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Wimbledon: Muguruza suffers shock defeat

London, Jul 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 11:55:05 PM IST
Alison Van Uytvanck played the match of her life to dump defending champion Garbine Muguruza out of Wimbledon.
The Belgian, ranked 47th in the world, put on a brilliant performance and won 5-7 6-2 6-1 in the All England Club twilight.
Muguruza was strangely out of sorts and could not cope with Van Uytvanck’s tremendous hitting.
The Spaniard becomes the sixth top-10 seed to lose in the opening two rounds of this year’s women’s singles. Being scheduled last on Court Two left the Spaniard perhaps vulnerable to a surprise, after a long day of waiting to play.
But an upset looked unlikely after she got the better of a first set which had five break of serves.
Van Uytvanck, who has only got past the second round at a grand slam once before, began to find her range midway through the second set and levelled the match with a run of four successive games.
That hot streak continued as she hit Muguruza off the court and ended her trophy defence in remarkable fashion.
Meanwhile, Johanna Konta’s hopes of another deep run at Wimbledon came to an end at the hands of Dominika Cibulkova in the second round.
The British No 1 reached the semi-finals at the All England Club last year, but hard-hitting Slovakian Cibulkova produced a ruthless display to end Konta’s hopes 6-3 6-4 on Thursday.
“It feels great, it was a tough draw today and I could not be more happy with my performance,” Cibulkova said. “I don’t really think about the seeding now, I’ll just focus on my tennis.”
Rodina beat Madison Keys
Madison Keys has become the latest top-10 seeded woman to lose at Wimbledon after her comeback fell short.
The American fought back from a set and two breaks down only to falter near the end as she lost to Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in the third round.
In a match full of big swings, the 10th-seeded Keys led 5-2 in the first set before the 120th-ranked Rodina won the next nine games to go 4-0 up in the second. But Keys won the next five games and broke again to level the set score. She then broke back to level the third set at 4-4, but Rodina immediately earned another break and served out the victory.
Six of the women’s top 10 seeds, including defending champion Garbine Muguruza, lost in the first two rounds.
Godina made the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. She was 0-15 in her career against top-20 ranked opponents before Friday’s win.
Meanwhile, Ekaterina Makarova of Russia has become the first player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Makarova followed up her victory over second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki by beating former semifinalist Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the round of 16 for the third time.

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