Sloane Stephens suffers Wimbledon shock but Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams progress
US Open champion Sloane Stephens became a big-name casualty on day one of Wimbledon.
The fourth-seed, who reached the final of the French Open last month, looked badly out-of-sorts as she fell 6-1 6-3 to world number 55 Donna Vekic.
“I always try to be aggressive,” she told the BBC.
“I struggled with my serve in the wind but hopefully I can improve.
“I played all the tournaments on grass coming here and that has helped me.”
2017 semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova was also on the receiving end of a shock, losing in straight sets to Sorana Cirstea.
However, there were much more routine opening round matches for Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams.
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Australian Open finalist Wozniacki needed just 59 minutes to overcome Vavrara Lepchenko 6-0 6-3.
Williams, meanwhile, who lost last year’s final to Garbine Muguruza, eased into the second round despite losing the opening set against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.
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