Wimbledon second seed Wozniacki bows out to Makarova

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Caroline Wozniacki's honeymoon on grass was short-lived as she became the 11th women's seed to fall on the first three days at Wimbledon in a 6-4 1-6 7-5 second-round defeat by Ekaterina Makarova.

If she is able to right the ship and play deep into the draw in NY, the major where she's had the most success, or defend her title in Australia, Wednesday's loss might be remembered more for its quirks - the first Wimbledon rains, an infestation of flying ants and extra-long bathroom breaks - than for Wozniacki's defeat. The seven-time champion, seeded 25th this year, lost just five of 32 points on her first serve, as she took a little over an hour to triumph against her 135th-ranked opponent.

"I feel like I could have gone and done something really great here".

Makarova next faces Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

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". "I played someone who went all-in with every single shot".

She had managed to convince herself this was going to be her year to shine at the All England Club, the only major where she's never been past the fourth round.

Wozniacki complained about a swarm of insects on court and asked for repellent spray which seemed to sting her into action as she won five games in a row before claiming the second set. Yeah, maybe I was lucky today. The second time, at 5-3, Makarova was within a point of victory four times, but was unable to convert, wasting one of those opportunities with a double-fault. The Russian blew six match points in the seventh game of the final set but overcame bugs, drizzle and a tough fight from Caroline Wozniacki to upset the world number two 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 on Court One at the All England Tennis Club. Wozniacki finally found her groove after a slow start and looked comfortable on the grass courts as Makarova's inconsistency in her game showed up. "I forgot it and started over".

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"I just like big tournaments", said Makarova.

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

"I got the practice that I needed", Wozniacki said.

"Sometimes it just doesn't go your way".

Once again, she dropped the opening set. "Good for me. Thanks God!" she told WTA Insider. "I want to be here to focus on tennis, not eating bugs", she said to the umpire.

Venus Williams overcame a scare as last year's runner-up came from a set down to beat Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1. Unexpectedly, the former quarterfinalist came up with a attractive backhand victor followed by an ace to save herself from the brink.

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