Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova knocked out in first round

Kvitova has now gone out before the quarter-finals in five of her six Grand Slam appearances since returning to action after the stabbing that left her with severe lacerations to her playing hand in 2016.

Sharapova, back at SW19 after a two-year absence, served 10 double faults in her match against her fellow Russian, including the final point of the match.

As well as missing her chances in set two, the 2004 champion was twice a break up in the deciding set as Diatchenko needed treatment from the trainer on a back problem.

It was Sharapova’s first-ever defeat in the opening round of Wimbledon.

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