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O'Brien and Stoop both slip out

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By Phil Maiden
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Katie O'Brien
O'Brien has only reached the second round at Wimbledon once, in 2007

Katie O'Brien produced a battling performance but was unable to overcome world number 35 Iveta Benesova, slipping to a 6-2 5-7 6-4 defeat.

Benesova broke her East Yorkshire rival's serve early to take the first set but O'Brien hit back to take the second and lead 3-1 in the third.

But, O'Brien could not build on her advantage as Benesova booked her place in the second round.

Cambridgeshire's Georgie Stoop lost 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 6-4 to Vera Zvonareva.

The 21-year-old went out in the first round of her Wimbledon debut in a match that had to be played over two days.

The seventh-seeded Russian had come through a first set tie-break before she was pegged back by the British number five in the second.

But she held her nerve to deny Stoop a place in the second round.

Play was stopped on Monday because of bad light when Stoop had responded to going a set down by winning the next 6-4.

Georgie Stoop

Highlights - Stoop loses crucial break point

The Brit started confidently in Tuesday's third set and, with the score at 30-15 in the fifth game, she rounded off a rally superbly, placing the ball into Zvonareva's far right-hand corner.

But the Russian held firm and, with the score at 4-4, she broke Stoop for the first time in the final set.

Zvonareva went on to win the next two games and secure her second-round place.

O'Brien, 23, and Benesova, 25, had similar records at the All England Club going into this match with them having only reached the second round once each.

The Beverley woman was knocked out in the first round of the French Open.

The British number three had started off strongly, winning her first game to love, but after taking a 40-0 lead in the second, she ended up losing out after a long deuce.

O'Brien went 0-40 down in the next game before fighting back to another deuce but Benesova, looking the calmer of the pair, held out to take an early advantage.

A real baseline battle between the duo continued, with the fourth game being the third in a row to go to deuce.

606: DEBATE

And Benesova's baseline play eventually undid the British number three again, as she broke her serve for a second time and claimed the first set 6-2.

O'Brien responded immediately and, with a lucky shot hitting the net cord lifting her confidence, she raced to a 4-0 lead.

But the Brit, who has only met the Czech once before when she lost in Rome last year, undid her good work with Benesova levelling the score at 4-4.

Looking visibly frustrated O'Brien managed to regain her composure and, at 5-5, produced a stunning forehand shot in the next game before winning the set 7-5.

Having again had her serve broken early on, the British number three O'Brien went on to win the next three games before appearing to falter.

Benesova broke back before winning her next service game and, with her confidence now lifted, completed a victory that will see her face sixth seed Jelena Jankovic.

O'Brien was left to rue her lost opportunity and said: "I probably had more chances but she took the ones that she had. She played better on the more important points."

Stoop proud of debut performance

After her brave performance against Russian number seven seed, Stoop said she was pleased with her debut at the All England Club.

"It was a fantastic experience for me and I've got a lot to be proud of," she told BBC Sport.

"There's so many positives to take from today. I think the more I get into these situations, the better I can be.

"I've got lots of positives to take away and the fact that I can compete with these top girls is an amazing thing for me and I'll go back to the drawing board and we'll start again."



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