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Britain's Smethurst falls to marathon man Isner

Daniel Smethurst during his match on No.3 Court
by William Denny
Tuesday 24 June 2014

Three British wild cards were in action on Day Two in a bid to join Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Naomi Brody in the second round.

Although Samantha Murray only managed one game from former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, the other two, Daniel Smethurst and Tara Moore, put up stronger performances 

However, world No.234 Smethurst also found the odds stacked against him as he went down in straight-sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to former US Open quarter-finalist and Wimbledon marathon man John Isner. The 23 year-old Brit competed well from the baseline with 27 winners but could not find a suitable method to tame Isner’s serve.

Speaking of Isner’s 26 aces, Smethurst said: “It’s ridiculous. For me, I felt like I had to just try to read what serves he was favouring and then try and get a read on it. Sometimes I did and sometimes I was out of it.”

Both players treated the No.3 Court to some fine stroke play in the first set but the first major turning point came in the seventh game as Isner was forced to defend three break points to lead 4-3. Then came the hammer blow for Smethurst, whose hard work was undone after Isner broke with his second set point. Isner then took control, serving consistently and breaking serve at key stages of the match to reach the second round for the sixth consecutive year.

Tara Moore’s first-round encounter with former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Vera Zvonareva was left evenly poised as rain suspended play with the score 4-6, 7-6(3). The pair will emerge on court on Wednesday with all to play for in a deciding set.

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