Garbine stuns Kerber, Venus in quarters
Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza fought back to stun top seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the last 16 at Wimbledon here on Monday.
London: Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza fought back to stun top seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the last 16 at Wimbledon here on Monday.
The 2015 Wimbledon finalist Muguruza needed two hours and 20 minutes and three match points to seal the win after firing 55 winners.
The result that means the German will lose her No. 1 ranking. It is clear that either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova will take over as the top-ranked player after the tournament.
Meanwhile, experience triumphed over youth as Venus Williams downed Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2 in a fourth-round battle of the baseliners.
Williams, seeded 10, made her debut in the grass court Grand Slam back in 1997. That was several months before the birth of her 27th-seeded opponent, who was appearing in the fourth round at the All England Club for the first time.
The 32-year-old Svetlana Kuznetsova prevailed in one of the most established "fixtures" in women's tennis as she beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years. The Russian, seeded seventh, has found Radwanska an agreeable opponent over the past decade and did so again to beat her for the 14th time in 18 matches.
French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko let seven match points go begging before finally overcoming fourth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3 7-6(6) to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday.
The 20-year-old Latvian, who is now only three wins away from completing what would be astonishing grand slam double, had looked to be cruising when she led 5-2 in the second set.
Kuznetsova, 32, is in the quarter-finals for the fourth time and is yet to drop a set so far in this year's championships, spending less than five hours on court so far.