WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – There was more slip and slip Wednesday at Wimbledon, and former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu made another early Grand Slam exit when she lost to Alice Cornet in the first round, 6-2, 6-1. .
Andreescu won the 2019 Open, but the Canadian is 2-5 in the majors since then, including three first-round losses.
When the third day of play began, feet on the grass were still a problem. Andreescu, Novak Djokovic, American John Isner and at least one ball boy were among those who fell, but all avoided serious injuries.
“I didn’t slip once; I slipped like six times,” Andreescu said. “The courts are super slippery. I’ve only played here once before, but they weren’t like that at all. I talked to a couple of players and they said it’s not that normal. But this is something we really can’t.” control. “
Seven-time champion Serena Williams retired from her first-round match Tuesday with a leg injury after slipping. Roger Federer’s opponent, Adrian Mannarino, had to quit after he fell and sprained his knee.
Persistent rain for the first two days of play created slippery conditions. The weather also caused a scheduling delay, with 27 first-round games postponed until Wednesday.
The retractable roof was closed when top-ranked Djokovic was first on center court for a rematch against Kevin Anderson. Djokovic won when they played in the 2018 final.
Among those who advanced was Queen’s Club tournament champion Matteo Berrettini, who scored 20 aces and walked away from Guido Pella 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Former US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori edged Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his 100th Grand Slam victory. No. 10 Denis Shapovalov advanced to the third round when Pablo Andujar withdrew due to a rib injury.
Andreescu, who has battled injuries but was seeded fifth, made 34 unforced errors to seven for Cornet.
“I tried to stay positive throughout the game,” Andreescu said. “I tried to figure out how I can play her better. But honestly, she played very well.”
In other women’s games, French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Ana Bogdan 6-2, 6-2.