The day of upsets
After the opening round, which was generally successful for the players seeded in the Wimbledon Championships qualifiers, second round delivered some upsets with many top seeds being already eliminated from the fight for the Grand Slam main draw's spot.
Storm Hunter defeated the top seed Elina Avanesyan in two tiebreaks. The current world's number 64 had a chance to move the match into whole distance while being a set up in second set, but the doubles specialist from Australia forced second tiebreak of the match, being a dominant force in both, winning 7-1 and 7-2 respectively. Hunter plays against 22nd seed Nao Hibino in the final round tomorrow.
Carol Zhao performed a big upset over second seed Arantxa Rus. The world's number 166 was rated as an underdog with an odd 4.56 ahead of the match against the qualies 2nd seed. Rus was expectedly leading with a set and break up, but the Canadian came back from this to win 3-6 6-4 6-2. Zhao will play the 2017 Australian Open semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe in the final match of qualies.
The other 4 players out from the top 10 seeds got also eliminated today in the matches against much lower rated players. The world's number 223 Natalija Stevanovic won over 4th seed Elizabeth Mandlik by 6-2 6-2. Jessica Bouzas Maneiro, ranked 167th in the WTA list, defeated 8th seed Clara Burel in three sets 4-6 6-2 6-2. Both the upsets were rated with an odd 3.37. Despina Papamichail has eliminated 10th seed Oceane Dodin in two tiebreaks, 7-6(8) 7-6(3). The world's number 188 was rated with an odd 4.62 before the match against the French.
The last standing Brit
Anna Brogan is the only one British player out of all the 8 qualifiers from UK to advance into final round of the qualies. The 25 years-old player, placed 370th in the WTA ranking, has performed well as a wild card receiver, moving into final round after performing two upsets. Brogan has defeated Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva in three sets with a score 4-6 7-5 6-3 in the opening round despite being a break down in a final set against higher ranked player. The Brit was an underdog in match-up against 5th seed Diana Shnaider in second round, but scored a sensational straight sets win 6-3 7-6(7). Both upsets were rated with odds 3.09, 4.71 respectively.
Su Wei Hsieh came back to the play in WTA events after 2 years of absence. The popular 37 years-old player from Chinese Taipei celebrates a great time after a long break from professional competition. Hsieh won the doubles tournament during last month's Roland Garros, together with Xin Yu Wang. The experienced player proves, that she is still really competitive in singles as well, reaching out the final round of Wimbledon qualies. Hsieh has defeated two Americans on the road to third round, winning 6-1 6-4 over Sachia Vickery and 6-2 6-3 against 16th seed Kayla Day. Lucrezia Stefanini will be her opponent in the final round tomorrow.
Favorites who prevailed
Apart from all the surprising results in second round, there are some notable names who stayed in the competition after scoring comfortable wins in the role of favorites. Clara Tauson is the highest seed to stay in the qualies till the last round after defeating Rebecca Sramkova 6-4 6-2. The Dane will play against Viktoria Kuzmova on Thursday. Mirra Andreeva has seemingly adapted really well into the new surface during her first career's grass competition, moving into final round after dominant win over Chloe Paquet. Andreeva won 6-1 6-2 and faces Tamara Korpatsch in the final match. Dayana Yastremska was not seeded before the qualies, but played well as an odds pre-match favorite in both rounds. The Ukrainian advanced into final round after defeating Erika Andreeva 6-3 6-4. Yastremska plays against Celine Naef on Thursday. The match between two Americans is expected to be the most interesting battle for the main draw's spot. The 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin plays against Taylor Townsend. Both the players approached the final round without any issues, as Kenin lost only 8 games on the road and Townsend gave away just 10 games in the matches against lower ranked opponents.