Wimbledon | Muguruza crashes out
In what is turning out to be a massacre of seeds, the defending champion Garbine Muguruza joined the queue of top ranked players catching flights home.
She was beaten in three sets by Alison van Uytvank who produced an awe-inspiring brand of hard-hitting tennis to create one of the biggest upsets of the round.
The Belgian, ranked 47, showed she meant business from the start but the Spanish third seed recovered an early break to claim the opening set.
I may have looked calm but inside I was dying Alison van Uytvank
But while she had survived a nervy first set, Van Uytvank was not put off and was quickly back in the ascendancy as she bombarded the defending champion with huge serves, some reaching 110mph and the fastest reaching 115.
A bemused Muguruza was left shacking her head as her unrated opponent clocked up an incredible 5-7 6-2 6-1 victory.
But it wasn’t just her powerful challenger’s serve which caused her problems, a fall on her shoulder in the final set didn’t help her cause either as she suffered the worst defeat of a defending champion since Steffi Graf’s loss in the first round back in 1994.
Her demise also leaves opens up the draw after only two rounds providing Simona Halep (1) Karolina Pliskova (7) and Madison Keys (10) with excellent prospects for the rest of the event.
It was also Van Uytvanck’s first-ever win over a top 10 opponent.
“I knew that if I let her play, I would lose so I thought, let’s go for it,” said the 24-year-old Van Uytvanck, who has made the third round for the first time. “I may have looked calm but inside I was dying.”