Wimbledon 2018 -- Caroline Wozniacki roller coaster takes another unusual turn

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Second seed Caroline Wozniacki not only slipped out at the hands of Ekaterina Makarova in a big shock, she also had to battle against an infestation of flying ants on Court One.

After the match, though, Wozniacki denied that the flying bugs had any impact in her loss, CNN reported.

The Dane, who claimed her first grand slam title at the Australian Open, was undone by the powerful Makarova in the opener, the Russian holding off a fightback to clinch the set with a forehand victor down the line.

Makarova had four match points while leading 5-3 and Wozniacki recovered each time.

It's frustrating because I feel like I could have gone and done something really great here.

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She next faces Kristina Mladenovic of France, who defeated German Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-2. The same couldn't be said for her opponent who dealt with Petra Martic who forced her into a long first set before taking the second and dropping the third overall.

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Wozniacki, the fifth top-eight seed in the women's draw to make an early exit, didn't need to rummage too far into her mind's annals to draw out a almost identical match to the one she played Wednesday but one with a far different outcome - a match she indeed followed by doing "something really great". "No one is going out there and saying, 'Oh, I have to lose because I'm playing so-and-so today".

Williams should never be discounted at grand slams, this Wimbledon included even if it marks only her fourth tournament back after giving birth to daughter Olympia in September.

Older sister Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon victor, had a more hard outing, needing three sets to see off Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1.

"It's only the second time I have beaten her". Today I played someone who played extremely well. Incidentally, Safarova dumped a seed herself, beating former finalist Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-4.

The seven-time champion hasn't been seen since her 2016 final win over Angelique Kerber on centre court but the unseeded Viktoriya Tomova provided little obstacle for the American veteran who overpowered the Bulgarian to progress 6-1 6-4.

"I did everything I could", Wozniacki told reporters.

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In the third set Makarova failed to serve out the match at 5-1 and 5-3 but eventually crossed the finish line.

"I served a little more consistent", than in the first round, said Williams. "Good for me. Thanks, God".

"For her to keep this level, I would be very surprised if you saw her go far".

British hope Katie Swan reacted to her straight-sets defeat by 29th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu.

"I mean, it's just about winning the match".

"She definitely played well the first set and I definitely gave her a few errors as well", Venus Williams said afterward during an on-court interview. And once again, she dominated the rest of the way, this time beating 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Unexpectedly, the former quarterfinalist came up with a lovely backhand victor followed by an ace to save herself from the brink.

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