2016 Aegon Classic

Wozniacki dumped out of Birmingham

Former Eastbourne champ fails on grass

Wozniacki was upbeat despite defeat

Caroline Wozniacki, the former world #1, was dumped out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham by Yanina Wickmayer.

The ex-Eastbourne champion was made to work hard for every point during the topsy turvy marathon match, ousted 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2.

And the defeat to former runner-up here at the Priory Club means that Wozniacki’s win-loss record this campaign stands at a dismal 9-9, picking up just one win – at Nottingham’s Aegon Open – since returning from a two-month lay-off with knee and ankle injuries.

The 149-minute contest was enthusiastically cheered on by the spectators who saw the tie interrupted three times because of showers, with the first rain delay coming after Wozniacki led 3-2 on Wednesday.

Their return to Centre Court the next day was short-lived with a further shower and Wickmayer broke the Dane on her first serve of the day then held off three break points to edge ahead 5-3.

Wozniacki, serving to stay in the set, held to love to pile the pressure on Wickmayer.

The Belgian veteran responded to the challenge by thundering down an ace for set point then produced a daring yet delightful drop shot for the lead on 59 minutes.

Wozniacki then upped her game, attacking with precision and purpose to win the opening eight points of the second set and then ease into a 3-0 lead that soon became 4-1.

But Wozniacki wobbled when serving to level the contest and was soon pegged back to 5-5 then forced into a tense tiebreak.

The Dane soared into a 6-3 lead but Wickmayer served herself out of trouble with a pair of aces, only to then put the ball long on the next point to hand the Dane the second set after an enthralling 58 minutes.

Wickmayer was blessed with luck, winning the third game after the ball crept over via the net cord and then moved into a lead 4-2 after Wozniacki’s shot hitting the top of the net and landed wide of the target.

Wozniacki tried too hard in a vain attempt to bounce back, Wickmayer holding firm to send another fans favourite out of the Aegon Classic.

The battling Dane moves onto the south coast resort of Eastbourne, which promotes itself to visitors as “Welcome to the Sunshine Coast” – Wozniacki will be welcomed by fans, but will she be welcomed by sunny climes before her annual return to SW19.

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