Wimbledon: Katie Swan shocks world number 118 in qualifying

By Piers NewberyBBC Sport
Katie Swan
Swan made her WTA tour debut at last week's Aegon Classic in Birmingham
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British 16-year-old Katie Swan stunned world number 118 Kristina Kucova in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying.

Wildcard Swan, ranked 866th, beat the 25-year-old ninth seed 6-3 6-4 in Roehampton.

The teenager reached the Australian Open junior final in January and only recently began playing senior events.

"I was really nervous before I went on court but I needed to relax and play because I had no pressure at all," she said.

"Obviously I was nervous, and got nervous in the last game, but I was really happy with the way I played.

"I was more aggressive than I have previously been and that worked for me today."

Swan, who is based in the USA where her family live, will play Austria's Tamira Paszek - a two-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist - in the second round.

"It's an amazing experience for me getting to play in front of big crowds against really good players," added Swan, who is staying at the National Tennis Centre, which overlooks the qualifying courts.

Who is Katie Swan?
Born:24 March, 1999
From:Bristol, England
Junior world ranking:5
Junior Grand Slams:Australian Open runner-up (2015)
Senior world ranking:866

"I definitely think the seniors can produce a lot more power - they're just more experienced, they've played a lot more matches than juniors.

"There's a different mentality too. Here people are much more willing to fight until it's all over but I think it's a really good experience."

In other first-round matches, Katy Dunne beat Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2, while fellow Briton Tara Moore saw off compatriot Gabriella Taylor 6-2 6-1.

But Dunne suffered a disqualification scare after hitting a ball into a line judge.

The 20-year-old wildcard double-faulted to go 2-1 down in the second set and accidentally hit her spare ball at the official.

Play was suspended when the umpire called for a ruling, but a tearful Dunne was allowed to continue.

Japan's 44-year-old Kimiko Date-Krum, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 1996, went down 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to Olga Govortsova.

Katy Dunne
Katy Dunne is ranked 335 in the world

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