Bugs, 'lucky' foe Ekaterina Makarova send No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki out

08 Juillet, 2018, 10:13 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Instead, it's the fourth time in the past seven years that she is out in the first or second round. And for the second year in a row, the so-called "Ant Day" coincided with the Grand Slam championship, played at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. They increased as the games elapsed in favor of Wozniacki who was on a runaway with the set. She had to hold serve now and force more errors, instead it was Makarova who fittingly sealed her win with a break of serve rather than a hold.

It was just Makarova's second victory in nine meetings over Wozniacki. The pressure showed on Wozniacki's face as she erred three times handing Makarova match point opportunities.

In the second round of the Australian Open in January, down a set and trailing 5-1, then 40-15 in the third, Wozniacki rallied to save match points against Jana Fett.

But here's the real kicker: Wozniacki has never crossed the Last 16 at Wimbledon in 12 visits to the All England Club, Makarova, with 12 Top-10 wins at Majors, has reached the quarter-final in singles and is the reigning women's doubles champion with Elina Vesnina.

The next challenger for the eight-time Wimbledon champion is Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, who saved a match point and withstood 61 aces to beat Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 13-11.

Wozniacki, the fifth top-eight seed in the women's draw to make an early exit, didn't need to rummage too far into her mind's annals to draw out a almost identical match to the one she played Wednesday but one with a far different outcome - a match she indeed followed by doing "something really great". "It's frustrating because I feel like I could have gone and done something really great here", Wozniacki said. "I hope that her level can go up". How close to my best am I? The Czech seventh seed was a 6-3 6-3 victor in the Centre Court opener.

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Karolina Pliskova won the battle between former world No 1s against Victoria Azarenka on Centre Court. "I knew that and I think I was a little hurried because I thought I needed to be more aggressive". I won, and as long as I walk away at the end with a win, that's the goal.

"I mean, it's the third round now".

"She definitely played well the first set and I definitely gave her a few errors as well", Venus Williams said afterward during an on-court interview.

American Madison Keys celebrated Independence Day moving into the third round easing past Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 6-3. Unexpectedly, the former quarterfinalist came up with a attractive backhand victor followed by an ace to save herself from the brink.

Serena, granted a seeding of 25 this year after maternity leave saw her slip down the rankings, commented afterwards: "It was better than my first round so I'm happy I'm going in the right direction".

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