Advantage Serena as Wimbledon seeds keep falling

Posted July 07, 2018

In her second major tournament since giving birth to her daughter, Serena Williams defeated Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (2) in the third round of Wimbledon. She sat out Wimbledon previous year while pregnant.

Madison Keys became the seventh woman seeded in the top 10 to crash out of Wimbledon as the American was stunned by Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina on Friday.

Ninth-seeded American John Isner reached fourth round for the first time by beating world No.98 Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3 6-3 6-4 earlier on Friday. "She played really well". Williams is 6-0 in sets so far this open, although three of those sets have gone to extra games.

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.

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"Serena is my idol", Rodina said.

In a match full of big swings, Keys led 5-2 in the first set before Rodina won the next nine games to go 4-0 up in the second.

Isner will face world No.31 Stefanos Tsitsipas, the first Greek man to first Greek man to reach the fourth round of a grand slam in the 50-year professional era, for a quarterfinal berth.

No. 8 Kevin Anderson beat No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve, while Gael Monfils of France advanced to the fourth round for the first time by knocking out last year's semifinalist Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

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Seven of Williams' 23 Grand Slam singles titles have come at the All England Club, including the past two times she played in the grass-court tournament, in 2015 and 2016. After taking the first set 7-5, he went on to lose the last three. "I am a little surprised that I won, I was a little bit lucky today".

Ekaterina Makarova, who knocked out second seed Wozniacki on Wednesday, continued her fine tournament with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over Czech Lucie Safarova.

The 36-year-old Swiss has won 26 consecutive sets at the All England Club.

She next faces Italy's Camila Giorgi who saved a match point to beat Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2.

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