Wimbledon 2019: Angelique Kerber out; Ashleigh Barty & Petra Kvitova through
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Defending champion Angelique Kerber has been knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round after a stunning display by world number 95 Lauren Davis.
The German, 31, could not get off court two quickly enough after a 2-6 6-2 6-1 defeat by the American, who was only in the tournament as a lucky loser.
The fifth seed saved two match points before sending a backhand into the net as the crowd watched in disbelief.
"I am so happy to win, it is almost surreal," said 25-year-old Davis.
"This means everything as it is what I work for."
Top seed Ashleigh Barty, sixth seed Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens, seeded ninth, made it through safely to the third round with straight-set victories.
But fourth seed Kiki Bertens had to come back from a set down and saved a match point to beat American Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.
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Kerber suffers earliest exit since 2013
Kerber came into the tournament in good form, having reached the final at Eastbourne last week and with more victories on grass than any other WTA player in the past four seasons.
However, the signs were there early on that this might not be straightforward, with six breaks of serve in the opening set.
The struggles on serve continued for both players, but Davis won 12 of the next 15 games to claim victory against the three-time Grand Slam champion in one hour and 55 minutes.
"Of course I'm disappointed," said Kerber. "Of course, it's not the way I would like to finish here or to play here. But you have sometimes days like that. You have to accept it. You have to learn from it, trying to forget this as soon as possible."
It is Kerber's earliest exit since losing in the same round six years ago and the defeat means she will drop out of the world's top 10 when the rankings are next published.
She beat Serena Williams in last year's final and lost to her in the 2016 final.
Other Grand Slam champions advance
There were no such troubles for the other top seeds, with world number one Barty cruising into the third round with a 6-1 6-3 win over Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck.
The 23-year-old Australian, who won the French Open in June, was on court for just 55 minutes.
Barty served for the match at 5-2 but Van Uytvanck broke back, only for Barty to break again in the following game, winning her match point with a smart volleyed winner.
"I started particularly well and not too many errors," she said. "A bit of a blemish trying to serve out the match, but very happy with today."
Barty will next face British number three Harriet Dart, who beat Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-1.
Meanwhile, two-time champion Kvitova recovered from a scare in the first set to beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 6-2.
After breaking in the first game of the match, France's Mladenovic served for the opening set at 5-3 only for Kvitova to break back and win the following three games.
The 26-year-old Czech again dropped serve at the start of the second but fought back immediately to progress in one hour 26 minutes.
American Stephens - who won the US Open in 2017 - also eased through with a 6-0 6-2 victory against Wang Yafan of China.