Friday, 20 July, 2018

Wimbledon: Serena Williams defeats Kristina Mladenovic and advances to the fourth round

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Betsy Taylor | 07 July, 2018, 00:06

The 36-year-old American now can not meet a top 32 player until the semi-finals after the scattering of the seeds this week.

The only past Wimbledon champion remaining in the field?

Venus Williams suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the five-time champion became the latest star to crash out in a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 8-6 defeat against Kiki Bertens on Friday.

Serena Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon victor, is seeded 25th after her tentative return from the birth of her first child. She also won her 18th consecutive match on grass courts dating to 2015 - the second-longest streak of her career (20 from 2002 to 2004).

In addition, this was Roger's 335th Grand Slam win and the 94th at Wimbledon, moving closer to that magical number that he could potentially reach in 2019.

The Croat was stunned 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 by Argentina's world No.82 Guido Pella in three hours 12 minutes. The American fought back from a set and two breaks down only to falter near the end. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.

Keys lost nine games on the trot from 5-2 up in the first set to 0-4 down in the second.


In the first point of the breaker, Buzarnescu ended a rally by plopping a forehand into the net, and after Pliskova followed up by holding her two service points for 3-0, the set was slipping away from the Romanian. "I think I played much better today", Nadal said.

The 36-year-old Swiss has won 26 consecutive sets at the All England Club. "I feel ready to compete".

"Of course, I am surprised a little bit", Rodina said afterward, "because I won".

The 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced a backhand victor at 4-5, 30-40 in the second set, then won a tiebreaker to force a deciding set.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev takes on Taylor Fritz, the world number 68, who is bidding to reach the third round of a Slam for the first time.

Makarova, who has reached the round of 16 at the All England Club for the third time, will next face Italy's Camila Giorgi, who advanced after saving a match point while beating Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

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