Jelena Ostapenko beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in straight sets
10 July, 2018, 12:55
Having shaken off any rust that may have remained from her absence, Williams appears to be closing in on top form at the right time.
"I don't think the draw is open".
"This is only my fourth tournament back", Williams said.
"I faced a thousand and three seeds in my life, so I'm okay", she said. "Now that I'm not, it kind of happened".
But Pliskova, who reached number one in the rankings after Wimbledon a year ago, found some fight and capitalised on a loose game by Bertens that allowed her to break back and level the set at 4-4.
"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be", Williams said. The 36-year-old American, who has spent more than 300 weeks ranked No. 1, looks superb so far.
Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.
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Williams hit serves up to 118 miles per hour, delivering 10 aces, including four in one game.
She bridled at suggestions that she had wasted an opportunity to have a real tilt at the title. She beat the ninth-seeded Venus Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set. Williams faces Italy's Camila Giorgi in the quarterfinals at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the All England Club. And Williams was followed by Rafael Nadal - two titles at Wimbledon, 17 at all Slams - who dispatched 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It's like all the other women that are still in the draw.
LONDON: Kiki Bertens knocked out the last top 10 seed in the women´s singles at Wimbledon as the Dutch world number 20 stunned Karolina Pliskova with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) victory in the fourth round on Monday.
Her next opponent will either be 13th seed Julia Görges, from German, or Croatian Donna Vekic. I don't know. Simona should be a happy camper. This will be Bertens first quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon.
Federer, who has won 32 consecutive sets at the tournament and held serve 81 games in a row, was asked whether he paused for even a moment to wonder why he wasn't being given more of a test.
After welcoming Olympia in September and tying the knot to the Reddit co-founder and venture capitalist in November, went back into full training mode-and just recently, shared that she missed a major milestone. "I haven't gone a day without seeing her".