Defending champion Muguruza falls in Wimbledon second round

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

The 24-year-old Belgian stunned defending champion and 3rd seed Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to make the 3rd round at the All England Club for the first time.

Muguruza, the defending ladies' champion was out-fought by the gangly Alison Van Uytvanck, ranked No.47 in the world.

But considering that as of Wednesday, five of the top-10 seeds in the women's draw were spending the remainder of the fortnight preparing for the hard-court season, no match at Wimbledon, no matter the round nor tale of the tape, is a foregone conclusion.

This year's early loss was surprising because the Spaniard seemed to be poised for a deep run after a strong French Open, where she trounced Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep in the semi-finals.

In Van Uytvanck's previous three Wimbledon tournaments, she had only won once, but now she is through to the second round.

The 47th-ranked Van Uytvanck struck 29 winners for the match, compared to just 18 for Muguruza, and broke her opponent's serve on seven occasions.

After her stunning loss Murguruza said "She played big today".

"I was ready to play and that is it, nothing to say", she said.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson wrapped up his rain-interrupted match against Andreas Seppi on Court Two winning 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4. "I'm pretty excited for him". However, the Estonian put up some resistance in the middle games with her first break of the match and an emphatic hold to take her first lead of the afternoon.

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Guido Pella, Argentina, def. Marin Cilic (3), Croatia, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5. I think this was the best thing that I did.

The British No 1 reached the semi-finals at the All England Club previous year, but hard-hitting Slovakian Cibulkova produced a ruthless display to end Konta's hopes 6-3 6-4 on Thursday.

"Yesterday I played really good".

"I would love to be in the second week for the first time for me in Wimbledon", she added.

Angelique Kerber similarly survived her own scare after being taken to a third set in her 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Claire Liu.

"He played very well", Nadal said of his opponent. "You can not force me to change my shorts in front of everybody, you know".

Halep, the top seed, avoided the upset bug on Thursday, defeating China's Zheng Saisai 7-5, 6-0 to advance to the third round.

Australian Barty took the girls' title in 2011, a year before Bouchard, and was a 6-4 7-5 victor in their second-round contest on Court Three. The free-hitting Belgian, who was not just swinging on her backhand, but also nailing the open spots on the court, was previously 0-7 against the elite crop.

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