Top 5 seeds Stephens, Svitolina Exit on Day 1 at Wimbledon
by Staff | July 2nd, 2018, 11:33 pm
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Two Top 5 seeds were upset on a rollicking opening day at Wimbledon that included a triumphant return for Serena Williams.


Shown the door were No. 4 seed and reigning US Open winner and French Open finalist Sloane Stephens who fell meekly to Croat Donna Vekic 6-1, 6-3, and No. 5 Elina Svitolina who was outlasted 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 by German Tatjana Maria.

The 25-year-old Stephens did not play any grasscourt warm-up tournaments entering Wimbledon.

“Today just wasn’t my day,” the American said. “I wish I could have played better. I wish I would have made some more balls. I wish I could have pushed her a little bit more. It just wasn’t working…The balls from clay to grass are completely different. The ball stays very low here. You have to make a little bit more of an adjustment. Everyone is dealing with the same conditions, so it’s not just me.”

And it wasn’t just her.

Also orchestrating upsets were Czech Katerina Siniakova outlasting an ankle-addled No. 16 seed CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7(3), 6-3, 8-6, Romanian Sorana Cirstea topping No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova 7-5, 6-3, Italy’s Camila Giorgi grinding down No. 21 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, and German veteran Andrea Petkovic beating No. 31 Zhang Shuai 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Top 10-seeded winners Monday were No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki who walloped American Varvara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-3, No. 7 Karolina Pliskova stumbling past Brit Harriet Dart 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1, No. 9 Venus Williams breaking her 0-2 Grand Slam losing streak this year beating Johanna Larsson 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1, and No. 10 Madison Keys defeating Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-2.

“I’d like to take it a step further [than last year],” said the 2017 runner-up Venus. “I have to focus on every round. I’m a Florida girl, so for me this heat, I can understand it and deal with it.”

Wozniacki is looking to reach the Wimbledon quarters this year for the first time in her career.

“It was special, and so cool, to be back on Centre Court,” said last week’s Eastbourne champion, who will next face play Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Lower-seeded winners Monday were No. 13 Julia Goerges, No. 20 Kiki Bertens, No. 23 Barbora Strycova, No. 25 Serena Williams, No. 29 Mikaela Buzarnescu, and No. 32 Aggie Radwanska.

The younger Williams sister beat former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus 7-5, 6-3.

“Not only do I expect to win,” Williams said. “I expect to win emphatically. I have such high expectations of myself. I don’t go out there expecting to ‘do well’ or ‘see what happens.’ That’s just not me.”

Matches to look for on Tuesday at the All England Club are (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. Brit Naomi Broady, (1) Simona Halep vs. Kurumi Nara, (8) Petra Kvitova vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, (24) Maria Sharapova vs. fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, and (11) Angie Kerber vs. former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva.


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19 Comments for Top 5 seeds Stephens, Svitolina Exit on Day 1 at Wimbledon

Margot Says:

Good grief AM. Some of my picks haven’t lost today…..yet ;)


AndyMira Says:

M!…Hehehehe..Good for u Boss!!…I see u hold the fort on WTA with our jalep & grace your presence to MY level at 5th with j too!!…

Oh!..I see u still picked J.Sock in 1 of your Brackets Boss!…Don’t flipped if he lost again today okay??Hehehehe…


Margot Says:

But I didn’t pick him to win, AM tee hee. What an oversight ;) Worried about darling Petra but she is playing better in 2nd.


AndyMira Says:

Hahahaha….I still remember how the smoke came out from your ears just a couple of weeks ago M!…But that’s okay!…If he lost,it’s just 1 point right?

Bout Petra…What about her M?Is her hamstring acting up once again?Or heat gave her trouble?Before the Championship start,i read about how she struggled in heat when she’s practiced on saturday i think…Hope it’s not serious whatevers going on with her…


Margot Says:

Commies said she suffers from asthma so yes, the heat I guess. But it’s also very windy out there plus opponent playing well. Lost first, leads 4-2 in 2nd


Margot Says:

Can’t play sliced back hand at the mo. Put 3 in net.


Margot Says:

Ooh dear, lost her serve when serving for the set :(


AndyMira Says:

Asthma?Oh no!!…..No wonder she downplayed her chances here even before the tournament begin!


Margot Says:

Phew AM Petra took 2nd thanks to two double faults from Sasanovich (?) She’s got an excellent back hand.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah M!..I saw it on livescores…And Your J.Sock too won 1st set M!…Let see whether he can finish it in 3…Otherwise he maybe don’t have stamina to finish it in 5..


Margot Says:

Alexandra has a double break in the 3rd AM. Petra is going out. Such a shame :’(


AndyMira Says:

Yeah M!…And there goes my Bracket!…Oh well!…I wish u the best of luck for your other Bracket M!…This years Wimby r soooo unpredictable!…Goffin out too btw…Heck M!…half of my Bracket is full of RED already!And it’s only Day 2!…Urgh!!


Willow Says:

Both my brackets have been shot to pieces, Thiem, Goffin, Dimi all out on the mens side, had Petra winning on the womens side, Sloane out too :-/


Margot Says:

Petra getting a bagel, looks like. This is toooo horrible.


RZ Says:

I would have picked Petra to win the tournament too. Shame she lost in the first round.


Willow Says:

I Couldnt pick Sharapovas opponent out of a police line up, but my what a stunning beauty ….


RZ Says:

@Willow – I hope she can stun Sharapova and win the match.


Willow Says:

RZ me too, but doubt it somehow, giving Maria a hell of a fight though, shes gorgeous ….


RZ Says:

Diatchenko did it!


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