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No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki ousted in second round at Wimbledon

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 04/07/2018 Sandra Harwitt
Caroline Wozniacki © Reuters Caroline Wozniacki

Reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday

The second-seeded Wozniacki came into the 2 hour, 9 minute match with an impressive 7-1 career lead in matches played against Makarova.

Interestingly, however, Makarova’s won the two two times they’ve played at a Grand Slam tournament. The Russian also scored a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 victory over Wozniacki in the U.S. Open third-round last year.

Ekaterina Makarova © AP Ekaterina Makarova

Wozniacki has played in the Wimbledon main draw on 12 occasions, but has never ventured beyond the fourth round, which she has reached six times. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that Wozniacki, who was the junior girls’ champion here in 2006, hasn’t journeyed to at least the quarterfinals in the main draw.

Wozniacki arrived at Wimbledon having won the grass court title at Eastbourne, which was her second title of the season, and her 29th career title overall.

She became the first Danish women to win a Grand Slam title when she scored the Australian Open title earlier this year. The victory, her first in three Grand Slam final appearances, returned her to the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in six years.

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At the recent French Open, Wozniacki lost to Daria Kasatkina in the fourth round.

The Dane couldn’t find the range in her game to bypass the Russian, who is a more natural grass court-styled player.

Makarova had double the number of winners in the match — 46 to 23 — which correctly indicates that she was the more aggressive player in the encounter.

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