Bugs, 'lucky' foe send No. 2 seed Wozniacki out of Wimbledon

05 July, 2018, 07:25 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Milos Raonic

I fought as hard as I could.

Wozniacki complained about a swarm of insects on court and asked for repellent spray which seemed to sting her into action as she won five games in a row before claiming the second set. "I think [Makarova] played above her level and really raised it and got a little lucky".

"My body feels great". The Australian Open champion recovered from 5-1 down in the final set to level at 5-5 but could not finish the job as the world No 35 held her nerve to win 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 send Wozniacki tumbling out in the second round.

Wozniacki is at a loss to understand why she is yet to mount a real challenge for the Venus Rosewater Dish but insists her performance against Makarova, a former quarter-finalist, would have been good enough to have beaten most in the draw. But with someone playing like this today, I really did what I could.

"I mean, it's just about winning the match". Today I played someone who played extremely well.

"As I said, I don't know that she would be able to keep up this level for the rest of the tournament".

This Caroline, who casts her eyes downward as she attempts to publicly reconcile how another Wimbledon went so wrong, stands in stark contrast to the polished player of an hour ago. Wozniacki was down 5-1 in the third set and saved four match points as she tried to come back, but lost her serve in the final game. No matter how closely the Court 1 cameras focused on her gaze, Wozniacki never betrayed doubt. "So we hope that Henman will bring her luck", said Piotr. The crowd believed. When Makarova took her seat during the changeover at 5-5, she smiled.

She wondered aloud whether play should be halted because of a brief drizzle.

"I couldn't win with a lot of match points, but I kept fighting and playing an aggressive game and finally it worked", Makarova said. Forty-love on grass is a huge advantage. I had too many match points. "I forgot it and started over".

That could serve as sage advice for the player on the other side of the net, the Dane for whom calm consistency has never come.

The 30-year-old world number 73 is in good form having recently reached the Eastbourne final where he was defeated by Mischa Zverev.



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