Former Champions Kvitova, Sharapova Crash Out Of Wimbledon; Williams Sisters Return Tues

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Maria Sharapova at practice wearing all Nike during the 2018 Wimbledon tournament. CREDIT Rex Shutterstock

"Now is the time when I'm playing better on the other tournaments than the Grand Slams".

Stosur has never played well on grass throughout her career, with the best result at Wimbledon only to the third round.

"But I think everything happens for a reason, so I'm really happy where I am in my career".

Previous year here, he finally won his first main-draw match but lost to Gael Monfils in the second round.

Immediately after the match Alexander Sasnovich had a call from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko who congratulated her on the win.

Diatchenko, who had until now exited from the opening round itself at the All England Club, will face Sofia Kenin of the United States for a place in the last 32.

Some time in the not-too-distant future, Liu will be expected to win matches like this.

Petra Kvitova believes her desperation for a third Wimbledon title was a telling factor as she suffered a shock first-round loss.

"She's so successful in doubles and she has this year in Mladenovic a consistent partner". You know, when I was kind of younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments. The 2017 French Open champion is the better player, though, so as long as she finds her rhythm she should be able to win. "But some players have won a few matches and didn't come through today, some haven't played matches and have gone through".

She slowly picked up the wins, beating Maria Sakkari and Caroline Garcia, before running into second seed Simona Halep.

Kvitova has now gone out before the quarter-finals in five of her six Grand Slam appearances since returning to action after the stabbing that left her with severe lacerations to her playing hand in 2016. Flipkens also had an easy opponent in Watson, but has had a brilliant grass season. In his last three tournaments, Chardy won one title, reached a final and advanced to the semifinals.

In a severely weakened section of the draw, Ostapenko has a tremendous chance to bounce back from the disappointment in Paris and make a run on grass at Wimbledon.

"I think it might be because of the quick turnaround, maybe not coming in with a lot of matches", Sharapova said.

"To the surprise of many, Flipkens" is actually a Wimbledon semifinalist back in 2013. "Even after winning my first match, I wanted to keep going in the tournament", she said. She's found that transition more hard as she's gotten older.

A total of 228 were won between the two players with Diatchenko winning more points in front of the net while having a lower serve percentage than her counterpart.

Though she struggled to finish in round one, this should be Konta's match to win.

Edmund broke immediately, and broke again for 2-5, holding to love with an ace for the set, 6-2.

Sharapova, who had not played here for three years, soon looked tense, shooting pained looks at her team, biting her lip and at one point seeming close to tears as her early confidence seemed to drain away.

Yet, SW19 had missed Sharapova and Court No 2 welcomed her and her huge entourage - from coach Thomas Hogstedt, to Etonian multi-millionaire boyfriend Alexander Gilkes, founder of online auction house Paddle8 and former husband of Misha Nonoo (who reportedly set up Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).

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