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Wimbledon 2017: Shocking Moments of Week One

Have you been keeping up with Wimbledon? No? Well you’re in luck! You don’t have to sneakily have it open on your laptop at work. Here are the headlines from week one of Wimbledon 2017.

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Medvedev defeats Wawrinka 

All the top 10 seeds in the Men’s draw have progressed to the 3rd round apart from Stan Wawrinka.. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam he’s yet to win, so the hunt for a Career Grand Slam goes on.

The joy was short-lived for Daniil Medvedev though, who caused controversy in his 2nd round loss. He accused the umpire of favouring his opponent and threw coins at the foot of their chair after match point.

No fairytale return for Petra Kvitova 

2-time Wimbledon winner, Petra Kvitova’s recovery from an attack at her home in December has been highly publicised. The fact that she was able to return so soon after injuring her wrist is a miracle in itself, but it wasn’t to be for the 11th seed, who went out in round 2 against Madison Brengle.

 Mattek-Sands’ horror knee injury 

You expect to see injuries of this kind on a football or rugby pitch, but Bethanie Mattek-Sands horror knee injury had everyone in shock. Having slipped in the 3rd set, she had to receive on court treatment for a dislocated knee. We send all the best for a speedy recovery.

3rd seed Pliskova goes out

87th seed Magdalena Rybarikova managed to defeat hotly tipped Pliskova in round 2 in a blistering 3-set encounter on Centre Court. Here is the pick of the rallies:

It’s only taken 2 rounds for the women’s draw to go from 32 seeded players to just 15, so it’s anybody’s title. No pressure on Jo Konta then…

British invasion

Speaking of British hopes… maybe this shouldn’t be a shock, but there’s actually a great British turn out so far. Andy Murray and Jo Konta are sitting pretty at 1st and 6th in their respective rankings, but fellow Brits Aljaz Bedene and Heather Watson have also progressed, making it four Brits in round 3 for the first time in 20 years.

The underdogs

There are always some surprise winners in the early stages of Wimbledon. There are 4 players seeded outside the top 100 left in the Men’s draw but the pick of the bunch has to be Ernests Gulbis. He beat 29th seed Martin Del Potro in straight sets, with a world ranking of 589.

If the name is familiar, he was once ranked as high as 10th in 2014. He’s now lowest ranked player to make it to round 3 in any Grand Slam since 2002.

We’ll be keeping up to date with Wimbledon 2017 on Twitter on Facebook over the next week so give us a follow. And check out our blog on the best ever Wimbledon finals. Hopefully we can add Wimbledon 2017 to the list next year.

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BY - Emilie Adib

7 July 2017