Wimbledon: Serena Williams advances as top ten fall

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

They roared for Roger Federer just for showing up, greeting his arrival at Wimbledon's main stadium as if his mere presence were enough to justify the price of admission.

She is yet to drop a set this year.

Having missed Wimbledon a year ago while she prepared to have her first child in September, Serena is in pole position to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother.

Predictably, Pliskova was asked why there have been so many surprises.

'I'd love to have Trump come watch me, ' said No 9 seed Isner. "I'm telling myself, 'Why didn't I break the first game of the second?'"

Take off a week, then you start practising, then play a tournament. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

Bidding for an eighth championship at the All England Club, Williams will be back on court Tuesday, but she is seeded only 25th, and that actually represents a big bump up from her ranking of No. 181. There's a lot of things that, I don't know if you can tell, but I really need to work on. "It makes the job harder", Mannarino said.

Vettel overcomes pain to hold off Hamilton
The reigning world champion clawed his way back to 14th within a matter of laps and continued to fight through the field. Two weeks ago in Austria, Vettel only received a five-second penalty for taking out Bottas on the first lap.

He showed up wearing a plain white T-shirt, bereft of any obvious sponsor's logos, looking like someone out for a casual hitting session in a public park.

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. He was able to tread water until 5-all, when Federer returned a 123 miles per hour serve, quickly gained control of a baseline exchange, then hopped and screamed, "Come on!" as a backhand flew long for the break.

'I'm getting there. Yeah, I don't think I'm there yet. Williams will next face Italy's Camila Giorgi, who beat American Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-4.

Of ther other quarter-finalists, only Kerber and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko have won Grand Slams.

Next up for Kerber is Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, who took out Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-2.

"I mean, I'm definitely going to have to look at it the right way". I'm just like an artist and I'm playing with the heart, yeah.

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