Wimbledon 2018: Defending champion Muguruza out, Simona Halep advances

first_imgDefending champion Garbine Muguruza put up a shoddy performance and crashed out in straight sets against Alison Van Uytvanck while French Open 2018 champion Simona Halep kept her strong form going at Wimbledon 2018 on Thursday.Muguruza could not hold on to her title and was defeated 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 by Belgium’s Uytvanck in the second round.With the loss, Muguruza suffered the earlier exit of a defending champion at the All England club since Steffi Graf was knocked out in the first round in 1994.Last year, Muguruza had defeated Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to win the ladies’ singles.Through to the third round at #Wimbledon for the first time – and defeating the defending champion to seal it…A brilliant performance, Alison Van Uytvanck pic.twitter.com/SrBuWbKr9eWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018SIMONA HALEP STAYS ON TOPTop seed Simona Halep overcame a first set scare to advance to the third round of the Wimbledon 2018 on Thursday.Halep showed all the marks of a champion with a 7-5 6-0 win over China’s Zheng Saisai. Halep’s hopes of completing a French Open-Wimbledon double appeared to be in trouble when she fell 5-3 behind in the first set.But the newest member of the grand slam winners’ circle showed her new-found maturity to win the next 10 games on the trot and completely locked out Zheng from the contest.The world No.1 marches on…@Simona_Halep defeats Saisai Zheng 7-5, 6-0 to book herself a spot in the third round#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/k3ZJ32A81aadvertisementWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018The Romanian world number one will next face Hsieh Su-wei from Taiwan.BOUCHARD CRASHES OUTEugenie Bouchard’s hopes of emulating her 2014 run to the final were hit for six by former professional cricket player Ashleigh Barty in the second round.The Canadian, whose ranking has fallen to 188th from a career-high five in 2014, had to contest three qualifying matches just to make into the main draw at the All England Club.The effort of winning four matches over the past week to get into round two appeared to have taken its toll on Bouchard as she could do little to stop 17th seed Barty storming back from 5-2 down in the second set to seal a 6-4 7-5 victory.Bouchard even had a set point at 5-3 up on Barty’s serve but the Australian, who took a two-year break from tennis in 2014 for a stint in professional cricket, wriggled out of that corner and won five games in a row to finish off her 24-year-old opponent.The win carried Barty into the third round here for the first time. She will next face either 14th seed Daria Kasatkina or Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.KERBER BATTLES PAST LIUFormer Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber had to come from a set down to oust American qualifier Claire Liu in the second round.The 11th-seeded Kerber broke decisively for a 4-3 lead in the third set before serving out a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory against the 18-year-old Liu, the youngest player in the tournament.Into the third round…@AngeliqueKerber is pushed all the way by last year’s #Wimbledon girls’ champion Claire Liu, winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 pic.twitter.com/PU8Pni747aWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Kerber lost the 2016 final to Serena Williams.Liu is in her first senior Wimbledon draw and faced a top-10 ranked player for the first time. At No. 237, Liu was the lowest-ranked woman to make the second round.Another Wimbledon finalist, Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, lost to 17th-seeded Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 7-5.Bouchard was runner-up in 2014 to Petra Kvitova.OTHER RESULTS:Naomi Osaka beat Katie Boulter 6-3, 6-4Back-to-back third round appearances…@Naomi_Osaka_ beats Katie Boulter 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round at The Championships 2018#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/OYSiB9LYOFWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Elise Mertens beat Sachia Vickery 6-1, 6-3Johanna Konta lost to Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 4-6Another seed bites the dust as Dominika @Cibulkova stars on Centre Court…#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/hSKR2kee0XWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018Anett Kontaveit beat Jennifer Brady 6-2, 7-6(4)Jelena Ostapenko beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-3Lightning quickIn just 54 minutes, @JelenaOstapenk8 books her third round spot at #Wimbledon with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Kirsten Flipkens pic.twitter.com/mfS0r3nRiIWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2018(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more