Simona Halep crashes out of Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal advances

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

For Hseih, the Taiwanese progresses to the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in her career - her previous best was the third round in 2012 - and will next play Slovak Dominika Cibulkova. "If I don't fight, I don't come through". "I have had plenty of success at Wimbledon in the last decade and I am very grateful for that".

For the first time at Wimbledon, none of the top five women's seeds reached the round of 16.

Zverev, playing for the third day in succession, was shocked by Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, ranked 138, in a gruelling five sets, 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

"I didn't think I could win after losing the third set, but he got exhausted and I played smarter".

Kerber will next meet Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, who ousted 27th seed Carla Suarez Navarro earlier on Saturday. I tried to concentrate on my game and it helped a lot. "It is magical to play in front of the awesome fans here".


Kyrgios, fresh from a social media row with former women's champion Marion Bartoli after she accused him of squandering his talents, plays Japan's Nishikori.

The biggest threat to Nadal reaching the last four could well be fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro, who is through to the fourth round for the first time since 2013 after a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Hsieh will play the 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova on July 9 at 6.30 p.m. Taipei time, with the victor moving through to the quarter finals. Throughout her shocking third-round upset of world No. 1 Simona Halep, Hsieh employed an endless carousel of did-you-just-see-that?! moves and, in the end, out-Haleped one of the most aggressive baseline defenders in the game.

"For me, I just try to enjoy the tennis, enjoy the city, enjoy the food". I enjoy everything here - the strawberries, the shops, everything. "I just feel free on the court".

Number one ranked Simona Halep's third round loss to Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh leaves Karolina Pliskova as the only woman left in the top 10.


Of the 32 seeds in the women's draw, only seven remain.

Gulbis played superbly to beat the German 7-6, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

Asked what she planned to do next she said: "Anything but tennis". "I make double-fault. Then one match point, make double-fault again. So all I want to do is just go on the court and hit the shot and run every point and enjoy it".

Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, is safely through after a straight-sets win over Vitalia Diatchenko.

Van Uytvanck began the week with a 1-4 Wimbledon record and only one Grand Slam quarter-final appearance to her name, while Muguruza has two major titles, including the 2016 French Open, and was the runner-up at the All England Club in 2015, but none of that mattered.


Hsieh faced a tough first round match up against the 30th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but after a battle lasting over two hours the Chinese advanced to the second round a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victor.

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