• Kyodo


Japan’s Saori Obata crashed out of the Wimbledon Championships with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in the second round Wednesday.

Obata, who won her first Grand Slam match against American Alexandra Stevenson in Monday’s first round, had her serve broken in the third game of the first set and never threatened world No. 38 Daniilidou from then on at the All England Club.

Obata committed four double faults as she lost her concentration and struggled to turn the tide in the 64-minute match.

Despite the defeat, the 116th-ranked Obata said she was thrilled to play higher-ranked opponents in her Wimbledon debut.

“Every time I meet an opponent that is better than me, my desire for victory grows stronger. It’s very thrilling,” the 24-year-old said.

On the same court later Wednesday, Japan’s Ai Sugiyama and Rika Fujiwara, semifinalists at the French Open earlier this month, beat Nathalie Grandin of South Africa and Anousjka Van Exel of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the women’s doubles.

Shinobu Asagoe and Nana Miyagi, meanwhile, upset the eighth-seeded pair of Russian Elena Dementieva and Janette Husarova of Slovakia 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

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