No. 2 seed Wozniacki complains on her way out of Wimbledon

Noah Lyles Michael Norman

Noah Lyles Michael Norman

For a number of the top seeds, grass isn't necessarily their preferred surface.

But what need not be as hard is how you react to defeat.

"Everything was going her way", said a distraught Wozniacki, who had come into Wimbledon as the second seed after picking up the Eastbourne title on Saturday. "She's had a really good year last year".

Wozniacki eventually applied repellent, which appeared to help repel the ants, but wasn't enough to save the match, as she shockingly went down to Makarova in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

The match lasted over two hours, saw the loser win more points (91 to 94) and both players trade the same number of breaks. What happens on her side of the net will be out of my control. As she admitted afterwards: "I can't even be mad at myself because I played up to the level that I can".

"As I said, I don't know that she would be able to keep up this level for the rest of the tournament".

But Wozniacki doesn't think Makarova's run will last long at the All England club.

Wozniacki, the fifth top-eight seed in the women's draw to make an early exit, didn't need to rummage too far into her mind's annals to draw out a almost identical match to the one she played Wednesday but one with a far different outcome - a match she indeed followed by doing "something really great". But with someone playing like this today, I really did what I could. "Good for me. Thanks, God". The Russian learnt from her previous experiences and ultimately sealed the match on a volley victor after 129 minutes of high-quality play.

The Dane, who claimed her first grand slam title at the Australian Open, was undone by the powerful Makarova in the opener, the Russian holding off a fightback to clinch the set with a forehand victor down the line.

"I just hope every match is better".

Williams is still working her way back up to full speed following the birth of her daughter previous year, but is already looking a threat at the tournament. Despite losing the first set, the Dane had found her feet and looked set to see this off in three.

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Throughout the match, Wozniacki was complaining of the ants flying around the court.

"I did everything I could", Wozniacki told reporters.

It was an absolutely stunning start from the underdog out on Court No.1 as Makarova claimed eight of the opening nine points within a blink of an eye and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

Australian Open champion Wozniacki's loss to Makarova continued the carnage in the women's draw. The ants, it would turn out, would not be her biggest problem. But it was no cause to panic.

The Dane served 13 of 15 for points on serve outscoring Makarova 27-14 who had a dismal second serve winning just once on four attempts.

It was a battle uphill as she fought to deuce using some trick shots to beat Makarova with the forehand on the advantage point.

Wozniacki seemed like the favourite to close out the match after she once again retrieved from a 40-0 deficit to level the 11th game at deuce, though Makarova finally managed to regain her composure and closed out the nervy game with consecutive winners.

Makarova too called the scene "a little bit unusual and different" and "a little bit uncomfortable".

With so much effort to get the biggest win of the season, she will go into Friday facing Lucie Safarova in the third round.

With the unpredictable nature of the tournament, she might not end up going any further - as her opponent predicted - or end up in the second week fairly easy with her positive momentum.

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