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Monday, June 29, 2009


Valeria Solovieva of Russia broke British hearts when she outlasted 12th seeded Heather Watson


Valeria Solovieva of Russia broke British hearts when she outlasted 12th seeded Heather Watson, 6-4; 1-6; 6-4 this morning on a very hot court 19. However, both players are used to tropical temperatures as they both reside in Florida, USA.

"Actually it was hard to play because people would support her all match long," said Lera, who lost the middle set and was down 2-0 in the third set. "I had to grind every single ball to get back in the match."

Lera, as she prefers to be known, has been very unfortunate with injuries. At the 2007 Roland Garros she broke a bone in her foot which sidelined her for four months. Then at the 2008 Italian Open she broke a bone in her right wrist, which required surgery and she missed playing tennis for nearly eight months. She resumed her tennis career at the Eddie Herr International that same year and has been going from strength to strength ever since. Now making her first Wimbledon appearance and winning the first round. Lera could not be happier.

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