Wimbledon's first round had a ridiculous amount of major upsets



Two days in, nine top players down. Welcome to Wimbledon 2019.

The opening round at the All England Club has come to a close Tuesday, and some of the biggest names in tennis won’t see another day on the grass this season. In the men’s draw, the most promising young players along with a seasoned veteran, are out before they were even able to challenge the Big 3 of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic. As for the women’s draw, four Grand Slam winners, including three Wimbledon champs, exited the grounds empty handed.

Here’s a rundown of the biggest upsets after the first round.

Day 1

Venus Williams
This might have been the most inspiring upset of them all. The seven-time Grand Slam champion and five-time Wimbledon champ lost in straight sets to 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff. When Gauff was born in 2004, Williams has already won four of seven major titles. Gauff grew up with the Williams sisters as her idols, and now she beat one of them.

Naomi Osaka
The past year for Osaka can only be described in comparison to the big drop on the rollercoaster: everything is going up, and when you get to the top, it’s a fast downfall. The No. 2 seed won back-to-back Slams at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, but the next two? Eliminated in the first round. For the second time in the last two weeks Yulia Putintseva swept Osaka in her biggest win in a major. Osaka tallied 38 unforced errors, while the unranked Putintseva had only seven.

Alexander Zverev
Czech qualifier, Jiri Vesely, defeated the sixth seed in four sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. Vesley, a dangerous lefty, entered Wimbledon ranked No. 124, and hit 80 percent of his first serves. Zverev couldn’t find a way to break and won only one-of-seven break points. In his post-match press conference, Zverev admitted to being at a point of low confidence right now, which showed in his not being clutch in crucial points of the match.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Thomas Fabbiano had never, before Monday, taken a set off a Top 20 player. He defeated the seventh seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10), 6-3. Last year, Tsitsipas took only 91 minutes and seven lost games to eliminate the Italian from the third round of Wimbledon. Even though Fabbiano let two match-points slip away in the fourth set tiebreaker, but was able to pull it back together in the fifth to defeat the tournament contender.

Gael Monfils
Arguably one of the most entertaining players in the tour era had to retire in the fifth set of his first round match. Ugo Humbert, a fellow Frenchman, advanced 6-7 (8), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 3-0. Monfils ended the match with an ankle injury.

Day 2

Dominic Thiem
Sam Querrey was a semifinalist in 2017 and knocked out the No. 5 seed Thiem in an impressive first round performance, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-0. Querrey hit 90 percent of first serves and was perfect in break points. Thiem was coming off a French Open final, taking a set off the 12-time champion Rafa Nadal.

Denis Shapovalov
The Canadian, next-generation tennis player lost in straight sets to Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis. Shapovalov extends his losing streak to five, and says he needs to work on his mental game. He is currently ranked 27th, and at 20 years old he is one of the youngest players in the Top 30.

Garbiñe Muguruza
The 2017 Wimbledon champion fell to qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Both players had 20 winners, while Muguruza had 28 unforced errors and Haddad Maia had 26. It was Muguruza’s failure to finish on big points that eventually cost her the match.

Maria Sharapova
In 2004 at 17 years old, Maria Sharapova won her first Wimbledon title. Now 15 years later, the tennis superstar had to retire for the first time in her Grand Slam career at Wimbledon against France’s Pauline Parmentier. She was forced to retire when trailing 5-0 in the third due to an apparent left wrist injury. This is one of many injuries Sharapova has faced in the past couple years. Parmentier advanced 4-6, 7-6 (4), 5-0.



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