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Second-seeded Naomi Osaka crashes out of Wimbledon in first round

The two-time grand slam champion was flummoxed on the grass court by Yulia Putintseva.


Naomi Osaka’s bid to win a third Grand Slam title ended on Monday when she lost to Kazakh Yulia Putintseva in straight sets of the match at  Wimbledon in the first round .

Putintseva took the first set on a tie break and then broke Osaka in the second set’s fifth and seventh games to win the match 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

The 24-year-old Kazakh ranking only 39th in the world had no match for former world No.1 Osaka, who was also beaten by her at the Birmingham Classic last month.

World second-seeded, 21-year-old Japanese became the first top-two seed to lose in the first round at Wimbledon in the women´s singles since top-seeded Martina Hingis bowed out in 2001.

The loss came as a crushing blow to the US Open and Australian Open champion Osaka, who cut her post-match news conference short, saying she was about to cry.

This was the first time Putintseva had played on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

“I did a good job,” Putintseva told the BBC. “I think my grass court play is getting better.”

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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