Wednesday 24 October 2018

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza joins host of big names to bow out of Wimbledon

Spain's Garbine Muguruza reacts during her second round match against Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck
Spain's Garbine Muguruza reacts during her second round match against Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck

Jonathan Veal

Alison Van Uytvanck played the match of her life to dump defending champion Garbine Muguruza out of Wimbledon.

The Belgian, ranked 47th in the world, put on a brilliant performance and won 5-7 6-2 6-1 in the All England Club twilight.

Muguruza was strangely out of sorts and could not cope with Van Uytvanck's tremendous hitting.

The Spaniard becomes the sixth top-10 seed to lose in the opening two rounds of this year's women's singles.

Being scheduled last on Court Two left the Spaniard perhaps vulnerable to a surprise, after a long day of waiting to play.

But an upset looked unlikely after she got the better of a first set which had five break of serves.

Van Uytvanck, who has only got past the second round at a grand slam once before, began to find her range midway through the second set and levelled the match with a run of four successive games.

That hot streak continued as she hit Muguruza off the court and ended her trophy defence in remarkable fashion.

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