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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
O'Brien seals second-round berth
By Mark Barden at Wimbledon

Katie O'Brien
O'Brien had never previously gone beyond the first round
Katie O'Brien gave British fans something to cheer about on day two of Wimbledon with a 6-3 7-5 win over Sandra Kloesel of Germany.

The match was suspended on Monday with O'Brien 5-3 up, and she quickly closed out when play resumed on Court 17.

Kloesel broke O'Brien's serve early in the second set but she hit back with two breaks of her own to seal victory.

The Yorkshire 21-year-old now faces Dutch 31st seed Michaella Krajicek who overcame Tzipora Obziler of Israel.

"I don't see why, if I can keep performing to my maximum, I can't win that match," she said after her victory over world number 104 Kloesel.

"This hasn't really sunk in yet but I'm hoping it's the start of even bigger things to come," added O'Brien whose own ranking has improved to 154 this year.

"I can't actually put my finger on it and say 'that's what made the difference'. It just happened. I've been putting in the hard work over the year and it's starting to pay off now, which is perfect timing."

Elena Baltacha
Baltacha was evenly matched with Srebotnik in the first set

Elena Baltacha failed to produced an upset, losing 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-2 to Slovenian 19th seed Katarina Srebotnik despite a battling display.

The first set went with serve as did the tiebreak until an untimely double fault handed Srebotnik set point.

The Scot broke for 2-0 in the second, saved four break points to lead 5-2 and hit an ace to level the match.

The pair swapped breaks early in the third on Court Three before Srebotnik broke for 4-2 and closed out.

"I think it was a really good match. I am disappointed that I lost," said Baltacha.

"Today has shown me that there's a lot of things that I need to work on but, at the same time, I was there with her. We played a great standard match.

"She is 21 in the world but I was up to the pace of the game and as long as I keep getting better, I think I've got a really good future ahead of me."

Anne Keothavong barely got a look-in against Serbian third seed Jelena Jankovic, suffering a 6-2 6-0 thrashing on Court Two.

The writing was on the wall for the Londoner in a 27-minute first set as she was broken three times.

Melanie South, who reached last year's second round, was beaten 6-3 6-2 by the experienced Ai Sugiyama of Japan.

She managed to break the 29th seed for 3-3 in the opening set but lost twice on her own serve, committing numerous unforced errors along the way.

The 21-year-old from Surrey was 5-1 down in the second before she broke again but a fifth double fault gave Sugiyama match point which she accepted.



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