By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • By the third round we should be left with just the seeds
  • We assess the carnage of the first two rounds
WIMBLEDON, UK – There has been more than a little drama in the first couple of rounds of this year’s tournament as we take a look at the scattered seeds.


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Men’s Singles

First Round

  • Dominic Thiem [5]
  • Alexander Zverev [6]
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas [7]
  • Gael Monfils [16]
  • Denis Shapovalov [29]
  • Dusan Lajovic [32]
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There will be a time for the young guns. It just won’t be this year on the grass as seeds 5-7 (Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas) all crashed out in the first round. OK so maybe after reaching the final of Roland Garros and playing no warm-up events on the green stuff, we could have seen Thiem coming (or indeed in this case, going).

Zverev’s continuing management company woes seemed to cost him dear and who knows if we will ever see Ivan Lendl in his coaching set-up again. And old soul Tsitsipas just ran out of ideas and looked as though he had just attended Socrates’ funeral when he came into press.


Second Round

  • John Isner [9]
  • Marin Cilic [13]
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili [18]
  • Gilles Simon [20]
  • Stan Wawrinka [22]
  • Alex De Minaur [25]
  • Kyle Edmund [30]
  • Laslo Djere [31]
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Perhaps the most notable here were former finalist Marin Cilic, and last year’s semi-finalist John Isner. The American will stand to lose a whole chunk of points, but having recovered from stress fracture in his foot, he would not have been expecting to go as far this time.

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Disappointingly from a British perspective Kyle Edmund had a spot in round three in the palm of his hand before a slip and an injury saw the third, fourth and fifth set slip away from him to hand Fernando Verdasco the win.


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Women’s Singles

First Round

  • Naomi Osaka [2]
  • Aryna Sabalenka [10]
  • Marketa Vondrousova [16]
  • Donna Vekic [22]
  • Caroline Garcia [23]
  • Garbine Muguruza [26]
  • Daria Kasatkina [29]
  • Lesia Tsurenko [32]
Naomi Osaka in the first round of Wimbledon 2019

Naomi Osaka in the first round of Wimbledon 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Obviously, the biggest casualty both on the court and in the press room was Naomi Osaka. Just a couple of weeks before she had lost to Yulia Putintseva and opted to take a fine rather than come into press. This time she came into the main room, but asked for the press conference to be cut short as she felt she was about to cry.

Former champion Garbine Muguruza had no time at all on the grass due to injury and it showed as she was bundled out in the opening round as well.


Second Round

  • Angelique Kerber [5]
  • Amanda Anisimova [25]

The seed carnage was a lot less than for the men, or from the first round, but all the more cataclysmic for losing defending champion Angelique Kerber. She had started well against a mummified Lauren Davis, in as a Lucky Loser, but the match soon slipped away from her.

She explained: “I was trying to finding my game the whole match actually. I was not really feeling good from the beginning. I don’t know why. I mean, the energy was not there.

“She played good. She played very well in the last set, as well. Yeah, I tried. She is also really tricky opponent. Yeah, she played a lot of slice. She moved good in the third set. I was not able to finish the match in the way I would like to.”

Play continues with the third round, starting at 11am on all courts except Centre Court and Court No. 1 which starts at 1pm BST.


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