Hingis Recovers on Wet Wimbledon Monday

Posted on June 26, 2007

No upsets on the women's side Monday at Wimbledon as 14 matches were completed, but 18 went unfinished or unstarted as wet weather is forecasted to dominate week one at the All England Club.

Seeded winners Monday were (1) Justine Henin (d. (Q) Cravero, bagel in the second), (7) Serena Williams (d. Dominguez Lino, bagel in the second), (9) Martina Hingis (d. (WC) Cavaday, bagel in the third), (15) Patty Schnyder (d. Pin 8-6 in the third), (16) Shahar Peer (d. Tanasugarn), (18) Marion Bartoli (d. Pennetta), (20) Sybille Bammer (d. Lepchenko), and (25) Lucie Safarova (d. Ondraskova).

Hingis, nursing a sore hip, saved two match points in beating the Brit wildcard Cavaday.

"I have to build on that, knowing that I can't have fear going out there, which you have as you get older," Hingis said. "I don't see myself right now after today's match as a contender. I'm happy to be able to run and walk and play tennis again. I wasn't able to do that five weeks ago."

Schnyder recovered from a 1-5 deficit in the third set to win 8-6.

"I shouldn't be down 5-1," Schnyder said. "But yeah, that's what happened. I don't know, the only thing I thought was now you just go and just think of it being clay, and yeah, play at forehand and go to the position you like, more further in the back, and that's how I think I could rally better. Yeah, somehow I won. But she also helped me. I mean, she couldn't finish it off. But somehow I know it's not easy sometimes."

The younger Williams sister said she has been bothered by a tight hamstring.

"It's doing OK. It's getting better, slowly but surely," Williams said. "I'm hoping and praying it will get better in time."

Unseeded winners advancing into the second round were Italian Roberta Vinci (d. Harkleroad), Estonia's Kaia Kanepi (d. Malek), Japan's Aiko Nakamura (d. Sucha), Aussie Alicia Molik (d. Rodionova), American Laura Granville (d. Wozniak), and Russian Vera Dushevina (d. Bacsinszky).

Matches suspended due to darkness were (31) Michaella Krajicek tied with Tzipora Obziler 6-2, 6-7(6); Gisela Dulko tied with Eleni Daniilidou 7-5, 3-6; Greta Arn leading (Q) Olga Govortsova 7-6(5); and Brit wildcard Katie O'Brien leading Sandra Kloesel 5-3.

Matches of interest scheduled for Tuesday include Jamea Jackson vs. (4) Amelie Mauresmo, Yung-Jan Chan vs. (2) Maria Sharapova, (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Julia Vakulenko, (3) Jelena Jankovic vs. Anne Keothavong, Alla Kudryavtseva vs. (23) Venus Williams, Indian princess Sania Mirza vs. Yaroslava Shvedova, (10) Daniela Hantuchova vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Nathalie Dechy vs. (12) Elena Dementieva, (6) Ana Ivanovic vs. Melinda "The Fifth Element" Czink, and American Vania King vs. (11) Nadia Petrova.