February 21, 2019

'17 champ Muguruza, finalist Cilic out in Wimbledon upsets

08 July 2018, 08:24 | Anna Jefferson

Wimbledon: Alison Van Uytvanck beats Garbine Muguruza

Bouchard knocked out of Wimbledon by Barty

If tennis were played on paper, Angelique Kerber's second-round match against 18-year-old American Claire Liu and defending champion Garbine Muguruza's meeting with unseeded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck would have been fly-bys at best.

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

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.

The players traded breaks to begin the second set and Muguruza was almost on the front foot again in the third game, getting to deuce before some big hitting got Van Uytvanck out of trouble.

After taking the second set to level things up, Van Uytvanck comfortably got over the line by holding serve and punishing her sloppy opponent to book a place in round three.

"She played big, took lots of risks and it worked for her".

"It's a little bit sad, " Muguruza said.

It was Muguruza who had the first break chance in the opening game of the match, but a backhand dumped into the net erased that opportunity and Van Uytvanck would go on to record a hold. However, the three-time Wimbledon champ asked for a trainer to treat a left leg injury, but insists (and certainly played like) it is no concern going forward.

"I didn't know but I don't see a clock here. I know that I have to be more aggressive, take the game in my hands".

Four of the top 10 men are also gone, with third seed Marin Cilic the latest to depart. "But I just feel like it's good that I could come out as a gay person".

Nick Kyrgios (15), Australia, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

"I was thinking about every single point when I was serving for the match", Kerber said. She lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2016 and 2017.

"I felt much more confident in my game, I served better and I felt so pumped", said Pella, who reached the third round of a major for the first time. "Of course it was a tough draw today and today I can only be happy with my performance".

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who lost to Kvitova in the 2014 Wimbledon final, lost to 17th-seeded Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 7-5.

Halep was in trouble in the first set, but won 10 games in a row from 5-3 down to set up a third-round encounter with Hsieh Su-wei.

"Because I was fighting back, also breaking her serve after".

Kyrgios next faces Japan's Kei Nishikori who put out Australian lucky loser Bernard Tomic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), 7-5.

Simona Halep (1), Romania, def. Saisai Zheng, China, 7-5, 6-0.

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