Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Serena’s chances boosted as Wimbledon seeds keep falling

Rafael Nadal Israel's Dudi Sela knocked out of Wimbledon in 1st round by Rafael Nadal
Chelsea Rogers | 07 July, 2018, 02:30

Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon fourth round on Friday with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/2) win over France's Kristina Mladenovic.

"She played really well".

Eighteen years after winning her first Wimbledon title, Venus was the oldest woman in the tournament, so perhaps it wasn't surprising the 26-year-old Bertens had the greater staying power.

"The rain coming helped me a lot", the 28-year-old, who had not won a match at Wimbledon in his two previous visits before this year, told BBC Sport.

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic also marched on. She missed last year's tournament while pregnant.

Their defeats means that eight of the women's top 10 at this year's championships have already been knocked out.

The American 25th seed moved into the second week without dropping a set and will next face Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina. "You have to win the last point, and I didn't succeed in that today".

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.

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Emil Forsberg scored the only goal of the match in the 66th minute to send the Scandinavian side into the quarter finals. England have beaten Colombia on penalties. "They write their own stories".

Rodina, a 120th-ranked Russian qualifier, upset Keys 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

French Open semi-finalist Keys struggled for most of the match as she committed 48 unforced errors in a disappointing display.

Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another five-set comeback, beating American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended Thursday after the third set. She then broke back to level the third set at 4-4, but Rodina immediately earned another break and served out the victory.

But instead the 38-year-old was worn down by Dutch 20th seed Bertens in a dramatic third round clash lasting two hours and 40 minutes in sweltering heat on Court One.

Nadal will be up against the promising Alex de Minaur, who beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3.

Keys added: "It's definitely been a challenge that I have had to deal with where all of a sudden I'm the one that's supposed to win and people are playing with nothing to lose and playing their best tennis".

"I felt much more confident in my game, I served better and I felt so pumped", said Pella, who reached the third round of a major for the first time.

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