Another Day, Another Upset at Wimbledon: No. 1 Simona Halep Falls

WIMBLEDON, England — Top-ranked Simona Halep was knocked out of Wimbledon by Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, losing, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, in the third round. Halep’s exit means only one of the women’s top 10 seeds remains in the tournament: No. 7 Karolina Pliskova. Halep, the reigning French Open champion, served for the match at 5-3 in the final set and had a match point in the next game, but she could not capitalize on her chances. Hsieh saved the match point with a backhand winner before holding for 5-5. She…

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As More Top Players Fall, Serena Williams Endures at Wimbledon

“They wouldn’t be there without playing good level here,” she said. “I think it’s very open with this. Every tournament there are some surprises that some seeded players are losing. I think there’s always quite big pressure on the seeded players.” The clear favorite on the men’s side, top-seeded Roger Federer, again advanced with ease, beating Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2. The men’s seeds have held up slightly better than the women’s, but five of the top 11 are out. Sam Querrey, the 11th seed, had reached the semifinals here…

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Essay: Braving the Queue, for Mom and Roger Federer

“He plays beautiful tennis,” she said while wearing a dark green RF jacket. Putseijs started watching the sport, she said, when Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, both Belgians, were at the top of their game. “It was then that I discovered Roger,” she said. She’s been following Federer to all the Grand Slams, like a clean-cut Deadhead, ever since. This is her eighth year camping at Wimbledon. Yash Desai, 34, a pilot, had traveled to Wimbledon from Dubai with his wife, Kiara Rodrigues, 26, a student. “I’ve been planning this…

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40 Years Later, Martina Navratilova Remembers 1st Wimbledon Win

“Maybe one of the problems was that, when I went into matches with her, I was kind of negative because I felt like she was always the favorite,” Evert said. But she has another explanation for the loss to Navratilova in ’78, especially after she let a 4-2 lead in the third set slip away and lost 12 of the match’s last 13 points. “I have to laugh, but that was the Wimbledon I fell in love with John Lloyd,” Evert said of her first husband, a British player whom…

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An Exclusive Club at Wimbledon: Champions as Juniors and Adults

Laura Robson of Britain thrilled the home fans with her 2008 girls’ championship, and made fourth-round runs at the United States Open and Wimbledon while still a teenager. But Thursday, as Wimbledon played on, she had hip surgery at 24, her latest injury interruption. Ostapenko hit the ground running as a professional. In her first women’s match at a Grand Slam event, at Wimbledon 2015, she routed ninth-seeded Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-2, 6-0. “Some girls, when they come from juniors, when they play against top-10 players, they go on court…

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Garbiñe Muguruza and Marin Cilic Join the Wimbledon Exodus

“Yesterday the match started so bad for me because he was playing so good, very solid from the baseline with big serves, and I couldn’t do almost nothing,” Pella said. “So the rain came, and today was very different day because I started to feel very good.” Cilic acknowledged that he lost some of his accuracy after the rain. “I was just missing some balls, some easy balls, giving him a chance to come back,” said Cilic, who was considered the most formidable challenger looming in the top half of…

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At Wimbledon, Married Women Are Still ‘Mrs.’

Adrian Wilson, the Wimbledon chief of officials, said the marital statuses of female players come from the Women’s Tennis Association and are put into the central tournament database, which displays on the tablet screens used by chair umpires. This year 20 women are listed under “Mrs.”, according to a document provided by the WTA. The relationship-neutral Ms. has never been used at Wimbledon. It was popularized in the United States in the 1970s, most notably with the introduction of Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. But with the courtesy titles at Wimbledon,…

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Wimbledon 2018: Caroline Wozniacki Crashes Out in the Second Round

She almost put together quite a comeback, though. After trailing by 5-1 in the third set, Wozniacki broke twice when Makarova served for the match. The second time, at 5-3, Makarova was within a point of victory four times, but was unable to convert, wasting one of those opportunities with a double-fault. Once Wozniacki pulled even in the last set by holding at love, Makarova gave herself a bit of a talking-to. “At 5-all, I said to myself: ‘OK, calm down. Start over,’” recounted Makarova, a former top 10 player…

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For Tennis Players, Numbers in Antidoping Program Don’t Add Up

WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams expressed no qualms about antidoping officers showing up unannounced to collect urine and, on occasion, blood samples. She wasn’t even bothered when it happened twice in the same week in the lead-up to this year’s French Open. It was like T.S.A. searches at the airport — a minor inconvenience of her high-flying tennis career. The five out-of-competition tests in the first six months of 2018 didn’t irritate Williams until she saw numbers, plucked from the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s public database and included in a…

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Jack Sock’s Season-Long Struggles Continue at Wimbledon

After that crest, Sock plummeted. At his first tournament of the new season, in Auckland, New Zealand, he was defending champion. But his play was so lackluster that it spurred discussion of revoking his appearance fee. His record of 5-14 this year includes only one win over a top-50 player: 38th-ranked David Ferrer. Sock has lost four times to players outside the top 100. He does not seem eager to discuss it at the moment. Though he was requested for post-match media obligations on Tuesday, Sock left the All England…

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