Henman struggles, Roddick, Nadal advance
Day Two of the All-England championships is usually meant to be easy for most of the top seeds, but that was not the case on Tuesday.
Updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
New Delhi:Day Two of the All-England championships is usually meant to be easy for most of the top seeds, but that was not the case on Tuesday. Tim Henman looked like he was going to be knocked out in the opening round for the first time since 1995 after he lost the first two sets to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. Henman who is looking to become the first British player to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1936 managed to control his unforced errors as he produced some stunning shots. Henman went on to win the match in five sets, but the British number one will be hoping for an easier match in the second round. Sharapova shines But there was no such problem for 2004 champion Maria Sharapova. Sharapova won the match against Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-2, 6-2 in under an hour. She next faces Sesil Karatancheva of Bulgaria. Serena Williams was playing her first match since May and the rustiness showed. The former champion who was given a warning for breaking her racquet needed three sets to get past fellow American Angela Haynes 6-7, 6-4, 6-2. Roddick, Nadal advance 2004 finalist Andy Roddick fired 14 aces enroute to his straight sets win over Jiri Vanek of the Czech republic. Meanwhile, newly crowned French Open champion Rafael Nadal didn't have a great start to the grass court season losing his first round match at the Gery Weber Open. But he had no such problems against American Vince Spadea. The Spaniard won 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the second round. The unluckiest loser on the second day at Wimbledon was Tommy Haas. The 19th seed twisted his ankle after tripping on a ball while serving during his warm up routine. Despite treatment the German was forced to retire in the second set.