Wozniacki Eats Bugs, Joins Seeded Exodus at Wimbledon
by Jeremy Davis | July 4th, 2018, 5:53 pm

Rain curtailed play at the All England Club on Wednesday, but not before world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki joined the record-setting seeded exodus at Wimbledon.
The Dane was upset 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 by Russian Ekaterina Makarova, making for five of the Top 8 seeds out of the tournament after three days of play.

Compounding Wozniacki’s frustration was an invasion of flying ants during the match that saw insects flying in her ears and mouth during the competition.

“I want to focus on playing tennis and not eating bugs,” she said to the chair umpire at one point.

In the third set Makarova failed to serve out the match at 5-1 and 5-3 but eventually crossed the finish line.

“I told myself, ‘You’re not going to lose this — you’ve had so many match points,'” the Russian said afterwards.

Wozniacki is now left to mull a lost opportunity and prepare for the U.S. hardcourt season.

“It’s frustrating because I feel as though I could have gone on to do something great here,” said Wozniacki, who won the Eastbourne grasscourt title last week.

On a day of few other upsets, Lucie Safarova defeated No. 32 seed Aggie Radwanska 7-5, 6-4.

Wozniacki’s exit leaves No. 7 Karolina Pliskova as the only remaining Top 8 seed in the bottom half of the draw after Pliskova defeated former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-3.

Top 10-seeded winners Wednesday were No. 9 Venus Williams coming from a set down to beat Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-0, 6-1, and No. 10 Madison Keys beating Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum 6-4, 6-3.

“She played well in the first set, I have to give her credit,” Williams said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever played her before and it’s not easy to play someone you’ve never played. I’m sure she’s seen me play a lot! She was extremely competitive. It’s just about winning the match — if that’s your best or not, it doesn’t matter as long as you win.”

The elder Williams will next face No. 20 seed Kiki Bertens who was a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Russian teen Anna Blinkova. Keys in the third round will line up against 29-year-old Russian Evgeniya Rodina, who came back to beat Sorana Cirstea 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Other seeded winners were No. 13 Julia Goerges, No. 29 Mihaela Buzarnescu, and No. 25 Serena Williams who rolled qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-4.

“It was better than my first round so I’m happy that I’m going in the right direction,” Serena told the BBC. “In my other match I didn’t move a lot but I’ve been moving a lot better since Paris, so that’s old news…Wimbledon did such a good thing with the seeding. It will be nice to see ladies live their life and not start having families at my age. These women can take a year off and have the most amazing thing in the world, then come back to their job and not have to start from the bottom, scrape, scrape, scrape. Still give them an opportunity to be out there after bringing life into the world. It’s so important.”

Serena in the third round will meet Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic who dismissed Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-2.

Thursday’s matches to watch for at the All England Club are (22) Johanna Konta vs. Dominika Cibulkova, (17) Ashleigh Barty vs. Genie Bouchard, (26) Daria Gavrilova vs. Sam Stosur in an all-Aussie, Belinda Bencic vs. Alison Riske, and No. 1 Simona Halep vs. China’s 24-year-old Saisai Zheng.

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32 Comments for Wozniacki Eats Bugs, Joins Seeded Exodus at Wimbledon

Humble Rafa Says:

Wimbledon did such a good thing with the seeding.

Big Lady,

What would you tell the could-have-been seed who is now unseeded because of you?

Humble also feels women should be paid based on what the WTA earns (much lower than ATP).

Colin Says:

I am constantly amused at the ignorance of some people who visit online forums. One bright spark said “Ants don’t fly. They must be moths”. In the time it took him to write that, he could have Googled “Flying Ants” and learned some entomology.
Meanwhile, a BBC commentator referred to the insects as “those lads”, which was equally ignorant.
They are indeed ants, and they are female. They swarm in search of a mate, and when mating has taken place they shed the wings and search for a spot to establish a nest, where they will become egg-laying machines. Nature is amazing, and if it sometimes clashes with our comfortable lives, tough luck.

Okiegal Says:

Hi Colin! Lovely post! Miss you and your knowledge………”Come back, Little Sheba”……🤠🤠

Okiegal Says:

@Colin…… Google is the best thing since sliced bread!

AndyMira Says:

Ermm….I respect caro as a player very much….But,her comments after the loss was a little bit childish i think…But full full credit to Makarova for showing her maturity & big heart in her answers…

M!…Do u know that Caro NEVER passed last 16 in her 12 visits to Wimby??God!…I wish i knew this fact BEFORE i made a pick!Hehehe…We have to remember this fact next time M!

Humble Rafa Says:

They swarm in search of a mate, and when mating has taken place they shed the wings and search for a spot to establish a nest, where they will become egg-laying machines


Nice to meet you.

Margot Says:

AM: I thought her comments were awful. Talk about entitlement. Glad Makarova won. I guess we all picked her because she was playing really well at Eastbourne?

Margot Says:

PS AM. One of the commentators, Sam Smith I think, said she thought the Eastbourne final would impact far more on Aryna than Caro. Ha. Ha. Ha. Tho. I think Aryna may be out as well? Will have to check. She’s one to watch BTW.

AndyMira Says:

M!…Yeah!…I’m glad Makarova won too!…This is not the 1st time Caro showed her negative side M…many times before when she lost,when she shake her opponents hand,she just did it half heartedly with a sour face…I guess she’s one of those players who’s not that high on sportsmanship list…

And yeah!..We picked her based on her Eastbourne’s form…She actually did very poor after she won AO…Always lost in 2nd or 3rd in every competition she entered…On Aryna M!…She’s already lost in 1st Rd to Dr Buzz…Also gave us a very important fact that whenever they won some tourney or going deep,they’re all will lose early after that!…We have to remember this fact too M!

Colin Says:

What was the official reason for play being “interrupted” last night? I don’t think it rained in the London area. Was it bad light, or the ant invasion? The latter would be a perfectly good reason to suspend play, because the line judges, the ball kids and the umpire, can’t keep an eye on play if they have ants trying to crawl up their nose.

j-kath Says:

I’ve always felt sorry for Caroline since that pompous little golfing Irish cad cancelled their wedding bt mobile phone message/email. Those flying ants seemed to concentrate on Caro- if it had been me, I wouldn’t have been able to play.

To Colin: I’m wondering if the flying ants were concentrating on on Wimbledon simply because they would have had to keep the courts watered whereas the grass in many areas of the UK looks like dying wheat and no flying ants are around….at least not in my area or any close by.

Colin Says:

While I was busy having a go at other people, I was at fault myself. At the very start of the article, it is stated that rain was indeed the reason for the interruption.

Margot Says:

AM: Wise words :)
Kath: She’d posted very unflattering, personal pictures of Rory on twitter. I’m not surprised he dumped her.

Margot Says:

PS Ants concentrating on her alone? That’s a bit like Berdych complaining about the wind, obviously just swirling on his side of the court. ;)

Willow Says:

With Rory and Caro, a case of 6 of one, and half a dozen of the other, as for Caro losing not surprised as her W record aint that great, shes a great competitor, love her fighting qualities and work ethic, but she is a bit of a sore loser, so well done Makarova ….

j-kath Says:

Margot – Take it you didn’t see Caro’s match. They really were all over her….I was puzzled why it was heavily one-sided – and I came to the conclusion that it could be perfume that was attracting them more to her than the other player????

I thought she posted unflattering pics. of Rory after he had dumped her – if not then she added to the break-down – if not, OK she wanted to get her own back – difficult for me to judge what I might have done if I was a personality.

Good to chat. Just back and catching up on other winners and losers. Ciao.

Margot Says:

I did see it Kath. The cameras just focused on her, who knows what was happening with Mak. And she posted the pics before the break up, not after.
Meanwhile Tsitsipas just may be my new beau….along with Shapo of course, and…..and….

Kimberly Says:

Thank you cilic please never darken my bracket again

Okiegal Says:

@ Mwrgo…….. You little “cougar”!!!! Woot woot!!!

Okiegal Says:

Eeek Margot… didn’t proof……..Margot not Mwgro….my fatty fingers is too blame! Lol I wonder if Daniel has fat fingers too??? 🤔🤔🤔

Margot Says:

Lol OK, Mwgro looks a bit Welsh, which I am after all…;) But loads of interesting young talent about, in the WTA as well as ATP

AndyMira Says:

M!…U watch Shapo now?

Margot Says:

Yes AM. Paire doing a Lazarus :( Leads 4-3 and serving with a break of serve. Now speculating that Shapo has an injury :(

Margot Says:

Paire 2-1 sets up now. FFS Denis C’mon!

Humble Rafa Says:

I am playing so well I am thinking grass is not so bad after all. I can see how I have won here before and this could be my path to 24. I look at the draw and I see nothing but midgets on the top half. Semi midgets on the bottom half and some Pepe disciple.

Margot Says:

For a minute I thought you said you could see nothing but “midges” in front of you HR. Which would have been rather apposite in the circumstances.

j-kath Says:

Yes Shapo – soon to be famous…as for Tsitsipas – saw a bit of him…think it was yesterday. So many to watch – and many surprises – the brackets must be on a seesaw…

Humble Rafa Says:

For a minute I thought you said you could see nothing but “midges”

I won’t lie, I had to ask Uncle Toni to look up what midges meant.

RZ Says:

Out goes Mugu. Didn’t see that one coming.

Margot Says:

What a Wimbledon of shocks, RZ!

skeezer Says:

Amazing mark the Williams sisters will leave on Womens Tennis, well, mens included, that they have already won over 120 titles combined in professional tennis.

RZ Says:

Skeezer – definitely. Possibly the most successful sibling pair in any sport, or at least in any individual sport.

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