Top Seeds Continue to Eliminate as Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari Fall Out of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/01/2021, 9:16 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina reacts during her second round match against Poland’s Magda Linette REUTERS/Toby Melville


Day 4 of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 hosted some exquisite women’s tennis matches, featuring third seed Elina Svitolina against Magda Linette and Maria Sakkari taking on Shelby Rogers.

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Notably, they all were eager to find a seat in the third round of the revered grass-court event. However, for Sakkari, the tournament closed out as she lost the match in straight sets. As for Ukrainian Svitolina, her Grand Slam curse continued as she lost to the 29-year-old 3-6, 4-6.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Magda Linette: Wimbledon 2021 R2

Coming from a third setter win in the first round, Svitolina looked confident at the beginning of this match. But as games passed, the current World No.5 produced many unforced errors compared to the Polish professional. As a result, she gave up the first break in the opening set and found herself in deep trouble.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in action during her first round match against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

On the other side of the net, Linette displayed unflinching discipline to stress out the third seed. At 3-5, the Polish professional served for the first set and remained on her path until its conclusion. Linette won the first set 3-6.

At this point a comeback from Svitolina already seemed laborious, given her opponent’s resilience.

The Ukrainian began the second set with an urgency, aiming to finish points sooner. Although she remained successful in holding her serve comfortably, she was unable to win points on her opponent’s service.

It got her more nervous as she saw another Grand Slam dream coming to an end earlier than expected. Convincingly, all credit went to Linnette for maintaining her high level of tennis throughout their battle.

At 4-4, the Polish got the crucial break as Svitolina’s frustration did not improve her results. Now, all she had to do was hold her serve and fix her seat in the third round.

Linette succeeded and crushed Svitolina’s dream once again; she won the match 3-6, 4-6. Seed-wise, the Ukrainian became the biggest upset at Wimbledon so far.

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Maria Sakkari vs. Shelby Rogers

Unquestionably, the Greek professional and 15th seed in Wimbledon, Sakkari showed great resolution in her first-round match. Considering her incredible run in French Open 2021, many tennis fans had eyes on her. However, she failed to deliver a clean performance, losing the tight battle 5-7, 4-6 to Rogers.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 10, 2021 Greece’s Maria Sakkari leaves court after losing her semi final match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

More significantly, the American professional put forward some stunning shot selection, giving Sakkari no room to breathe. As a result, the free mover on the clay found herself lost on the lawn of Wimbledon.

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Until now, more than ten seeds have crashed out of the Championships 2021, including six in the Top 10. Besides, the top two seeds Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka are still alive in the tournament. More so, the Belarusian has already reached the third round while the Australian World No.1 is yet to complete her second round task.

Hopefully, only the best of the best players will survive for the next stages in Wimbledon. Who are your favorites for the title this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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