Shocking Shakeups in Wimbledon Brackets

Roger Federer waving to fans as he leaves court

(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Wimbledon appears to be the tournament to watch this tennis season. Today brought on a lot of shocking defeats of some top 10 players. In addition to Rafael Nadal’s early departure last week during the first round of play –his earliest departure ever– Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova have also been stopped short at Wimbledon during the second round.

Federer lost today in four sets against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky who is 116th in the world. Stakhovsky had never won a match against a top 10 player and Federer had never lost to a player outside of the top 100. This also ends Federer’s record of 36 consecutive quarterfinals appearances in Grand Slam events. Another blow to the brackets during the second round came by way of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga when he left his match against Ernests Gulbis due to a knee injury. These early departures are in favor of the British favorite Andy Murray to succeed through the rest of the tournament. If Murray wins it all, he would be the first British player to win the men’s Wimbledon championship since Fred Perry in 1936. After my personal visit to Wimbledon in January, I really hope that Murray wins the title for the British people.

On the women’s side, Sharapova lost in straight sets against 19-year old Michelle Larcher de Brito from Portugal who is ranked 131 in the world. Sharapova praised her opponent’s talent by saying, “she played really great tennis. All the credit to her she played really well from start to finish.” Sharapova appeared off her game throughout the match and ultimately blamed the condition of the court stating that the “court is dangerous”. By winning this match, de Brito becomes the first Portugese player to reach the third round of Wimbledon.

This is an exciting time in tennis. In a sport when the champions are almost always expected, this tournament has shown so far that there is a lot of talent in the world and this is their time to shine.

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