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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Sharapova and Kvitova Out of Wimbledon

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7Dnews London - AP/London

Wed, 04 Jul 2018 17:56 GMT

Maria Sharapova became the first big name to exit Wimbledon after losing to fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko by two sets to one.

In her first Wimbledon appearance since the drug ban suspension, the five-time Grand Slam winner seemed to lack the cutting edge, as she failed to capitalise on her first set win. Sharapova, the 2004 champion, was one set away from winning the tie, but kept missing her tiebreakers in the second set and gave 27-year-old Diatchenko the chance to equalise and finish off the game 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

After her first ever Round 128 exit, Sharapova went on say: “Although not playing my best tennis, I opened up a few doors and was a couple points away from winning this match… sometimes you put yourself in a better or winning position, and you don’t finish through”

The second shock of the Ladies’ Singles tournament came from Petra Kvitova, who lost to 50th ranked Belarusian player, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, by two sets to one. The two-time Wimbledon champion managed to recover from a 6-4 set down to win the second set by the same score, but failed to capitalise on her comeback and gave away the final set, 6-0, to Sasnovich.

28-year-old Czech Kvitova was seen as the pre-tournament favourite after winning five titles in 2018, but failed to match the form that led her to win the tournament in 2011 and 2014.

In the Centre Court, defending champion Garbine Muguruza won against British player Naomi Broady by two sets to nil in under an hour and a half.

The three-time Spanish champion seemed in full control of the tie as she won the first set 6-2 and the second 7-5.

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