Women's Top Seed Stunned at Wimbledon

Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan knocks out Simona Halep
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 7, 2018 11:00 AM CDT
Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan returns a ball to Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles match on the sixth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 7, 2018.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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(Newser) – Top-ranked Simona Halep couldn't capitalize on her chances and was knocked out by Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan at Wimbledon on Saturday, losing 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round, the AP reports. Halep served for the match at 5-3 in the final set and had a match point in the next game, but the French Open champion faltered both times. The 48th-ranked Hsieh saved the match point with a backhand winner before holding for 5-5 and broke Halep in the next game. The Romanian then had two more break points at 6-5 but couldn't take advantage. The top-seeded Halep's exit means only one of the women's top-10 seeds remains in the tournament—No. 7 Karolina Pliskova—and leaves Serena Williams as the big favorite to win her eighth Wimbledon title.

Rafael Nadal had no such problems, and guaranteed he will stay No. 1 in the men's rankings after Wimbledon as he reached the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur. Nadal hasn't dropped a set so far in the tournament. Against de Minaur, he faced only three break points and saved them all, while producing nearly twice as many winners, 30-17. This is Nadal's eighth trip to the round of 16 at the All England Club, where he has won two of his 17 Grand Slam titles. A year ago, the Spaniard lost at that stage. He and Roger Federer have swapped the No. 1 ranking a half-dozen times this season, the most since there were eight changes in 1999.

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