Wimbledon 2017 is underway, and although it’s only the first week into the tournament, there have already been a few upsets on the court. We take a look at some of the major results that the tournament witnessed in the very first round.
Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori sent packing
Bidding for a career slam, Stan Wawrinka’s hopes of becoming just the ninth player to win all the four slams were crushed by the rising youngster Daniil Medvev. He pulled of the upset of the tournament so far beating Wawrinka in four sets (6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1). Stan who has struggled on grass before, never quite looked relaxed and also looked to carry a knee injury. Stan’s hopes of reaching world no.1 were also crushed with this defeat, and he will hope that he will have a better tournament next year. Kei Nishikori the Japanese number one has been knocked out of the championships by the in-form Bautista Agut in four sets. He becomes the highest seed after Wawrinka to be knocked out.
Genie Bouchard and Pliskova knocked out
The Canadian sensation’s year just went from bad to worse as she was knocked out in the first round by the veteran Carla Suarez Navarro. The 23 year old looked to be in control in the first set, but with unforced errors creeping in, she lost her way and the match. “I’m still kind of in a state of shock,” she said in her post match conference. With more than half of the season now behind us, Bouchard needs to get her priorities fixed before she heads into the US open circuit. Karolina Pliskova, one of the strong favourites to win the title in the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, was knocked out of Wimbledon by Rybarikova in 3 sets. Petra Kvitova was also ousted, after she failed to compete at her highest level because of mental fatigue. This leaves French open finalist Simona Halep and comeback Queen Victoria Azarenka as favorites for the title.
Big names march on
It was a routine day at the office for the other big names as they breezed past their opening rounds. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson had little trouble in dispatching their opponents. Roger Federer opened up his campaign in Swiss fashion, as he overwhelmed the Ukrainian Dolgopolov in their fourth meeting, before Dolgopolov retired in the second set. He beat his Serbian opponent Lajovic, in straight sets to advance to the third round where he will face Mischa Zverev. Venus Williams, another favourite for the title is also through to the third round. The 18th seed Sevastova was the first casualty with wildcard Heather Watson demolishing her in straight sets. Heather Watson was defeated by Azarenka in three sets, as French open winner Ostapenko and the fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki marched on in straight sets. Bethanie Mattek-Sands was ruled out of the tournament after a devastating knee dislocation during the third set of her second round match. Andy Murray faced his first stern test in the form of the Italian Fabio Fognini, as he had to save a handful of set points to win the encounter in four dramatic sets.
Marin Cilic and the Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga are through to the second round. Tsonga’s second round encounter against the big serving American Sam Querrey was suspended due to bad light, as both the players were neck and neck in the fifth set. It was a different story for another Frenchman Richard Gasquet as he lost to the Spanish veteran David Ferrer. Alexander Zverev, Milos Raonic and Juan Martin Del Potro all remained strong in their first round.
Rounds one and two are done and dusted, and the strawberries and the cream are set as we look forward for the thrills, spills and fairy-tales of the next round.