Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

The American superstar advanced as no top-10 women made the quarter-finals in 50 years of professional tennis following the fourth-round elimination of seventh seed Karolina Pliskova.

Asked what she likes the most about the way Williams plays, Giorgi responded: "I don't follow tennis". 'Like I said, it's hard to say. "I'm telling myself, 'Why didn't I break the first game of the second?'" "You still have to beat the players".

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is yet to be truly tested at the All England Club, and won 6-2 6-2 in confident fashion against world No. 120 Evgeniya Rodina. I know a lot of people won't like that, but I don't care'.

Williams, who won the Wimbledon title on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016, is now on an 18-match winning streak at the All England Club.

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The tall Czech answered an early break with one of her own but 20th seed Bertens secured a second break with a superb touch volley to move 5-3 ahead and then held easily.

"I mean, I'm definitely going to have to look at it the right way".

Men's fourth round: No. 1 Roger Federer beat No. 22 Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4; No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; No. 8 Kevin Anderson beat Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4); No. 9 John Isner beat No. 31 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4); No. 12 Novak Djokovic beat Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Following Pliskova's exit, No. 11 Angelique Kerber is the highest remaining seed in the women's draw. Del Potro was leading Simon two sets to one when their match was suspended because of darkness Monday night. So hopefully I'll start feeling better mentally as well as I am on the court'.

But the 36-year-old shared over the weekend that despite a strict schedule to be as present as possible for her daughter, she still managed to miss out on baby Alexis's first steps while getting in some training for Wimbledon. I'm just like an artist and I'm playing with the heart, yeah.

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