Two big shocks early on at Wimbledon have seen two contenders knocked out on the opening day.
Bad Homburg runner-up and two time Wimbledon Champion, Petra Kvitova saw her chances come to an early end despite good form of late.
The Czech was up against a tough unseeded opponent who is a former slam winner and finalist in New York and Paris respectively in Sloane Stephens. Sloane has had a difficult couple of years or so with injury and inconsistency so to see her back playing soo well is good for her and good for tennis.
It was one of those matches that could go either way and when Sloane is in the mood and hitting the ball well then she is a force to stop and was very good in her 6-3 6-4 win over the 10th seed.
On the mens side of the draw we also saw Stefanos Tsitsipas’ run come to a quick end having made it to the final at Roland Garros just over a week or so ago.
I did question his decision not to play a grass court warm-up for Wimbledon, he has played a lot of tennis of late and it did probably catch up with him but it is difficult to shape of for a major having not played on the surface for two years.
Stefanos did practice on the grass at Queens but it wasn’t enough and when I saw he drew Frances Tiafoe it wasn’t going to be a comfortable early round.
There wasn’t actually too much in it, Stefanos didn’t play bad, both players kept their errors down but Tiafoe just took his chances winning four of eight break points on his way to a 6-4 6-4 6-3 win.
Tsitsipas did see break points of his own but converted not one of them, it will be interesting to see what he does from now until the US Open which I think will be a big focus for him going forward.
Credit to Francis, a very very solid performance and he thoroughly deserved the win.