The opening day of play at Wimbledon concluded Monday. It was a day that featured a handful of upsets along and one that was not particularly kind for Americans playing in the tournament. Venus Williams made headlines early when she fell at the hands of Elena Vesnina. John Isner was also sent packing on the men's side.
Isner, ranked No. 11, lost in five set to Alejandro Falla, 6-4, 6-7 (16), 3-6, 7-6 (16), 7-5. Isner was the top-rated American on the men's side. He served up 31 aces, but committed 49 unforced errors that ultimately proved to be his undoing. There was one more upset on the men's side with No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic losing in three sets to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.
Sloane Stephens of Fort Lauderdale won her match against Karolina Pliskova in two straight sets.
The tournament's biggest names had little problems advancing over their first-round opponents. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic waltzed past Juan Carlos Ferrero. Roger Federer, the No. 3 seed, got around Albert Ramos. On the women's draw, 2012 French Open winner Maria Sharapova beat her opponent, Anastasia Rodionova, in two sets.
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