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Women's top seed Simona Halep suffers shock defeat at Wimbledon

08 July, 2018, 17:40 | Author: Candice Daniels
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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.

It means only one top-10 seed, Karolina Pliskova, remains in the women's draw, although Serena Williams (25) is still in contention.

Hsieh will play the 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova on July 9 at 6.30 p.m. Taipei time, with the victor moving through to the quarter finals.

Halep, the reining French Open champion, suffered a 3-6 6-4 7-5 loss in two hours and 20 minutes on No.1 Court. "I just made him play an extra shot, got that crucial break in the ninth game that allowed me to win the match".

However, Hsieh flipped the match on its head in the second set as she was the first to break in the third game, and held off Halep's effort to win the match in two sets after the World No.1 won three of the next four to put herself two games away from the win.

"I was leading the match, I was up, and I couldn't finish it".

"It's wonderful. I was 2-5 down in the final set but the crowd pushed me to fight". "So all I want to do is just go on the court and hit the shot and run every point and enjoy it".

Halep was a point from victory while ahead 5-4 as Hsieh served at 30-40.

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It is the first time Hsieh, 32, has reached the last 16 of the tournament.

Nadal, the 11-time French Open champion and bidding for an 18th career major, will face either Italy's Fabio Fognini or Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic for a place in the quarter-finals.

Nadal reached the last 16 for the eighth time, making sure of keeping the world number one ranking.

"I'll go and watch some football - England, it's coming home or not?" he said in reference to a football song which is now being sung, hummed and whistled on nearly every street and in every pub.

Asked when she thought she could win the match, Hsieh responded, "I don't feel I can", then leaned forward and laughed heartily.

Van Uytvanck will meet fellow last-16 debutant Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, who defeated Ashleigh Barty of Australia 7-5, 6-3.

Alison Van Uytvanck backed up her impressive victory over Muguruza with an assured 6-2 6-3 success against 28th seed Annett Kontaveit.

Bencic, now at 56 in the world, next faces two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber who swept past Naomi Osaka of Japan.

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