Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Top seed Simona Halep OUT as top six fall in first week

Rafael Nadal following his second round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan at Wimbledon on Thursday Rafael Nadal following his second round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan at Wimbledon on Thursday
Frederick Owens | 11 July, 2018, 22:22

When Halep led 4-1 and 5-2 in the final set it looked as though she would live to fight another day but Hsieh broke back and repeated the trick at 5-5 when she landed a sweetly-timed backhand into the corner and Halep could only net.

A rule of thumb, while serving, is to avoid taking much time between your first and second serves.

Hsieh saved the match point with a backhand victor before holding for 5-5 and breaking Halep in the next game. "I was fighting until the end for every ball".

"For me, I just try to enjoy the tennis, enjoy the city, enjoy the food".

"I haven't beaten any top 10 seeds so it's not my business to think about this!"

"I was leading the match, I was up, and I couldn't finish it".

"I mean, I'm not surprised anymore", said 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, a 6-0, 6-4 victor against Vitalia Diatchenko, who eliminated five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in the first round. She played unbelievable. Every ball close to the line. I tried to concentrate on my game and calm down a bit, that helped a lot.

Su-Wei Hsieh, Taiwan, def. Simona Halep (1), Romania, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Halep and seventh seed Karolina Pliskova are the only two top 10 women still standing at Wimbledon, with the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, title holder Garbine Muguruza, former champions Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova and US Open victor Sloane Stephens all sent packing.

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Djokovic was robbed of a break at 3-3 in the fourth set when the ball bounced twice before Edmund managed to return it over the net at 15-40. Djokovic challenged, arguing that there had been a double-bounce. The crowd, as it had throughout the final few games of the match, erupted and was shushed by the chair umpire.

Raonic fired 28 aces and won 87% of points on his first serve.

Hsieh, the world No. 48, battled back from 5-2 down in the final set and saved a match point when the Romanian served for the match at 5-3 in the decider.

In the men's draw, fourth seed Alexander Zverev again failed to impress on the Grand Slam stage after running out of gas in a 7-6 (2) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0 loss to Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis. Against de Minaur, he faced only three break points and saved them all, while producing almost twice as many winners, 30-17.

Nadal, with Spain out of the World Cup, was heading to watch England play Sweden.

Nadal will play Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely next after he conquered Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Next up for is Van Uytvanck will be 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, the Russian beating 17th-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-3 on Court Three.

No. 11 Angelique Kerber, who defeated No. 18 Naomi Osaka, 6-2, 6-4, on Saturday, is the highest-ranked player to reach the second week in the top half of the draw.

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