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WTA Defending Champion Angelique Kerber 31 Knocked Out Of Wimbledon By 25 Years Old American Best Loser

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Defending champion Angelique Kerber has been knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round after a stunning display by world number 95 Lauren Davis.

The 31 years old German, could not get off court two quickly enough after a 2-6 6-2 6-1 defeat by the American, who was only in the tournament as a lucky loser.

The fifth seed saved two match points before sending a backhand into the net as the crowd watched in disbelief.

“I am so happy to win, it is almost surreal,” said 25-year-old Davis. “This means everything as it is what I work for.”

Top seed Ashleigh Barty, sixth seed Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens, seeded ninth, made it through safely to the third round with straight-set victories.

But fourth seed Kiki Bertens had to come back from a set down and saved a match point to beat American Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2. Angelique Kerber had reached the Wimbledon final in two of the past three years before this edition

Kerber came into the tournament in good form, having reached the final at Eastbourne last week and with more victories on grass than any other WTA player in the past four seasons.

However, the signs were there early on that this might not be straightforward, with six breaks of serve in the opening set.

The struggles on serve continued for both players, but Davis won 12 of the next 15 games to claim victory against the three-time Grand Slam champion in one hour and 55 minutes.

“Of course I’m disappointed,” said Kerber. “Of course, it’s not the way I would like to finish here or to play here. But you have sometimes days like that. You have to accept it. You have to learn from it, trying to forget this as soon as possible.”

It is Kerber’s earliest exit since losing in the same round six years ago and the defeat means she will drop out of the world’s top 10 when the rankings are next published.

She beat Serena Williams in last year’s final and lost to her in the 2016 final.

Other Grand Slam champions advance

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