Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Wimbledon 2018 - Day One

Day One of Wimbledon 2018 produced more surprises than expected.

Finalists from last year, Roger Federer (1) and Marin Cilic (3) had few problems in their straight sets victories, and Caroline Wozniacki (2) continued her title winning form from Eastbourne with a quick visit to the second round.

The Williams sisters won through, although Venus took three sets in doing so.

However it was the number of upsets that opened up the tournament so early.

Sloane Stephens (4) and Elina Svitolina (5) were eliminated by Donna Vekic and Tatjana Maria respectively.

It was confirmation of a turn in form for Tatjana, who just won her first title in Mallorca.

The loss of Svitolina leaves the draw open for Serena Williams, who now has unseeded players in her part of the draw until the fourth round.

Last years semi finalist, Magdaléna Rybáriková (19) was removed by Sorana Cîrstea in straight sets, and Rybarikova was seeded to be Serena’s third round opponent.

Venus Williams (9) is happy to see Sloane Stephens exit, as it means she is gone from her section of the draw.  Now only Karolina Pliskova (7) is seeded above her on the way to a possible semi final.

Other seeds to fall in the ladies singles were:

CoCo Vandeweghe (16), losing to Katerina Siniakova 6-7(3) 6-3 8-6

Anastasija Sevastova (21), losing to Camila Giorgi 6-1 2-6 6-4

Shuai Zhang (31), losing to Andrea Petkovic 6-4 4-6 6-2

Stan Wawrinka found grass court form, following his loss to Andy Murray  at Eastbourne, defeating Grigor Dimitrov (6) after a poor opening set 1-6  7-6(3) 7-6(5) 6-4.

Borna Coric (16) was eliminated by Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6) 6-2 6-2.  This was a surprise considering Coric had beaten Federer to win the Halle trophy a couple of weeks ago.

Other men’s seeds exiting:

Richard Gasquet (23), beaten by his fellow Frenchman Gaël Monfils 7-6(6) 7-5 6-4

Leonardo Mayer (32), defeated by Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 6-1

Filip Krajinovic (28), defeated by Nicolás Jarry 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4

Pablo Carreno Busta (20) was two sets all with Radu Albot, but trailed 3-1 in the decider when play was suspended

Milos Raonic (13), Sam Querrey (11), Kevin Anderson (8), and John Isner (9) were impressive straight sets winners.

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