Schiavone out, Oudin advances at Aegon

Schiavone out, Oudin advances at Aegon

Published Jun. 13, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone was upset 7-5, 6-4 by Miskai Dothe of Japan in the first round of the grass-court Aegon Classic on Wednesday.

Also, Melanie Oudin of the United States defeated Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, 6-3, 6-4, and American Irina Falconi stopped Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4, 6-0.

Schiavone said she's still adjusting to grass after the clay-court season and hopes to improve before Wimbledon and the London Olympics at the All England Club.

''Of course it is upsetting, but it is hard for me, it takes time to adapt to a grass-court rhythm,'' Schiavone said.


She joined several seeded players exiting the Birmingham tournament.

Sixth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany fell to Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (5), 6-2, and seventh-seeded Christina McHale of the United States lost 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 to Elena Vesnina of Russia.

Jelena Jankovic staved off a bee and two set points in a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over British wild-card Melanie South.

Jankovic saved the set points from 4-5, 15-40 - just as they did when she defeated Maria Sharapova to win the title here five years ago.

''That was the last time I was here, so I would love to win it again,'' said the 22nd-ranked Jankovic, who is returning to fitness after a thigh injury in February. ''I think my taste is changing because I actually do like grass and I never used to. I hit the ball pretty flat, and I have the game to do well on it.''

The bee bothered Jankovic not long after she had a poor service game in the second set. Trailing 4-2 she seemed ready to receive South's first serve of the seventh game.

Instead, Jankovic suddenly darted toward the back stop, calling out ''Wait, wait, wait.''

South then double-faulted.


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