2 seed Caroline Wozniacki was defeated 4-6, 6-1, 5-7 by unseeded Russian player Ekaterina Makarova Wednesday, marking the fifth top eight seed to be eliminated through the first three days of the 2018 competition.
If she is able to right the ship and play deep into the draw in NY, the major where she's had the most success, or defend her title in Australia, Wednesday's loss might be remembered more for its quirks - the first Wimbledon rains, an infestation of flying ants and extra-long bathroom breaks - than for Wozniacki's defeat.
It just wasn't enough.' Makarova was, however, polite in her reply. It was only a short victory as Wozniacki served to put away Makarova with three set points ending things in 29 minutes with the third set in play.
"This time, I was playing against good player, so the pressure was little bit also on her side today". The pressure showed on Wozniacki's face as she erred three times handing Makarova match point opportunities. I've done that in both my matches, just continued to play better and better throughout the match.
She had managed to convince herself this was going to be her year to shine at the All England Club, the only major where she's never been past the fourth round.
The 23-time grand slam victor claimed 84% of her first serve points, a good sign for the 36-year-old after the pectoral injury that ruled the American out of a blockbuster fourth-round clash with Sharapova at Roland Garros.
"She played well in the first set, I have to give her credit", Williams said.
The left-hander led 5-1 in the first set and though Wozniacki hit back to 5-4, Makarova held on to move ahead.
The latest to join this list was second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who went down 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to world no 35 Ekaterina Makarova in the second round. "I'm out. That's it", said Wozniacki, who actually won more total points, 94-91. "I told myself that, I forgot it and started over".
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.
Other seeded winners were No. 13 Julia Goerges, No. 29 Mihaela Buzarnescu, and No. 25 Serena Williams who rolled qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-4. "It didn't matter what was the score and I couldn't win those match points, but I kept playing my aggressive game and finally it worked". "It's life sometimes. You just have to keep working and come back".
The opening four games of the second set were all extremely tight and were dragged to 30-30.
"As I said, I don't know that she would be able to keep up this level for the rest of the tournament". Unexpectedly, the former quarterfinalist came up with a attractive backhand victor followed by an ace to save herself from the brink.