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Rybarikova and Stephens stunned at Wimbledon

04 July 2018

US Open champion Sloane Stephens tumbled out of Wimbledon on the first day on Monday, looking rusty in her 6-1 6-3 defeat by Croatia's Donna Vekic, and blamed the result on a bad day against a good grasscourt player.

For the second straight year, Sloane Stephens, the top-ranked American woman in the world, is out at Wimbledon in the first round.

Vekic, who ranked 55th in the world, lost all of her previous five matches against top 5 opponents.

Despite struggling on serve - putting only 50 percent on the first delivery in play - Vekic was more decisive in the important points, especially in the opening.

Vekic will next face either Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia or Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.

After losing to Simona Halep in the finals of the French Open, Stephens made a decision to skip several warm-up events prior to Wimbledon.

The fourth seed will consider playing a warm-up event before the grass-court grand slam next year, but she will not dwell on making such an early exit at SW19. With her favourite surface being clay, and having never gone past the third round at Wimbledon, Rus will find it tough to impose herself on Williams' hard-hitting groundstrokes and powerful serve.

"We play a very long season", Stephens said. "I don't see it as much as I do with other players". Stephens called her loss as unfortunate and described Vekic as a good player on grass. Now, her match is proof that anything can happen at the major tournament.

The eight-time champion Roger Federer began his title defense in style at the All England Club, brushing aside Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes on Centre Court. "I am really happy". I wish I could have played better.

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki cruised with a 6-0, 6-3 win over American Varvara Lepchenko.

Rybarikova and Stephens stunned at Wimbledon