Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas exited in the first round of Wimbledon. Jiri Vesely and Thomas Fabbiano caused the major upset by defeating them and progressing to the next round.
It was surprising to see both stars failing to progress to next round especially as many consider them apt to fill the shoes of Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
Czech Republic qualifier Vesely, world number 106, lost the first set but came hard in the remaining sets to beat German Zverev, Sixth-seed, 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5.
Thomas Fabbiano of Italy beat Greek Tsitsipas, seventh-seed, in the first round upset, 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3
Osaka and Venus sent crashing out in significant upsets.
Perhaps the biggest upset in the tournament till now was Naomi Osaka and Venus Williams exiting in the first round. What makes Venus’ exit even more shocking is that 15-year-old American, Cori Guaff defeated her. She defeated Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the first round on Monday. Undoubtedly one of the most significant achievement for Guff considering she wasn’t even born when Venus had already scalped two single’s title.
The second big upset came when two-time Grand Slam champion and World No 2 Naomi Osaka lost 7-6 (4), 6-2 to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Osaka is the first top-seeded player to exit the tournament. Osaka had a hard time deciphering the way Putintseva mixed up the pace and spin.
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Kyle Edmund defeated debutant Jaume Munar, 6-4 6-4 6-4
Heather Watson emerged victorious against American Caty McNally, 7-6 (7-3) 6-2
Fourth seed Kevin Anderson won comfortably against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-3 6-4 6-2.
19th seed Auger-Aliassime lost the first set against Vasek Pospisil but did well to win the remaining sets, 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3.
Stan Wawrinka, three-time Grand Slam champion, won easily against Ruben Bemelmans, 6-3 6-2 6-2
10th seed Karen Khachanov beat Kwon Soon-woo 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 4-6 7-5.
15th seed Milos Raonic, eased through in straight sets, beating India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 6-2.
Feliciano Lopez had a 6-4 6-3 6-4 win over American Marcos Giron.
Ugo Humbert progressed to the second round after his opponent retired when the scores read 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 6-4 7-5 3-0.