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Wimbledon headlines - day two: Seeds fall in record numbers on Tuesday but Nadal, Djokovic, Halep safely through

  • Top stories from a wild day two at Wimbledon 2018
  • Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova among the seeds who fall to shock defeats
  • Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Novak Djokovic through to the second round
Rafael Nadal (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep start their campaigns on day two of Wimbledon 2018 but Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Dominic Thiem are among the seeds defeated.


A wild and wacky day two at Wimbledon 2018 saw more seeds falling in the wake of the shock exits of Grigor Dimitrov, Elina Svitolina and Sloane Stephens on day one - but other top names moved through safely, with French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep, defending champion Garbine Muguruza and three-time winner Novak Djokovic among those moving through safely.

Here are the biggest stories from Tuesday 3 July at Wimbledon 2018 - and plenty of photos too. 

French Open champions make seamless transition

Rafael Nadal. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Simona Halep  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Neither of the players who won Roland Garros just three weeks ago have played a match on grass in the run-up to Wimbledon - but it didn't stop Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal from securing confident victories in the first round on Tuesday.

Nadal, who beat Dominic Thiem to win his eleventh French Open title, started his quest for a third Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dudi Sela, while Halep showed no after-effects from the celebrations that followed her maiden major win in Paris or the Achilles problem that saw her pull out of scheduled warm-up events, defeating Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-4. 

It was a different story for the French Open finalists, though. Sloane Stephens, who lost to Halep in three sets, had already gone out of Wimbledon in the first round on Monday at the hands of Donna Vekic. Thiem followed suit on Tuesday, retiring due to a back or shoulder problem while trailing Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 4-6, 0-2.

Dominic Thiem retires against Marcos Baghdatis  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Former champions Sharapova, Kvitova shocked

Petra Kvitova (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Two former champions crashed out of the women's draw on Tuesday.

2004 champion Maria Sharapova lost a late-night thriller against qualifier Vitalia Diatchenko. Playing her first match on grass since losing in the semifinals of Wimbledon 2015, Sharapova took the first set in a tie-break and led 5-2 in the second set, as well as leading by a break twice in the decider, but lost 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 4-6.

The biggest shock of the day was Petra Kvitova's defeat, however. Winner of five titles so far in 2018 including Birmingham in the run-up, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion was favourite with most bookmakers as well as pundits to win the title - but nerves, and an inspired performance from Aliaksandra Sasnovich, saw the Czech crash out 4-6, 6-4, 0-6.

Del Potro, Djokovic, Muguruza stay strong

Juan Martin del Potro  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Garbine Muguruza (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


While Sharapova, Kvitova, Thiem and 10th seed David Goffin all crashed out, some of the tournament contenders did make winning starts to their campaigns. Defending champion Garbine Muguruza opened play on Centre Court, ousting British wildcard Naomi Broady 6-2, 7-5. Three-time champion Novak Djokovic barely broke a sweat as he ousted surprise Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro, who is often vulnerable to early upsets at Wimbledon, defeated Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 - although he has the dubious reward of facing former Queen's Club champion Feliciano Lopez in the third round. And Alexander Zverev, who made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open but suffered a hamstring injury in the run-up, looked comfortable against Australia's James Duckworth, winning 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.

'Now Gen' stars rising

Frances Tiafoe (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Kyle Edmund (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Some of tennis's younger rising male stars booked their places in the second round on Tuesday. 

Great Britain's Kyle Edmund, a semifinalist at the Australian Open, looked self-assured in a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australia's Alex Bolt, winning the last four games although Bolt served for the third set. The USA's Frances Tiafoe, who won his first ATP World Tour title this year, knocked out 30th seed Fernando Verdasco with an excellent win, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3. And Canada's Denis Shapovalov, survived a tough four-set clash with Jeremy Chardy, who has played very well on grass this year.

The new 'Come on, Tim!'



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(Bonus: Footage of the player lounge during the England-Colombia penalty shoot-out, courtesy of Daria Kasatkina's Instagram.)



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Wimbledon headlines - day two: Seeds fall in record numbers on Tuesday but Nadal, Djokovic, Halep safely through

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