Wimbledon: World No. 1 Halep, Kerber progress; Konta bows out

Jul 06, 2018, 08:32 IST | Agencies

The Romanian raced away with the 10 last games to beat the 126-ranked Zheng. Angelique Kerber survived a battle against 2017 junior champion Claire Liu

Wimbledon: World No. 1 Halep, Kerber progress; Konta bows out
Simona Halep acknowledges the crowd after her win yesterday

Top seed and French Open champion Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon third round yesterday with a 7-5, 6-0 win over China's Zheng Saisai. World No. 1 Halep will face Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan for a place in the Last 16. The Romanian raced away with the 10 last games to beat the 126-ranked Zheng. Angelique Kerber survived a battle against 2017 junior champion Claire Liu.

Angelique survives scare
American Liu, 18, won the first set before the 2016 finalist came back to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. The final set could easily have gone either way, with five successive break of serves, but it was the German who prevailed. Johanna Konta's Wimbledon ended with a whimper in a straight-sets defeat by Dominika Cibulkova. The British No. 1 is now in danger of dropping out of the world's top 50 after a chastening 6-3 6-4 second-round loss.

Konta was ranked fourth
in the world after her run to the semi-finals at last year's championships, but her form has nosedived since and that slump continued. Barty beats Bouchard Meanwhile, Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty reached the third round for the first time with a 6-4, 7-5 win over fellow former Wimbledon junior champion Eugenie Bouchard. Barty came back from 2-5 down in the second set to see off 2014 runner-up Bouchard who came through qualifying this year.

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