Svitolina suffers injury scare ahead of Wimbledon

"But this has been a good year for me and that means on grass I will be much better (than before)".

Elina Svitolina, who never expected to be the favourite to win a grass-court tournament, began her bid to justify her elevation to top seed by overcoming Briton Heather Watson in the first round in Birmingham on Monday.

Always unsafe, particularly on grass, the 25-year-old recorded her eighth career top 10 victory with the secound round win. "It was a very good level", Giorgi said on-court after the match.

"There is a question about it", Svitolina said.

"I was really looking forward to this year at Wimbledon".

World number five Elina Svitolina has expressed fears that a foot injury that contributed to her Aegon Classic defeat to Italian Camila Giorgi in Birmingham on Thursday could lead to her withdrawal from Wimbledon. And yeah, I'm not even like disappointed - of course, disappointed I'm out of the tournament, but not disappointed about my performance because I couldn't really show even like 50 percent of what I can do.

The lush grass in the English midlands is utterly different to the clay on which Svitolina won the Italian Open and reached the French Open quarterfinals, where she missed a match point against eventual runner-up Simona Halep. It has now lost the two top seeded players who started the tournament, Svitolina and Dominika Cibulkova.

"I am not surprised about the way Giorgi played because she always played great on grass".

"For me, I didn't find my footing and once you go down as I did in the first set it's very hard to get back in the match".

Garbine Muguruza had no such problems as she thrashed Alison Riske 6-1 6-4, the former Wimbledon finalist hitting 26 winners in the match and only losing her serve once. I was late or too early.

Giorgi now has the chance to enhance that reputation with a quarter-final win if she can see off another surprise survivor Ashleigh Barty, a 21-year-old Australian making her first appearance in the main draw.

The tournament's other former Grand Slam champion, Petra Kvitova, twice a Wimbledon victor, learned that her quarter-final opponent will be Kristina Mladenovic, who ended Muguruza's French Open title defence a fortnight ago.

  • Salvatore Jensen