Seles seeks no pressure

Monica Seles is putting no pressure on herself to reach targets in her eighth appearance in The Championships. “I am just looking forward to playing every match,” she said after her first round win over Karina Habsudova of Slovakia by 3-6 6-2 7-5.

Seles, the 1992 runner-up,said: “You cannot look too far ahead.The point are very quick so I will keep practicing and hope to do better than I did today.”

The sixth seeded Seles had not played Habsudova for eight years and after losing the first set had to raise her game to stay in the tournament. She levelled the match after taking the second set for the loss of only two games and in a tight final set made the key breakthrough in the eleventh game. Serving for the match, Seles came through on her first match point with a fine forehand winner down the line which Habsudova was unable to reach.