Wimbledon 2011: Francesca Schiavone wins under closed roof

Wimbledon Championships

Venue:
All England Club, London
Date:
20 June-3 July
Coverage:
Live on BBC One, Two, 3D, HD, Red Button, online (UK only), Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra; live text commentary from 0900 BST on BBC Sport website (#bbctennis); watch again on iPlayer
Francesca Schiavone celebrates victory
Schiavone won the French Open in 2010, her only Grand Slam win

Sixth seed Francesca Schiavone cast aside the diversion of playing under a closed roof to beat Jelena Dokic 6-4 1-6 6-3 in the first round at Wimbledon.

Rain forced play to be abandoned on all other courts but the retractable roof, installed in 2009, ensured play could continue on Centre Court.

Schiavone suffered a loss of form in the second set but responded in the third to book her second-round place.

Earlier, second seed Vera Zvonareva beat Alison Riske 6-0 3-6 6-3.

Russian Zvonareva, last year's beaten finalist, was in stunning form in the first set before her American opponent hit back in the second.

But the 26-year-old regained her composure to set up a second-round tie against compatriot Elena Vesnina.

"I'm really happy I was able to pull it off in the end," said Zvonareva.

"She played some good tennis but I tried to stay focused. I had some ups and downs but I'm really happy."

Zvonareva, beaten by Serena Williams in last year's final, was broken in the sixth game of the second set as Riske, ranked 118 in the world, closed out for the second set.

But the turning point in the third set came in the eighth game when Zvonareva broke Riske before serving out for the match.

"I lost my concentration for a bit but I always fight for every point and I was able to pick it up in the third set," added the world number three, who also finished runner-up in last year's US Open.

Compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 12th seed, also needed three sets before dispatching China's Zhang Shuai 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Israel's 22nd seed Shahar Peer also needed three sets to beat Ksenia Pervak 5-7 6-4 6-4 while Belgium's 17th seed Yanina Wickmayer required less time against Varvara Lepchenko, beating the Russian 7-5 6-3.

But there were first-round exits for 17th seed Kaia Kanepi, who lost 6-1 6-4 to Italian Sara Errani, while 28th seed Ekaterina Makarova suffered a 2-6 6-1 8-6 defeat by American Christina McHale.

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