Wimbledon 2017: Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina advance; Dominika Cibulkova knocked out by Ana Konjuh

London: World number two Simona Halep battled her way into the fourth round at Wimbledon with victory over China's Peng Shuai on Friday.

Romania's Halep, the second seed, won 6-4, 7-6 (7) in a 99-minute match on Court Two.

Simona Halep celebrates winning the third round match against Peng Shuai. Reuters

Simona Halep celebrates winning the third round match against Peng Shuai. Reuters

She plays former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Peng, the world number 37, was the last of the six Chinese players in the women's tournament.

Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh upset eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

The 19-year-old Konjuh is the youngest woman left in the draw.

She compiled a 54-22 edge in winners against Cibulkova, who was the runner-up at the 2014 Australian Open.

Konjuh is seeded 27th at the All England Club. Her best showing at a Grand Slam tournament was a run to the quarter-finals at last year's US Open.

The victory over Cibulkova was only the second for Konjuh in eight career matches against women ranked in the top 10.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina moved into the second week of Wimbledon for the first time in her career with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over the unseeded Carina Witthoeft.

On the men's side, 16th seed Gilles Muller, from Luxembourg, advanced to the fourth round for the first time in 10 appearances at the All England Club with a 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4 victory over 58th-ranked Aljaz Bedene.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017 22:24 PM

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