'17 champ Muguruza, finalist Cilic out in Wimbledon upsets
Jul 08 2018
The shocks at the World Cup have made their way over to Wimbledon, with defending women's champion Garbine Muguruza and last year's men's finalist Marin Cilic the latest casualties in the second round. Muguruza, also a two-time Slam victor, faced a player who had advanced out of the second round at a major only once.
The match was being played at the number 2 court site of Muguruza's exhilarating three set victory over the top seeded Angelique Kerber in last year's round of 16.
But when the point was replayed, a much more powerful serve confirmed the biggest win of her grand slam career. You need to find your rhythm. "You can not force me to change my shorts in front of everybody, you know".
The final set could easily have gone either way, with five successive break of serves, but it was the German who prevailed. "Yes!" - several times after winning a big point.
Italian Fabbiano saved three set points against three-times grand-slam victor Wawrinka in the second set to advance to the third round of a major for just the second time in his career.
But she clung on and went on win the next 10 games, locking out her opponent from the contest entirely.
Liu was at her first Wimbledon and faced a top-10-ranked player for the first time.
"I'm actually looking forward to playing against her on grass".
Katie Boulter (above) was unable to cause an upset on Court Two as her campaign ended with a respectable 6-3 6-4 defeat by 18th seed Naomi Osaka.
"I wasn't thinking I had to defend anything, I was just thinking of trying to win". "That was the key at the end of the match for me". Experience won the day.
Ons Jabeur came ever so close to becoming the first Arab woman in history to reach the third round at Wimbledon but squandered a match point and a 5-2 lead in the third set to fall 5-7, 6-4, 9-7 to Katerina Siniakova on Thursday. She was broken seven times and, at one point in the third set, slipped hard enough sprinting down a ball at the net that fans wondered if she would need a medical timeout.
"She played big, took a lot of risk and it worked for her".
Muguruza was sensationally knocked out of Wimbledon by journeywoman Alison van Uytvanck on Thursday, leaving just one of the top six seeds left after only two rounds.
Ms. Kontaveit, 22, ranked 27th in the world, was playing for a place in the fourth round of the competition, which would have been the furthest she has progressed there to date (in 2017 she also reached the third round).
"It was not easy", she admitted."I had pressure little bit of losing that set". I am a little bit surprised they put me first match so I think I will ask why. Her other Grand Slam win came in the 2016 French Open.
"It was a tricky match". "That's what I think". "I was not feeling my rhythm from the beginning".