Naomi Osaka, world number two female tennis player, and Alexander Zverev, the fifth-ranked male tennis player, have both crashed out of Wimbledon on Monday after suffering shock losses in the competition’s first round.
Osaka, who is the second seed in the competition’s female category, was defeated by Kazakh Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 at Centre Court of the All England Club.
The Russian-born Putintseva dominated the game from the start, continuing her splendid form from the recent Birmingham tournament where she had beaten the US Open and Australian Open champion in the second round.
Zverev, on the other hand, suffered a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 loss to Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely.
Despite winning the first set, the German, seeded sixth for the tournament, was roundly beaten by his less illustrious opponent, who is 108 on the world ranking.
Vesely will play either Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay or Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur for a place in the last 32.