Defending Wimbledon champion Muguruza knocked out in second round

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• Muguruza beaten 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 by unseeded Belgian
• Britain’s Katie Boulter loses 6-3, 6-4 to Naomi Osaka

The defending women’s champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, joined the exodus of seeds at Wimbledon on Thursday night as she was battered in the second round by Alison Van Uytvanck, the world No 47 from Belgium. Van Utyvanck had lost in the first round in each of her four previous visits but was almost unplayable at times as she knocked out the defending champion and No 3 seed 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

By the end, Muguruza had her head in her hands, unable to comprehend what was coming from the other side of the net. After the exits of Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Sloane Stephens, this was surely the biggest surprise of them all. With only the No 1 Simona Halep and No 7 Karolina Pliskova remaining from the top eight, it is the first time at Wimbledon in the Open era that only two of the top eight seeds have made it through to the third round.

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Written by Simon Cambers at Wimbledon
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