No.3 seed Svitolina out of Wimbledon

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Third seed Elina Svitolina admits her career has hit a rocky road after joining the exodus of women's top seeds at Wimbledon.

The world No.5 was on Thursday dumped out in the second round by Poland's Magda Linette, who posted a career highlight 6-3 6-4 win in little over an hour.

Six of the top 10 seeds have now departed in the women's draw.

In total, eight of the top 11 women in the WTA rankings are out as Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka did not enter.

Ukraine's Svitolina was a semi-finalist at SW19 in 2019 and followed that up with a run to the last four in the US Open a couple of months later.

But she has fallen on hard times since the coronavirus pandemic struck, having made it past the fourth round in just one of the five grand slams played since.

"When you play a grand slam it is ...a different kind of pressure," Svitolina said.

"Sometimes it's tough to handle. Today probably I was not fresh mentally to do that.

"Right now I wouldn't say it's very smooth times in my career."

Meanwhile, French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova said she had already surpassed expectations by making it through to the third round with a 7-5 6-4 win over German Andrea Petkovic.

The Czech may have won a grand slam but she has never appeared at Wimbledon until this year.

"So far I feel extremely happy. It's always hard to switch from clay to grass...so I came here with no expectations," she said.

Belarusian Victoria Azarenka was in no mood to discuss her Wimbledon exit, delivering a 13-word press conference.

The 12th seed lost 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-4 to Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Court One and immediately came through to speak to the press.

However, it was clear she was only there out of necessity, offering no answers of substance to three questions.

Greece's Maria Sakkarri - the 15th seed - is also out after a 7-5 6-4 loss to American Shelby Rogers.

American Coco Gauff - the No.20 seed - enjoyed her return to Centre Court, beating Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3.

Gauff made her name on the main show court two years ago when she got to the fourth round as a 15-year-old and took little time to get past the Russian.

British 18-year-old Emma Raducanu - a wildcard - continued her fairytale debut with a 6-2 6-4 win over Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko and German Angelique Kerber both made it through to the third round after epic battles.

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