Marketa Vondrousova crushed by pressure admits difficulty to stomach the defeat

The defending champion was defeated in the first round of Wimbledon and, at the press conference,she analyzed the difficulties she had in the match

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Marketa Vondrousova crushed by pressure admits difficulty to stomach the defeat
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The Ladies' Singles of the Championships always reserves big surprises, we are not discovering America, but today's surprise was sensational: the elimination of the defending Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, in her 1st round match on the Centre Court against the Spanish Jessica Bouzas Maneiro.

The number 83 WTA defeated the Czech 6-4, 6-2, taking advantage of a poor performance by Vondrousova also due to some problems that affected her performance today. The winner of last year Championships, who traditionally opened the program on the second day of competition on the Centre Court, will probably collapse outside the top-15 of the Wta ranking.

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Marketa Vondrousova© Handout / Handout Getty Images Sport
 

In the post-match press conference, Marketa analyzed how difficult it was to return to Wimbledon to defend the title.

"Overall it was really tough. Difficult feelings coming back. I feel like everyone expects you to win maybe. But I was happy to be back on Centre Court. The training went well. Today I was a little bit scared, also because of my leg. But I don't think that was the reason. I felt nervous from the beginning. She was playing a good match. That was tough too. It's tough to go out, defend the title. I was really nervous from the morning.

Marketa Vondrousova
Marketa Vondrousova© Sean M. Haffey / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

She was playing good tennis. That's a little bit tough too. You don't have many chances to win free points. She was returning well. Overall I wasn't at my best, and she was playing well. Even if you don't want to think about it, you always think about it here. My name everywhere. It was an incredible feeling to be back on Centre Court. The match was really tough. It's mixed feelings. I love being here. I would like to stay longer. I won last year and it was incredible. But today was really tough," she explained.

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