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08 July 2018, 10:17 | Charlene Valdez
Caroline Wozniacki frustrated at missed opportunity after surprise Wimbledon exit
Wozniacki eventually applied repellent, which appeared to help repel the ants, but wasn't enough to save the match, as she shockingly went down to Makarova in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
The Dane, who claimed her first grand slam title at the Australian Open, was undone by the powerful Makarova in the opener, the Russian holding off a fightback to clinch the set with a forehand victor down the line.
Makarova came back strongly, however, and looked poised for an easy victory when she led 5-1 in the third. But with someone playing like this today, I really did what I could.
She next faces Kristina Mladenovic of France, who defeated German Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-2.
Makarova is also the defending doubles champion at Wimbledon and eliminated Wozniacki at the same stage of last year's US Open on the Dane's preferred surface of hard courts. Now ranked 35th in the world, the Moscow native held firm and converted on her sixth match point courtesy of a swinging volley, then raised her arms in joy - and probably relief, too.
"It's frustrating", Wozniacki said, "because I feel like I could have gone and done something really great here". I was playing more freely today. But here at Wimbledon, I never understand.
The 23-time grand slam victor claimed 84% of her first serve points, a good sign for the 36-year-old after the pectoral injury that ruled the American out of a blockbuster fourth-round clash with Sharapova at Roland Garros. It is always tough to play against her so I'm happy I played the game.
The Dane would try to gain her third grass court win over Makarova giving her eight wins in the series.
The Russian recorded a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Wozniacki to advance to the third round, but it certainly didn't come easily. She won a grass-court tuneup tournament last weekend.
"When it was five-all, I started thinking about those match points and my serve", Makarova said on court after the match. "It's just about winning the match - if that's your best or not, it doesn't matter as long as you win".
"I feel confident that I can do that".
"This year I tried to not put that much pressure (on myself) because last year I think I put too much, and I was seeded No. 2 here", Pliskova said afterward.
"For her to keep this level, I would be very surprised if you saw her go far".
The opening four games of the second set were all extremely tight and were dragged to 30-30.
Other seeded winners were No. 13 Julia Goerges, No. 29 Mihaela Buzarnescu, and No. 25 Serena Williams who rolled qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-4. "I want to be here to focus on tennis, not eating bugs", she said to the umpire. Unexpectedly, the former quarterfinalist came up with a attractive backhand victor followed by an ace to save herself from the brink.
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