Sharapova insists she’s still Grand Slam force despite Wimbledon misery

Wimbledon order of play day two Full schedule including Nadal Djokovic and Sharapova

Wimbledon order of play day two Full schedule including Nadal Djokovic and Sharapova

Entering into this year's tournament, Sharapova was 13-0 in opening matches at the All England Club and was riding a 10-match winning streak against Russian players.

Since her return from suspension, her Slam record stands at a last-16 run at the US Open, third round in Australia and a quarter-final place at Roland Garros.

Now ranked No 180, the 20-year-old was overwhelmed in the first set by the 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, but took the Canadian to a deciding set before finally going down 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

Maria Sharapova on shock first round loss to Vitalia Diatchenko.

The 28-year-old Czech had won five titles in 2018, including the grass-court tournament at Birmingham last weekend, while amassing an WTA Tour-leading 38 match victories.

Vikhlyantseva then held and Konta found herself in a hard situation at 4-5 when she failed to punish a short ball and watched a backhand victor flash past her.

"I got some problems in the beginning of the match with my leg, but it was good to feel healthy and to play matches and finish matches".

"I say that many times - I really believe it: Here on grass, you don't know what to expect", Halep said.

Konta's win provided a nice distraction for Law and Whitaker as their pick for the women's title - Petra Kvitova - went spinning out at the first round stage. On Tuesday, No. 8 Kvitova and No. 6 Caroline Garcia lost, a day after No. 4 Sloane Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion, and No. 5 Elina Svitolina did. It looked as if it would be a pleasant, straightforward return when she went ahead by a set and a break at 5-2.

World number one Nadal breezed into the second round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Israel's Dudi Sela as the Spaniard returned to action for the first time since claiming his 11th French Open title. I started in August, September past year, then I got another problem with my back.

Nadal, the 17-time major victor, has not got past the fourth round since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011. I put my heart out there and luckily got the win.

"I can tell you the last one I did, it was last April, so one year ago, this time, I wasn't playing tennis at all".

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning against US Player Tennys Sandgren during their men´s singles first round match on the second day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2018.

Austrian seventh seed Thiem retired with a back injury against Cypriot veteran Marcos Baghdatis, trailing 6-4, 7-5, 2-0.

Edmund enjoyed a routine 6-2 6-3 7-5 win over Australian Alex Bolt and is the last British man left standing after teenager Jay Clarke fell in five sets to Ernests Gulbis.

The 36-year-old broke the record for straight Slams which was previously held by Roger Federer. Since returning to the WTA last April after serving a 15-month suspension for taking the controlled drug meldonium, the Russian superstar has struggled with injuries, was denied a wild card to play in the 2017 French Open and didn't even request one previous year for Wimbledon.

"That's part of the game, is to feel moments of tension, to feel there's something on the line", Sharapova said about having a chance to wrap up victory on her own serve.

The 2004 Wimbledon champ, Sharapova last walked onto the grass at All England in 2015 to play a semifinal match against eventual victor Serena Williams, whom Sharapova defeated in that classic 2004 final, the first Grand Slam title of her career.

But she didn't, in part because Sharapova failed to win it.

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