Wimbledon: Sharapova crashes out, Halep and Muguruza advance

first_imgWimbledon day 2 saw a massive upset as former champion Maria Sharapova crashed out in first round with a 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 4-6 loss to Vitalia Diatchenko.Sloane Stephens was the first big casualty of the tournament, which happened on Monday. On Tuesday, two-time champion and eighth seed Petra Kvitova suffered defeat before sixth seed Caroline Garcia crashed out.However, the biggest upset was reserved for late night as Sharapova bowed out. Sharapova was in a winning position after taking the first set but Vitalia broke her with the Russia 5-4 up, took the set to tie-breaker and won the set.In the third set, Sharapova took a 2-0 lead only to blow it up and eventually lose the match.A day of shocks continues…Qualifier @VDiatchenko has a day to remember at #Wimbledon by beating Maria Sharapova 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-4 pic.twitter.com/TKUc5zvtcl Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Earlier, the newly crowned Grand Slam winner Simona Halep made a winning start to Wimbledon and so did the defending champion Garbine Muguruza.Back-to-back Grand Slam titles incoming?@rolandgarros champion @Simona_Halep defeats Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second round of #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/jQa0BMlc7K Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018As for eighth seed Petra Kvitova, she suffered a horrific final set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich to lose 4-6, 6-4, 0-6 and crash out of the tournament. Sixth seed Caroline Garcia also made an early exit with a loss to Belinda Bencic.Apart from these upsets, all of Johanna Konta, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka advanced to the next round in London.advertisementHalep silenced a roaring Japanese army of supporters as she demolished Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4.Playing with a lighter load on her shoulders after winning the French Open title last month, Halep rolled back her arms and let the winners fly off her racket strings.Also read – Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advanceThe Romanian world number one was broken once in the opening set and also faced two break points at 2-1 up in the second.A forehand winner and a Nara error allowed Halep to sidestep that pothole and she wrapped up victory when Nara smacked a forehand long.She will next face China’s Zheng Saisai for a place in the third round.Also read – Wimbledon: Stan Wawrinka beats sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov on comebackMUGURUZA OPENS TITLE DEFENCE WITH WIN Garbine Muguruza had defeated Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final last year. (Reuters Photo)Muguruza opened up traditional ‘ladies day’ on Wimbledon’s Centre Court with a 6-2, 7-5 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady in the first round.Since the pair last contested a match seven years ago, Muguruza has gone on to become a two-time Grand Slam champion and the Spaniard produced an assured performance to dispatch the 138th-ranked Broady.Also read – Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki off to winning startsBroady, who saved eight of the 11 break points she faced, survived a match point on her serve in the 10th game to the delight of the cheering fans but the third seed made no mistake two games later as she wrapped up the win.FORMER CHAMPION KVITOVA MAKES EARLY EXITUpset of the Tournament so far?Aliaksandra Sasnovich stuns Petra Kvitova in the first round, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-0#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/5u6PrQWIlEWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Twice former champion Kvitova slumped out of Wimbledon in the first round, beaten by inspired world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.Eighth seed Kvitova, who withdrew from the Eastbourne tournament last week with a hamstring injury, appeared to be moving well but looked pale and drawn particularly in the first set.Also read – Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic storm to easy Round 1 winsSasnovich, 24, kept her cool throughout the two hour 14 minute match. She went for her shots, served with pace and variety and played big points apparently without nerves.Even though Kvitova took the second set, Sasnovich came out fighting in the third set, capturing game after game with steady defence and exquisite shot-making, including drop-shot winners and getting the better of a volley rally at the net.Sasnovich completed victory with two aces in a fitting end to a fine performance.Also read – Wimbledon: Fourth seed Sloane Stephens crashes out on Day 1OTHER RESULTS:Jelena Ostapenko beat Katy Dunne 6-3, 7-6(5)Johanna Konta beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5, 7-6(7)Angelique Kerber beat Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-3Eugenie Bouchard beat Gabriella Taylor 6-0, 4-6, 6-32014 #Wimbledon finalist @geniebouchard is through to the second round for the first time since 2016, beating Britain’s Gabriella Taylor 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 pic.twitter.com/RrhBI42EBcadvertisementWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Caroline Garcia lost to Belinda Bencic 6-7(2), 3-6Naomi Osaka beat Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-1Elise Mertens beat Danielle Rose Collins 6-3, 6-2last_img