Slovakian tennis player Daniela Hantuchova lost to the reigning 'it' girl of professional women's tennis, the number 13 ranked player in the world, Eugenie Bouchard, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round of the Wimbledon's singles competition.
The match was a challenging one for the talented 31 year old player who with a little better serving actually could have won this match because it was as close as the score indicates. In the first set set she had the Canadian player down 3-1 and 5-3 but unfortunately the game slipped out of her hands and she eventually lost the first set 7-5 and the second by the same score.
Interestingly, despite the loss some tennis insiders think that her play is an indication that she is back on track toward returning to the levels achieved earlier in her career when she was a top 20 player in the world.
It was only just over three months ago that she had to withdraw from the Qatar Open because of a knee injury and while she has been playing competitively since then it takes time to regain not just the strength but the fitness to play two to three sets against the best players in the world.
Some tennis insiders look at her recent appearance at the WTA pre-Wimbledon party where she looked exceptional in a white dress and in high spirits and combine her public appearance with her very competitive performance against Eugenie Bouchard who recently reached the French Open semi-finals and there is a belief that she may be an opponent people do not want to play in a couple months.
Daniela Hantuchova lost at Wimbledon but it is a loss that suggests the potential for success in her upcoming tournaments and should give both herself and her supporters reason to smile when they think about the rest of the tennis season for her.