Teenager shocks 5th seed Errani

LONDON - The fifth seed Sara Errani became the first major casualty of Wimbledon as she was upset by the teenager Mónica Puig on Monday.

Errani, who reached the semi-finals of the French Open before losing to the eventual winner Serena Williams, went down 6-3, 6-2 to her Puerto Rican opponent.

The 19-year-old had form which suggested an upset might be possible, having sent Nadia Petrova to a first-round defeat in Paris.

And the trick was repeated as Puig, ranked 60 places below Errani in the world at 65th, overcame some late jitters to cash in a seventh match point before breaking down in tears.

She hit a total of 35 winners against the stunned 26-year-old Italian, who was perhaps still reeling from taking just one game from Williams at Roland Garros.

Victoria Azarenka survived an injury scare to reach the second round. The second seed, who has been a losing semi-finalist in each of the last two years, was a set and a break ahead of Portugal's Maria Joao Koehler when she fell awkwardly at the back of the court.

It appeared she had suffered a leg injury that might end her involvement in the tournament, but after a long period of treatment the Belarusian ploughed on and clinched a 6-1 6-2 win.

Azarenka hobbled and winced through much of the second set, but Koehler was unable to take advantage of a weakened opponent.

It looked a glum situation for Azarenka when she slipped on the grass by the baseline at 6-1, 1-0 in front.

She lay on the court receiving treatment for several minutes before taking an official injury time-out once back in her chair.

After having her right leg massaged and then strapped up, Azarenka put thoughts of abandoning the match out of her mind.

It looked worrying for the 23-year-old Monte Carlo-based player when she immediately served two double faults and had her serve broken to be hauled back to 1-1 in the second set.

But left-hander Koehler often made it too easy for Azarenka, failing to move her around the court as much as she might have.

A third successive break went in Azarenka's favour and from that point she was barely troubled, apart from by the leg problem which was proving more awkward than the player on the opposite side of the court.

Koehler sprayed a forehand wide at 5-2 to present Azarenka with a match point she seized, and Elena Baltacha's conqueror Flavia Pennetta awaits in the second round.

Discussing her injury, Azarenka told the BBC: "I was in such pain at the beginning. I don't know what happened. I almost slipped once before that. I'll have to be more careful. I'm going to do the best I can just to be ready for the next match. We'll see what happens." – Agencies 

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