Sharapova, Kvitova and Thiem out of Wimbledon
Former champions Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova both crashed out of Wimbledon in the opening round on Tuesday (July 3) and they were joined by men’s French Open finalist Dominic Thiem.
Shaparova, the 2004 champion, was beaten by fellow-Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-7(3) 7-6(3) 6-4 on Court Two.
Diatchenko up an unlikely victory in just over three hours when the former champion double-faulted.
Twice former champion Petra Kvitova was beaten by inspired world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4 4-6 6-0.
Eighth seed Kvitova, who withdrew from the Eastbourne tournament last week with a hamstring injury, appeared to be moving well but looked pale and drawn particularly in the first set.
Kvitova, 28, has worked hard this year, winning five titles. The Czech, Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, won back to back tournaments in Prague and Madrid, and successfully defended her title on grass in Birmingham last month.
Sasnovich, 24, kept her cool throughout the two hour 14 minute match. She went for her shots, served with pace and variety and played big points apparently without nerves.
French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem’s Wimbledon adventure ended abruptly in the first round when he retired with an apparent back injury while trailing Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who was leading 6-4 7-5 2-0 when Thiem retired 97 minutes into the contest.