Serena Williams’ Wimbledon tournament rolls on, as the women’s quarterfinals will be without a top-10 player for the first time in the Open era.
Williams, the No. 25 seed, beat qualifer Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 yesterday to advance. Williams will next face Italy’s Camila Giorgi, who beat American Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-4.
No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, the last of the top 10 women this year, lost 6-3, 7-6 (1) to Kiki Bertens. Pliskova had been the only female player in the top 10 to reach the fourth round, the fewest in a Grand Slam event in the Open era following a slew of upsets in the first week. Her loss marks the first time in the Open era that any major has featured a quarterfinal round without a top-10 seed on either the men’s or women’s side, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Bertens, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time, hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced. She next faces 13th-seeded Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.
Following Pliskova’s exit, No. 11 Angelique Kerber is the highest remaining seed in the women’s draw. She advanced Monday with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Belinda Bencic.
In other play, Dominika Cibulkova overcame a delay caused by a controversial decision from the umpire to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Hsieh Su-wei.
Leading 5-4 and two points away from taking the first set at 0-30 on Hsieh’s serve, Cibulkova struck a backhand onto the baseline that was called out.
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