Casper Ruud in the second round of Wimbledon 2023, UK
Casper Ruud in the second round of Wimbledon 2023, UK | (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Tennis | Wimbledon 2023 | Scattered Seeds: Second Round Update

By Tony Fairbairn At Wimbledon

  • Who have been the early exits heading into the latter stages of the first week?
  • Whose draw has opened up?
LONDON, ENGLAND – The first two rounds are behind us so which seeds are out of Wimbledon heading into the latter stages of the first week?


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Men’s Draw Wimbledon 2023 Casualties 

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Round One Round Two
Felix Auger-Aliassime [11] Casper Ruud [4]
Borna Coric [13] Taylor Fritz [9]
Roberto Bautista Agut [20] Cameron Norrie [12]
Sebastian Korda [22] Alex De Minaur [15]
Yoshihito Nishioka [24] Francisco Cerundolo [18]
Dan Evans [27] Tomas Martin Etcheverry [29]
Tallon Griekspoor [28] Ben Shelton [32]
Nick Kyrgios [30] – Withdrew

 The biggest shock of the first two rounds was the exit of last year’s quarter-finalist Taylor Fritz who went out in five sets to Mikael Ymer from two sets to love up. The American has been in good form this season but once again disappointed at the Grand Slams which the ninth seed will look to put right at the US Open.

This hasn’t bothered Jannik Sinner though with the Italian moving through with ease and his draw has opened up the most out of all the contenders with Borna Coric and Roberto Bautista Agut being the two other shocks to occur in this section of the draw.

Also in the bottom half of the draw the withdraw of last year’s finalist Nick Kyrgios sent shockwaves through the draw even if it wasn’t unsurprising given his lack of playing time this season. The exit of Casper Ruud to Liam Broady wasn’t the biggest shock in the world given the Norwegian’s lack of enthusiasm for grass while Felix Auger-Aliassime continued his injury struggles in his four set defeat to Michael Mmoh.

In the top half of the draw, the biggest shock was Sebastian Korda’s opening round exit to Jiri Vesely given Korda’s red-hot form on grass before the tournament with even the American thinking he was a contender for Wimbledon. That had opened up the draw for last year’s semi-finalist and British number one Cameron Norrie before the Brit faced Mallorca champion Christopher Eubanks.

There was a missed opportunity for s-Hertogenbosch champion Tallon Griekspoor who lost to Marton Fuscovics in the opening round while Alex De Minaur’s exit may seem shocking on paper, there is no shame in losing to former Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini with the Italian just recovering from injury.



Women’s Draw Wimbledon 2023 Casualties 

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Round One Round Two
Coco Gauff [7] Barbora Krejcikova [10]
Maria Sakkari [8] Veronika Kudermetova [12]
Liudmila Samsonova [15] Jelena Ostapenko [17]
Karolina Muchova [16] Anhelina Kalinina [26]
Karolina Pliskova [18] Elise Mertens [28]
Qinwen Zheng [24] Irina-Camelia Begu [29]
Bernarda Pera [27]
Mayar Sherif [31]

 The two big surprise exits so far have been Coco Gauff and Maria Sakkari. Gauff was in good form heading into Wimbledon but came across a confident Sofia Kenin who came through qualifying while Sakkari was also in decent form but once again slipped up when it matters most in her defeat to Marta Kostyuk.

Another main shock from the first round was Karolina Pliskova’s defeat to Serbian qualifier Natalija Stevanovic even if Pliskova’s form is deteriorating with every Grand Slam that passes by. Meanwhile the biggest shock in the second round was the defeat of Jelena Ostapenko against Sorana Cirstea. The Latvian won Birmingham before Wimbledon and had high hopes for another deep run in SW19 but was firmly stopped in her tracks.

The other main stories to note are the injury of Birmingham finalist Barbora Krejcikova in the second round as she was seemingly playing some incredible tennis and fancied her chances at Wimbledon. The main beneficiary of some of the seeds exiting the tournament has been Jessica Pegula with the American not facing a seed until the quarter-finals as Mayar Sherif, Qinwen Zheng and Liudmila Samsonova all exited the tournament in the opening round.



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