Garbine Muguruza, Marin Cilic out in Wimbledon upsets

Annette Crawford
July 8, 2018

Muguruza is the first Wimbledon women's defending champion to lose in the opening two rounds since Steffi Graf's first round defeat in 1993.

After Murguruza's exit the women's draw has been left wide open. Caroline Wozniacki [No.2], Muguruza [No.3], Sloane Stephens [No.4], Elene Svitolina [No.5], Garcia [No.6], and Petra Kvitova [No.8]. I wasn't thinking I had to defend anything, I was just thinking of trying to win.' Muguruza will now have much time to rest, as her next tournament scheduled is Rogers Cup in Montreal in one month.

"She played big, took a lot of risk and it worked for her". She then broke back to level the third set at 4-4, but Rodina immediately earned another break and served out the victory.

"It's a little bit sad, " Muguruza said.

11th seed Angelique Kerber beat Claire Liu 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

"Of course I wanted to play on the bigger court, it's always my preference but to say something now makes no sense. I just have to learn from these mistakes".

Although Cilic saved two match points at 4-5 with thunderous serves, there was no such respite at 5-6 and Pella completed the job thanks to a forehand into the net from his opponent.

"Inside I was, like, dying, especially serving out for the match", said van Uytvanck.

Only two of the top eight seeded women are still in the field after four days of action.


The Serbian was was joined by Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who went past Robin Haase.

Van Uytravanck is set to go head-to-head with 28th-seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the third round.

Top seed Simona Halep showcased all the hallmarks of a champion-in-waiting as she dispatched China's Zheng Saisai in a 7-5, 6-0.

Van Uytvanck, who is ranked 47th in the world, stormed to a 4-2 lead in the second set and Muguruza's frustration was in full view.

Van Uytvanck showed no signs of nerves as she combined power and finesse to stun the Spaniard, reaching the third round of a major for the first time since her run to the quarterfinals of the French Open three years ago. Pella himself seemed surprised at his mammoth victory.

On the other half of the draw, two past champions, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both advanced in straight sets.

Britain's female hope Johanna Konta failed in her second round match as Dominika Cibulkova claimed a dominant 6-3, 6-4 win. "Hopefully it's going to be fine".

The journeywoman Van Uytvanck pulled off the shocker to record her first-ever win over a top 10 opponent. Muguruza, meanwhile, owns two major titles, including the 2016 French Open, and was the runner-up at the All England Club in 2015.

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