Wimbledon: World No. 1 sent packing at Wimbledon by Taiwan's Su-Wei in Round 3

Jul 08, 2018, 09:50 IST | Agencies

The path is now even clearer for Serena Williams to challenge for an eighth Wimbledon title in only her fourth event since giving birth last September

Wimbledon: World No. 1 sent packing at Wimbledon by Taiwan's Su-Wei in Round 3
Romanian Simona Halep during her Round Three match against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei at Wimbledon on Saturday. Pics/AFP

Top seed and World No. 1 Simona Halep was sent tumbling out of Wimbledon as a week of upsets ended with another major shock here on Saturday. The French Open champion was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 by World No. 48 Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan on Court One. Halep's defeat means nine of the top 10 women's seeds have been knocked out in the first week — leaving seventh seed Karolina Pliskova as the highest-ranked player.

The path is now even clearer for Serena Williams to challenge for an eighth Wimbledon title in only her fourth event since giving birth last September. Halep begun nervously but so did her opponent, resulting in five breaks of serve in the first five games. But having taken the first set Halep dropped the second as Hsieh began to find her range.

Hsieh Su-Wei is ecstatic after her win over Simona Halep
Hsieh Su-Wei is ecstatic after her win over Simona Halep

What a comeback!
Romanian Halep broke at the start of the decider and led 5-2 at one stage, but Hsieh broke back and went on to secure a memorable win. "It's the first time I've beaten a World No. 1, it's amazing for me to be out there and to fight against Simona," Hsieh told the BBC. "She played amazing. I had to run and fight for every point. I tried to concentrate on my game and calm down a bit. The crowd gave me so much energy."

Easy win for Kerber
Angelique Kerber, the 11th seed, beat Japan's Naomi Osaka to ensure she made it into week two. The German, a Wimbledon finalist two years ago, was a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 winner.

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