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Ivanovic v De Los Rios as it happened

Women's singles first round result:

A IVANOVIC (Ser) 1 bt R DL Rios (Par)

6-1 6-2

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By Tom Fordyce at Wimbledon

Ivanovic 6-2 De Los Rios
C'est tout - after DLR goes for broke at 15-40, 2-5, 1-6 (memo to DLR - you might have left it a touch late) Ana seals the deal when an eyes-shut forehand sails into the tram-lines. Just under an hour, that took - Serb hero no.2 up next.

Ivanovic 5-2 De Los Rios
Pegged at deuce, DLR teeters - double-faulting weakly and then being pushed out wide by Ana to leave the court free for a top-spin volley winner. We're on the brink.

Ivanovic 4-2 De Los Rios
Ivanovic races to 40-0 with triple of hammer forehands, puts a powder-puff forehand into the net and then buries an overhead to maintain the daylight.

Ivanovic 3-2 De Los Rios
I'm told that the Duke of Kent is due in the Royal Box this afternoon, along with Sir Jackie Stewart, but there's no sign of the pair at the moment - perhaps they're picking up a quick burger and chips from the Aorangi food-court. DLR trades backhands from the baseline in gun-slinger fashion and hangs on to her serve like a shipwrecked sailor clutching a life-raft.

Ivanovic 3-1 De Los Rios
There's actually a fair few empty seats around Centre Court now - the lure of the Wimbledon Museum is strong indeed during one-siders like this. Ivanovic rattles through her alotted serves with breezy ease.

Ivanovic 2-1 De Los Rios
DLR's daughter, Ana Paula Neffa-de los Rios, sighs heavily as her mother capitulates on her own serve again. Ivanovic's forehand is crushing her, and the crowd has fallen silent.

Ivanovic 1-1 De Los Rios
Stung by the hold, Ana comes to the net to punch away a backhand volley after sizzling a backhand past DLR's nose. In the crowd, a large woman claps enthusiastically and agitates her bingo-wings against the men on either side of her.

Ivanovic 0-1 De Los Rios
DLR, who has a white bandage around her right knee, comes out of the traps with vim and holds well as Ivanovic thrashes a forehand long. Surprisingly freckle-y for a south American, DLR.

FIRST SET

Ivanovic 6-1 De Los Rios
23 minutes after we started, the first set is pouched, Ana blasting through her service game without a ripple of disquiet. She goes back to her chair and toys with her flowery stud-earrings. Mama and Papa Ivanovic - Miroslav and Dragana, should you bump into them in the queue for ice-creams later - applaud happily from the VIP slots.

Ivanovic 5-1 De Los Rios
Easy peas, these. DLR is having as much fun out there as Prince Phillip at a breakdancing night, and Ana breaks her again with groundstrokes of casual brutality.

Ivanovic 4-1 De Los Rios
Good pluck from DLR, flicking a sweetly-timed backhand past Ana's toes to rouse the neutrals. Ivanovic takes the hint and ups the pace of her ground-strokes by 20%, cantering through the remaining points at pace. Jackets off now among the line-judges, revealing the sort of pale blue shirts that David Owen used to sport in the late 1980s.

Ivanovic 3-1 De Los Rios
Mis-hit backhand off the frame and into the tape from Ana, and when a Hawk-Eye challenge is over-ruled on an Ivanovic attempted line-clipper, DLR is on the board. Generous applause from the patrons.

Ivanovic 3-0 De Los Rios
A contented buzz around Centre Court as mouths masticate on over-priced paninis. Ivanovic marches through her service game with ease and sips a lemon barley-water at her chair as DLR stares blanky into her towel.

Ivanovic 2-0 De Los Rios
Ana's into her stride straight away, running round her backhand to batter a forehand cross-court and steal an early break. If you're a little off the pace on Paraguayan tennis, Rossana has played at Wimbledon four times before this, with her best effort the second round. She also has an 11-year-old daughter, who's watching from the VIP box. Charming scenes.

Ivanovic 1-0 De Los Rios
Ana bounds out, wearing a traditional strappy white dress and white sun-visor and with her long pony-tail bouncing behind her. DLR is derailed by a lucky Ana net-cord at deuce and a raking two-hand backhand that follows.

1442: Barely have Fed and Hrbaty left Centre Court than Ana and Rossana are with us. The rush that had started to the gents grinds to a sudden halt. Ana to serve first.


see also
Ivanovic cruises through opener
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