Venus And Osaka Exit Wimbledon As Bookies Avoid Big Losses Joe Short

Venus And Osaka Exit Wimbledon As Bookies Avoid Big Losses Joe Short

Yulia Putintseva claimed a second straight victory over Naomi Osaka to dump the second seed and double grand slam victor out of Wimbledon on the opening day.

Naomi Osaka became the first top seed to lose at Wimbledon, falling to Yulia Putinseva 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round.

This was the first time Osaka, the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion, had fallen at the first stage at Wimbledon, losing in the third round the previous two years.

Seven of Osaka's eight losses in 2019 have come against players ranked outside the top 20. At the same time, I had a great, quality tennis player across the net who is very unsafe.

"I've been blessed to be very successful on this court over the years, so every time I step on it memories come back and a great feeling".

"We both agreed that we were looking for someone that was a former champion, someone that knows how I feel on the court, someone that has been through that", said Djokovic, who is pursuing a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major trophy in all.

Meanwhile, 17th seed Madison Keys cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum to reach the second round, while Elina Svitolina secured a comfortable 7-5, 6-0 triumph over Australia's Daria Gavrilova. The four-time champion beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round. "But I wasn't surprised because I've played her, like, twice already". In that game, Osaka was serving well, but her unforced errors gave the World Number 39 an opportunity to break her serve to love.

"I was just hoping and doing my best what I can".

Third seed Karolina Pliskova bludgeoned her way into the second round of Wimbledon on Monday, using her huge serve and searing forehand to fend off tenacious Chinese challenger Zhu Lin 6-2 7-6 (4). It is incredible. I went out and did my best, I think I did a great job. "He was just much more solid than me".

Williams won two of her five Wimbledon singles titles before Gauff was born and this was only the second time she has been beaten in the first round since her debut in 1997. Yulia Putintseva was outstanding in the opening round and I see her being too strong for Viktorija Golubic in this match.

Osaka also lost in the third round of the French Open as her form continued to dip since parting company with coach Sascha Bajin in February.

But Guaff, the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in the professional era, was in no mood to play a lady-in-waiting as she made a mockery of the 24-year-age difference and 269 ranking spots that separate her from Williams.

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