Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, unseeded at Wimbledon, saw her terribly terrible 2016 season spiral further down the English drain when she was shuttered out in the first round on Tuesday, with help from a bad draw as the Dane fell 7-5, 6-4 to multi-Slam champion and No. 13 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.
“It just sucks right now to be out of the tournament — there’s not much else to say,” said a frustrated Wozniacki. “It’s been a tough year, but you have to keep on fighting.”
The Dane is 0-3 at Slams this year.
Wozniacki’s bestie, world No. 1 Serena Williams, worked past Swiss Amra Sadikovic 6-2, 6-4 in an error-strewn performance.
“I’m always shouting at myself,” said Serena, who denied feeling any pressure. “It’s absolutely nothing different.”
Commentators on multiple broadcasters disagreed. But it’s Serena’s world, and whatever she says goes, we’re just along for the ride.
The only other Top 10 player completing a match on the rain-shortened day was No. 6 Roberta Vinci, who put on the hard hat to beat American Alison Riske 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
“I’m happy. Finally I won a match here in Wimbledon,” said Vinci, who gets past the first round for the first time since 2013. “My opponent today was a great player, especially on this surface.”
Other seeded winners on the day were No. 19 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 27 CoCo Vandeweghe, and No. 30 Caroline Garcia, all straight-set advancers.
Britain had something to cheer for on the women’s side as Tara Moore topped Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3, 6-2. But it will be short-lived as Moore will next meet the No. 13-seeded Kuznetsova.
Also among the notable unseeded winners was rising Aussie Daria Gavrilova, who defeated China’s Wang Qiang to set up a meet with the No. 19-seeded Cibulkova.
Highlights of Wednesday at the All England Club include (5) Simona Halep vs. former Slam winner Francesca Schiavone, (7) Belinda Bencic vs. the fast-court upset specialist Tsvetana Pironkova, (14) Sam Stosur vs. Sabine Lisicki, and (9) Madison Keys vs. Kirsten Flipkens.
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