American qualifier Jamie Hampton upset top-seeded Agnieszka
Radwanska 7-6 (2), 6-2 Tuesday in the first round at Eastbourne on
Radwanska, who won the title in 2008, struggled throughout the
match at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.
Although Radwanska tied it 5-5 when Hampton served for the first
set and held a set point at 6-5, she was overwhelmed in the
tiebreaker and failed to rally in the second set.
The 41st-ranked Hampton maintained her composure when No. 4
Radwanska rallied late in the first set.
“I was a little rattled, yeah,” Hampton said. “Last time we
played something similar happened, so I was like, `I’m not going to
crack. I’m going to hold on and get to a tiebreak.'”
Radwanska said she’s still adjusting to the grass after the
“Playing her in the first match on the grass, I think it was
tough,” Radwanska said. “The fact that she played three matches
before helped her a little bit.
“I was a little bit scared to move. It wasn’t slippery. Maybe a
little bit in the back, but, yeah, scared. You have to be
Second-seeded Li Na advanced to the second round, beating Alize
Cornet 6-2, 6-4. She’ll play 2011 champion Marion Bartoli.
Also advancing were 2012 runner-up Angelique Kerber, who
defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova,
who stopped Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-1. Fifth-seeded Caroline
Wozniacki advanced after leading 6-2, 2-2 when defending champion
Tamira Paszek retired with a left-thigh injury.
Wozniacki faced a potentially difficult match against an
opponent who not only won the Eastbourne title last year but then
beat her in the first round at Wimbledon.
Wozniacki recently went 1-5 in clay-court matches, so she’s
looking forward to playing on grass.
“I’m feeling great,” Wozniacki said. “I love the grass. It’s so
much fun to play on. The clay season is over, which I’m happy
about. I think I played a really good first set. I felt really good
and comfortable out there.”
Wozniacki’s boyfriend, golfer Rory McIlroy, attended the match.
He finished 14 over at the U.S. Open on Sunday.
In the men’s event, Kevin Anderson was upset 7-6 (4) 6-2 by
Julien Benneteau, and Bernard Tomic defeated James Ward 6-3,