Dellacqua, Mirza, Govortsova ousted; injured Bartoli loses

Updated: June 11, 2008, 2:32 PM ET
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Top-seeded Marion Bartoli lost her opening match of the DFS Classic on Wednesday and may miss Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.

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Bartoli, the Wimbledon runner-up last year, was upset 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 by the 52-ranked Petra Cetkovska. Bartoli, ranked 10th, said her wrist injury has hampered her play.

"It's been bothering me since before the French Open," Bartoli said. "I've been having treatment but it's tendinitis, and there is only so much you can do for that. It seems like 2008 doesn't want me to be in great shape. I am always having something, some illness or injury."

Bartoli, who also lost to Casey Dellacqua of Australia in the first round of the French Open, said she may miss Wimbledon "if it's not getting better."

"Missing a Grand Slam, especially Wimbledon, is a huge disappointment," she said.

Bartoli came from a break down to win the first set 7-5 and was close to victory at 4-4 in the second. But she appeared to give up after going down 5-4, dropping the last eight games quickly.

Bartoli sent ground strokes long or wide and served four double-faults in her last two service games.

Asked why she did not retire, Bartoli said: "I always try to be fair with everyone and by retiring it becomes like 'why can't you find a solution?' For the crowd it is better to go on in the match and for my opponent, she doesn't feel she has beaten me if I pull out."

Other seeds to lose were No. 11 Dellacqua, No. 6 Sania Mirza and No. 7 Olga Govortsova.

Dellacqua lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to 18-year-old Yanina Wickmayer; Mirza lost 6-3 6-0 to Marina Erakovic; and Govortsova fell 6-3, 7-6 to Melinda Czink, who got into the draw as a lucky loser.

Wickmayer is already being touted as a successor to her compatriot Justine Henin, who retired last month. She plays Michaella Krajicek, the 19-year-old sister of former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.


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