Mauresmo on title trail

Last updated at 15:28 24 June 2004

Fourth seed Amelie Mauresmo may have had to wait two days to finally get her 2004 Wimbledon campaign up and running, but she wasted little time in booking a place in round two.

The Frenchwoman's first-round encounter with Jelena Kostanic of Croatia had been held over from Tuesday because of the rain.

And despite another short break midway through the second set after more inclement weather swept over SW19, the world number four took just 61 minutes to record a 6-2 6-3 victory.

Both women were content to slug it out from the baseline early on and it was Mauresmo who possessed the most power and soon raced into a 3-0 lead before taking command with a further break of serve in game five to close out the opening set against the world number 37.

Comfortable victory

Mauresmo had won the only previous meeting between the pair on clay in Berlin last year, recording a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory.

And this match looked to be going a similar way when the 24-year-old - who reached the last four at Eastbourne last week - produced a stunning cross-court backhand to break Kostanic in game three of the second set.

However, it was then the Croatian's turn to pull out some cool winners from the baseline, before Mauresmo double-faulted to drop her first service game as the set was levelled, with the grey clouds hovering over SW19.

And so it was no surprise that, when the scores were at 15/15 and 39 minutes of the match gone, the players were called off and the covers on as the heavens opened.

The weather soon cleared and play was resumed just before 3pm, a delay of less than half an hour.

Routine forehand

Kostanic missed a chance to move 3-2 ahead when she sent a routine forehand into the net after Mauresmo had ventured into the forecourt and had to then save three break points.

Another couple of ventures up court handed Mauresmo the chance to break again in game seven, and it was an opportunity she did not pass up to close in on victory.

A comfortable service game followed for the Frenchwoman, before another fine passing shot down the line handed her two match points.

Mauresmo could convert neither though, first hitting a forehand wide and then long, before finally making her pressure count when Kostanic smashed the ball into the net and the fourth seed was through, 6-2 6-3 in one hour and one minute.

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