Hsieh stunned at ‘amazing’ win over Halep

Virginia Santiago
July 12, 2018

Over on Court One, fourth seed Alexander Zverev made another shocking exit as Latvian Ernests Gulbis conquered the German world No. 3 in five sets 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

Halep failed to carry on the momentum, and a huge forehand victor gave Hsieh the first break of the second set and a 2-1 lead. "I am really enjoying playing tennis, I just feel free on the court", Hsieh said following the match, which lasted two hours and 20 minutes.

"At 2-5 down in the final set, it was a lot of support from the crowd, and they pushed me to fight from there".

Karolina Pliskova [No.7] is the only top 10 seed left at SW19 with Serena Williams also still in the running. "I like to run".

A former world No. 1 in doubles and the 2013 Wimbledon doubles champ, the 32-year-old is the first Taiwanese player, male or female, to break into the top 25 in the singles rankings and the first to hold the top ranking in doubles.

Simona Halep's defeat means there is only one top ten women's seed remaining.

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Cibulkova was denied a place on the list of seeds to accommodate Williams, a decision which seems to have motivated the Slovakian, who will now face Hsieh for a place in the quarter-finals.

The second seed and 11-time French Open champion, who is bidding for an 18th career major, comfortably defeated Australian teenager Alex De Minaur 6-16-2 6-4.

"I just was too negative to myself, talking too much".

Angelique Kerber, the 11th seed who beat Naomi Osaka of Japan in straight sets, is the highest seed in the top half of the draw. Two games down in the third set I kept fighting. "Mentally, I was exhausted".

Hsieh, who has never reached the last 16 at Wimbledon, stepped up her game in the second set as she broke twice to level the match. I was too exhausted.

The Serb, seeded 12th, will meet big-hitting Russian youngster Karen Khachanov for a place in the quarter-final. She wouldnt win another game.

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Hsieh Su-wei's game is so unorthodox she admits that finding practice partners has proved challenging in the past.

When asked about playing in front of a Royal Box full of athletes, he said: "Playing in front of very important people from sport around the world is always a big honour, we talk the same language and it's great to have all these people".

Halep has already played 44 matches on the WTA Tour this year, reaching the Australian Open final and becoming the first Romanian for 40 years to win a Grand Slam title when she prevailed in the French Open final.

Also upsetting the seeded agenda were Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich topping No. 26 Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-1, Swiss Belinda Bencic beating up No. 27 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 7-6 (3), and Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck powering past No. 28 Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-3.

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