Wimbledon | Pliskova now crashes out
Kiki Bertens produced another giant killing performance to eliminate Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, in the fourth round of The Championships,
Pliskova’s 6-3 7-6(1) demise continues the trend of last week which has seen most of the top ten being eliminated from the draw. Pliskova was in fact the last to go, leaving Wimbledon bereft of any top ten player and opening the door wide for Serena Williams, the former champion and 25th seed, to make the finals.
I think she played very good match, not many mistakes, was serving pretty solid Karolina Pliskova
“Of course, a little bit disappointed because I think I had a lot of chances in this match,” Pliskova said. “Still was two sets. But so many chances in the first set, so many in the second set, starting with three breakpoints on her serve, then having 40- 15 on my serve — all the games I lost.
“Yeah, for sure I had chances. I think she played very good match, not many mistakes was serving pretty solid. I didn’t have many chances on the break points because she always put the first serve in. But still, I started too late, so it’s tough when you start with it’s 6-3 4-1!”.
Meanwhile, Bertens, a French Open semi-finalist last year, is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time and is the first woman from her country to make the last eight at Wimbledon since 2007. The 26-year-old Dutch woman was considering retiring last year because she was disillusioned with the game.