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2005 Jun 01 - Brits first round Surbiton results

Here are the latest results from the first round of The Surbiton Trophy in Surrey.

WOMEN'S EVENT

Elena Baltacha dropped the opening set to American Jennifer Hopkins before fighting back to win 5-7 6-4 6-3.

"She is such a tough opponent and I knew it was going to be a really tough match. I am surprised she isnít higher ranked than she is because I just couldnít break her."

Anne Keothavong defeated American Neha Uberoi 7-6(0) 7-6(4) despite accusing the American of gamesmanship.

"I thought her actions were deplorable with a toilet break and an injury time-out and then she wouldnít offer the customary handshake at the end of the match. But it made the win all the sweeter.

Anne is back in action following seven months out of action with damaged cruciate knee ligaments. She added:

"The grass court season is a favourite time for all the British girls and its great to be back. I am now looking for more consistency match by match rather than setting goals too far ahead."

Amanda Janes delivered an impressive 6-1 6-3 victory over Latvian Liga Dekmeijere.

"Iíve been serving well for the past few tournaments and I have been working hard on it.

"My game is built around serve and volley and, in fact, I learned to volley before I learned to hit groundstrokes. "Now it would be nice to get a shot at Kristina Brandi or even Tanasugarn in the Final on Saturday"

Jane O'Donoghue battled to save five match points but was unable to contain the American Jennifer Hopkins and eventually lost 6-2 6-4.

Katie O'Brien went out 7-5 6-2 to Korean Yoon-Jeong Cho.

Alice Mackenzie failed to cope with the world 80 ranked Puerto Rican Kristina Brandi as she went out in straight sets 6-4 6-0.

Karen Paterson was defeated by German Kristina Barrois in a very close and hard fought match 7-6(4) 1-6 7-5.

Qualifier Laura Peterzan lost in straight sets 6-3 6-3 to American Sunitha Rao.

British wildcards Rebecca Llewellyn and Emily Webley-Smith ensured another Brit would reach the second round, but it was Rebecca - ranked 218 places behind her compatriot - who won the match 6-3 6-0.

MEN'S EVENT

Alex Bogdanovic was set to face Mark Philippoussis in the opening round but the Australian pulled out of the event with a back injury. His replacement was 408 ranked American Travis Rettenmaier. Alex snatched the opening set but was eventually defeated 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4.

Arvind Parmar lost to the experienced American Jeff Morrison 6-3 6-4.

Rain delays have prevented Greg Rusedski from starting his first round match against the Italian Daniele Bracciali, and Jamie Delgado from his match with Brazilian Andre Sa. Alan Mackin was also forced off court due to rain having dropped the opening set to Frenchman Antony Dupuis 2-6.


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