Wimbledon: Halep bows out, Djokovic, Nadal move on

The up-and-coming star against the established great. Pic GettyMore

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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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