Fifth seed Samantha Stosur became the highest-seeded casualty of Wimbledon 2012 so far, continuing her poor record at the tournament, while Caroline Wozniacki suffered a surprise loss to Tamira Paszek in terms of ranking, but not as much of a surprise since Paszek won the grasscourt Eastbourne over the weekend.
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam where Stosur has a negative record, as she has never been beyond the third round in nine appearances, and this year is no exception thanks to Arantxa Rus. The 21-year-old Rus made headlines at this year’s Roland Garros by reaching the fourth round, beating Virginie Razzano (Serena Williams’ famous conqueror) and then Julia Goerges. This time, Rus won six games in a row to win the first set against Stosur, and despite suffering a bagel in the following set, she quickly went up in the third and prevented Stosur from coming back to eventually win the second-round match 6-2 0-6 6-4.
The seventh-seeded Caroline Wozniacki lost in the first round already and it is the first time in her career that she loses a Wimbledon opener, while the last three times she played the fourth round. Tamira Paszek came out on top in the rain-interrupted match and won 5-7 7-6(4) 6-4 after saving two match points in the second set. Remember that Paszek saved five match points in the Eastbourne final against Angelique Kerber?
I’d also like to mention that third seed Agnieszka Radwanska progressed to the third round without hitting even one unforced error in her 6-2 6-1 victory over Elena Vesnina. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)