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Elina Svitolina Crashes Out Of Wimbledon

Svitolina, Rybarikova and Sevastova all suffered shock losses in the first round, while Pliskova, Radwanska and Venus Williams survived.

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Elina Svitolina crashed out of Wimbledon 2018 in round one as she suffered an alarming 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1 defeat to Tatjana Maria.

 

The Ukrainian, 23, seemed to have found her way on grass when she reached the fourth round last year. But she looked all at sea at times against the German, who won the Mallorca Open eight days ago.

Despite her struggles on the surface, Svitolina fought back from 5-1 behind in the first set to force a tie-break and then won the second set.

However, in the fading light shortly before 9pm, the World No.5’s form deserted her in the decider as she lost it 6-1.

Vandeweghe, Rybarikova and Sevastova also suffer surprising defeats

Coco Vandeweghe also departed Wimbledon 2018 at the first hurdle. She was beaten 6-7(3) 6-3 8-6 by World No.42 Katerina Siniakova.

The American, who was nursing an ankle problem coming into the tournament, appeared to make the injury worse by playing and had treatment for it in the first set.

Remarkably, Vandeweghe managed to win the first set and go on to complete the three-hour match. However, her efforts were in vain as the Czech got the better of her in the decider.

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Earlier in the day, World No.19 Magdalena Rybarikova became the first seeded casualty of Wimbledon 2018. She was defeated by Sorana Cirstea shortly after 1pm.

The Slovakian should have been high on confidence after she beat Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic during her excellent run to the final of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham.

However, Rybarikova never really settled into her first-round clash with the World No.51. Despite a good spell in the second set, she lost 7-5 6-3.

A couple of hours later, another seed followed Rybarikova through the exit. World No.21 Anastasija Sevastova suffered a surprising 6-1 2-6 6-4 loss to big-hitting Italian Camila Giorgi.

The Latvian, who is a two-time US Open quarter-finalist, won the grass court event in Mallorca in 2017. She then reached the final of the same event this year.

However, she struggled to contain the power of Giorgi in the first set. Then she fought back to win the second but could not get the job done in the third.

In between those shocks, there was a less startling defeat for a seeded player, as 31st seed Zhang Shuai lost 6-4 4-6 6-2 to former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic.

Radwanska, Pliskova and Venus survive at Wimbledon

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Late in the day, former World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska survived an almighty scare against World No.195 Elena-Gabriela Ruse.

The Pole seemed to be heading for a comfortable win when she charged into a 5-0 lead in the opening set. However, her unsung Romanian opponent battled back to 5-3.

And, although Radwanska wrapped up the first set, Ruse won the second 6-4 to set up a nervy finale.

Nobody could have imagined just how fraught the ending would be, however, as the unseeded Romanian failed to convert six match points before the experienced Pole eventually won it 7-5.

At one stage, it looked like 7th seed Karolina Pliskova might also be in danger when she lost the second set to British wildcard Harriet Dart.

However, the Czech stepped up her game in the third set and raced through it to record 7-6(2) 2-6 6-1 victory.

Venus Williams also survived a tricky encounter with Johanna Larson. She lost the first set tie-break against the Swede but recovered to win 6-7(3) 6-2 6-1.

Another American, Madison Keys, had no such problems as she brushed aside Alja Tomljanovic 6-4 6-2 in just 62 minutes.

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Old Habits Die Hard For Some In Palermo

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic even a traditional post-match gesture is now not frown upon.

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As the players return to competitive tennis for the first time in five months this week some are still not used to the new post-match rules.

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are a series of protocols in place at this tournament and ones that will follow on the WTA Tour. In Palermo specifically players are prohibited from showing on site, signing autographs and posing with fans. Something which would have been routine at the start of this year. However, old habits are hard to break for some.

Sara Errani celebrated her marathon first round win over Sorana Cirstea by throwing her wristbands to fans. Something which has always been traditionally done by the winner of matches. However, such a well-meaning gesture is prohibited at the event due to the potential transmission of illnesses. Although all players have been COVID-19 tested and cleared before playing.

Fortunately for Errani, she isn’t the only person to unintentionally go against protocol. Qualifier Kaja Juvan did the same on Tuesday following her shock 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, win over second seed Markéta Vondroušová. The win was Juvan’s first ever over a top 20 player.

Apart from a stern glare from the match umpires, neither Errani or Juvan will be penalised in any way for doing something that is a force of habit.

Tournament director Oliviero Palma has told AFP that he is ‘proud’ that Palermo is hosting the return of tennis and the protocols implemented at the event are ones that can be copied at other events. However, he admits that it could be more challenging in certain parts of the world. Most notably America, which will host the US Open whilst there is a rise in OVID-19 cases in some areas of the country.

“The protocol is good, it’s applicable everywhere, so far it’s safe, it works. But we’re in a quiet part of the world. I understand the difficulties that the US Open could have with many more people,” he said. “But New York’s budget is not Palermo’s budget.”

Heading into the second round of the tournament on Wednesday, five out of the eight seeded players remain in the draw. Besides Vondroušová, Maria Sakkari (3) and Elise Mertens (5) have been knocked out of the tournament.

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Petra Martic scores easy win in Palermo

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Petra Martic cruised to an emphatic 6-0 6-3 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round of the Palermo Ladies Open to get her return to competitive action off to an ideal start.

 

The Croatian, 29, is the top seed at the event and, in her pre-tournament interview, she seemed to relish the opportunity to return to the tennis court.

“It’s been so long without tennis, without competition, without the adrenaline that we all kind of love,” Martic said. “So I’m just going to try to enjoy myself. To be back on the court right now is really just a privilege without thinking about any results or any goals or focused on numbers or anything else.”

The Croatian may not be thinking about numbers, but hers were impressive today. She won 71% of all points behind her serve and 49% when returning serve. Furthermore, she broke Van Uytvanck four times and looked in complete control throughout the match, which lasted just 67 minutes.

“I’m really happy with today’s performance,” Martic said in her on-court interview. “I played better than expected. I tried to go out with no expectations because nobody played for five months.”

The Croatian was also asked whether she thinks surprising results are more likely considering everyone is short on match practice. She replied, “I don’t think that’s something new. It’s been like that for a long time in women’s tennis. Anyone can win on a given day.”

Having beaten the World No.57, Martic will now face the World No.119: Liudmila Samsonova. The young Russian came through qualifying and then stunned veteran Kirsten Flipkens in the first round.

Kontaveit progresses to Last 16

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In the last match of the day, fourth seed Annet Kontaveit booked her place in the second round with a 6-3 6-3 win over Patricia Maria Tig.

While the score line may look comfortable, the Estonian had to work hard to overcome a determined display from the Romanian. In the end, victory took 106 minutes to complete.

“It was really exciting to play my first match,” Kontaveit said in her on-court interview. “It was great to step back on court and play a WTA tournament.”

She continued, “It was very competitive. I think I played important points quite well. There are things I could have done better but I’m pretty happy.”

The Estonian’s reward is a last-16 clash with Laura Siegemund. The German, ranked 63, is often a tricky opponent, and Kontaveit should be particularly wary of her capabilities on clay as it is her favourite surface.

Five seeded players are safely through to the second round at the Palermo Ladies Open. But the fifth seed Elise Mertens is not one of them. She suffered a disappointing 6-4 6-1 loss to World No.110 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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Camila Giorgi starts her Palermo campaign with a straight-set win over Rebecca Peterson

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Italian star Camila Giorgi recovered from a slow start to edge Rebecca Peterson 7-5 6-4 reaching the second round at the 31st edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo.  

 

Peterson held serve at love and converted the first break point of the match to open up a 3-1 lead. Giorgi broke back to draw level to 3-3 and saved two break points in the eighth game. Giorgi broke serve in the 11th game and held serve to claim the first set with a forehand winner. 

Giorgi broke twice in the first and third games to open up a 4-0 lead before Peterson won three consecutive games. The Swedish player pulled one break back in the eighth game to claw her way back to 3-5. Giorgi earned a match point with a service winner and closed out the match as Peterson hit a forehand past the baseline. 

“At the start of the match, I was a little slow in the legs a bit. I played my game more in the second set, playing faster, so I took advantage in the second set. There were not too many options to practice, but I worked with a physicla trainer. It was only in the past few weeks that I got to start practicing again. For the most part, I spent time with my family. We have spent so much time travelling over the years. It was nice just to be at home. Italian players are doing at this tournament. Here in Palermo it would be nice to have an all-Italian final”,  said Giorgi. 

Giorgi will face 19-year-old Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan, who came back from a set and 4-5 down to beat last year’s Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 7-5 6-4. Juvan, who came through the qualifying round, scored the biggest win of her career. Vondrousova made a major breakthrough last year when she reached the Roland Garros final, but her progress was hampered by a serious injury. After Wimbledon she underwent surgery. 

Juvan broke twice to take a 4-0 lead in the second set, but Vondrousova reeled off five consecutive games to take a 5-4 lead. Juvan, who upset Venus Williams in Acapulco earlier this year, won the final three games to win the second set 7-5. 

Juvan broke two breaks to open up a 4-0 lead with two breaks. Vondrousova got one break back to claw her way back to 2-4, but Juvan earned her third break in the seventh game. Vondrousova recovered another break in the eighth game, but Juvan saved three break points to hold her serve in the 10th game to win the third set 6-4. 

“Obviously this top 20 win is motivation to keep playing. I try not to think about the rankings too much. I just want to play as many matches as I can right now”, said Juvan. 

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