Halep falls leaving just one top 10 seed left standing at Wimbledon
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 12, 2018,
Jul 12, 2018, 4:32
Halep saw a match point saved during a tense third set and, despite being broken seven times, it was the Taiwanese world No 48 who edged through 3-6 6-4 7-5.
Rafael Nadal made it to the last 16 with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Australian teenager Alex de Minaur.
Asked when she thought she could win the match, Hsieh responded, I dont feel I can, then leaned forward and laughed heartily.
When Halep led 4-1 and 5-3 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. Halep, who earned her first Major at the French Open last month, has been one of the most consistent women's players over the past two seasons and her battling game means she's always one of the favourites going into a tournament. If I didn't fight, I wouldn't have got through.
"I drove the girls insane before because when I practised, in two shots I did a drop shot", 48th-ranked Hsieh, who will face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova for a place in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, told reporters.
Cibulkova was denied a place on the list of seeds to accommodate Williams, a decision which seems to have motivated the Slovakian, who will now face Hsieh for a place in the quarter-finals.
Canada's Milos Raonic completed his delayed match from Friday as he came back to defeat Austrian Dennis Novak 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
"For me, I just try to enjoy the tennis, enjoy the city, enjoy the food. I had match point", Halep said.
German fourth seed Alexander Zverev and women's world number one Simona Halep wilted in 33-degree heat and crashed out of Wimbledon in the third round on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Swiss will face the victor of German 11th seed Angelique Kerber's match against Japanese 18th seed Naomi Osaka.
"There was a lot of support from outside that pushed me and I kept fighting".
Germany's Angelique Kerber is through following her 6-2, 6-4 win over Japan's Naomi Osaka, and Jelena Ostapenko advanced with a 6-0, 6-4 result against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko. It's really tough to stay low, to play every ball, to expect actually nothing because you never know where the ball is bouncing and where is coming.
Nishikori and the 15th-seeded Kyrgios, a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist, began their match on No. 1 Court only after 7 p.m. local time, meaning light was fading toward the end of the 1 1/2-hour match. Also physically I feel exhausted.
Making her fourth appearance at Wimbledon, Ostapenko will look to improve on her run to the quarter-finals a year ago.
The fifth seed won 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 against Benoit Paire of France in an entertaining contest. Halep is a defensive counter-puncher first and foremost, using her excellent agility and court coverage to stay in points for far longer than virtually any other player on Tour would be able to.
"She deserved to win", added the Romanian.
Anything, Halep said, but tennis..
More seeds were scattered around SW19 as Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck, who took the scalp of defending champion Garbine Muguruza in the second round, struck again.