Most tennis pundits could see this one coming a mile away. Garbine Muguruza’s first round clash with Camila Giorgi had the makings of an upset alert. Despite her relatively diminutive size, Camila abuses the ball by hitting it with every ounce of power in her body. The problem is that she often will alternate between jaw-dropping laser beam winners and spraying her shots everywhere but in play. On day one of Wimbledon 2016, Giorgi took Muguruza the distance in a crowd pleasing match that threatened to send the reigning Roland Garros women’s singles champion home early. In the end, a few more unforced errors from Camila allowed Garbi to escape with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory.
Although Ana Ivanovic won Roland Garros 2008 and has a handful of deep runs at Majors, more often than not she usually exits early at the Big 4. So a first round upset loss is not in itself a shock to me, but this one feels different. Ana hasn’t won a title since 2014. She has even reached a final since January 2015. At the end of 2014, she was ranked 5th. She’s now ranked 25th. Ana is a great champion. Losing 6-2 7-5 to qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova (a qualifier who barely made it out of qualies, at that!) feels like something different. I believe 28-year old Ivanovic still has great tennis in her. She needs a reboot right now to get herself back on track. Going in the opposite direction is Madison Keys. The young American rising star defeated Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-1. Laura had defeated Madison earlier this year, but the Maddie I’ve seen the last few tournaments is vastly different from even a few months ago. If she can continue to hold her nerves, play within herself and not try to win three points with one shot, she could be a real threat here.
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2 GARBINE MUGURUZA d. Camila Giorgi, 6-2 5-7 6-4
23 ANA IVANOVIC lost to Ekaterina Alexandrova, 2-6 5-7
9 MADISON KEYS d. Laura Siegemund, 6-3 6-1