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Surprises follow at Wimbledon, now with Wawrinka out

Surprises follow at Wimbledon, now with Wawrinka out

In a start full of surprises at Wimbledon, Reilly Opelka again left the audience with their mouths open in the second round.

The 2.11 meter (6.11 feet) tall American defeated three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka by sets of 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 in the court number two.

Opelka is making its debut at Wimbledon, in its fourth Grand Slam tournament appearance. He had not advanced to the third round of any top circuit tournament. Wawrinka, who has won each of the other Grand Slam titles but failed to make it past the quarterfinals at the All England Club, also lost in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

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On Monday, both sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev and seventh Stefanos Tsitsipas were eliminated from the grass court tournament. Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who reached the French Open final for the past two years, was also out on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Opelka, who is not in the seed, used his serve to win against Wawrinka. He finished with 23 aces, with several serves that reached 140 miles per hour. One of them, hitting 142 mph, matched Zverev’s record for fastest so far of the tournament.

Two-time top-circuit champion Victoria Azarenka, third-seeded Karolina Pliskova, and eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina all advanced in the women’s leg, but only two of them had an easy path to reach the third round.

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Azarenka, who won the Australian Open title in 2012 and 2013, edged out Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-0, while Pliskova defeated Puerto Rican Olympic medalist Monica Puig 6-0, 6-4.

Svitolina, meanwhile, came within two points of losing to Margarita Gasparián in the second set, but eventually won when her opponent was forced to withdraw due to injury with sets of 5-7, 6-5.

Later, the American teenager, Coco Gauff, will try to surprise again after defeating Venus Williams with another victory in the second round.

The 15-year-old Gauff will face Magdalena Rybarikova on court number two at the All England Club.

The American could be among the top 200 tennis players in the WTA ranking with a victory, having become the youngest player to win a Wimbledon match since 1991.

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Meanwhile, defending champion Novak Djokovic will face Dennis Kudla of the United States for the first time. The Serbian is seeking his fifth Wimbledon title and 16th Grand Slam trophy. AP

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