Wimbledon: Reigning champion Angelique Kerber is eliminated in round two
The first set had Angelique Kerber in the second round match against Lauren Davis still smoothly won - but then worked with the former world number one and defending champion at Wimbledon almost nothing. In the end Kerber lost 6: 2, 2: 6 and 1: 6 against the 95th in the world rankings.
After the disastrous first-round finish of Alexander Zverev, the most important tennis tournament in the world ended early for the three-time Grand Slam champion. That Jan-Lennard Struff and Julia Görges play on Saturday for the first knockout round, was a minor matter. Like Kerber, Laura Siegemund retired in the second round.
Davis struck, Kerber annoyed
"Of course I'm disappointed," said Kerber. "Of course that's not the way I wanted to finish the tournament, you have to accept that, you have to try and forget that as soon as possible." She had "not played well from the beginning," said the best German tennis player: "The energy was not there, I do not know why." For Davis, the game was "almost surreal," said the surprise winner from the United States.
After winning the first set, 31-year-old Kerber lost control of the match, quarreled and waved. Twelve months ago, she had become the first German Wimbledon champion since Steffi Graf in 1996 with a final triumph over US-American Serena Williams. Now the finalist failed as early as five years ago.
Kerber had problems against Davis, although her opponent was injured. In the 2: 2 in the first set, the 25-year-old had slipped and also joined the left foot after the first set. Between the rallies Davis seemed to limp sometimes, but defeated Kerber nevertheless.
Görges meets Serena Williams on lap three
Last year's semi-finalists Görges and Struff, on the other hand, moved into the third round. The 29-year-old showed a brilliant performance at 6: 4, 6: 3, 5: 7, 7: 6 (7: 2) against the American Taylor Fritz. "I am very happy with the victory, the first two sets were incredibly good," he said.
Görges, number 17 in the world, then completed her compulsory task against the Russian Warwara Flink and finished after 70 minutes with a 6: 1, 6: 4 the second round match against the qualifier from Russia.
Now it comes for Görges to the new edition of the semi-finals from the previous year against US superstar Serena Williams. The 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams (No. 11) won in the evening against Kaja Juvan (Slovenia) in three sets. In 2018 Görges had lost in their first semi-final on the Grand Slam level 2: 6, 4: 6 against Williams. Of four duels with the 37-year-old she has not won any.
Köpfer against Schwartzman no chance
Also eliminated is wildcard starter Dominik Köpfer. The 25-year-old lost at his Grand Slam premiere in the second round against the Argentine Diego Schwarztman 0: 6, 3: 6, 5: 7. Köpfer had won his first title on the Challenger Tour in Ilkley, England, the previous week, thus obtaining a wild card for Wimbledon. Struff is the last German participant in London.