Elena Baltacha, Melanie South & Katie O'Brien go out
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Highlights - Baltacha crashes out in first round
By Phil Maiden
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Britain's Elena Baltacha, Melanie South and Katie O'Brien all suffered first round exits on day one of Wimbledon.
Baltacha was the first to go having been a set and 5-3 up on Croatia's Petra Martic before losing 2-6 7-5 6-3.
Wildcard entry Melanie South went down 6-1 6-2 to world number 69 Kulikova, who is ranked 168 places higher than the British number five.
O'Brien put up more of a fight but lost 6-3 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 to 28th seed Alona Bondarenko in a late night encounter.
The Yorkshire player exchanged breaks with the Ukrainian in the opening two games but was broken again in the seventh game to lose the first set.
The second set went to an epic tie-break in which O'Brien forced five set points before taking it 12-10 to level the match.
'Nerves got to me' - Baltacha
Bondarenko, who lost to Baltacha at Wimbledon last year, twice moved two games ahead in the decider only for O'Brien to hit back but the seeded player's third break proved decisive and she wrapped up victory shortly before 2130 BST.
Baltacha said her exit had been partly down to nerves and a poor first service.
"I'm a competitor and I want to win at all costs. It's very disappointing," she told BBC Sport.
"I was so close to making the second round. I was serving for the match and I got a little bit nervous.
"Once you show your opponent that you are a bit edgy they take control and that's it. You can find yourself in a lot of trouble.
"My first service percentage got me into a lot of trouble and that's one of the really big areas I need to improve on."
The 26-year-old had been tipped to reach the second round with Martic ranked 15 places below her and having only been at Wimbledon once before.
The world number 62 could not have started better as the Croat produced two double faults before being broken in the opening game of the match.
Baltacha used her physical presence to force her opponent into making errors, as she broke her serve for a second time in the seventh game before securing the first set.
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