How day three at Wimbledon unfolded as Caroline Wozniacki bowed out

Ross Houston
July 8, 2018

Caroline Wozniacki wasn't really an example of sportsmanship following her loss to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday. "She's had a really good year last year".

She nearly duplicated the feat against Makarova in Wimbledon's second round, reversing another 5-1 deficit in the third set and fending off five match points. "It doesn't matter what the score was, I couldn't win with a lot of match points, but I kept fighting and playing an aggressive game and finally it worked", Makarova said after her second victory in nine meetings with Wozniacki. She will face Lucie Šafářová in the round of 32.

With Wozniacki and Kvitova - a two-time champion - both out, the likes of French Open victor Simona Halep, defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams will fancy their chances of going all the way. And for the second year in a row, the so-called "Ant Day" coincided with the Grand Slam championship, played at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London.

Makarova failed to display her consistent tennis and she soon found herself trailing 0-5 having won just 10 points compared to Wozniacki's 23. "I played someone who went all-in with every single shot". If she needed inspiration in the third set against Makarova, the memory of Melbourne was it - only she didn't see it that way.

In what was the longest game of the match, Makarova fended off three game points before being fifth-time lucky, grabbing her second break by targeting the Wozniacki forehand.

And the No. 2-seeded Wozniacki was not exactly gracious in defeat after staving off five match points, but not the sixth, in what became a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 loss to 35th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation in the second round at the All England Club on Wednesday. "I forgot it and started over".

"This year I tried to not put that much pressure (on myself) because last year I think I put too much, and I was seeded No. 2 here", Pliskova said afterward.

Big upsets are not uncommon in sport, especially in an individual game like tennis, and the last three days have been a good example of that. "It's life sometimes. You just have to keep working and come back, and hopefully next time, luck will be on my side".

"I mean, it's just about winning the match".

"As I said, I don't know that she would be able to keep up this level for the rest of the tournament". "I don't know if I've ever played her before, so it's always hard to play someone for the first time - I'm sure she's seen me play a lot". The No. 9 seed, at 38 the oldest woman in the draw, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Milos Raonic, the 2016 finalist, sits in Federer's half and blasted 34 aces in his 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) victory over Australia's John Millman.

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