Wimbledon 2018: Biggest Upsets In Women’s Singles So Far
What happened to the top women’s seeds in Wimbledon this year? The top 10 seeds have fallen fast. And, even before the semi-finals!
Wimbledon this year is witnessing a robust number of upsets in women’s singles. At the end of the second round, there have been several shocking exits. However, Serena Williams, seeded 25th, is still standing strong.
The shock of Simona Halep’s exit
Halep was outsmarted by unseeded Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan in the 3rd round. Currently World No.1 on the WTA Tour, Simona Halep of Romania suffered a a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 loss, thus an early exit in the third round to world No.48. Halep is the reigning French Open champion. This Romanian tennis player achieved the highest rank in October 2017.
Venus Williams ousted
Venus Williams became the latest woman among the favourites to make a heartbreaking exit. The American is currently ranked world No. 9 in the WTA singles. It was unexpected to see 20th seeded Kiki Bertens outclass Venus in the last round 6-2, 6-7, (8-6). Bertens played ruthless and stopped Venus — last year’s finalist and five-time Wimbledon champion – at the very beginning. She, too, lost in the third round.
Caroline Wozniacki couldn’t survive
No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark could not defend her Wimbledon title either. She emerged winner of the Eastbourne title last week, so fans were hoping to see some great tennis from her at the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Her campaign was cut short by Ekaterina Makarova in a tight second-round match.
Karolina Pliskova seemed unready
No.7 seed Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic also disappointed her fans. In fact, she was the only Top 10 seed to reach the second week, and was defeated miserably by Kiki Bertens in the Round of 16. The Czech professional tennis player is a former world No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 8 in the world. She lost her fourth-round match 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) in an unprepared manner.
Petra Kvitova was the biggest loss
No.8 seed Petra Kvitova leads the WTA in titles this year. And her early first-round defeat by Aliaksandra Sasnovich was shocking to say the least. This Czech player has 25 career singles titles to her name. Aliaksandra defeated her 6-4, 4-6 (6-0).
Maria Sharapova ousted too
Ranked 4th, Maria Sharapova did not survive either. She lost her match against Vitalia Diatchenko by 6-7, 7-6 (6-4).
Biggest hopes now: Eleventh seed and two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber of Germany is the highest seeded player remaining in the top in the women’s competition. Serena Williams has made it to her 11th Wimbledon semi-final. Jelena Ostapenko is last year’s French Open champion. She has reached this year’s semi-final without dropping a set. Julia Gorges, on her 42nd Grand Slam appearance, is set to take on Serena Williams in the semifinals.
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