LONDON, July 29 Women's second seed Agnieszka
Radwanska crashed out of the Olympic tennis in the first round
on Sunday, losing 7-5 6-7 6-4 in a shock defeat to world number
24 Julia Goerges under Wimbledon's Centre Court roof.
The Wimbledon runner-up, sporting a blue and pink dress and
Polish-flag nails, did not get off to a good start, being broken
in the opening game of the match to go 2-0 down.
The 23-year-old looked to have regained her stride in the
second set tie break, storming to a 5-0 lead. Despite the
valiant German Goerges clawing it back to 6-5, a shot into the
net handed Radwanska the set and they entered a decider.
The match, for two hours the only tennis at Wimbledon after
a downpour of rain delayed the start of play on outdoor courts,
saw both players winning a break in the third set to keep the
score board level.
An increasingly frustrated Radwanska, who carried the Polish
flag in Friday's opening ceremony, threw away the chance to
break again at 4-4, instead handing her opponent the opportunity
in the following game with a shot wide.
Goerges was not so careless, snatching her victory with a
forehand down the line.
Radwanska's hopes of a medal now lie in the doubles. She and
sister Urszula will play their opening match against Slovakia's
Daniela Hantuchova and Dominika Cibulkova later on Sunday.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Matt Falloon)