WTA Champs bow out of Wimbledon 1st round

A Grand slam title is the epitome of tennis. It is what all tennis player dream of. However the problem is that once you have won a grand slam title, there is pressure for you to keep up your performance as one of the best in the world.

In recent years, the womens tour has been much more unpredictable than the mens. In 20 years, there have been 29 different Ladies Grand Slam singles champions, compared to 19 in the mens. Of those 29 Ladies champions, 14 have retired from singles. The other 15 are all still competing on the tour, with all of them entered into this years Wimbledon.  Many of these players are highly seeded, such as world number 1 & 2 Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, all the way down to Sam Stosur, ranked 119 in the world.

Here is a list of all the previous Ladies Grand Slam singles champions, their titles, and their current rankings.

1 – A. Barty – RG’19
2 – N. Osaka – US’18, AO’19
5 – A. Kerber – AO’16, US’16, W’18
6 – P. Kvitova – W’11, W’14
7 – S. Halep – RG’18
9 – S. Stephens – US’17
10 – S. Williams – US’99, RG’02, W’02, US’02, AO’03, W’03, AO’05, AO’07, US’08, AO’09, W’09,   AO’10, W’10, W’12, US’12, RG’13, US’13, US’14, AO’15, RG’15, W’15, W’16, AO’17
19 – C. Wozniacki – AO’18
27 – G. Muguruza – RG’16, W’17
37 – J. Ostapenko – RG’17
40 – V. Azarenka – AO’12, AO’13
44 – V. Williams – W’00, US’00, W’01, US’01, W’05, W’07, W’08
80 – M. Sharapova – W’04, US’06, AO’08, W’12, W’14
104 – S. Kuznetsova – US’04, RG’09
119 – S. Stosur – US’11

With so many Grand Slam champions, you would think they would all be battling it out from the Quarter finals. Well, not quite. Of those 15 Grand slam singles champions, 7 went out in the 1st round.

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As the lowest ranked player its no surprise that Stosur had one of the hardest matches, losing to 30th seed Suarez Navarro, whilst Kuznetsova  faced Van Uytvanck, losing in 3. Sharapova was forced to retire, as Venus Williams lost to 15 year old sensation Coco Gauff. Unfortunately for Ostapenko she just missed out on a seeding, and then faced 28th seed Su-wei Hsieh, losing in straight sets. The most surprising results however came from Muguruza, who lost to qualifier Beatriz Haddid Maia, as well as Naomi Osaka, who lost to Yulia Putinsteva, to really open up the bottom half of the draw.

With 8 Ladies champions still left in the draw, it will be interesting to see if any of them can win another title, or will it be someones maiden slam, such as Karolina Pliskova, who is being tipped to take the title after an impressive performance at Eastbourne.

The Championships , Wimbledon, 2018

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