WIMBLEDON - Tatiana Maria shocks Elina Svitolina in her first Top 5 win



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WIMBLEDON - Tatiana Maria shocks Elina Svitolina in her first Top 5 win

Tatiana Maria stunned Elina Svitolina and clinched the first big upset at Wimbledon. In this edition that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the German fresh from her maiden WTA title gave the Ukrainian her first defeat to a player ranked outside the Top 50 in 2018.

Maria completed a 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1 victory, her first over a Top 5 in her career. Having defeated just two Top 10 opponents in her career, beating No.10 10 Li at 2010 Kuala Lumpur and No.7 Bouchard at 2015 Miami, Maria gained a 5-2 lead in the opening set but suffered Svitolina's terrific fightback.

However, she looked more confident and proactive in the tiebreak and with just 12 unforced errors to Svitolina's 18 she sealed the first set. Svitoilina, who hadn't lost to a player with such a low ranking since Birmingham 2017, forced a decider but unexpected inconsistencies affected her and produced her maiden first-round loss at Grand Slam level since 2014 Us Open.

Former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska saved six match points before outmaneuvering Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3 4-6 7-5. Playing in the main draw of Wimbledon for the first time in her career, Ruse put on a remarkable show.

Tenacity and juvenile ambition made her display fine strokes and bump into a ball bay with the towel on her head. Radwanska completed her seventh win in a three-setter this season and will now meet Lucie Safarova who beat her four times in five meetings.

Katarina Siniakova came back from 3-5 down in the decider to defeat No.16 CoCo Vandeweghe 67 63 86 claiming her eighth Top 20 win of her career, the first since beating No.15 Mladenovic at No.17 Wuhan. The American, who hadn't suffered a first-round loss at Wimbledon since 2013, played through what looked like a sprained ankle.

Siniakova found her composure just in time. She also saved two break points in the opening set and took another terrible fall after chasing down a dropshot. The No.16 seed, who nearly slid into the netpost, exited for the 19th time at the first hurdle at Grand Slam level.

Siniakova, one of 10 Czech women in the singles main draw at Wimbledon, completed her 30th win in a deciding set in a WTA tournament and moved to the second round for the sixth time in a major. Katie Swan shined and improved her performance since the opening round defeat in her last appearance here two years ago.

The British number 9 beat Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets. She completed two breaks in the first set and the Romanian vented in fury launching her racquet against her chair at 3-2. Begu saved a match point on serve but she double-faulted on the second.

Swan, former British Fed Cup player Mel South said as BBC wrote, "is so dedicated and worked so hard following a difficult time with injures. I know she did so much physically to get in such good shape, so what a win that is for her.

When her first serve goes in, it's such a weapon and she showed that today. Katie is only 19 and hopefully this is the first of many wins for her at Wimbledon in the future". Swan collected her second WTa main draw win and will face for the first time in her career Mihaela Buzarnescu, who beat recent Eastbourne finalist Aryna Sabalenka, forced to play the sixth straight three-set match.

Now tied with Kvitova for most 3-setters played this season, Sabalenka lost 6-7 6-1 6-4, her third defeat in the last 10 matches against lefty opponents.

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