Tennis: Ivanovic blames wrist injury for surprise loss

Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:05pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number Ana Ivanovic blamed a wrist injury for a surprise first-round defeat by lowly-ranked Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova at Wimbledon on Monday.

The Serb became the highest women's seed to perish on day one, losing 6-2 7-5 to the world number 223 playing her first ever grand slam match after coming through qualifying.

"Yeah, it was very tough," Ivanovic told reporters.

"I mean, for two weeks I've struggled with my right wrist. It was very hard to accelerate on my forehand. I tried to do everything possible to be fit and recover and tape it and so on.

"But, yeah, it was a little bit sore. I feel like it caused me a lot of miss-hits."

Ivanovic, seeded 23, reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon warm-up event in Mallorca this month but it was there that she started to struggle with her wrist.

"It really got inflamed," Ivanovic, one of nine grand slam champions in the women's singles draw, said.

"I had a couple of days off and it started to calm down a little bit. Every time I would start hitting, it would flare up. I felt like I could probably manage it.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 27/6/16 Serbia's Ana Ivanovic during her match against Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova REUTERS/Tony O'Brien