Wimbledon: Maria Sharapova collapses as upsets continue in 1st round

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The ball is round, every day is a new day, and yes, everyone can beat everyone.

The 2004 Wimbledon champ, Sharapova last walked onto the grass at All England in 2015 to play a semifinal match against eventual victor Serena Williams, whom Sharapova defeated in that classic 2004 final, the first Grand Slam title of her career.

Sponsors Nike, Porsche and Evian have stuck by Sharapova and she is estimated to earn around £14.5m a year, though reportedly falling to £4.5m during her ban and causing her to drop off the Forbes athletes' rich list.

A frustrating day, then, for Boulter but she has many positives to take from a grass court season in which she has come of age. She withdrew from Eastbourne the week before Wimbledon, where she was doing well, to rest up in the interest of being fresh for what is considered to be the most prestigious and, more importantly, her favourite Grand Slam.

Second time round as a major champion, she has done a better job of handling those expectations and triumphed in Cincinnati weeks later. But it's a mob of love, so I liked it.

Kvitova, who like Sharapova was making a return at the grass court after undergoing four hours of career-saving surgery to her dominate left hand, looked sluggish in her game and was let down by her over aggressiveness. I will see how everything is going (smiling).

She struck in Boulter's next service game however to take a 4-2 lead. Yet just as quickly the momentum went from her with the Belarusian ripping through the final set with Kvitova not even getting a game on the board.

Play continues at Wimbledon at 11:30am on all courts except Centre Court and No. 1 Court, which start at 1pm (all times BST).
). She closed it out as Garcia lost her footing early in the second set and Bencic would build mountains of confidence out of this win and try to get back to where she rightly belongs.

The Romanian star had not played an official tournament match since her breakthrough performance in Paris. Stephens possesses footwork gifted by the tennis gods, which is as effective as it is elegant and helps her to switch between defence and offence without much notice.

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It is these ventures that have won her some grudging respect from her fellow players and shown her a potential alternative life outside the tennis bubble.

British number one Johanna Konta made hard work of beating 103rd-ranked Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5 7-6 (7) in her opening match at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

No.18 seed Naomi Osaka of Japan reached the third round of Wimbledon for the second straight year on Thursday, following a straightforward victory over British wild card Katie Boulter, 6-3, 6-4. The Cypriot led 6-4 7-5 2-0 when Thiem called it quits with what appeared to be a back problem. Only here, a compatriot got the better of her.

Since her return from suspension, her Slam record stands at a last-16 run at the US Open, third round in Australia and a quarter-final place at Roland Garros.

As Sasnovich observed, everyone can beat everyone and none of these upsets is an absolute shocker considering the winners who came through and the surface they are playing on - something that doesn't forgive a moment's loss of concentration.

"It was good but I can play better".

"Probably at Wimbledon it's a little bit more than the other Grand Slams because obviously I know I can play well".

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