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India's tennis star Sania Mirza and her women's doubles partner Switzerland's Martina Hingis suffered a shock defeat in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon on Thursday. The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair was knocked out by fifth seeds Hungary's Timea Babos and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 2-6, 4-6 in just 68 minutes.

Having failed to replicate last season's success together it appears that their opponents seem to have got the number of the world's best doubles team and it remains to be seen how long they will continue to play together.

 

An incredible day of tennis on Centre Court at Wimbledon saw both Roger Federer and Andy Murray involved in highly contrasting 5-set battles, but once the smoke cleared and all was said and done, both men had booked their spots in the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2016.

7-time Champion Roger Federer was up first against Croatia's Marin Cilic, and for large periods looked certain to exit the tournament at the quarter-final stage, falling behind 2 sets to love against a player producing some fantastic tennis. Cilic won the opening set in a tiebreak before taking the second 6-4 before Federer showed glimpses of life, reducing the deficit by taking the third set 6-3.

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French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza crashed out of Wimbledon in the second round, going down in two rather unadventurous sets 6-3, 6-2 to 23 year old qualifier Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.

Muguruza's defeat while an upset is certainly not as much of a surprise as one might generally believe considering that she narrowly won her opening round match, and traditionally the women's tour has not been kind to first time winners of Grand Slams, with 9 in a row now having not made the quarter-finals in the next Grand Slam after winning their first ever major.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic stretched his unbeaten record at Grand Slams to 30 straight matches, dispatching Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to advance to the round of 32 at Wimbledon. Joining the defending champion in the third round is Roger Federer, also a straight sets winner over overnight British sensation Marcus Willis, as the two biggest names in the men's draw made their way through on another rain ruined day at the Championships.

Only a host of other singles matches were completed on another wet Wednesday at Wimbledon with the tournament struggling to get through the first round for most players.

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For the third time this year Serena Williams kicked off her quest for a record equaling 22nd Grand Slam title and eased her way through her first hurdle, beating qualifier Amra Sadikovic, 6-2, 6-4 to kick-start what was traditionally Ladies Day at the Championships.

Williams, a runner-up at the Australian Open and the French Open earlier this year, is still the favourite to win a 7th Wimbledon title this year, and took on a rare serve and volleyer in 27 year old Macedonian born Swiss Sadikovic, making her Wimbledon debut and ranked 148th in the world.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic and legendary Swiss Roger Federer led the way for the men's seeds into the secound round of Wimbledon, registering straight set wins on the opening day of the Championships. Joining the two big guns in the Round of 32 were 5th seeded Asian superstar Kei Nishikorim, 6th seeded Canadian Milos Raonic and the no.9 seed Marin Cilic.

There were a few upsets on Day 1 as well of Wimbledon with popular Frenchman Gael Monfils, big serving South African Kevin Anderson and the always dangerous Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany all crashing out.

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rafa_nadal2Former World No.1 Rafael Nadal will miss Wimbledon this year with a wrist injury. The Spaniard confirmed the news on his Facebook page on Thursday. He recently withdrew from the French Open with a wrist injury after the second round.

"Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year," the 14-time Grand Slam winner said.

"As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal. Thank you all for your support, especially my fans. Your kind messages mean so much to me."

 

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