is not an upset, nor is it surprising, but I still have the inertia of covering Ana Ivanovic and her early losses at tournaments still come as small shocks although they shouldn’t be by now. Anyway, the former world No.1, unseeded this year, fell in the very first round of Wimbledon 2010 to seed No.13 Shahar Peer with the score 6-3 6-4. The world No.45 Ivanovic entered the match with a 0-1 record against Peer, actually 0-2 if you include the Fed Cup, but today’s encounter was their first on grass and Ivanovic came to Wimbledon with a 15-5 win-loss record at the tournament, compared to Peer’s much weaker 8-5.
Fifth-seeded Francesca Schiavone, the champion at the previous Grand Slam of Roland Garros, was also eliminated in the first round already, by unseeded Russian Vera Dushevina 6-7(0) 7-5 6-1. The Italian has suffered her second straight loss after her awesome achievement on the Paris clay.
Ivanovic’s compatriot Jelena Jankovic, seeded fourth, needed a lot of match points and a tiebreak, but saw off promising British star Laura Robson 6-3 7-6(5). Last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Venus Williams improved to 47-3 in opening matches at Grand Slam tournaments by beating Rossana de los Rios 6-3 6-2. Kim Clijsters powered through to the second round with a 6-0 6-3 victory over Maria Elena Camerin, and her fellow Belgian Justine Henin advanced with a 6-4 6-3 win over Anastasija Sevastova. (photo: sr_cranks)
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