Wimbledon: Sofia Kenin, Belinda Bencic upset; Aryna Sabalenka clinches comeback

Ons Jabeur ended the run of five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the second round. The Tunisian, seeded 21st, won their clash 7-5, 6-0 in an hour and 20 minutes.

Jabeur broke Williams in the seventh game of the first set but was broken right back by the American. As it would turn out, that was the only time Williams broke Jabeur’s serve in the match. A second break of Williams’ serve in the 11th game gave the world no. 24 a chance to serve for the set. This time around, there were no comebacks for Williams and Jabeur took the lead in the match. The second set was one-sided in favour of the younger player and there wasn’t much that Williams was able to do to counter her.

Williams was undone by 36 unforced errors while Jabeur’s unforced error count stood at 19. The former world no. 1 hit 15 winners, 10 fewer than her opponent’s 25.

In the third round, Jabeur will take on 11th seed Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard overcame Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-1, 6-4 in their second-round meeting.

There were a few upsets along the way as well.

Madison Brengle upset compatriot Sofia Kenin in their second-round American derby. Brengle won 6-2, 6-4 in just 45 minutes. Brengle will play Viktorija Golubic, who took down another American, Danielle Collins, 6-2, 6-0 in the second round.

Liudmila Samsonova also upset an American, the 22nd-seeded Jessica Pegula to reach the third round. The Russian wildcard won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and five minutes. She will again play an American in Sloane Stephens in an attempt to reach the fourth round. Stephens defeated fellow countrywoman Kristie Ahn 7-5, 6-3.

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Maria Camila Osorio Serrano upset 32nd seed, Ekaterina Alexandrova, in their round-of-64 clash. The Colombian qualifier won 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes. She will play second seed Aryna Sabalenka in the third round.

The Belarusian faced a stiff challenge in her second-round clash against British wildcard Katie Boulter and went down a set to start the match. However, she rallied back to complete the turnaround after two hours and six minutes of play, claiming a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.

Irina-Camelia Begu upset 26th seed Petra Martic 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-3 in the second round as well. The Romanian will play seventh seed, Iga Swiatek, for a place in the round-of-16. Swiatek dominated her second-round match against former Wimbledon finalist, Vera Zvonareva. The Pole needed just 62 minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-3 win over the Russian qualifier.

Belinda Bencic and Anett Kontaveit were the two players who were upset in the first round. Slovenian Kaja Juvan ousted the ninth-seeded Bencic 6-3, 6-3 while Marketa Vondrousova defeated the 24th-seeded Estonian 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. In the second round, Juvan will play French player Clara Burel. Burel won her opening-round qualifier derby against Ellen Perez 6-2, 6-2. Vondrousova will take on Briton’s Emma Raducanu. Raducanu, a wildcard entrant into the draw, won against Vitalia Diatchenko 7-6(4), 6-0.

Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova reached the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Donna Vekic in 66 minutes. She will play fellow Czech Tereza Martincova next. Martincova defeated Nadia Podoroska 6-3, 7-6(5).

Elena Rybakina seeded 18th, also reached the third round. The Kazakh defeated Claire Liu 6-4, 6-4. She’ll play either 15th seed Maria Sakkari or Shelby Rogers next.

Victoria Azarenka made it to the second round with a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 win over Kateryna Kozlova. The 12th-seeded Belarusian will play Sorana Cirstea next. Cirstea defeated British wildcard Samantha Murray Sharan 6-3, 6-3. 

Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko will take on each other in the second round. The 31st seed from Russia defeated Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 in their first-round match while Ostapenko ousted Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-1, 6-2 in their round-of-128 clash at Wimbledon.