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Tearful Osaka joins Hingis in first round exit humiliation

Naomi Osaka crashes out of Wimbledon first round in straight sets Naomi Osaka’s grass-court struggles continue after first-round Wimbledon upset
Shannon Reynolds | 03 July, 2019, 06:23

Putintseva has never been beyond the second round at the All England Club, but stunned a nervy Osaka with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 victory on Monday.

After winning two straight Grand Slam titles, Naomi Osaka has now failed to reach the second week at the last two majors.

After contemplating answering the next question about how hard it has been to adjust to her new level of fame, Osaka turned to the moderator and said: "Can I leave?"

"Can we stop?" she asked the moderator. "I feel like I'm going to cry".

Facing Yulia Putintseva, a two-time French Open quarterfinalist who is now ranked No. 39, on Centre Court, Osaka started strong and took a 3-1 lead but ultimately lost the set in a hard-fought tiebreak.

Putintseva stunned Osaka in straight sets 7-6, 6-2.

In her brief postmatch news conference, reporters quizzed her on a range of possible factors for her recent struggles, from her shocking split with coach Sascha Bajin after the Australian Open to her relative youth, to her apparent difficulty in adjusting to worldwide fame.

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The 21-year-old Japanese said she had felt a weight lifted from her after losing her number one world ranking but it did not show against a talented opponent on Centre Court.

Osaka was the oddsmakers' sixth favorite to win the Wimbledon title, listed behind Barty, defending champion Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova. And today I think I did a great job. "I think my grass court play is getting better".

Cori Guaff served up the flawless excuse for playing hooky from school as the 15-year-old American caused one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history by dispatching Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the first round.

The Japanese player was the one applying most of the pressure but she could not break and a wild end to the tie-break left her a set down.

Earlier, last year's Wimbledon men's finalists both advanced to the second round on the opening day of this year's tournament. "As a little kid, I never played on grass".

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko gestures as she argues with the umpire during her Women's singles match against Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 1, 2019.

She looked in a much better place mentally here, striking the ball sweetly and coming to the net regularly, and quickly moved into a 3-1 lead.

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