Wimbledon | Swan gets reality check
Katie Swan’s dream start to Wimbledon came to a very abrupt end in the second round with Mihaela Buzarnescu highlighting the difference between them in relation to their respective experiences.
The 30-year-old Romanian, seeded 29, may have competed in two previous Wimbledon Qualifying events but her performances this year have seen her rise up the rankings in dramatic fashion, and would indicate that her levels of play and understanding of the game have improved immensely.
As a consequence, Swan was swamped from the start in what turned out to be a one-sided 74-minute contest, going down 6-0 6-3. She just wasn’t allowed to show her young talent to best advantage, though as far as aces were concerned, she hit five to Buzarnescu’s lone effort!
Swan, making her second appearance in the main draw via wildcards, was broken three time in the opening set and had to accept a bagel despite all her efforts.
An early break followed in the second set, with Swan now firmly under the heel of the rampant Romanian. Nonetheless she held in there holding twice as Buzarnescu swept into a 4-2 lead, and here efforts were rewarded when she broke back to give herself some hope of possibly turning the tide in her favour.
That was immediately dashed in the next game as the 21-year-old Briton dropped her serve allowing her higher ranked opponent to serve out and progress into the next round.
Swan, who was born in America where her family still live in Kansas, will now have a chance of catching up with them, although many of them were in SW19 cheering her on. What she apparently misses most is her dogs but a neighbour – she is renting a house in Wimbledon – has offered her own if she should need it for therapy purposes. Perhaps she should take up that offer following her loss!