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Day 1: Errani flops in her opener

Editor's note: Howard Bryant will be roaming the grounds and reporting back on all the latest action from Wimbledon. Stop back for various updates throughout the day. 

LONDON -- Desperation came quickly on Court 18, and all the urgings, primarily in Italian from her team and friends, didn't keep Sara Errani, the world No. 5, from another disappointing and short stay at Wimbledon.

Errani fought off six match points before falling on the seventh, 6-3, 6-2 to Puerto Rico's world No. 65 Monica Puig, who simply overpowered her on a fast surface.

Errani, it should be remembered, reached the final of the French Open last year and lost to Maria Sharapova, but at Wimbledon suffered the ignominy of a Golden Set when Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan dropped 24 straight points on her for a 6-0 bagel.

Grass is just not Errani's surface. She is 6-6 in her career at Wimbledon and has never gotten past the third round. However, she is a top-five player, and getting bounced from a major in 82 minutes is embarrassing, clay-court specialist or not.

The chatter ground to a whisper in the second set with Errani serving 0-2, 0-15. Puig ripped yet another inside-out forehand for love-30. Errani looked at her coaches, gave a resigned "not my day" look. Three points later, she was broken.

One thing is clear in this life: 62 mph serves on grass will only get you eliminated.

With Puig up 3-0, the only question was whether she could close the deal against a veteran player. She was broken for 3-1 and immediately broke back to serve 4-1 when she played her best game of the match, running to the finish line with a love game and first serves of 106, 103 and 107 mph, the last her fastest of the match.

From there, with Errani down 5-1, her box grew silent as she played. She survived a marathon 10-minute, 24-point game in which she survived three match points just to hold at 5-2 and Puig serving for the match, where she needed 14 points more to cross the finish line. On match point No. 7, Puig finished Errani with an inside-out forehand.

First there was Yasiel Puig, the rookie sensation of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now Monica Puig pulled off the upset. The Summer of Puig continues.