Girls Seeds Uprooted at Wimbledon

By Richard Pagliaro | Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wimbledon’s garden is a slippery slope for ladies’s seeds.

4 of the High 10 women’ seeds—seven-time champion Serena Williams, two-time champion Petra Kvitova, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic—all fell on the first hurdle.

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Former world No. 1 Williams suffered a proper leg damage that compelled her to retire towards Aliaksanda Sasnovich in her opener yesterday. That got here after former US Open champion Sloane Stephens stopped Kvitova 6-3, 6-4.

At this time, world No. 102 Kaja Juvan swept Bencic 6-3, 6-3 after Frenchwoman Alize Cornet conquered Andreescu for the second time this month on grass 6-2, 6-1.

Whereas some gamers level to the slick grass that contributed to Serena’s fall and injury-induced exit, others say the actual fact Roland Garros moved again every week leaving a shortened grass season that supplied gamers a condensed transition time from pink clay to grass.

“I simply should form of put the items collectively,” Andreescu mentioned of translating her sport to grass. “Hasn’t actually been like that the previous couple of tournaments, however I do know I’ll get there, and I am tremendous excited for that.”

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In the meantime, a wide-open Wimbledon provides thrilling alternative  that started with reigning champion Simona Halep compelled to tug out with a calf damage and US Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrawing after revealing she’s been battling despair.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, who warmed up for Wimbledon profitable her thirteenth profession title on the grass of Unhealthy Homburg, Nineteenth-seeded Karolina Muchova and Twentieth-seeded Coco Gauff could properly profit most from 23-time main champion Serena Williams’ exit.

Kerber was heading in the right direction to face Williams within the third spherical previous to the American’s exit, Muchova confirmed her all-court abilities reaching the Australian Open semifinals in February and Gauff reached the Wimbledon fourth spherical as a qualifier in 2019 bowing to eventual-champion Halep.

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