Coco Gauff was eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon by US former Australian Ope champion Sofia Kenin. The Grand Slam champion, who passed through the qualifiers, won with the final score of 6-4 4-6 6-2, beating a seed and qualifying for the second round of the tournament, at least partly coming out of a negative period that had lasted for months.
In the other matches, Jessica Pegula, seeded number 4, beat her countrywoman Lauren Davis with some difficulty. Iga Swiatek's 1st round at the All England Club is without problems, against the Chinese Lin Zhu: the Pole world no.1 won for 6-1 6-3.
Belinda Bencic defeated Britain's Katie Swan, while Caroline Garcia eliminated US Katie Volynets. Victoria Azarenka needed three hard sets to defeat China's Yue Yuan. Below the highlights of the match between Sofia Kenin and Coco Gauff, shared by Wimbledon on its YouTube page:
Venus Williams out contro Elina Svitolina
Venus Williams has expressed her frustration after her loss to Elina Svitolina in the first round of Wimbledon.
The legendary American player immediately got the break, but an unfortunate slip caused her knee to suffer severe pain. The problem didn't improve as the minutes went by and, only an immense willpower pushed Williams to continue until the end.
In the press conference, the US said: "I'm not sure what happened. I'll have to check. I felt pain and it was difficult to concentrate on the game. The grass is always slippery. It was just bad luck. I started perfectly, then I got killed by weed.
I felt in great shape, but that's the sport. Now I have to figure out what my next plans are. I'm a bit in shock right now. I just can't believe this happened. It's bizarre. I do not know. I still have to elaborate. I've had so many injuries, so it's not easy to process what happened.
This is not what I want for myself. I didn't do anything wrong, I just tried to hit the ball. Emotionally it's really hard. I never thought about retiring before the end: I tried to fight and looked for another way to win." Finally, Venus Williams spoke of the equal pay achieved in the world of tennis in the Grand Slam tournaments: "I think no woman should worry about getting paid as much as men.
I'm very happy that no woman should worry about that at Grand Slams and she can only think about playing tennis."