Sharapova Ousted in 1st Round of Wimbledon

Heather Diaz
July 6, 2018

I still want to win my next match.

Cibulkova strongly contested the decision but let her tennis do the talking against Frenchwoman Cornet, winning 7-6 (7/4) 6-1.

Konta, meanwhile, defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5 7-6 (9-7) as she looks to repeat her fine run to the semi-finals a year ago. Her moment came slowly gaining a footing on the score before the eighth game arrived. However, with so many points to defend, there was some pressure to perform well.

She said she would take time to study how she lost.

One year later, as a 17-year-old, she stunned Serena Williams to capture the Wimbledon title, the first of her five majors.

Their similar styles, though, made for athletic exchanges, as both used the width of the court, threw in short balls, served big.

Konta, a semi-finalist previous year, got the crucial break in the 11th game of the first set and was an early break up in the second before being pegged back in a 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) win.

In the end, her defeat came at her own hand.

But Konta could feel very satisfied when she surveyed the destruction of the women's draw, with four of the top eight seeds failing to make it through the first round.

"I'm looking forward to it".

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Konta saved that one too but in the tiebreak she huffed and puffed as a 6-2 lead evaporated.

It is these ventures that have won her some grudging respect from her fellow players and shown her a potential alternative life outside the tennis bubble.

Last year, Canada's Genie Bouchard said: "She's a cheater and I don't think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play again".

After winning her debut Slam at the French Open in 2016, Muguruza appeared to have hit a mental roadblock as she failed to win any titles for 13 months, with her triumph at Wimbledon finally ending that barren run.

Juan Martin del Potro improved to 9-0 in the first round of Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.

The 2004 Wimbledon champ, Sharapova last walked onto the grass at All England in 2015 to play a semifinal match against eventual victor Serena Williams, whom Sharapova defeated in that classic 2004 final, the first Grand Slam title of her career.

Edmund broke immediately, and broke again for 2-5, holding to love with an ace for the set, 6-2. After being pushed to a third set, Sharapova went up a break at 2-1. A final error on the return from Sharapova made it six-all sending them to a second tiebreak. I think I'm becoming tougher and tougher in matches.

Petra Kvitova believes her desperation for a third Wimbledon title was a telling factor as she suffered a shock first-round loss.

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.

Sharapova was cruising to victory at one stage against world No 132 Diatchenko on Court Two with a set and 5-2 lead before the latter shrugged off a back injury to win 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 after more than three hours of tense action. Like Sharapova, Halep skipped the grass-court warmup events after playing a heavy clay-court season, and while all first-round matches require shaking off nerves, she said Wimbledon is especially tricky.

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