SW19 Day 4 Recap (Women’s Singles): Defending Champion Muguruza Stunned As Top Seed Halep Advances Into Last 32

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a shock second round exit at the ongoing Wimbledon Open tournament at the hands of Alison Van Uytvanck on Thursday.

The third seed was beaten 5-7 6-2 6-1 by the Belgian world number 47 as the Spaniard becomes the first women’s defending champion to suffer the earliest defeat at the All England Club since Steffi Graf lost in the first round in 1994.

After her stunning victory, the Belgian relived her emotions during the game in a chat with BBCSport as she said: “Inside I was dying, especially serving out for the match.”

Speaking further, Van Uytvanck, who has now secured a third round berth at a major tournament, said: “In sets two and three I was just there mentally. I was in the zone and just hitting every ball and it was going my way.”

“I would love to be in the second week for the first time at Wimbledon.” She concluded.

Van Uytvanck will now face Estonian 27th seed Anett Kontaveit in the last 32 for a place in the fourth round.

Speaking after her disappointing exit, Muguruza was highly critical of her performance.

“She played big, took a lot of risk and it worked for her.” The Spaniard said.

“I also think that my level was not where I wanted it to be. That’s also why she could develop that kind of level.

“It’s a bit sad because I wanted to really go out there. But I think she played great and she has a very good game for this surface.” She concluded.

Top seed and world number one Simona Halep didn’t have much problem in her second round match as she defeated Saisai Zheng of China 7-5 6-0 to advance into the third round.

Romanian star Halep and seventh seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic are now the only top-eight seeds left at SW19.