Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer Join Slew Of Top Players Gone On Day 3 Of Wimbledon 2013

Maria Sharapova went slip-sliding away (click to enlarge)

Day 3 of Wimbledon 2013 was exciting and dramatic. However, when the dust settled it was also somewhat disappointing. It’s great to see players like Michelle Larcher de Brito and Sergiy Stakhovsky earn career-best wins in which they outplayed Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer, respectively. The problem is in tennis you don’t want this many marquee players gone this early in the event. The 2nd round isn’t even over yet and 5 former #1 players are gone on the women’s side; Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic. Outside of Serena Williams, you could make a good argument that Masha, Vika, Caro and Ana were the top fan favorites in the women’s draw. From a fan standpoint, you don’t want all of them gone before the first Thursday. But that’s sports. Every once and a while wacky upsets happen…although Vika’s loss was due to injury, related to the fall she took in her opening match. Speaking of which, it does seem more players are tumbling and slipping this year. Masha went down a few times today, both in practice and in her match. Take nothing away from Larcher de Brito though, she won fair and square. Those big name losses on the women’s side don’t even encompass all of the upsets today, as seeded players Sorana Cirstea and Lucie Safarova also were upset. I do want to add, however, that the upset of Ana Ivanovic was by a player who is up and coming, Eugenie Bouchard. Like Laura Robson the day before, Eugenie’s upset of a high ranked player might just be a harbinger of great things forthcoming.

Roger Federer (click to enlarge)

When you add in the men’s side, with the loss of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner and Marin Cilic, the fortnight seems gutted of star power. My favorite player and top seed Novak Djokovic, along with British favorite Andy Murray, are still in the draw, but there are few fans of tennis that want Roger and Rafa out before the second week…heck, before the 3rd round. Again, it’s sports. But with Sharapova, Federer, Nadal, Azarenka, Wozniacki, Ivanovic and Tsonga out in the first 72 hours of play, it does seem…to me, at least…that there is an absence in this fortnight. In closing I would like to acknowledge Roger’s incredible run of 36 straight Majors in which he reached at least the quarterfinals. His record streak was fated to end some day, and today was that day. Still, like so much of what Roger has accomplished in his career, it is worthy of respect and applause.

Maria Sharapova (3) vs. Michelle Larcher de Brito 3-6, 4-6 final
Sorana Cirstea (22) vs. Camila Giorgi 6-7 (7-9), 6-7 (6-8) final
Sloane Stephens (17) vs. Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 8-6 final
Lucie Safarova (27) vs. Karin Knapp 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 final
Lesia Tsurenko vs. Eva Birnerova 3-6, 4-6 final

Ekaterina Makarova (25) vs. Garbine Muguruza Blanco 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 final
Alize Cornet (29) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-2 final
Kirsten Flipkens (20) vs. Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 6-4 final
Monica Puig vs. Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 final
Carla Suarez Navarro (19) vs. Mirjana Lucic 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 final

Petra Kvitova (8) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova final
Caroline Wozniacki (9) vs. Petra Cetkovska 2-6, 2-6 final
Victoria Azarenka (2) vs. Flavia Pennetta final
Ana Ivanovic (12) vs. Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 3-6 final
Jelena Jankovic (16) vs. Vesna Dolonts 5-7, 2-6 final

Marion Bartoli (15) vs. Christina McHale 7-5, 6-4 final

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MARIA SHARAPOVA

MICHELLE LARCHER DE BRITO

CAMILA GIORGI

SLOANE STEPHENS

KARIN KNAPP

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

PETRA CETKOVSKA

ANA IVANOVIC

EUGENIE BOUCHARD

JELENA JANKOVIC

VESNA DOLONC

MARION BARTOLI

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