Wimbledon Day One: Sloane Stephens Out In First Round, Serena Williams Looks To Take The Tourney
For tennis fans out there, today is a glorious day indeed: the start of Wimbledon is here, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the whole of the sport. Unfortunately for American fans, the beginning is also the end for one top player. Sloane Stephens, the 21-year-old player who has steadily been making her way up the ranks, was ousted from the tournament on day one, losing to 109th-ranked Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 7-6 (6).
“An American seeded 18th, Stephens had held the longest active run of fourth-round appearances at majors by a woman, dating to a semifinal showing at the 2013 Australian Open,” reports SI.com.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams is hoping to avoid the same fate after being bounced out of the French Open just a few weeks ago in the second round. When asked during a press conference how long it took her to get over the shocking loss, she responded, “Who says I was over it?” Oh boy… sounds like Serena is fixing to get back on point. Which could spell trouble for Maria Sharapova. The fifth-ranked player is the 2014 French Open champ and the Wimbledon champion from 10 years ago at the age of 17. The player she defeated: Serena Williams.
With a recent tournament win under her belt and the reigning champ in retirement, there are a lot of eyes on Sharapova.
Williams will have to get through a number of other top-ranked players to take the tournament, but she’s always a contender. And we can also keep an eye out for Madison Keys, a 19-year-old American, ranked 47, won her first career tournament this weekend in England. The win will push her up to number 30. She’ll be playing against Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig tomorrow. ESPN is saying that she could “shock.” We’ll be keeping an eye out. (And thanks to @Del_10is_tweets for the heads up on this news.)
Who will you be rooting for?