Wimbledon 2012 Results: Players Who Have Been the Biggest Surprises Thus Far

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJune 27, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic hits a backhand return during his mens singles first round match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Wimbledon 2012 has wasted no time getting off to a roaring start. There were plenty of upsets and impressive performances from shocking places for us all think our teeth into. 

All of this wonderful action has been a great start to the tournament, and certainly builds up hope that the entire tournament will be a memorable thrill. That remains to be seen, but the fact that the following four players have already surprised us does not.  


Heather Watson

Heather Watson delighted fans as the 20-year-old became the first British woman to win on Centre Court since 1985. And she did so in surprisingly convincing fashion. 

She took down Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-1. Watson entered this match ranked 103rd in the world. Her opponent was 55th. 


Oliver Golding

Watson wasn't the only local delighting fans. Britain's Oliver Golding fell to Igor Andreev 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (9-7) 7-5, but it was still an amazingly impressive performance.  

The 18-year-old Golding was a wild-card entry, and he was ranked a full 398 places below his opponent. 


Alejandro Falla

Eleventh-seeded John Isner wasn't supposed to have any trouble in his opening match against lightly regarded Falla, but he had more than trouble. He got his tail kicked.

Falla took down Isner 6-4, 6-7 (16), 3-6, 7-6 (16), 7-5. It was a thrilling match, and one where it seemed like Isner was perpetually on the verge of taking over, but that just never happened. 


Ernests Gulbis

Falla's upset wasn't even the biggest of the day! Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych was shocked by Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (12), 7-6 (11), 7-6 (11).

Gulbis was impressive and dominant. He hit 62 winners and 30 aces in this upset. Berdych certainly was not at the top of his game, but he wasn't terrible. He was just flat out-played by Gulbis.