The top players’ jinx Wednesday started when second seed Victoria Azarenka gave Flavia Pennetta a walkover into the third round, succumbing to the knee injury sustained in her opening match, but the upset day was just beginning. What followed was the fall, often literal, of numerous big WTA names, including third seed Maria Sharapova. This is the first time that two of the top three women’s seeds have been knocked out before the end of the second round.As if I knew, yesterday I featured a childhood photo of Eugenie Bouchard, alongside Laura Robson who took out tenth seed Maria Kirilenko in round one, and the Canadian No.1 followed in the footsteps of her best friend and upset seed No.12 Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-3 in the second round. Bouchard was playing her first Wimbledon main draw, while she was a junior champion last year.
The biggest shock of the day was Maria Sharapova‘s loss to fellow Bollettieri graduate Michelle Larcher De Brito which included three falls on the grass by the Russian and she had never before fallen that many times in a match. The Portuguese 19-year-old found the opportunity in Sharapova’s flat display and recorded the big 6-3 6-4 victory. Sharapova hadn’t lost to a player outside Top 20 in 59 matches. The highest remaining seed in the bottom half of the draw is now erratic Petra Kvitova, who advanced to the third round when her opponent Yaroslava Shvedova pulled out with an arm injury.
Ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki also slipped on the grass, injured her foot and went out to Petra Cetkovska, 6-2 6-2. The Czech may be ranked low, No.195, but her Wimbledon history includes a fourth-round appearance in 2011, en route to which she upset Agnieszka Radwanska and Ana Ivanovic.
Another interesting outcome is the one between Jelena Jankovic and Vesna Dolonc, an all-Serbian encounter between world No.14 and world No.97, which ended in the triumph of the lower ranked Dolonc, 7-5 6-2. Last year Dolonc switched from representing Russia to representing Serbia, when she acquired Serbian citizenship.