Former champion Sharapova beaten by fellow-Russian qualifier

Ruben Hill
July 6, 2018

Monday saw the exit of US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Top 5 stalwart Elina Svitolina.

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova and former victor Maria Sharapova both suffered surprise defeats in the first round of the women's singles at Wimbledon.

In his last three tournaments, Chardy won one title, reached a final and advanced to the semifinals. She closed it out as Garcia lost her footing early in the second set and Bencic would build mountains of confidence out of this win and try to get back to where she rightly belongs.

"I'm just happy to be through of course and yes, this match gives me positive feelings", said Nadal after seeing off world number 127 Sela. [It] was a first round.

"I was the biggest opponent I could have". "I changed it in the second set when I got an early break".

"I think it might be because of the quick turnaround, maybe not coming in with a lot of matches", Sharapova said.

The Spaniard has won the Wimbledon title twice, in 2008 and 2010, but has also suffered shock defeats against Lukas Rosol, Nick Kyrgios, Dustin Brown and Gilles Muller in recent years. "I don't know what to say".

The first serves improved through the 13 games and 89 points played in the set, but the double faults running in Sharapova's end were the point to giving Diatchenko a chance to really make an upset possible. 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.

Sharapova was too strong in the tie-break and converted the first of three match points with an ace.

Because she knows that when the next opportunity comes, she can win at her own hand as easily as she let victory slip away Tuesday. "I feel a little bit more like myself". She was there to win it, and she did.

"I definitely had several chances in the match", Sharapova said in a news conference after her defeat.

"I feel like I played my best-grass court tennis this year", Edmund said.

"Kept doing that in the third, as well. But sometimes you put yourself in a better or winning position and you don't finish through", a subdued Sharapova told reporters.

That was the case today.

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

World number one Simona Halep started her challenge for a first Wimbledon title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Japan's Kurumi Nara.

There were also wins for Jelena Ostapenko, Carla Suarez Navarro, Naomi Osaka and Eugenie Bouchard. It looked as if it would be a pleasant, straightforward return when she went ahead by a set and a break at 5-2. It was his first win at Wimbledon after Shapovalov dropped his debut at the grass-court Grand Slam a year ago.

2nd rd: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 6-3 6-3, Mihaela Buzarnescu (Rom) bt Katie Swan (Gbr) 6-0 6-3, Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) bt Andrea Petkovic (Ger) 6-4 6-3, Donna Vekic (Cro) bt Rebecca Peterson (Swe) 7-5 6-4, Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) bt Sorana Cirstea (Rom) 1-6 6-3 6-3, Madison Keys (USA) bt Luksika Kumkhum (Tha) 6-4 6-3. Karolina Pliskova meets 2-time Slam victor Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwanska are also in action.

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