Wimbledon Women’s Roundup: Sabalenka, Svitolina move ahead; Andreescu, Bencic knocked out

Three players were knocked out, two moved into the third set and two others ensured smooth passage.

Iga Swiatek in a file photo. (Image credit: Twitter)

Women’s singles seeds at Wimbledon was nothing less than a roller coaster ride. Three players were knocked out, two moved into the third set and two others ensured smooth passage.

Fourth seed Sofia Kenin faced defeat by World No 82 Madison Brengle in the second round. Fifth seed Bianca Andreescu and ninth seed Belinda Bencic exited in the first round after their delayed matches were pushed to Day 3.

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka survived a major scare against the British wild card Katie Boulter. The Belarusian came from a set down to beat the world No 219 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Earlier, third seed Elina Svitolina had beaten Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Iga Swiatek, the seventh seed had it easy as she beat former finalist Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-3. In another court, the eighth seed Karolina Pliskova beat Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2.

Former US Open winner Andreescu lost 6-2, 6-1 to Alize Cornet of France. The 21-year-old fifth seed missed both Rome and Madrid after testing positive for COVID-19 and then was knocked out in the first round of the French Open.

Cornet has beaten Andreescu in a month. The first time being in the second round of the Berlin tournament.

Serena Williams‘ quest for Wimbledon history ended in tears as she was forced to quit early in her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus because of a leg injury.

The 39-year-old American, was heavily strapped on her right thigh from the start of the match. She led 3-1 but slipped twice on the court and was she was in serious pain. Williams, who was trying to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam titles, had the trainer out and tried to play on with the pain.

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