Hsieh saves match point, shocks Halep at Wimbledon

Annette Crawford
July 8, 2018

Top-seeded Simona Halep was derailed by unseeded Su-Wei Hsieh 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday, leaving No. 7 Karolina Pliskova as the only top-10 seed standing entering the second week of play at the Grand Slam event - the fewest in a Grand Slam event in the Open era.

Ostapenko eventually ran out a comfortable 6-0 6-4 victor.

Juan Martin del Potro made the last 16 for the first time in five years when the Argentine fifth seed defeated France's Benoît Paire 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh celebrates winning her third round Wimbledon match against Romania's Simona Halep at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London July 7, 2018.

After three lengthy multi-deuce games to begin the final set, all breaks, the World No.1 appeared to assert her authority with a pair of statement holds that moved her ahead, 5-2.

'I am happy to be in the fourth round, it's positive and I am excited to be playing well, ' he said.

"Obviously you watch him on TV, and you can't really appreciate how hard he hits every single ball and how much intensity and just brute force goes into every one of his ground strokes".

The French Open champion was unable to convert on another break point in the ensuing game, and saved a chance for the World No.48 to get back on serve before eventually wrapping up the set in just under 45 minutes with her fourth break of the opener.

Hsieh's serve is hardly a weapon - her second serves often crawling over the net - but she battled back from 15-40 to deuce in the final game, then closed it out as a weary-looking Halep dumped consecutive forehands into the net.

"But at the end I felt like it was just a couple games, my service games, long games where I wasn't able to quite finish it off".

"I was leading the match, I was up, and I couldn't finish it", said the 2014 semi-finalist. "I just want to feel free and enjoy the match".

"It was an unprofessional attitude from me today". But I am too exhausted.

Former finalist Angelique Kerber advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon without facing a break point after beating 18th-seeded Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, a former top 10 player whose ranking slumped out of the top 300 past year after wrist surgery, made the fourth round for the second time with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

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