Serena And Isner Made Winning Returns

WIMBLEDON, Great Britain

Not So Great Day For The Seeds

[5] Dominic Thiem (AUT) lost to [65] Sam Querrey (USA) after he won the first set. The American fought back and swung the momentum in his favor after he won the second set tiebreak. Thiem could not mount enough resistance to avoid the 7-6(4), 6-7(1), 3-6, 0-6 loss.

[22] Donna Vekic (CRO) lost a three-set battle to American [55] Alison Riske. Riske initially took the early break, but Vekic fought back to win the first set. Not discouraged, Riske dug in for the battle and won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

[26] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) continues to struggle to find her form. The 2017 Wimbledon champion lost in straight sets to [121] Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 4-6, 4-6.

[29] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) lost to [77] Ricardas Berankis (LTU), not what the young Canadian expected. After a highly competitive first set, Berankis won 7-6(0), 6-4, 6-3.

[32] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) continues to have an up and down season; after a brilliant start to the season, Tsurenko has been struggling to stay consistent. The thirty-year-old Ukrainian lost easily, 3-6, 2-6,to [54] Barbora Strycova (CZE).

Americans Who Were Victorious

[9] John Isner defeated [62] Casper Ruud (NOR) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(9). It was a successful return for Isner after his foot injury, which kept him off the tour for about five months.

FELIPE TRUEBA/Getty Images Europe: John Isner

[9] Sloane Stephens defeated [91] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-2, 6-4. Bacsinszky competed much better in the second set, forcing Stephens to elevate her game to secure the straight sets victory.

[11] Serena Williams defeated [161] Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA). Williams was impressive in the first set; however, she lost a little focus in the second set and Gatto-Monticone took the opportunity to make it a more competitive match. Williams won 6-2, 7-5 and will face the eighteen-year-old [133] Kaja Juvan (SLO) in the next round.

[25] Amanda Anisimova defeated [77] Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-3, 6-3.

[31] Taylor Fritz defeated former top ten player and 2010 Wimbledon finalist, [110] Tomas Berdych (CZE). At a career high and riding high on confidence after recently winning his first career singles, the American won in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

[71] Steve Johnson defeated [99] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

[94] Tennys Sandgren defeated [180] Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

[95] Lauren Davis defeated [66] Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-3, 6-2.

Getty Images Europe: Lauren Davis

Americans That Fell By The Wayside

After winning the first set, [108] Christina McHale could not keep the momentum going and fell to [182] Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.

After winning the first set, [182] Noah Rubin lost his way. [169] Jay Clarke (GBR) fought back to take the 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

It’s always hard to fight back when you lose your lead on grass and [38] Frances Tiafoe found that out the hard way. [12] Fabio Fognini (ITA) is having his best season and although grass is not his favorite surface, he was determined to win this encounter. Fognini won 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Special Mention

[135] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) is making good use of his wild card in his farewell tournament. The thirty-four-year-old is calling it quits after Wimbledon; however, he is enjoying the challenge one last time. He defeated [112] Brayden Schnur (CAN) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

ServeAndRally original: Marcos Baghdatis

[79] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) still has not found the form that saw her get to the Wimbledon final in 2014; today she lost in the first round to [61] Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 3-6, 7-5, 6-8.

SOURCE OF IMAGES: Zimbio.com (main image-Getty Images Europe: Serena Williams)

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