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Hewitt, Stosur through to second round

27/06/2007 06:52:12 AM Comments (0)

Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur have both secured a place in the second round at Wimbledon.

World No.19 Hewitt beat 194th-ranked British wildcard Richard Bloomfield 7-5 6-3 7-5 in two hours and three minutes.

Meanwhile world No.28 Stosur fought back from a set down to beat the No.204-ranked Puerto Rican qualifier Kristina Brandi 4-6 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 42 minutes.

Hewitt was happy with his win, even if it was not a complete whitewash.

"I didn't know a lot about the guy going into it," Hewitt said.

"It takes you a few games to work out things.

"It was difficult to get into the match, he volleyed extremely well, but I'm happy to get away in straight sets."

Hewitt will next meet Italian Simone Bolelli, who beat Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4.

Stosur, who sent down a massive 18 aces compared to none for Brandi, put her tentative start down to a combination of nerves and settling into the conditions.

"Playing your first round at a grand slam you may be a little bit more nervous than usual and playing at Wimbledon and being out on the grass, all those things combined maybe led to me losing serve in the first game, which wasn't ideal," Stosur said.

"But I was glad to be able to pick it up again."

Stosur will next meet Milagros Sequera, with victory over the Venezuelan setting up a meeting with unseeded compatriot Alicia Molik or Australian Open champion Serena Williams.

Also in Tuesday's play, Australian qualifier Wayne Arthurs survived an epic battle with Dutch wildcard Thiemo De Bakker and Australia's Chris Guccione beat British wildcard Alex Bogdanovic in straight sets.

The 36-year-old Arthurs, ranked 195th in the world, fought back from two sets down to beat his 391st-ranked opponent 6-7 (7-9) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-4 in three hours and 17 minutes to the delight of a raucous Australian crowd.

Guccione took one hour and 51 minutes to win 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-4.

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