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Ivanovic is rocked by Alexandrova

By John Skilbeck

Published 28/06/2016

Winner: Ekaterina Alexandrova
Winner: Ekaterina Alexandrova

Ekaterina Alexandrova made light of her grand slam inexperience to send Ana Ivanovic sliding out of Wimbledon. The 21-year-old Russian qualified for one of the majors at the first attempt last week, and made an immediate impression on the big stage with a 6-2 7-5 victory on Court 12.

Serbian Ivanovic, the 23rd seed, had her best Wimbledon result when reaching the semi-finals in 2007 but has struggled to make an impression in recent years.

For Alexandrova, the world number 223, each result in her Wimbledon run marks a new career high.

Even with the Sterling depreciating after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the £50,000 she is now guaranteed for reaching round two should top her entire career earnings to date.

In the second round of qualifying Alexandrova won a deciding set 14-12 against Stephanie Vogt of Liechtenstein, before being extended to 13-11 in a decider by British player Harriet Dart when securing her main-draw place.

Ivanovic became the highest-profile early casualty on day one of the championships, American Madison Keys swept aside Germany's Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-1, while Australian Sam Stosur beat Poland's Magda Linette 7-5 6-3, and 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki eased to a 6-1 6-3 win against US player Shelby Rogers.

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