Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Day 2 top seeds on fire

Day Two of Wimbledon 2017 was not kind to Australia, mirroring Day One. All players wearing the hopes of those down under lost their matches except for the one surprise packet.

Arina Rodionova, ranked 166 in the world, shocked the 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in an entertaining three setter which went to 9-7.  The Aussie saved seven match points before taking the victory - her first ever win in a Grand Slam main draw match.

Not much effort needed for Federer and Djokovic as their respective opponents retired just part way into the second set after being a set down.

Most seeds were on fire but a few of the lower seeds suffered defeats including Richard Gasquet (22) at the hands of a fired up David Ferrer, Kiki Bertens (23) denied by 63rd ranked Sorana Cirstea, and Daria Gavrilova (20) upset by Croatian qualifier Petra Martic, currently ranked 135

Laura Davis (28) and Shuai Zhang (30) also failed to reach the second round.

Probably the biggest shock was Feliciano Lopez (19) losing to Adrian Mannarino.
Lopez had been brilliant in his lead up tournaments, finalist at Stuttgart and winning Queens Club.

Karolina Pliskova displayed the form which has her as one of the favourites, and similar impressive showings came from Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Kristina Mladenovic.

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