How the mighty have fallen

We are 4 days into Wimbledon, and preparing for the third round matches to begin. The 64 seeded players in the Mens and Women’s Singles events should all technically still be fighting in the competition. However this is clearly not the case. In the 1st round of the Mens these were the seeded players that went out;

G. Dimitrov (6), D. Thiem (7), D. Goffin (10), B. Coric (16), J. Sock (18), P. Carreno Busta (20), R. Gasquet (23), F. Krajinovic (28), M. Cecchinato (29), F. Verdasco (30), L. Mayer (32)

and in the 2nd round;

M. Cilic (3), D. Schwartzman (14), L. Pouille (17), D. Shapovalov (26), D. Dzumhur (27)

In the 1st round of the Women’s these were the seeded players that went out;

S. Stephens (4), E. Svitlona (5), C. Garcia (6), P. Kvitova (8), C. Vandeweghe (16), M. Rybarikova (19), A. Sevastova (21), M. Sharapova (24), A. Pavlyuchenkova (30), S. Zhang (31)

and in the 2nd round;

C. Wozniacki (2), G. Muguruza (3), J. Konta (22)

Out of the 64 seeded singles players, 29 of these have been eliminated, 6 of which are previous grand slam winners. 4 of the top ten seeds on the Mens side are out, with only the 1st, 7th 9th and 10th seeds left out of the Women’s top ten. It is well known that Wimbledon use a specialised seeding method instead of simply a players ranking. Does this show that the system doesn’t work, with nearly half of the supposed favourite players going out in the first 2 rounds?


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