Wimbledon | Defending champion Vondrousova out; Swiatek and Rybakina through to second round

(Wimbledon) Czech Marketa Vondrousova, 6e The world number one and surprise winner of Wimbledon last year, was eliminated on Tuesday in the first round of the London tournament by the Spaniard Jessica Bouzas (83).e world) 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour 06.


Published at 9:48 a.m.

Updated at 2:22 p.m.



The last time a defending champion lost in the first round on the London grass was exactly 30 years ago: in 1994, three-time defending champion Steffi Graf lost to American Lori McNeil.

Bouzas, who won her very first match at Wimbledon, will face her compatriot Cristina Bucsa (64)e) or the Romanian Ana Bogdan (57e) to try to reach the third round.

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Jessica Bouzas

“It’s one of the most important moments of my life, of my career,” said the 21-year-old, before leaving Centre Court.

“I had no pressure, I just wanted to play freely. I managed to do it and I’m very happy about it,” she added.

“I don’t know how I did it, but I immediately felt comfortable, like I was at home, even though it’s Centre Court, my first time at Wimbledon…” she concluded, her eyes shining with emotion and a broad smile lighting up her face as the crowd cheered her on.

Swiatek makes a successful entry

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Iga Swiatek

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, less comfortable on grass than on clay in particular, made a fine start to the competition on Tuesday at Wimbledon by dominating the American Sofia Kenin (49e) 6-3, 6-4.

Swiatek, beaten in the quarter-finals last year for her best result on the London grass, will face Croatian Petra Martic (85) in the next round.e) or the British Francesca Jones (215e).

On Tuesday, she won her twentieth consecutive victory, taking titles in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.

Rybakina advances to the second round

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Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina, 4e world champion and 2022 champion, quietly qualified for the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday by eliminating Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse (152)e) 6-3, 6-1.

In the next round, the Kazakh of Russian origin will face the German Laura Siegemund (72e).

“I’m very happy with this first victory this year. I haven’t played much on grass this year because I’ve had some problems,” commented the 25-year-old, as impassive as ever.

“I keep all my emotions inside, all I want to do is enjoy myself on the court. And this is a really special place,” she added before leaving Court No. 1 at Wimbledon.

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