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Keothavong crashes out of doubles

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Returning was tough - Keothavong

By Phil Maiden
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Anne Keothavong was knocked out of the women's doubles, a day after her shock singles exit to Patricia Mayr.

Facing the third seeds, Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs, the British number one and her partner Sarah Borwell were always going to find it difficult.

And so it proved as the British pair lost 6-2 6-3 on a packed Court Five.

With night falling on Court One, Laura Robson and Georgie Stoop beat fellow Britons Jade Curtis and Anna Smith in a marathon three-set match.

It was a first senior victory for 15-year-old Robson who, with Stoop, finally won 6-4 3-6 13-11 after a 106-minute final set.

In the second round they face 16th seeds Amelie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

However Naomi Cavaday and Katie O'Brien lost in straight sets to Mariya Koryttseva and Tatiana Poutchek,

Facing Stubbs, who won the women's doubles at Wimbledon in 2001, and former All England Club doubles finalist Stosur, Londoner Keothavong and Borwell, from Middlesbrough, came out to a rather reserved partisan crowd.

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And the British fans' fears were confirmed when the Australian pair got an early break to take a 2-0 lead.

Keothavong won her opening service game as the British pair fought back but, with the net not doing any favours in her second as she double-faulted, Stosur and Stubbs were able to get a second break.

The Brits tried to respond but a poor return from Keothavong allowed the number three seeds to secure the first set.

With Keothavong looking frustrated with her returns at times, the Australians soon got another break in the second set to go 3-2 up.

The British number one did win her next service game but the Australians held their nerve to secure their place in the second round.

I can only do the best I can. There is a lot of pressure, we want to do well and and we want to please the fans

Anne Keothavong

After the match Keothavong told BBC Sport: "It was tough coming back here less than 24 hours after my singles match but I made a commitment to play doubles with Sarah and I wanted to give us both the best chance we could.

"We were playing two top 10 doubles players so it was always going to be a tough match for us."

Reflecting on her singles defeat, she added: "I had expectations and when you don't perform it's hard.

"Hopefully I'll still have the mixed doubles, I have improved in the last year but at the moment it is hard to look at the positives.

"Tuesday was tough for me, I am human, I have feelings and I was disappointed."

And when asked about this week's disappointing showing from British players, she added: "Everyone, apart from me, played girls higher ranked. Look at all the girls that got career highs this year.

"I can only do the best I can. There is a lot of pressure, we want to do well and and we want to please the fans.

"[To succeed] it comes down to the individual, the desire, you can have all the talent in the world but you need that desire."

There was mixed news for Britain in the men's doubles.

Alex Bogdanovic and James Ward beat David Martin and Jean-Claude Scherrer while Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray also went through when their opponents Nicolas Devilder and Christophe Rochus retired at 6-1 4-1 down.

However Jamie Murray and Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich lost in straight sets to eighth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach.

Ross Hutchins also went out as he and Stephen Huss of Australia lost to Prakash Amritraj and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in a five-set match which featured a 14-12 tie-break in the second set.

James Auckland and Josh Goodall were also among the first-round losers, going out in four sets to South African/Belgian pairing Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

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Bogdanovic faces wildcard threat
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Borwell targets London 2012 spot
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Six Brits lose on disastrous day
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Cavaday targets doubles progress
22 Jun 09 |  Wimbledon
Men's doubles results
27 Jun 07 |  Results
Women's doubles results
27 Jun 07 |  Results
Results
26 Jun 07 |  Results
Women's singles results
26 Jun 07 |  Results
Men's singles draw
26 Aug 11 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis


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