Baltacha faces champion.ELENA BALTACHA Elena Baltacha (Ukrainian: Олена Балтача; is a Ukrainian-born tennis player who has played for Great Britain  and Scotland. came through a battle of the walking wounded Walking wounded is a term used in first aid and triage to indicate injured persons who are of a relatively low priority. These patients are conscious and breathing and usually have only (relatively) minor injuries; thus they are capable of walking. on Court 18 yesterday to secure a first-round win over Karin Knapp.
The 28-year-old Briton, who was yesterday handed an Olympic wildcard See wild cards and wildcard mask. place, saw off her Italian opponent 4-6 6-4 6-0 after a match littered with medical time-outs.
It had first looked as though Baltacha would win through retirement, with Knapp requiring lengthy treatment after a fall.
But then, after Knapp returned and failed to stop her opponent levelling at one set apiece, Baltacha, the world number 101, asked for treatment herself.
She was the stronger player in the third set, though, and broke serve three times to tee-up a second-round meeting with defending champion Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova secured a less than convincing victory over world number 96 Akgul Amanmuradova on Centre Court, winning 6-4 6-4. "I was nervous," Kvitova said. "It was the first time for me to play as the defending champion."