Muguruza, the No. 3 seed, was stunned 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 by 47th-ranked Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium on Thursday. The Belgian, who has been open about her relationship on social media, talked about it publicly for the first time in a segment of a television sports show back home earlier in the year, where she said the couple were going to live together soon.
As the evening shadows crept over Court Two, van Uytvanck raised her arms to celebrate the biggest win of her career while Muguruza could scarcely believe she was the sixth top-eight seed to perish within the first four days of the grasscourt major.
"She played big, took a lot of risk and it worked for her", Muguruza said in her press conference.
"I feel good on grass now", said Halep, who after the first set overcame the hard Zheng slice.
It was Muguruza who had the first break chance in the opening game of the match, but a backhand dumped into the net erased that opportunity and Van Uytvanck would go on to record a hold. "Novak's one of the best players in the world, he'll go down as one of the best players of all time". Her maiden slam win at this year's Roland Garros has provided the Romanian with all the confidence she needed to push through the grass slam. "I'm pretty excited for him".
The sixth game proved to be the turning point of the match, Muguruza was broken as Van Uytvanck took her third chance, blasting a forehand victor for a 4-2 lead.
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Guido Pella, Argentina, def. Marin Cilic (3), Croatia, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5. "I just feel like it's good that I could come out as a gay person". "That was the biggest surprise for me, because this is the third time I come here, the first time I win a single match in the main draw, and it was a big surprise".
Meanwhile, Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation has become the first player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
"He played very well", Nadal said of his opponent.
Three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka was unable to follow up his first round defeat of sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov when he lost 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano. You always want that first game, you know.
The Australian, who won the girls' title in 2011, beat the 2012 champion 6-4, 7-5. "That's also why she could develop that kind of level", Muguruza was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Kei Nishikori (24), Japan, def. Bernard Tomic, Australia, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7), 7-5. The Romanian won the last 10 games of her match with Zheng Saisai to advance 7-5 6-3 while qualifier Eugenie Bouchard will leave Wimbledon with momentum despite a 6-4 7-5 loss to Ash Barty in a battle of former Wimbledon junior champions.