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Kvitova and Sharapova out, Tennis News & Top Stories
07 July 2018, 06:31 | Charlene Valdez
Maria Sharapova's custom Nike sneakers worn at Wimbledon 2018. CREDIT Rex Shutterstock
Seventh seed Caroline Garcia was the victim of another upset after she was downed 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 by Belinda Bencic, while Angelique Kerber got her campaign off to the best possible start with a straights-sets win over Vera Zvonareva.
Kvitova was the bookmakers' favourite for the women's title at the All England Club after an impressive return to form this year.
Kerber is one of the favourites to win in my eyes and this match should be dominated by her. Liu won the junior's title a year ago but hasn't spent that long on the tour so she will struggle against a top 10 player that is comfortable on grass. Now is the time when I'm playing better on the other tournaments than the grand slams. "I definitely want to keep going in the tournament".
The 32-year-old Spanish second seed had not played a match since claiming his 11th French Open last month.
'The first round is always tricky, both players are trying to find their level, ' she said afterwards on the BBC.
A season that promised so much sliding to a forgettable conclusion, a troublesome foot injury finally curtailing her campaign. There's one thing about me that will never go away and it is it that I will never give up, no matter the score or where I am.
"Probably at Wimbledon it's a little bit more than the other Grand Slams because obviously I know I can play well".
On what advice doubles partner Boulter could take ahead of her own second round singles match, she added: "Katie is playing a great player and has no pressure". It was his first win at Wimbledon after Shapovalov dropped his debut at the grass-court Grand Slam a year ago. "I don't think it's different for me than it is from anyone else", she said.
British teenager Jay Clarke, ranked 218 and playing his very first Major main draw, put up a superb fight against qualifier Ernests Gulbis, a former top-10 player, took the Latvian to a fifth set, but wavered on serve in the ninth game to offer the decisive break, and Gulbis served it out, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4.
"I'm sad. I wanted to win very badly, maybe too much".
Still the 24th seed was adamant that she was in a better place than 12 months ago, when the 31-year-old was ranked 180th.
"It's just not really working for me right now". But the 2004 champion soon lost plot and allowed Diatchenko to bounce back into the match leading to the decider and although Sharapova led 4-3 in the decider with a break, Diatchenko broke forward at 5-4 and an eighth double-fault completed Sharapova's misery.
Simona Halep made a bright start at Wimbledon on Tuesday with a comprehensive 6-2 6-4 victory over Kurumi Nara on Centre Court.
The teenage wildcard thrilled the home crowd with a first-round 6-2 6-2 victory over Irina-Camelia Begu, however, fell at the hands of Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round.
"It was a tough match", said Konta.
The 26th-seeded Gavrilova cruised past US lucky loser Caroline Dolehide 6-2, 6-3.
Sandgren was a potentially tough first-round opponent who made a surprise run to the quarter-finals of this year's Australian Open.
The world's No. 87 Victoria Azarenka battled past 7-6 (4), 6-3 Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round and will play Czech Karolina Pliskova (8) in the second.
Novak Djokovic through to third round at Wimbledon
No. 9 seed Williams lost to No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 in the third round on Friday. Kyrgios could next face lucky loser Bernard Tomic if his Australian compatriot can shock Japan's Kei Nishikori.