And the No. 2-seeded Wozniacki was not exactly gracious in defeat after staving off five match points, but not the sixth, in what became a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 loss to 35th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation in the second round at the All England Club on Wednesday.
Makarova insisted in the aftermath of her victory that she had tried not to think about the match points slipping away.
If she is able to right the ship and play deep into the draw in NY, the major where she's had the most success, or defend her title in Australia, Wednesday's loss might be remembered more for its quirks - the first Wimbledon rains, an infestation of flying ants and extra-long bathroom breaks - than for Wozniacki's defeat.More news: North Korea says talks with Pompeo were ‘regrettable’
"It is only the second time I have beaten her and it is always tough to play against her". Today I played someone who played extremely well.
"Caroline is playing good tennis in this moment, and she likes grass".
"I was really nervous because Caroline will never miss and I had to win every point".
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"There's so many things that I want to improve on, but that's kind of how I always feel", she said. Seven-times champion Serena Williams fired 24 winners past Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova to post a convincing 6-1 6-4 victory in 66 minutes on Centre Court and Roger Federer's quest for a ninth Wimbledon crown gained momentum with a flawless 6-4 6-4 6-1 win over Slovakian world number 73 Lukas Lacko in 89 minutes in other highlights.
Venus Williams overcame a scare as last year's runner-up came from a set down to beat Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1. A spirited service hold then saw the Russian get on board though Wozniacki was just too strong on her serve, taking the second set 6-1 to level the scores. "Good for me. Thanks, God". "No one is going out there and saying, 'Oh, I have to lose because I'm playing so-and-so today. It's just about winning the match - if that's your best or not, it doesn't matter as long as you win". The steely look in her eyes said she believed. "She plays well in the first week, and then in the second week, it's been hard", he said.
She is a former No. 1 who recently claimed her first Grand Slam title.
"I'm out. That's it", Wozniacki said.More news: Italians Give Their Assessment Of England's Chances In This World Cup
In fact, Wozniacki had lost to the 30-year-old in the second round of the US Open last year, her first loss against the Russian in eight meetings. "It's life sometimes. You just have to keep working and come back, and hopefully next time, luck will be on my side".