Clean Sweep for Seles

Monica Seles took just 37 minutes to defeat Spain’s Eva Bes and reach the second round of Wimbledon today.

The American completed a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash with a series of battering groundstrokes that left her opponent running from side to side gaining little success.

Bes only won 15 points in total as the world No.4 gave an exhibition of the strengths that saw her reach the final 10 years ago. The 28-year-old Seles merely stepped up her game during the only time when the Spaniard looked slightly threatening.

Fourth seed Seles is often forgotten by tipsters as a possible champion, with Venus and Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati being the names on most people’s lips.

She declined to talk up her chances, saying: “It doesn’t annoy me that people are talking about the Williams sisters and Jennifer. It’s a tough pressure when you are top. I experienced that in the early Nineties.

“Venus and Serena deserve the honour of being No.1 and No.2. I am just happy to be playing injury-free and at a decent level. I play the game because I love it.”