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2005 Jun 14 - Baltacha defeated by Martinez

Elena Baltacha crashed 7-5 2-6 6-1 to Conchita Martinez in the first round of the Hastings Direct Championships in Eastbourne.

The British No.1 competed well in the opening set and dominated the second but couldn't maintain the momentum as she fell apart in the decider after a hard fought 2 hours and 10 minutes of play.

After the match a disappointed Elena said:

"I played really well for the first two sets but suddenly I just lost it.

"I'm angry, of course, but I was just really poor at the start of the third set. Conchita is still a good player."

This result followed the defeat of Amanda Janes who was dominated by the experienced Nathalie Dechy of France in straight sets 6-1 6-1.

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