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Monday, 26 June, 2000, 13:45 GMT 14:45 UK
Latimer flies flag for Brit women
Latimer safely through to the next round

British number one Louise Latimer fought from a set down to defeat American Holly Parkinson 3-6 6-3 6-4, but it was bad news elsewhere for her female compatriots.

The 22-year-old fought hard to see off American Holly Parkinson after it looked as if her opponent had grasped a firm grip on the game when she won the first set 6-3.

Latimer though seemed to have become a rejuvenated player after the rain interval and played some marvellous passing shots to put Parkinson in the shade.

Unfortunately for Britain, Jo Ward, Julie Pullin, Hannah Collin and Lorna Woodruffe all crashed out at the first hurdle.

Pullin, who had claimed her first victory in a Grand Slam at this year's Australian Open, found the going difficult on Court Five against Natasha Zvereva.

The Belarus star, who is more renowned for her doubles prowess, defeated the world number 133, 6-4 6-3.

Lethal form

Pullin seemed out of her depth against the dashing strokes of Zvereva, failing to produce the form which saw her qualify for this year's tournament.

Former British number one Jo Ward found the going equally difficult against German Anke Huber, losing 7-5 6-2.

Ward had lost to another German, Marlene Weingartner, in last year's championships and found Huber in lethal form.

Two years ago the 24-year-old had reached the dizzy heights of world number 168, but has since seen the likes of Louise Latimer and Pullin rise above her.

Court 11 saw another British casualty when Hannah Collin slumped to a 6-1 7-5 defeat at the hands of Slovenia's Tina Pisnik.

The number eight Briton, who reached the semi-finals of the girls' event at this year's Australian Open, battled back in the second set, but Pisnik was in no mood to lie down.

Woodruffe found American Amy Frazier too hot too handle as she bowed out 6-4 7-6, losing the second set 7-4 on the tie-break.

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