Eugenie Bouchard’s fall from grace continued with a first-round defeat by China’s Duan Yingying at Wimbledon on Tuesday as her hopes of repeating last year’s run to the final evaporated. The first and last point surrendered by Kvitova on serve, and a double fault at that, came as she served for the match. She said she had been advised not to play at Wimbledon, but decided she couldn’t pass up the chance.
Ying-Ying Duan of China celebrates winning her Ladies Singles first round match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. I knew it would be hard for me, but I didn’t expect to lose just now. “And no one told me anything about my bra”, Bouchard told The Daily Mail.
“I was not aware of that at all”, Bouchard said.
She was expected to push on this year and challenge Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova for the grand slams, and the top ranking, but Bouchard has gone backwards instead, tumbling out of the world’s top 10.
Federer sped through his Wimbledon opener against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, a player he also beat during the French Open last month.
Doing the math, Halep won 15 matches in the first three Slams a year ago, peaking in Paris, where she made the French Open final.
On the men’s side, Vancouver’s Vasek Popsisil rallied for a five-set victory over France’s Vincent Millot 7-6, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
In 2014, Stephens never went beyond the last 16 in any of the four majors, lost in the first round seven times and ended the year at No. 37. That was the feeling on Courts No. 1 and 3 as these matches unfolded.
This was her Wimbledon debut and she seized the moment against an opponent who was there for the taking, far from the warrior who caused such a stir the last time she was in London.
Also advancing were Germany’s 18th seed and ex- finalist Sabine Lisicki, Poland’s unsafe 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the eighth-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova and the experienced Serbian Jelena Jankovic, who won a deciding set 10-8 against Russia’s Elena Vesnina. Those were the first double bagels at Wimbledon in six years. But the third-seeded Briton rewarded his adoring home fans on Centre Court with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4 win in a little over two hours.
Petra Kvitova, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal all won in straight sets over unseeded foes. So I did kind of minimal preparation to save myself for the match.
Under Wimbledon’s rules, players must dress “almost entirely white”.
In another one-sided women’s match, 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber swept fellow German Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 6-0 – the third so-called “double bagel” in two days.
At the start of the second set, Bouchard appeared to have recovered from her sub-par performance, but Duan took control of the set when she broke off the tiebreak at 4-all. “But I was definitely off”.
” “Her mental strength simply deserted her. “[Cepelova] played very good tennis”, Halep said, conceding that she struggled to counter Cepelova’s fearless tactic of rushing the net to prevent Halep from dictating the tempo of the match from the baseline.