Former champions Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova fall at the first hurdle

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• Sharapova beaten 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 by Vitalia Diatchenko
• Kvitova’s 2018 form eludes her as Sasnovich wins 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Sometimes you can just want things too badly. Late last night the former champion Maria Sharapova, struggling to reassert herself a year after returning from a doping ban, suffered her first ever defeat in the opening round at Wimbledon, ousted 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 by the Russian qualifier Vitalia Diatchenko, the world No 138. And Petra Kvitova, the pre‑tournament favourite after five titles in 2018 and near-perfect preparation, endured a shock first-round defeat as she was stunned 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 by the world No 50, Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

Sharapova, the 2004 champion, was one game from victory when she led by a set and 5-2 against the 27-year-old Diatchenko, who had lost in the first round in each of her previous two visits. But as the sun went down, the 31-year-old allowed Diatchenko back into the match. Again Sharapova had the edge in the decider, leading 4-3 with a break but Diatchenko broke for 5-4 and an eighth double-fault completed Sharapova’s misery.

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Written by Simon Cambers at Wimbledon
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