emma raducanu Y Andy Murray lost two consecutive Wimbledon second-round matches on Center Court, stifling the momentum after 10 British players reached the second round for the first time since 1984.
Raducanu’s follow-up to her fairytale run in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year ended at the hands of the French veteran. Carolina Garcia.
Garcia, the former World No. 4 who is now ranked No. 55, eliminated the No. 10 seed 6-3, 6-3 in the third top-10 upset of the day.
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Raducanu, who also won the 2021 US Open after going through qualifying, had tempered expectations for his return to Wimbledon. His preparation on the grass court was stunted by lateral strain. He had multiple coaching changes in the last year. She is only 19 years old.
“It’s okay because going into this I really didn’t have high expectations of myself,” Raducanu said. “Yes, I have been paying attention. But I’m a Slam champion, so no one is going to take that away from me. In any case, the pressure falls on those who have not.
“I have played seven hours of tennis in a month. To even compete with these girls at this level and win a round, I think that’s a pretty good achievement.”
Murray then played admirably, but the American John Isner was overwhelming in a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4 victory. Isner fired 36 aces from his 82 winners to 32 unforced errors to beat Murray for the first time in nine meetings.
In his next match, Isner will likely break the ATP record for most aces in his career (since the stat began to be fully recorded in 1991). He has 13,724 aces. Croatian Ivo Karlovic holds the record with 13,728.
Murray, the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon champion, had 39 winners and 13 unforced errors but only two break points, which he lost.
In his last eight majors since 2018, Murray hasn’t gotten past the third round. He was about to retire in 2019, his career saved thanks to a successful hip surgery.
“It’s extremely difficult with the problems I’ve had with my body over the last few years to make long-term predictions about how I’m going to be even a few weeks from now, never mind a year from now,” he said. Murray, 35, who was unable to serve for 10 days earlier this month after suffering an abdominal injury. “If I am physically in a good place, yes, I will continue playing. But it is not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level.”
Also Wednesday, women’s No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia and men’s No. 3 seed casper ruud from Norway lost in not-so-surprises.
German Julius Niemeier eliminated Kontaveit 6-4, 6-0. Kontaveit reached the final of five tournaments between October and February, but she has only won one match since late April as she deals with the grueling effects of COVID. She took two weeks off after the French Open.
French ugo humbert eliminated French Open runner-up Ruud 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. Ruud has three career wins on grass and lost in the first round of Wimbledon in both of his previous appearances.
Ruud’s departure means a first-time major semi-finalist is guaranteed in the men’s draw. Seed No. 7 Hubert Hurkaczno. 16 Pablo Carreno Busta and no. 18 Grigor Dimitrov they were previously ejected from Ruud’s room in the first round. No. 9 cameron norrie of Great Britain is the only top-20 seed remaining in that quarter.
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