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Safina grinds out opening victory

Date: 22 June - 5 July
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Highlights - Safina overcomes Lino

World number one Dinara Safina had to work hard to overcome Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino 7-5 6-3 as she reached the second round at Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old Russian began brightly but had to recover from 3-4 down to stumble through the opening set.

Dominguez Lino weakened in the heat, while the powerful Safina wrapped up the win despite a niggling knee injury.

Serbian 13th seed Ana Ivanovic saved two match points as she claimed a 5-7 6-2 8-6 win over Czech Lucie Hradeck.

After losing the opening set, Ivanovic looked to be cruising to a great comeback after impressing in the second but a stuttering serve ensured a thrilling and nail-biting finale.

The Serb, rarely at her best all afternoon, served for the match at 5-4 but back came Hradeck, world ranked 58, to level at 5-5 and then had match points herself at 6-5.

An invigorated Ivanovic broke to lead 7-6 and with fists pumped and a thumping forehand hitting the tip of the net before dribbling over to set up another match point, the former number one was soon celebrating on Court Four.

French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the second round with a 6-3 7-6 (7-1) win over Japan's Akiko Morigami.


The Russian fifth seed made light work of her opponent in the opening set but traded breaks in the second before cruising to victory in the tie-break.

Former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo made heavy work of her match against Melinda Czink of Hungary before winning 6-1 4-6 6-2.

The Frenchwoman hit 10 aces on Court Three despite losing her rhythm in the second set.

Ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki was given a huge scare before seeing off Japan's 38-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm 5-7 6-4 6-1.

Date Krumm made her Wimbledon debut in 1989, the year before Wozniacki was born, and last played on the Wimbledon turf 13 years ago as a top 10 player when she lost in the semi-finals to Steffi Graf.

She blew the ninth seed away to take the first set 7-5 and then led 3-1 in the next on Court Two.

Despite a few nervy serves, Wozniacki battled hard to win a tense service game and the momentum turned on its head with her opponent looking increasingly weary.

It was a pain to put all the weight on it and I was struggling but hopefully with treatment it will get better

Dinara Safina

The Dane's spark had finally ignited, and after racing to a 4-1 lead in the decider, she secured an anxious victory, helped after Date Krumm was forced into an injury time-out.

Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic survived a second set wobble to defeat Julia Goerges 6-4 7-6 (7-0) and will next face the Czech Republic's Iveta Benesova.

The 24-year-old Serbian, who finished last year as world number one, eased to a 5-1 lead and had to overcome a Goerges fightback to take the opener 6-4.

Her German opponent served brilliantly to grab a 5-2 lead in the next and with a decider looking likely, Jankovic battled back to claim the win on a tie-break without conceding a point.

On Court One, Safina, loser in the year's first two Grand Slams in Australia and France, broke early against the athletic Dominguez Lino and raced to a 3-1 lead.

But the Spanish world number 72 broke back and edged ahead 4-3.

Ana Ivanovic
It was a hard day at the office for Ivanovic as she battled through

It was a worrying time for the Russian who has never got beyond the third round at Wimbledon, but with a combination of aggressive volleys and fine serving, Safina finally pulled through the first set 7-5.

Safina, who used an Olympic sprinter to improve her fitness ahead of the Championships, continued to mix up her tactics and was able to slowly dominate the Spaniard as she eased to victory, despite aggravations from her left knee.

It is an injury Safina has been suffering with for two months. She said: "It was a pain to put all the weight on it and I was struggling but hopefully with treatment it will get better.

"I will be able to compete because I have a physio here. I will take care of my knee and there is always painkillers."

Safina will next play Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios.

China's 19th seed Na Li overcame Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva 7-6 (7-5) 6-0, while Australian Jelena Dokic was beaten 6-3 5-7 2-6 by German Tatjana Malek.

Australia's Samantha Stosur, 18th seed, beat American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-2, while there were two seeds who will not be progressing beyond the first round this year.

The 29th seed Austrian Sybille Bammer was undone by American Melanie Oudin 6-4 4-6 2-6, and Russian Anna Chakvetadze, 32 seed, was beaten by German Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 2-6.

The 20th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues from Spain saw off Poland's Marta Domachowska 3-6 6-3 6-4, while Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, 11th seed, had few problems in beating Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 7-5 6-1.

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