Belinda Bencic was not expecting the following: the world number 11 had to bow to Slovenian Kaja Jovan, who was 91st in the world standings in the first round of Wimbledon. At 3:6, 3:6 at 1:19 hours, Bencic remained horribly pale.
The match did not go to Switzerland from the start. After a terrifying start with a double break from her opponent, Bencic quickly lost 5-0 in the first set. Only after 26 minutes of playing she won her first match and was able to improve after that. At a score of 3:5, I left my chance a break and thus missed the chance to get the event balanced again. The service was particularly poor: Bencic brought only 44 percent of his first serve on the field.
First round in nearly 3 years
Also in the second set, Bencic struggled with Jovan, who always lost at her first chance in the last 5 tournaments. She was able to counter the 20-year-old Slovenia’s serve break to 2:3 with a first-half replay, but then didn’t win a match.
Most recently, Bencic failed in the first round of the US Open in 2018. Surprisingly, she, of all things, retired early in her favorite discipline, making it through the turf season so far by reaching the finals in Berlin.
Tishman dives against Giorgi
Jill Tishman couldn’t hide the fact that she was competing at Wimbledon without a lawn competition due to a foot injury. Teichmann had no chance against Italian Camila Giorgi and had to admit defeat 2:6, 2:6 a little over an hour later.
The world number 55 Swiss went on to 2:2 in the first set, before Giorgi won six games in a row and led the match in clear ways. Qualifying for the Wimbledon quarter-finals from 2018 was secured for long from her serving, and she only admitted breaking balls at the end of the match, but the Swiss couldn’t use any of them.
Teichmann is still out of luck again in the Grand Slam tournaments. In eight main entries, she reached only the second round at the 2018 US Open.