Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Naomi Osaka ousted in women’s singles first-round match

Naomi Osaka ousted in women’s singles first-round match

After winning two straight Grand Slam titles, Naomi Osaka has now failed to reach the second week at the past two majors.

Yulia Putintseva claimed a second straight victory over Naomi Osaka to dump the second seed and double grand slam victor out of Wimbledon on the opening day.

Other highly regarded players who were defeated included five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and 2019 French Open semifinalist Marketa Vondrousova on the women's side, and No. 6 Alexander Zverev and No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas on the men's side.

It was the latest disappointment since the 21-year-old won the title in Melbourne.

Osaka has yet to make a final since her Australian Open win in January.

The 20-year-old lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 6-3 to world number 89 Thomas Fabbiano of Italy who next faces 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic.

"I just don't think I played that well, " said Osaka, who also lost to Putinseva two weeks ago in Birmingham.

The match between Putinseva could have been a revenge match for Osaka.

Naomi Osaka in her Wimbledon press conference.

When Osaka was asked Monday about whether there could be a correlation between Bajin's departure and her recent results, she replied: "I don't think it's related at all".

"Can I leave? I feel like I'm about to cry". With this loss, Naomi Osaka becomes one of the biggest casualties of the day in SW19.

She had made only one semi-final since winning the Australian Open, had suffered a third-round exit at Roland Garros and had entered Wimbledon on the back of a second-round defeat by Putintseva in Birmingham.

Defending champion Djokovic was first on Centre Court, as is tradition at the All England Club.

Earlier, last year's Wimbledon men's finalists both advanced to the second round on the opening day of this year's tournament. He beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round.

She broke the Japanese second seed twice in a dominant second set, wrapping up victory in an hour and 36 minutes when her opponent sliced a backhand into the net, becoming the first top-two seed to lose in the women's first round since Martina Hingis in 2001.

The Serb admitted after the game though, that he wasn't happy with the start of his performance.

"It's a sacred court, the cradle of our sport for sure", four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic said in the tunnel after walking off the grass.

Also in early action, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over qualifier Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium.

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