Wimbledon: Halep bows out, Djokovic, Nadal move on

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

World No.1 Simona Halep called her own performance "unprofessional" after she crashed out of Wimbledon.

World number one Simona Halep suffered a surprise exit from the tournament after she was beaten 3-6 6-4 7-5 by Taiwan's unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei in the third round.

Hsieh, the world No. 48, battled back from 5-2 down in the final set and saved a match point when the Romanian served for the match at 5-3 in the decider.

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.

Spain's second seed and 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal guaranteed that he will keep the world number one ranking by beating Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. "She (Halep) played unbelievable, I had to run and fight for every point".

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Halep was a point from victory while ahead 5-4 as Hsieh served at 30-40.

His next round rival will be Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic. Cunning drop shots, often played with two hands on the racket, delicate slices and laser-like flat groundstrokes kept Halep continually off balance. "She played really well".

Hsieh, a former Wimbledon doubles champion, has never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

Juan Martin del Potro overcame a hot-tempered display from Benoit Paire to reach the second week at Wimbledon, winning their third-round match 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

The Serbian recovered from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. "I still think the top players, their average level is higher than, let's say, sub-top players, but anyone on a good day can beat anyone, for sure". "I just came here to try to do the best tournament possible", he said.

Van Uytvanck will meet fellow last-16 debutant Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, who defeated Ashleigh Barty of Australia 7-5, 6-3. "I just feel free on the court". "I think because I was exhausted, because I'm exhausted, I couldn't stay focused for every ball", Halep said.

After Halep started strongly to win the opener it was her 32-year-old opponent who responded well to force a deciding set.

"There's a shop in London very famous now, called Burger & Lobster", she said.

In the women's draw, Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck, who dismissed last year's champion Garbine Muguruza in the previous round, continued her progress in a confident 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Estonian Anett Kontaveit.

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