Title favourite Kvitova suffers shock first round Wimbledon exit
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 07, 2018,
Jul 07, 2018, 18:30
As Sasnovich observed, everyone can beat everyone and none of these upsets is an absolute shocker considering the winners who came through and the surface they are playing on - something that doesn't forgive a moment's loss of concentration. I think I'm becoming tougher and tougher in matches. But it isn't the end. I gave myself a chance to go through.
Her opponent, the 21-year-old Russian, was a tricky but inconsistent player with only one grand slam event win to her name.
Feliciano Lopez overtook Roger Federer for the most grand slams played in a row on 66 and did so with a win, too, beating Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-4 6-2 to set up a clash with another Argentine, fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro.
German fourth seed Alexander Zverev eased past injury-plagued James Duckworth of Australia 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 to reach the second round.
Konta's run past year was helped my turning her mind to cake-making between matches.
Image: Jul 3, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Maria Sharapova (RUS) reacts during her match against Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) on day two at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. She's found that transition more hard as she's gotten older.
She said she would take time to study how she lost. Then in the third set, the five-time grand slam victor was up by a break at 4-3.
It wasn't smooth sailing for Diatchenko initially as she took a medical timeout with the match tied at 3-3 in the opening set. Diatchenko slid a second serve down the T holding at 30 for 5-4.
But a sloppy service game allowed Vikhlyantseva to level matters at 4-4 and Konta then had to fend off two set points on serve.
Dominika Cibulkova, world No.1 Simona Halep, and two-time former champion Petra Kvitova or Maria Sharapova are all potential hurdles for Konta to reach the semi-finals again after losing in the last four to Venus Williams 12 months ago.
She added: "I'm looking forward to it". But while the money will set her up nicely for the rest of the year, it was the way she bounced back from the disappointment of not closing it out in straight sets that bodes so well for the future.
"She swung away. She played extremely aggressive".
"I found the crowd very fair, with both of us", she said.
Sharapova had never lost in the first round in 13 previous Wimbledons, while the free swinging Diatchenko had never won a main draw match on grass in the top tier. "The repercussion of winning Wimbledon has a big impact". After all, he could count victories over Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Kevin Anderson and Novak Djokovic through this season.
Konta will face Russia's Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the first round, a player who claims grass is her favourite surface after reaching a maiden WTA Tour in s-Hertogenbosch a year ago. 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 have that more and more now. "You want to do well at your home tournament, especially when it happens to be the best tournament in the world".
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded three, gets Centre Court action underway against British wold card Naomi Broady, ranked at 138.
Having wrapped up the opening set thanks to a exhausted backhand from Nara, Halep stepped on the gas again and quickly established a 2-0 lead, her control from the baseline coming from more powerful forehands.
Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 Roland Garros victor, starts against Britain's Katy Dunne.