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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Dokic downs brave Baltacha
British round-up

Elena Baltacha
Jelena Dokic survived a brave fight from Elena Baltacha to edge nervously into the second round of the women's singles at Wimbledon.

The number 11 seed appeared in danger of an early exit after being overrun in the second set by the British number one.

But the Yugoslav rallied to take the deciding set and clinch a 6-3 1-6 6-4 victory.

It was anything but an impressive display from the former semi-finalist however, who will have to improve if she harbours hopes of repeating that feat.

Baltacha started promisingly, breaking Dokic in the third game and matching her opponent in some impressive baseline rallies.

But Dokic responded by reeling off four consecutive games on her way to taking the first set 6-3.

Baltacha, ranked 149 in the world, responded brilliantly in the second set, breaking Dokic for a 3-1 lead.

I was pleased with how I did and it was close
Elena Baltacha

The Briton then saved a break point in the next game and broke Dokic to love as she raced away with the set to level the match.

Dokic's game appeared to falling apart at the seams - and she vented her frustration by slamming her racket into the ground.

But she recovered her composure in the deciding set, games going with serve until the 10th, when Dokic forced three break points and converted the first of them.

There was disappointment for another Brit, Julie Pullin. She lost 6-3 6-1 to Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya.

Britain's men fared little better, with Martin Lee starting promisingly against Spain's David Ferrer before losing 1-6 6-3 6-1 6-2.

Jamie Delgado showed some stubborn resistance but was never in danger of beating world number one Andre Agassi.

The American second seed was 6-4 6-0 5-7 6-4 winner over the British wild card.

Mark Hilton was beaten in straight sets by 27th seed Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco, going down 6-3 6-2 6-4.

Richard Bloomfield also went out in straight sets, losing 6-4 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 to French player Anthony Dupuis.

And Alex Bogdanovic was also unable to grab a set against Armenian Sargis Sargsian, who ran out a 6-1 6-3 6-2 winner.



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