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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 13:18 GMT 14:18 UK
Mauresmo v Jackson as it happened
Wimbledon first round result:

A MAURESMO (Fra) 4 6 bt J Jackson (US) *

6-1 6-3


By Tom Fordyce


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Mauresmo 6-3 Jackson
There it is - another break, and the match is dans la sac. No more than a casual workout for the reigning champ, and no more than a loosener for the Centre Court crowd - they're already bringing out the "Go Tim!" banners.

Mauresmo 5-3 Jackson
Mauresmo steps on the gas and eases up a gear, racing through her service game with more boomers on her first serve. She's landed over 70% of her first and second serves. After exactly an hour, Jamea must now serve to stay in the match.

Mauresmo 4-3 Jackson
Super stuff from Jamea. She slips to 0-40 and seems certain to go a disastrous two breaks down, but battles back with some searing forehands and lovely volleys at the net. In the crowd, a middle-aged lady is asleep on her husband's shoulder. Has she no respect?

Mauresmo 4-2 Jackson
Groans from the assembled masses as Jackson works a point beautifully with crisp backhand drives, only to hammer a smash long and capitulate feebly.

"The point was there, but she muffed the overhead." Martina Navratilova, BBC TV

Mauresmo 3-2 Jackson
Jamea's found her groove. Her first serve has spluttered into life, her groundstrokes have found their range and her volleying is suddenly looking solid. Stil a break and a set down, of course, but there's reasons to be cheerful here on Centre.

Mauresmo 3-1 Jackson
Thumping serving from La Champe, accompanied by a brace of drop-volleys so delicate they could be made of bone china. A token moment's internet research reveals that a cakewalk was originally "a 19th-century public entertainment among African-Americans, in which walkers performing the most accomplished or amusing steps won cakes as prizes."

Mauresmo 2-1 Jackson
Jamea's best game of the match - a service game to love, which leaves her looking slightly stunned. Re cakewalk - does it mean so easy you could do whatever you're doing while carrying a cake in your spare hand at the same time?

Mauresmo 2-0 Jackson
Jackson produces her best return of the day to singe Mauresmo's shoelaces as she canters to the net, only duff a simple forehand at the net. This is now officially a cakewalk, although where that phrase comes from I have no idea.

Mauresmo 1-0 Jackson
Heart-breaker for Jamea - at 30-0 she's cruising, but a mis-hit pass and a lame backhand gift Mauresmo another break. I'm sorry Miss Jackson, but I am for real.


Mauresmo 6-1 Jackson
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Mauresmo powers through her service game without breaking sweat to take the first set. I don't want to send you elsewhere, but I fear this could be all over in the time it takes to make a bacon sandwich.

Mauresmo 5-1 Jackson
Generous applause for the plucky underdog as she finally gets a game under her belt, capitalising on a Mauresmo mini-dip to go to advantage and sealing the deal when Mauresmo spoons a baseline forehand into the net.

Mauresmo 5-0 Jackson
Super stuff from Amelie - a half-volley as delicate as a hummingbird and a backhand pass with the speed of Concorde. Tim - you'd better get warmed up - you'll be back on by 2pm.

Mauresmo 4-0 Jackson
Sighs from the sympathetic crowd as Jamea is broken again, unable to cope with Mauresmo's unfussy power. Just to fill out the Jackson family picture, her mother Ruby is a retired flight attendant, and she has one older brother - Jarryd. No news on whether he was named after Swedish legend Anders.

Mauresmo 3-0 Jackson
Jamea can't handle Mauresmo's big groundstrokes. She nets a return on a heavily-sliced backhand, and then flays a first serve return into the bottom of the net. Bonus Jackson fact no.1: her dad Ernest is a former NFL cornerback with the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.

Mauresmo 2-0 Jackson
Mauresmo moves Jamea around court and will, sets up two break points with a big forehand and then dinks a little backhand drop-volley in to snatch the early break. Easy peas at the moment for La Champe.

Mauresmo 1-0 Jackson
A polite round of applause for the reigning champ as she strides out onto Centre. Clad in a white vest-dress with gold edging, she thumps a volley out to give Jamea (pronounced Jm-MEA) a break point, but cleans up with two meaty serves.


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