Wimbledon | Halep is knocked out
Who would have thought that by the end of the first week Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, would be the only top ten player left in the draw thanks to a plethora of upsets which were performed during the preceding six days.
Simona Halep, the word No,1 and top seed, was the latest and obviously the highest to fall and she went out in the third round 3-6 6-4 7-5 loss in two hours and 20 minutes on No.1 Court to the world No.48 Hsieh Su-wei.
I am really enjoying playing tennis Hsieh Su-we
Halep follows Caroline Wozniacki (2), Garbine Muguruza (3), Sloane Stephens (4), Elina Svitolina (5), Caroline Garcia (6), Petra Kvitova (8), Venus Williams (9) and Madison Keys (10) out of the tournament.
For Hseih, the Taiwanese progresses to the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in her career — her previous best was the third round in 2012 — and will next play Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.
“This is the first time I have beaten the world number one, it is amazing,” Hsieh Su-wei said.
“I had to run and fight for every point. I tried to concentrate on my game and calm down a bit, that helped a lot. This year I have tried to enjoy more, not just tennis but life, food, strawberries and cream, lobster.
“I am really enjoying playing tennis.”
In other matches Alison Van Uytvanck, who knocked out the defending champion Garbine Muguruza in the previous round, reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in her career, defeating thhe 28th seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2 6-3.
Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, is safely through as well after a straight-sets win over Vitalia Diatchenko who dispatched Maria Sharapova in the opening rounds
The Latvian raced through the first set in 23 minutes and won the first nine games before Diatchenko was able to reply and was crushed 6-0 6-4.