Written by by Staff Writer, CNN
Fans were left feeling anything but pleased with a teenager on Court 1 during Wimbledon’s penultimate day on Monday.
At 15 years old, Australian player Ashleigh Barty upset her national champion compatriot Ashleigh Barty to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in history, prompting both of the players to jokingly hide from the media.
After the surreal moment on the Court 1 podium with local champion, Barty and the rest of the world were more focused on controversial comments John McEnroe made regarding teenager Emma Raducanu.
The Swiss star hailed the Slovenian star for bouncing back from a 6-0 5-1 first set loss in Saturday’s opening round to beat Alison Riske, however, he was accused of racism.
“What did you think about that thing? I thought she played a crazy match,” said McEnroe, who has a tendency to become pressurized in tense situations.
Raducanu, who says she was paid for playing Wimbledon, tweeted about the tennis legend’s comments, writing: “I was actually hyped to play @McEnroe @Wimbledon on @Court1 when he said I looked like a person from 200 years ago.”
The suggestion was somewhat given credence after Raducanu tweeted, “Can someone tell me how we do that ??? they said I had legs like a white girl and hair like a peasant….”
Raducanu — who went on to lose in the third round — eventually removed the tweets, but not before fellow player Caroline Garcia had retweeted them to her 347,000 followers.
Raducanu was in good company Monday after it was confirmed Australian teenager Kimberly Birrell had become the youngest woman to win on Wimbledon’s grass courts, completing a remarkable second round upset over 18th seed Polona Hercog.
Elsewhere the women looked like they were starting to stabilize, with Heather Watson joining the likes of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Alize Cornet with a gritty win over Barbora Strycova.
Former champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and 13th seed Venus Williams, however, were quickly outclassed by the fast improving pair of Russian seeds Katerina Siniakova and Daria Kasatkina.
Kvitova, the 2011 champion, left the court with blood on her toes after being struck by a stray ball from 24th seed Madison Keys.
Keys, who has been tipped as a potential successor to Serena Williams should the American successfully defend her title this week, finished with seven aces as she defeated the Czech in straight sets.
Slovenian qualifier Mattek-Sands teamed up with Pauline Parmentier to successfully qualify for the second round, as did Cornet, the French Open runner-up in 2014, and her compatriot Kristina Mladenovic, who beat 10th seed Angelique Kerber in a three setter.
Two home hopes in Spain made a promising start to their campaigns, with David Ferrer, a former runner-up, and Pablo Carreno Busta, the last qualifier, recording victories over Bryan Lopez and Barbora Strycova respectively.