Wimbledon: Beatriz Haddad Maia, Danielle Collins exit; Angelique Kerber moves on

The latter part of the first day of 2022 Wimbledon was strewn with upsets in the women’s draw. Danielle Collins, the seventh seed was also among the casualties.

The Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova came from a set down to oust the American, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 23 minutes. Collins was let down by the 53 unforced errors she hit throughout the match that even outmatched the 45 winners she posted. In comparison, Bouzkova hit 24 winners and had just six unforced errors. The match featured 11 breaks of serve, six of which came off Collins’ serve.

In the second round, Bouzkova will now play another American, Ann Li. Li defeated Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti, 6-1, 6-4 in their first-round match.

Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber too good for Kristina Mladenovic

Kaja Juvan stunned the 23rd seed, Beatriz Haddad Maia, in their round-of-128 match-up. The Slovenian won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in an hour and 56 minutes against the Brazilian who’s now lost two matches in a row after initially having gone on a 12-match winning run on grass, winning back-to-back titles in Nottingham and Birmingham.

Juvan was extremely good with her serves as she won 83% of her first-serve points while Haddad Maia won 68% of her first-serve points. Juvan lost her serve just once in the match – in the second set – but converted three breaks of serve on Haddad Maia’s serve. The latter had 22 winners in the match, three more than Juvan’s 19 but she also finished with 34 unforced errors, nine more than Juvan’s 25.

Next up for Juvan is Hungarian Dalma Galfi. Galfi won against Australian qualifier, Maddison Inglis, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

The Italian derby between 22nd seed Martina Trevisan and Elisabetta Cocciaretto saw the latter post an upset in 67 minutes, prevailing 6-2, 6-0. Cocciaretto will now play Irina-Camelia Begu who won against Georgian Ekaterine Gorgodze, 6-4, 6-1.

Meanwhile, former world no. 1 and 2016 Wimbledon titlist, Angelique Kerber reached the round-of-64 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Kristina Mladenovic in 64 minutes. The German will now play Magda Linette who won against the Mexican qualifier, Fernanda Contreras Gomez, 6-4, 6-1. 

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