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Here come the girls-and there they go again.

BRITISH tennis has slumped to a new low after all six of the women players in action lost in the first round at Wimbledon. It marked the worst performance by Britain's women since the Open era began in 1968.

WOMEN EXITS MONDAY: Laura Robson The 16-year-old lost 6-3 7-6 to world number three Jelena Jankovic but kept the Centre Court crowd on the edge of their seats. MONDAY: Melanie South With both knees taped up, South never looked as though she would threaten Russian Regina Kulikova, and she was crushed 6-1 6-2. MONDAY: Katie O'Brien Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko, as the 28th seed, was always expected to prove too strong for Yorkshire player O'Brien. But it was close in the end,6-3 6-7 6-4.

MONDAY: Elena Baltacha The British number one began as favourite against 19-year-old Croatian Petra Martic. And when Baltacha went a set and a break up, all was going according to expectations. Then Baltacha froze, later admitting the nerves got to her, and Martic capitalised, running out a 2-6 7-5 6-3 winner.

TUESDAY: Anne Keothavong Keothavong had victory in her sights at 4-0 up in the deciding set against Australian Anastasia Rodionova, but dropped six straight games to lose 3-6 6-2 6-4. Despite admitting she could not handle the pressure, Keothavong said: "I don't think British players have a temperament problem at all."

TUESDAY: Heather Watson The US Open girls' champion lost 6-4 1-6 6-3 to Italian Romina Sarina Oprandi.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2010
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