Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep loses to Hsieh Su-wei in third round

Rafael Nadal following his second round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan at Wimbledon on Thursday

Rafael Nadal following his second round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan at Wimbledon on Thursday

It helps to stay in the rhythm.

If Wimbledon kept data on impossible-to-make shots, Su-Wei Hsieh would dominate the stat. She even hits her forehand strokes with both hands.

Simona Halep and Alexander Zverev were among top players to crash-out of Wimbledon at the All England Club today in the third round.

Halep had a match point with Hsieh serving at 4-5 in the third set, but Hsieh fended it off by leaning into a darting backhand down the line.

Gulbis, a former world number 10 who famously defeated Roger Federer on his way to the French Open semi-finals in 2014, will be playing in the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time at the 11th attempt.

"I am just happy to be in the fourth round again".

Halep battled with her own game as well as the crafty spins and tactics of her 48th-ranked opponent but still looked like emerging as the victor when she led 5-2 in the third set. "I just want to feel free and enjoy the match".

"It is wonderful", Hsieh said.

Hseih was down 2-5 in the last set, but saved a match point then pushed back with a five-game winning streak to seal the win.

This year, four of the top-10 seeds were beaten in the opening round itself, including 2017 US Open champion and French Open finalist Sloane Stephens.

Halep is the first No. 1 seed to fail to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon since Serena Williams in 2014.

The Taiwanese-Chinese duo saved two of four break points and converted six of 11, winning 60 of the 105 points contested to set up a second-round match against Christina McHale of the USA and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Of the top 10 seeded players at Wimbledon, only one remains entering the round of 16 - and it isn't No. 1. Before her, Wozniacki's star faded after she won the Australian Open crown in January. With this victory, he has secured his place as World No.1 after the tournament.

Neither of the top two has lost a set heading into the last 16, and that did not look like changing on Centre Court as Nadal bullied 19-year-old Australian De Minaur.

The way Halep was made to earn her maiden Slam though raised hopes of a more tempered run from her.

The world number 48 trailed 5-2 in the deciding set, but fought her way back into the game to the delight of the crowd and recorded a first ever victory over a world number one.

Williams became a mother in September and missed last year's Wimbledon because of her pregnancy. Hsieh saved the match point with a backhand victor before holding for 5-5 and broke Halep in the next game.

"I just try to enjoy the tennis and enjoy the city, enjoy the food", said Hsieh, who is traveling in London with her family and boyfriend, whose support she said provides her an added feeling of calm on tour. "If I don't fight, I don't come through". But I am too exhausted. "I had match point", Halep said. Karolina Pliskova as the highest remaining seed in the first week of the tournament.

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