Serena’s chances boosted as Wimbledon seeds keep falling

07 July, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Rafael Nadal

And given Raonic was the last man to beat Federer at Wimbledon, that might provide hope to those players. Rodina got to match point with a stunning forehand pass played nearly on her knees.

That leaves Serena as the only remaining woman to have won the tournament.

Venus had rallied from a set down in her first two matches.

Serena Williams's chances of winning an eighth Wimbledon and 24th Grand Slam title were boosted Friday when Madison Keys became the seventh top 10 seed to be eliminated.

'No, you have to help mama with her hair, ' Williams says as she gently takes the comb from her daughter.

She faces another mother in the fourth round Monday (Tuesday NZT): 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation, who upset No. 10 seed Madison Keys of the U.S. I thought I did very well today.

"Serena is my idol", Rodina said.

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.

Confident Belgium wary of threat from Japan
Even when they were put under serious pressure by Belgium , the team kept their shape and defended with discipline and energy. In the last World Cup in Brazil, Belgium needed 120 minutes to get past U.S. in the Round of 16 in Salvador on July 1.

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

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev made the third round, seeing off Taylor Fritz of the United States 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0/7), 6-1, 6-2 and faces Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis for a spot in the last 16.

The 23-year-old American threatened a remarkable comeback in the third-round contest, coming from a set and 4-0 down to force a decider.

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. She then broke back to level the third set at 4-4, but Rodina immediately earned another break and served out the victory.

Donna Vekic reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 victory against Yanina Wickmayer.

The top seed, who is yet to drop a set at this year's championships, did not relinquish a single break point during the 97-minute domination.

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".

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